Simon Carne's Comments
Comment on: Can Jeremy Corbyn solve the housing crisis?
Thorough and interesting long article let down by a ridiculous headline. Sorry. Seeing the so-called "housing crisis" through the myopia of a London-centric unrepresentative (of UK voters) body of professionals is hardly going to make any difference. Land supply, planning, employment opportunities, transport investment, re-balancing the economy, ditching iconic high profile so called investment, energy policy....etc all have to be considered. A forward looking strategy for the UK is required and the Labour debate has not addressed the bigger problems that we face.
Preston got a lot for its money. £5k for each shortlisted entry I seem to recall. However even if they have strayed over budget and come up with more substantial buildings than the 25 year design life envisaged it is nevertheless great to see such creative responses to such a dramatic building. I voted for 1, which seemed to me to be closest to respecting the bus station and answering the brief.
Comment on: Wilkinson Eyre wins Copenhagen bridge contest
Agree with Robert and Peter. The Danes (and Swedes) know a thing or two about bridges ......and crime thrillers.
"A suspended stove allows uninterrupted garden views".
Comment on: Moxon brought in on Garden Bridge project
The story gets better every day.
Comment on: Camden slams HS2 for lack of vision over Euston
Lack of vision could better apply to the whole misconceived project.
Comment on: Garden Bridge to be built 'within 1,000 days'
So it's also modern methods of construction that will make this white elephant fly. It is incredible that so much public money can be channeled to this frippery. A worthy contender for the pages of the FT How to Spend it magazine, not for the serious subject of building cities for people.
Comment on: Coalition of critics slams the Garden Bridge
Remember Covent Garden and the Motorway Box. We are now in an era of equivalent nonsensical projects. A robust business case? Like the one for HS2?
Comment on: Why are we so reluctant to turn up the volume?
Paul Finch hits nail on head (again). Never mind adding the Rosen Ratio to architectural taxonomy, it would be good if a few more submissions to design review thought about the section as an essential part of design. Amazingly the very worst even seem to have avoided drawing one. The high end of design, concert halls, theatres, museums, art galleries depend on an understanding of volume, but everyday building need sections too. The result? - Design so dumbed down by crude area limitations that any opportunity for delight is lost.
Kings College is a very complex set of buildings. The challenge of this site is considerable. Replacement of the existing Victorian unlisted buildings has been inevitable for years. I worked on them in 1989/90 and we argued at the time that the pair of Georgian terraces were also so badly mauled that they were not worthy of retention. I'm not convinced that the proposed replacement is as good as it could be in the hands of this excellent practice.
Stick men meet tellitubbies
Isn't Pocket Living just an answer to a very specifically inner urban area problem, for that read London, Birmingham, Manchester. The UK is not short of space for good sized homes at reasonable densities, but lacks well connected places, with the infrastructure, facilities and job opportunities paying decent salaries that make viable liveable neighbourhoods. As architects I suspect we love the challenge of making beautifully crafted flexible space using economy of means. But is this what people want? Invariably they end up having to accept what the housebuilding industry provides, poorly designed and ill considered spaces.
The front wall and four openings are the elements that maintain the joke. "Celebrating it in a contemporary way" could also be a joke. Just not so funny.
Comment on: Tottenham Court Road Station revamp opens
Saw it yesterday morning and was glad to see that it wasn't very exciting. I like underground stations to be spacious, clean and legible. After the exceptional Jubilee line extension stations, this seemed to be a reasonable solution good ordinary. As there is more to come it will be interesting to see how the new entrances work and the links to Crossrail are handled, so for now just happy to have a much better station.
Comment on: 09.01.15: DRDH in Bodø
Previous comment should be total cost of £10.3m - apologies.
Comment on: 09.01.15: DRDH in Bodø
Great coverage of what looks like a very impressive building. One small query, the financial data doesn't make sense - divide the total cost (310.3m) which looks very reasonable indeed cheap by the area (17,500sqm presume that is both builldings) and you get a cost per square metre of £588. Something must be wrong but what?
Looks great but always frustrating to read cost confidential. Could at least publicise the build cost.
From the Summary of teh 80 page planning report...."The Garden Bridge is a unique proposal for which there is no precedent to make comparisons against. It is very clear therefore that a very robust, comprehensive and responsive Operation and Management Plan is going to be needed to ensure the project is a successful one in terms of visitor experience and impact on neighbours" In other words a potential recipe for disaster
file for future reference - under what satisfies para 55
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.