Piers Taylor's Comments
Great review and a huge relief that SWA can navigate through the tendering process for architects... only thing is, would have love to seen drawings here (unless i've missed them)
Comment on: Design in the raw: The AA's new garden shed
Great Piece Ruth - and great work by the AA students - but seems unfair and incorrect not to credit Mitchell Taylor Workshop who had three separate appointments on the project, one for executive architect, another to take on and carry out the detail design of the project (all the drawings reproduced in the magazine are theirs, as is the design liability of the project), and also as contract administrator.
A match made in heaven? Mr and Mrs Control. Shame FAT didn't get it. Or AOC
Comment on: Exclusive: AJ Small Projects winners announced
Great scheme and a worthy winner...
Comment on: Steve Jobs' message to architects
As Stephen Fry said in the Guardian today: "The standards he set, the passionate belief he had in the way that technology, the arts, design, fun, elegance and delight could all co-exist, the eternal pushing for higher standards, the refusal to accept standard paradigms in anything, either the conventional modus operandi of corporate affairs, technological matters or market practices was an example from which the world will continue to learn." Puts in to perspective how we all (architects) continue, by and large, to peddle the same old bollocks... How many of us can really claim to shift paradigms? Me neither...
I agree and think in some ways we're saying the same thing - finding interesting ways of detailing is surely one of the driving factors of any project. The aversion to the coping is driven by, I guess, a fundamental modernist (not that we are necessarily, as I'm not big on all that po-faced restraint) desire to shed a building of what are perhaps, in essence, classical adornments (or at least part of their legacy). If we can find a way to do it, in this case, where (despite your scepticism) Trada suggest the cladding will last 75 years, then, um, not sure what the problem is? Debunking the received wisdom is surely part of the fun, particularly if it works? Somehow it seems to be making you a bit angry...? I wonder, though, if you follow your argument through, whether the roof is an issue - epdm is effectively guaranteed when laid flat for 25 years - should we only specify pitched roofs with tiles with increased head lap and 2 layers of felt? Isn't wanting to find the edges of the technology part of the joy of what we do as architects and part of the ongoing quest!? Interesting that it has at least provoked a debate, so thanks!
Comment on: Gove: Richard Rogers won’t design your school
Surely he needs to realise that Architects often win awards for school buildings where ingenuity as regards budget is one of the overriding concerns: isn't it MORE important that we have excellent and award winning designers for low cost schools?