Simon Carne's comments
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?
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.
The irony of Farrell's involvement. An excellent summary of the value of a river frontage and how PTAL has been ignored. Compare and contrast with Old Oak Common PTAL high but no river.
Is it one storey too high? Dominating not respecting its neighbours, could more be placed below ground?
interesting to see Make's work in context of Foster's Gerkin. Teams on each sharing the same members and no doubt the shape justifications for one could equally be applied to the other?
Lucy's comments are so sensible but architects just can't resist the thrill of the chase. Also surprising to see who is on the panel of judges. How will their deliberations be recorded in the interests of transparency and openness?
At least there are a couple of 'relatively' small practices involved and so - good luck Marks Barfield.
The critical importance of regional transport in the City Region should not be underplayed. Felix rightly points out the scale and population of a South Wales City region, but it is one that is crying out for greater employment opportunities. Transport for the region as a whole is required. Having looked for example at numerous projects large and small across Wales and in particular in the south, my overall impression is that welsh enthusiasm and skill is often denied by the lack of the urbanist's vision for these independent towns and cities who jealously guard their identity, but miss opportunities to work together. By all means celebrate history, culture and individuality but share the proceeds and collaborate.
Louis Helman answers the brief, but then he doesn't need an introduction. Hannah Carding answers it with humour. Is the brief the key or will technical expertise win? They are lovely but for those taking on the larger scale it is difficult to see how the sketches show the different ways in which we make our houses, neighbourhoods and cities our own. It's a tough task for the judges.