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  • Comment on: Search begins for architect to restore the Mac

    Alan Dunlop's comment 14-Oct-2014 10:40 am

    Why?

  • Comment on: Punters backing O’Donnell + Tuomey to win RIBA Stirling Prize

    Alan Dunlop's comment 14-Oct-2014 10:34 am

    I too have just visited the building, David. You make a valid point about the rain. Seeing how the weather will affect the brick facades over time will be interesting but I disagree strongly that the building is "ill resolved". In my view, it's a truly remarkable and original work carried out with rigour on a very difficult site, whether it wins the Stirling or not. I hope it wins but despite the "hype" it may not. How often has the clear Stirling favourite lost out? Anyway, Rory Olcayto's comment seems particularly relevant to your post "James Stirling’s portfolio is practically defined by risk - every one of his great buildings flirts vigorously with failure."

  • Comment on: Amanda Levete: the social networker

    Alan Dunlop's comment 29-Sep-2014 1:07 pm

    I am genuinely puzzled how a practice with few built projects and limited profit before tax can run an office of 55 people?

  • Comment on: Maggie’s Lanarkshire

    Alan Dunlop's comment 9-Sep-2014 12:04 pm

    Beautiful, considered work.

  • Comment on: Stirling Prize shortlist: the critics react

    Alan Dunlop's comment 17-Jul-2014 4:01 pm

    mmm...me too Joe, Ortus looks like a stunning project.

  • Comment on: Are there too many architecture schools?

    Alan Dunlop's comment 5-Jul-2014 12:11 pm

    "I have now wandered though another raft of end- of-year shows which display huge endeavour and creativity...but exhibit endless unbuildable, unreal, irrelevant and ultimately forgettable projects that will evaporate as soon as the shows close." Sadly I have too, in the UK but also China and USA as critic, reviewer and also external examiner. Often brilliant cgi images and stunning drawings from cleary talented students of ultimately pointless projects.

  • Comment on: Aedas unwraps limestone-inspired University block in China

    Alan Dunlop's comment 10-Jun-2014 12:36 pm

    Having just returned from Suzhou and this building, I believe this project would be a very relevant and informative case study for those architects interested in how things are done in China. Focusing on the high aspirations and design intent of the architect, compared to what the LDI's and contractors understand and are capable of delivering.

  • Comment on: Anger as Strathclyde school of architecture leaves Brutalist home

    Alan Dunlop's comment 5-Jun-2014 6:20 am

    Why not use the currently vacant architecture studios of the Fielden building at Strathclyde University as much needed temporary studios for students of the GSA, while restoration work is undertaken. A generous offer of solidarity, respect and friendship from one great institution across the city to another needing help which will be a positive reuse of much respected Fielden building?

  • Comment on: Mac fire: the show goes on for GSA fine art students

    Alan Dunlop's comment 5-Jun-2014 5:58 am

    Why not use the currently vacant architecture studios of the Fielden building at Strathclyde University as much needed temporary studios for students of the GSA, while restoration work is undertaken. A generous offer of solidarity, respect and friendship from one great institution across the city to another needing help which will be a positive reuse of much respected Fielden building? http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/anger-as-strathclyde-school-of-architecture-leaves-brutalist-home/8641156.article

  • Comment on: Glasgow School of Art by Steven Holl

    Alan Dunlop's comment 11-May-2014 10:34 am

    Very good piece. It's true the critics have been negative, much of it I think as a consequence of the architect's metaphysical archibabble, which makes Kahn the personification of clarity and suspect post rationalisation. It's in it's relationship with the GSA and Holl's stated intention of an "homage" to Mackintosh, which became a " complementary contrast.....if you want to respect someone; you do the opposite" that the building is compromised and Holl left open to much criticism. It is undoubtedly a strong work of architecture. Considered and skillfully constructed and as this piece points out, Glasgow is the better for it.

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