Douglas Read's Comments
Comment on: RIBA councillor slams delegation to Israel
Regardless of where they are going or what their opinions are, they seem to be spending money that has not been approved by RIBA Council. How come?
Well said Richard. Just look at the contrast between the Architecture Policy and the Procurement Policy.
Comment on: Scottish architects launch yes campaign
Have you had a look at the SNP's procurement policy? In what way can this be said to support Architecture?
Comment on: Obituary: Kathryn Findlay (1953-2014)
I am very sad to hear of Kathryn's passing. I had the privilege of serving on a Doolan Award jury with her and remember her great sense of fun and humour as well as an incisive questioning brain. She was a joy to know. Her death is a great loss to Architecture and to Scotland.
Comment on: Major breakthrough in PQQ reform
Item 10 will help a lot if implimented. The practice of "Bundling" a number of small projects into one big commission no matter what the geographical separation denys many small practices the opportunity to grow by simply counting them out of the "Bundle".
Spot on Paul, It's not the "Special" buildings that are of concern, they will generally look after themselves and be given the designers and budgets the need. It's the "Ordinary" that we need to improve. To paraphrase Robert Venturi - we need to make Main Street alright.
Take a look at the Scottish regs - there are minimum space standards there. Maybe too minimal - but generally accepted.
Comment on: Ungagged Olympic architects named
All very well - but a bit late in the day.
It would be interesting to see how the London based responses compared to those from outwith London.
As another former pupil of Hermitage, 1966-69 when it was brand new, I can only partially agree with Rory. Sure it was a bold sculptural statement to reflect the age, but it had many practical flaws. Pupil circulation was a nightmare, heating was pretty much hit and miss and the toilet windows barely opened at all. On the other hand it does seem to have produced a fair number of Architects amongst its FPs - maybe that means something, but what? Its replacement probably reflects the current age in its own way.