Simon Carne's Comments
I have just spent an enjoyable couple of hours sifting through the Helsinki entries.They were a great source of good and bad graphic techniques, ideas to "borrow" without knowing the provenance and a chance to play name the architect. Though I'm pretty sure neither Sanaa nor Zaha entered, they both seemed to have spawned numerous poor imitations. The competition cannot be presented as a bit of fun. But, like Martin, it cannot be a serious way of finding an architect. The jury have much more to review and yet I still found 40+ worth making favourites and finally got down to a shortlist of 6. I probably skimmed through half and must have missed quite a few. However i look forward to seeing the results if only to see if any of mine get through. The Sydney Opera House was salvaged from the reject pile and Zaha's Peak, another competition with hundreds of entries, won though I doubt that the jury thought it was going to be built. Nevertheless both have played significant roles in advancing the art of architecture.
more a church than a restaurant?
Comment on: John Pardey reveals Lutyens inspired house
I have always liked John Pardey's houses, but can't get my head around the response to orientation here. It seems as though a Villa Savoyesque imagery has taken over. All but the largest face North west. Master bedroom faces North east. Kitchen faces North west, pantry located at key south west corner. Large terrace garden faces east and with no relief from closely packed GRC fins. Surely one of the lessons of Lutyens and Jekyll's work was The importance of the relationship between inside and outside and the importance of orientation?
Comment on: Amanda Levete: the social networker
Agree with Sutherland. Anonymous articles not what I expect from the AJ.
One wonders if the minister or any of his civil servants bothered to read the clear, well argued and eminently achievable proposition put forward by Urbed and their friends and colleagues. What is so depressing is that we have much of what we need in terms of legal instruments in place. What we don't have, but what Urbed over many years have demonstrated, is the commitment to a vision that is on the one hand radical but also 'conservative'. They do not propose a one size fits all solution but careful design and planning.The ministers and their advisors should look beyond the headlines and listen. I believe Nick Boles was one who did but of course he gets moved on. It is to Lord Wolfson's credit that he stumped up the cash to encourage this debate in more than just sound bites - not unlike Sir Terry Farrell working and funding the Farrell report for Government for free.
Comment on: Stirling Prize shortlist: the critics react
Reasonable shortlist and an excellent panel of judges, but have the buildings had a chance to prove themselves? Given the dire state of most building in the UK does this shortlist send a message to the commissioning and design community?Time only will tell.
One wonders whether there was a brief? If there was an urban design assessment which I doubt, how did it inform either the first of the alternative Terry scheme?
Comment on: Retrofit Awards 2014 shortlist announced
90 shortlisted, the judges certainly have their work cut out.
Is skyscraper masterplan an oxymoron?
I had the privilege to be on the Design Commission for Wales panel that reviewed Stormey Castle before it was given planning permission. The concept, presentation including Chris Loyn's evocative watercolour sketches, attention to detail and setting in the landscape bowled us over. From the photographs it is clear that Chris has held on to his concept and achieved a remarkable place in the landscape. If there is any justice it would be a national award winner.