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  • Comment on: Douglas and King wins planning for Cricklewood apartment block

    Robert Wakeham's comment 15-Apr-2014 6:17 pm

    'Faceting and sculpting' in an urban environment - apparently to include the roof, as if the whole building has been carved out of one chunk of brick - surely risks differential staining if roof rainwater just runs down the walls? Or are there to be gutter 'grooves' along the wallheads?

  • Comment on: Israeli architect defends RIBA’s motion

    Robert Wakeham's comment 11-Apr-2014 7:46 pm

    Anyone passing themselves off as someone else should be exposed and identified for who they really are - the AJ is usually mercifully free of the 'faceless ones' so, please, could we have a bit of honesty?

  • Comment on: Shock at Commonwealth Games bid to demolish Glasgow towers for opening ceremony

    Robert Wakeham's comment 7-Apr-2014 1:32 pm

    Jonathan Meades refers to 'even the most half witted elected representative...' - the trouble is, this is Glasgow, and the electorate seems perfectly capable of electing a parrot if it's wearing the right colours. In the case of the current leadership, it seems to be following in the footsteps of the previous disgraced one.

  • Comment on: Revealed: 10 shortlisted designs for HS2’s overhead line structures

    Robert Wakeham's comment 3-Apr-2014 4:32 pm

    Perhaps by the time that HS2 is completed our friends the electrical engineers will have worked out how to pick up power from the two rails - like toy trains - by induction or whatever, thereby avoiding the need for posts and wires.

  • Comment on: RSHP picked to design scheme to replace firm’s own HQ

    Robert Wakeham's comment 31-Mar-2014 10:48 am

    I wonder if this'll be an example of an attractive riverside site, with a variety of contrasting buildings and uses, being 'dumbed down' by the pressure to maximise the return on providing more very, very high value residential space? No reason why an architect shouldn't benefit from their investment, but will it be at the expense of the 'place'?.

  • Comment on: Brady defends RIBA Council Israeli motion

    Robert Wakeham's comment 26-Mar-2014 12:00 pm

    None of the human rights abusers listed by Stephen Games have such a close association with Britain, and to my mind there's a great deal of obfuscation being employed to justify condemnation of Brady's motion and the RIBA Council's vote. This reminds me of the controversy in the pages of the Architectural Review a few years ago, and at the risk of being accused of anti semitism myself, I think that no-one should lose sight of the fact that racism and prejudice can work in two directions, and is especially insidious when it's fed by misplaced loyalty, religion, selfishness and outright greed.

  • Comment on: High Court rejects challenge to Chippo's Elizabeth House scheme

    Robert Wakeham's comment 24-Mar-2014 9:51 am

    Gherkins, cheese graters, walkie-talkies - and now a pile of carelessly stacked boxes? What next in the novelty store?

  • Comment on: MIPIM is good for business, but the investment focus distorts UK architecture

    Robert Wakeham's comment 12-Mar-2014 7:08 pm

    The mismatch between 'London values' and national values was brought home to me last week when it was reported that the long disused Brompton Road underground station on the Piccadilly line had been sold for £53 million, while down in Somerset the 'fixing' of the flooding problems, including a barrage to protect Bridgwater, would cost the almost unimaginable sum of £100 million. £53 million pumped into the London economy (from the Ukraine economy) while it's anyone's guess whether there'll be a 'business case' for pumping money into Somerset. Enjoy MIPIM.

  • Comment on: Highlander. House at Camusdarach Sands by Raw

    Robert Wakeham's comment 7-Mar-2014 11:49 am

    'Sculptural architecture' involving wrapping timber cladding over the roof, looks as if, even with really careful detailing, it could be a real challenge to keep the building looking sculptural in any climate, let alone what'll get thrown at it at Morar.

  • Comment on: 'Let's go really big': Chancellor signals another Euston rethink

    Robert Wakeham's comment 24-Feb-2014 11:00 am

    Whatever the outcome, it'll be a monument to philistinism if reconstruction of the Euston Arch isn't an integral element in the work.

  • Comment on: Flood debate: Should we build on floodplains?

    Robert Wakeham's comment 18-Feb-2014 11:19 am

    The Thames valley tv news footage has clearly demonstrated how some residential areas are inundated with calm water whereas others, presumably nearer the river, are exposed to flowing water - and surely the former would indeed be candidates for floating houses.

  • Comment on: Fraser rubbishes Scottish Poetry Library revamp

    Robert Wakeham's comment 14-Feb-2014 10:23 am

    I'd like to know why Fraser and the client 'parted ways'. If the SPL really has outgrown this fine building maybe the ideal would be for it to be sold to someone who'd give it more respect, and for NRS to design a new building - which would hopefully be less of a dog's breakfast than their current proposal, and would better reflect their undoubted design skills.

  • Comment on: Speculative Diamond Jubilee Bridge gets planning go-ahead

    Robert Wakeham's comment 22-Nov-2013 10:11 am

    The smaller central arch accentuates the larger scale of the two side arches, and while the alignment of the piers with those of the adjacent Battersea Railway Bridge is clearly essential, I don't understand why the two 'double span' arches couldn't have been four smaller arches - which would surely have been a more elegant solution and avoided the over-scale and clumsy appearance of the big arches.

  • Comment on: Stirling-shortlisted Sainsbury’s eco-store faces demolition

    Robert Wakeham's comment 18-Nov-2013 1:53 pm

    There's also the question of whether IKEA stores are truly 'fit for purpose', given their standard design formula with inadequate provision for 'shortcuts' in the upstairs maze leading to unnecessary overcrowding, and failure to provide for acoustic damping in the restaurant creating too much noise for comfort.

  • Comment on: A steal in steel city: SOAR Works by 00:/

    Robert Wakeham's comment 13-Nov-2013 9:48 am

    For a different 'take' on the headline illustration see Google Streetview

  • Comment on: Historic site will be 'trashed' by National Rail scheme warns engineer

    Robert Wakeham's comment 11-Nov-2013 9:38 am

    What would the 'Middlewoods Lock site' route entail, compared with the demolitions and alterations listed above?

  • Comment on: Maggie's Aberdeen: ‘It didn’t start with a pebble’

    Robert Wakeham's comment 11-Oct-2013 9:36 am

    'The contractors found their own way' - there's surely an opportunity for research on just how builders over the last century have successfully tackled radical and challenging construction; a few years back at Ronchamp I asked the visitor centre manager who it was that had risen to the challenge of making such a revolutionary design real, but she couldn't enlighten me. The 'knowing how' must have surely uncovered some construction industry geniuses over the years, particularly before the rise of computer aided design.

  • Comment on: Union Terrace Take III: Brisac Gonzalez scheme could return

    Robert Wakeham's comment 26-Jul-2013 12:02 pm

    This is really good news, if it results in the original competition winning scheme - that respects the character of the setting - being realised. It might also go some way to restoring confidence in the governance of Aberdeen city.

  • Comment on: SHH wins go-ahead for black-fronted Mayfair home

    Robert Wakeham's comment 16-May-2013 11:14 am

    I wonder why this locality was designated a Conservation Area? Variety might be preferable to total uniformity, but isn't an apparently black building here more than slightly incongruous, and arguably just representative of what might well turn out to be a short-lived fashion fad?

  • Comment on: Euston demolition plans dropped

    Robert Wakeham's comment 22-Apr-2013 8:49 am

    11 new platforms, but without expanding to the west, and the probably irresistible pressure for over-station development - does this all add up to a multi-layered cavern that fails to learn the lessons of the past?

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