Nick Holmes's Comments
Comment on: Riots updated: Sennett, Rykwert, Till, de Botton, Tavernor and more on why Britain is burning
This being an architecture magazine it seems important to stay focussed on the role of architecture in assisting our damaged society to heal and grow. There have been many initiatives, such as the 'small places' competition, which contribute positively. Perhaps there should be a wider debate about more practical ideas such as this in the AJ and RIBA.
I agree with a number of the points made in paragraphs 4 and 5 of this piece but not with many in the first 3. As a historian writing about Vincent Harris I am uncovering new material about the man and his architecture and therefore hope to present a historical and helpful monograph which sets this architect in his time and provides readers with information which they can use. I also feel that this writer forgets the quality of some of the architectural studies which appear in the AJ. Rory Olcayto's building studies are always worth reading because they lead you clearly through a building uncovering its many layers. Peter Blundell Jones's study of a new school recently employed descriptions which make one smile in understanding e.g. the 'giant embrace of the double hall'. There is some good writing around!
Comment on: Gove: Richard Rogers won’t design your school
Perhaps we have an Education Secretary who doesn't actually care about children very much. It should be remembered that it is the children who will suffer from this deeply ideological approach.
Comment on: Spending Review: CABE closed down
I have a suggestion that the editor reviews her policy of allowing anonymous comments. It allows people to get away with all kinds of rude and boring statements which are not worth publishing. Let's have rather more intelligent debate about important issues.
Ruth Reed's point about Folkestone is valid and a study comparing the results of schools before their BSF build and after their rebuild would seem of more value. What is also often forgotten in these arguments is the right of students, staff, parents and community to have an environment which is fit for purpose, and which is respectful of them and their needs.
As well as the unhappy impact this will have on architects and construction firms one must remember the impact on pupils and staff. Every child has the right to be schooled in a decent and welcoming environment. This is not the case today. I will await with interest Mr Gove's views about how this can now be tackled.
Comment on: HCA funding fuels £450m Bblur scheme
I think it will look as dated as the brutalist one in a few years. Will the tails provide sufficient rain and wind cover for passengers? It seems to continue the, what I would call, outmoded method of buses driving in and then reversing out when loaded...a potential safety hazard and a clogging of the apron. Why not have a system where buses can drive straight out when loaded?