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  • Comment on: Contest launched for green ‘fortress’ to block Heathrow expansion

    james needhaM's comment 29-Jan-2010 7:04 pm

    I hate greenpeace and there luddism. im going to enter a spaceport

  • Comment on: Refused: Make's underground home for Gary Neville

    james needhaM's comment 29-Jan-2010 6:30 pm

    "Very low design level...I reckon Tevez won't be impressed" You never been to Cheshire have you believe me this is the second best designed footballers house. George best’s being the best (like his name :)). Believe me the lack of any sense of taste in the average footballers house is immeasurable they mostly want to live in huge and I mean huge Barrett houses with all that money can buy you from the Argos catalogue. Go to Cheshire look at there houses ye mighty and despair

  • Comment on: New drama centre for BBC Cardiff by FAT

    james needhaM's comment 29-Jan-2010 6:07 pm

    In a way I like FAT they are open about the fact there buildings are decorated sheds. where as many architects pretend to be modernists by dressing there building up in a modernist styled facard. At least FAT can show us that if there is one thing architecture needs it is a new movement one with real substance that really sums up our age. Unfortunately I haven’t got a solution but maybe some you do. We need a name and a ethos and then we can work the architecture from there.

  • Comment on: RMJM hires 'Fred the Shred'

    james needhaM's comment 18-Jan-2010 5:25 pm

    Ralph Fair enough I was a little harsh and there are a valid arguments against the hiring sir Fred but still it is alarming how so many people (not just architects) are increasingly seeing the world as black and white. There are also an ever increasing number of “hang them!” type comments on the AJ and the BD on a range of issues and this my be fine on daily mail because you would expect that from there readership. But as highly qualified professionals architects have to be reasonably smart just to qualify and so reactionary hang the pariah type comments are something we should aviod.

  • Comment on: RMJM hires 'Fred the Shred'

    james needhaM's comment 18-Jan-2010 4:53 pm

    I’ve actually read every ones comments and my god you people really are quite simple. I am a student but even in my youthful naivety I know that one person does not sit at the top of the company pulling levers and saying lets start being really reckless with our money because we will be bailed out. The truth is that RBS were screwed by the purchase of ABN AMRO. At the time no on was aware of the problems with sub prime dept being hidden in packages of debt rated as AAA. ABN AMRO had load of this badly rated debt and that is the main cause of the crisis at the RBS. If you must blame anyone for the financial crisis blame the credit rating agencies as it there mistakes that meant risk was evaluated badly. Now for a more pressing concern. This is the website of the architects journal. Architect in theory should be clever, and clever people do not see the world as black and white (It’s a fuzzy kind of grey in reality if you were wondering). Saying bankers are greedy is like saying bin laden is evil. The world is more complicated than that and as clever architects you should know better. Really you would find a better debate on the daily mail website this I why the professions is in trouble, we the cream of the construction industry but we are becoming as dense as the other professions involved in construction. If we are not careful they will become more intelligent than we are and we will be left as just as a load of powerless morons who decide upon how we will decorate the building. And what was once architecture will slide in to a quagmire of cheap curtain walling systems and hold up shiny shiny Frank Geary as our lord and master. And just to end the debate and save the once glorious profession from further harm I will use Godwins law and compare sir Fred to Hitler.

  • Comment on: RMJM hires 'Fred the Shred'

    james needhaM's comment 18-Jan-2010 4:13 pm

    p.s I though RMJM said starcitects are just stylists. Alsop is most definitely of the starchtect mould.

  • Comment on: RMJM hires 'Fred the Shred'

    james needhaM's comment 18-Jan-2010 4:08 pm

    Only an idiot would lay the blame on Sir Fred it would be like blaming RMJM for the Scottish parliament cost over run. (When both the client and lead architect die and then client also asks you to make the building bomb proof after construction has started then the budget will go out the window) From all the post above I must say that you must be the most evil people alive because you make it quite clear that you knew that this finical meltdown was coming but you decided not to tell anyone. Shame on you for keeping you vast knowledge of high finance to yourself you should personally apologise to all the architect who were left jobless when the housing market collapsed.

  • Comment on: FOA's New Street Station scheme gets green light

    james needhaM's comment 16-Jan-2010 3:56 pm

    What is actually happening to the platform will it still be a cross between a gas chamber and a urinal? From what I’v seen this seems to be an expensive reclading job as the expression goes you cannot polish a turd. This building may be ugly but that’s not its main problem. Its main problem is the building is badly organised and the diesel fumes from the trains are choking will this be FOA first terrible scheme?

  • Comment on: Hodge refuses to list Birmingham Central Library

    james needhaM's comment 23-Nov-2009 6:35 pm

    no mecanoos building will be demolised in 30 years time (it probly aready been budgeted for) welcome to birmingham the place than koohaus based the generic city on...

  • Comment on: MAXXI museum, Rome by Zaha Hadid Architects

    james needhaM's comment 23-Nov-2009 6:32 pm

    i like its the best zaha building for a while as it seems to be grounded in her philosphy and although its not a work of pure function it isent a gerhy style folly ether and the spaces seem to make sense.

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