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  • 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.

  • Comment on: Red Road flats demolition 'spectacle' scrapped

    Alan Dunlop's comment 15-Apr-2014 8:28 am

    I agree Matt, many of the "mistakes" of Red Road were down to mismanagement but don't necessarily agree that it has been deliberate and that Sam Bunton has been scapegoated to an extent. I also agree that there is nothing to applaud but the correct decision has now been made, for whatever the reason we should, as Glaswegians interested in promoting our city internationally, celebrate that.

  • Comment on: Dynamiting homes as a TV stunt sends the wrong message

    Alan Dunlop's comment 15-Apr-2014 8:15 am

    forgive me .... but what on earth are you saying. Sorry, but this is drivel.

  • Comment on: Glasgow academics weigh in on Red Road flats demolition

    Alan Dunlop's comment 12-Apr-2014 7:41 pm

    Excellent post.

  • Comment on: ‘Serious, almost grim’ visitor centre opens at Bannockburn site

    Alan Dunlop's comment 13-Mar-2014 8:57 am

    Grim? The choice of grey and black Petersen bricks and black pantiles are a bold move and will no doubt be controversial here. But this building is undoubtedly a work of Architecture. Intellectually satisfying on many levels, expertly considered and immaculately detailed, in my view.

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