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Michael Badu's Comments

  • Comment on: RIBA Awards winners 2014: Houses

    Michael Badu's comment 1-Jul-2014 5:08 pm

    I have loved that Luker House for ages. Now I know the conbtractor! Thanks AJ & Carl!

  • Comment on: Over two thirds of architects want exclusive right to design buildings

    Michael Badu's comment 16-May-2014 8:22 am

    For the quality of the built environment to be protected, either design quality has to be a real, central and overriding statutory concern or architect's function should be protected. The problem is that only lip-service has been paid to the former option, and so now architect's (me included) don't trust the government to put design quality at the forefront. The problem with the latter option is that the architectural profession isn't seen as being worthy of it and it smacks of protectionism and cartel-ism to non-architects; particularly those who remember the 'quality' of much that was produced at the height of architect's power and influence in the 60's and 70's. A third problem is that the notion f the specialised professional architect is historically incongruous anyway, as Ruskin said:- "I saw that the idea of an independent architectural profession was a mere modern fallacy, the thought of which had never so much as entered the heads of the great nations of earlier times; but that it had always, till lately, been understood, that in order to have a Parthenon, one had to get a preliminary Phidias; and to have a Cathedral of Florence, a preliminary Giotto; and to have even a Saint Peter's at Rome, a preliminary Michael Angelo...."

  • Comment on: Ellis Woodman on One Pancras Square by David Chipperfield

    Michael Badu's comment 15-May-2014 9:09 am

    Yikes! Ellis Woodman writing for the AJ? After the increase in natural disasters and escalating worldwide conflicts this is the final straw. We are surely in the final days of of the apocalypse. I'm heading for my underground bunker in Norfolk!

  • Comment on: Shades of Tate: Tate Britain by Caruso St John

    Michael Badu's comment 27-Jan-2014 2:36 pm

    great write up. I love the use of the TS Eliot quote!

  • Comment on: FAT weren't just witty architects they were good writers too

    Michael Badu's comment 9-Jan-2014 10:24 am

    Hi Rory! Happy New Year to you! I guess it does! I think people get ideological about the 'Learning From Las Vegas' lot and don't give them the credit they often deserve for the quality of their built work. As you probably know by now I think built work is the real thing for an architect! M

  • Comment on: FAT weren't just witty architects they were good writers too

    Michael Badu's comment 6-Jan-2014 10:47 am

    I think someone should also say (if it hasn't been been said already) that behind the wit was substantial problem solving ability which could be seen in their housing projects. Vey well worked out plans and sections enabled then to get away with 'the wit'. Similarly I always think that the parti of the Sainsbury Wing is very intelligent and efficient. It isn't simply a 'joke'.

  • Comment on: Rory Olcayto: 'Astley Castle changes the way we look at, and rework, old buildings'

    Michael Badu's comment 27-Sep-2013 2:25 pm

    Could have gone either way (with the chapel). These did seem to be the best two projects

  • Comment on: Witherford Watson Mann's revamp of 12th century castle wins 2013 Stirling Prize

    Michael Badu's comment 27-Sep-2013 2:24 pm

    worthy winner! Really lovely projects! I hope one day i'll be able to afford to stay there for a week or two!

  • Comment on: RIBA announces Part 1, 2 and 3 memberships in major shake-up

    Michael Badu's comment 20-Sep-2013 9:34 am

    ridiculous, and just so I'm not misinterpreted, I'm an architect but not a member of RIBA. The headline suggested something more substantial was going to happen like making the course 2 years shorter, this just shows how pointless and out of touch RIBA is. The only reason to be a member of RIBA is that most of the public have heard of it, but haven't heard of ARB. I once didn't get an interview for a job at an interior design firm because I wasn't a member of RIBA. I couldn't afford to be (still can't)!

  • Comment on: Azman unwraps Suffolk beach house refurb

    Michael Badu's comment 23-Aug-2013 9:02 am


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