Comment on: SHH wins go-ahead for black-fronted Mayfair home
Yes these guys have been swotting up on what's trendy. Black houses are indeed the current design fashion. http://www.dezeen.com/2013/01/12/dezeen-archive-black-houses/
Comment on: Hudson bags Norfolk country park prize
Great stuff. Well done guys.
Comment on: Shapero unveils tallest tower in the North
Prefer this to the previous designs. Still doubt it will get built. But well done to the guy for demonstrating a bit of architectural spirit, in the grim world of property development. Sole Practitioner 1 - Big Commercial Practice 0.
Good strong concept here, difficult to do with volume housebuilders, let alone social/affordable housing. Arguably FAT should've taken it the whole way instead of giving detail design and delivery to another architect. Maybe they're too busy with all their blogging, tweeting, and theorising to care about stages F-L, which is a shame, as this is where things like gas meters and alarms and all the real stuff can be integrated into the concept if one guy has ownership from concept to completion - perhaps concealed behind another frilly timber panel, for example. But overall it's a good effort. Easy and predictable for snobbish architects to complain about the details, and the taste, but compare this to your average Noddy Box and it's clear that anything that raises awareness and gives the public other options in new volume housebuilding has to be commended.
Comment on: Riots updated: Sennett, Rykwert, Till, de Botton, Tavernor and more on why Britain is burning
I grew up with kids like these, in one of the most deprived neighborhoods in the North West, which is a lot more insight and 'engagement' than most architects will ever have. Naturally many architects are from leafy suburbs, and love to theorise in journals and talk about 'community engagement', imagining they can make a difference. But I know that there will always be kids who want to smash things up - just for a laugh, nothing more. Given the chance, they will take it. They don't care about 'architecture' or 'society', or anything, and never will. There is not much that architects can do about it. "People who have a stake in their society, protect that society, but when they don't have it, they unconsciously want to destroy it." Martin Luther King Jr.
Nice! Max Fordham is a legend.