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  • Comment on: Amanda Levete: the social networker

    rory olcayto's comment 25-Sep-2014 5:27 pm

    The article is researched the AJ news desk - there is no single author. I'm sorry you think the piece is nasty Sutherland. Amuch of the material within it is drawn from information in the public domain and any criticisms have been balanced with praise. It's fairly typical of a profile format.

  • Comment on: Last chance to enter: How would Scottish independence impact architects?

    rory olcayto's comment 7-Aug-2014 10:28 am

    Thank you Walter, for your very thoughtful commentary.

  • Comment on: You asked for it. We built it. The AJ is now on iPad

    rory olcayto's comment 8-May-2014 4:30 pm

    Ian: no - not as yet. Our website has been optimised for your mobile however. And our own research has shown most architects use Apple rather than windows or android tablets.

  • Comment on: Skyline campaign: Prospects and views

    rory olcayto's comment 15-Apr-2014 9:11 am

    Thank you for your comments Robert. All of our campaigns – Women in Architecture, More Homes Better Homes and now Skyline – argue in favour of raising standards, whether in terms of a fair working environment, a better quality of housing provision, or a more thoughtful approach to building tall. On the whole, I believe most architects, whether in the AJ100 or not, share these aspirations and while there is always more any business can do to improve – and that includes AJ too – it is also reasonable to celebrate success where it occurs, hence our passion for the AJ100 Awards. In any case, a strong critical culture is good for business - more often than not it inspires innovation. As for your comments regarding height – it’s a good one: ultimately it’s all relative – apparently the first use of the term skyscraper was applied to steel framed buildings just 10 stories high. We’ve gone with Peter Murray’s definition however, and the research NLA published for its London’s Growing Up! Exhibition. about planned tall buildings for the capital.

  • Comment on: Glasgow academics weigh in on Red Road flats demolition

    rory olcayto's comment 13-Apr-2014 3:28 pm

    Matt, thank you for your in-depth take on all things Red Road. Fascinating.

  • Comment on: Venice Biennale spat points to a deeper rift in architectural culture

    rory olcayto's comment 21-Mar-2014 4:16 pm

    not sure i follow your logic Urbanist. could you explain? cheers, rory

  • Comment on: Join the AJ for breakfast at O'Donnell + Tuomey's student centre at the LSE

    rory olcayto's comment 20-Mar-2014 7:32 pm

    click on the link above that says, 'book your places now'

  • Comment on: Time for Serpentine Pavilion to back Brits

    rory olcayto's comment 18-Mar-2014 10:22 pm

    Thomas, that was the point of the pavilion, as I said in my editorial, above. But the rule has been broken - H&dM built the pavilion in 2012 even though they had already built in England (Tate, Laban) so....time to change the rules! Or just scrap it. That said, the Radic scheme has a lovely neo-Neolithic aesthetic!

  • Comment on: Holl's Glasgow Art School Building: First reaction

    rory olcayto's comment 6-Mar-2014 4:59 pm

    Ahh John, you are right. He was living in suffolk when he was arrested under suspicion of being a spy. change has been made. Still the point stands!

  • Comment on: AJ Kiosk models revealed: Hadid, Hopkins, Parry and AHMM

    rory olcayto's comment 18-Feb-2014 12:17 pm

    Hello Sita: thank you for your question. We devised Kiosk for our partners Turkishceramics, although we have many similar programmes that engage with small firms. Recently we have produced charrettes in Glasgow and Birmingham with Philips and Argent, both for smaller firms. We are in the middle of our Small Projects coverage (which awards winners with a cash prize) and have just awarded and celebrated the best young female architects in the Women in Architecture Awards. It is also just a few months since we shortlisted young firms for the Future Reception competition with Derwent. We hope Kiosk will open a wider debate. At the Building Centre this week we have a crit with the mayor’s office, townscape expert Bob Tavenor and Thames Water (Daisy Froud of small (but growing practice) AOC is joining us too) and we are publishing a supplement exploring the designs and the wider public realm debate soon. An exhibition (also at the Building Centre), and designed by our art editor Brad Yendle begins on Friday. We hope you will come along. Of course AJ is dedicated to fostering young talent - it is our lifeblood too - but that shouldn't mean we don't engage with the proven best, like Zaha Hadid, Hopkins et al. PS. Studio Weave, part of the Kiosk programme, are what you might describe as a small practice too. We were delighted to be able to include them.

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

    rory olcayto's comment 6-Jan-2014 2:58 pm

    Hi Michael, happy new year... regardibng youir point: I think this sentence covers it: 'FAT’s buildings, like the writing, are witty, well-crafted and smart. ' cheers! rory

  • Comment on: A glance back to Glasgow's Winterschool

    rory olcayto's comment 15-Oct-2013 5:31 pm

    Cheers Jonathan! I think I've got a few snaps from back in the day...will try and dig therm out.

  • Comment on: The best project in King's Cross

    rory olcayto's comment 1-Aug-2013 11:47 am

    and to link the two previous posts: what's even more depressing about glasgow and the publically owned george square is that the council is trrying to ban trade union rallies there... ps. nice piece on picketing michael.

  • Comment on: Digital culture has made alien worlds familiar and the familiar world alien

    rory olcayto's comment 25-Jun-2013 5:46 pm

    Circle o' life Ruth. Circle of life.

  • Comment on: It's time to question the classic Corb backstory

    rory olcayto's comment 12-Mar-2013 5:58 pm

    thanks Michael. However you may want to think of the wider reasons why corb 'goes on' about the parthenon so much in Vers. By the time of its publication, geopolitics had shifted considerably, interest in Ottoman culture was dead, as was the role of Islam in the succssor state of Turkey. There was a firm belief in Turkey, and Western Europe, that there was nothing to learn from Islam anymore and the Turks themselves, under Ataturk, embraced European modernism wholeheartedly. Furthermore, Corb knew that making a link between ancient greece and european modernism was simply a more shrewd - and on message - PR skew. None of this however changes the fact that it was in Istanbul that Corb's theories first began to crystallise. HIs own quote regarding his observations ofmosques as essentially geometric machines ordering space and human movement is the proof. This should be part of what every first year student lears (if indeed we are to continue to shape young architects' minds by introducing them to the subject via Corb and co) Sadly, Euro-centric historians, like Curtis, brilliant though he is, refuse to fully engage with this, as evidenced by his lack of knowledge regarding Sinan (which he cheerfully confesses to) and his descriptions of Corb's tour in reverse, and you could argue, even referring to Turkey as Asia Minor. These may seem like minor (ahem) points, but if we're going to turn away from the overly simplistic architectural histories the trickle into books and lectures from Curtis's more thorough (although still euro-biased) texts, we have to begin to acknowledge them.

  • Comment on: Moving towards PRrchitecture

    rory olcayto's comment 25-Sep-2012 10:07 am

    That feels like the perfect comment for this article - thanks Peter!

  • Comment on: Grundtvig’s Church, probably the best brick building in the world

    rory olcayto's comment 4-May-2012 3:01 pm

    Michael. no. it's not. temur's great brick buildings are the best - in the universe! - and wouldn't fit with the carlsberg 'joke' i was so desperate to use either.

  • Comment on: Roath Lock Studios, Cardiff, by FAT and Holder Mathias Architects

    rory olcayto's comment 20-Dec-2011 2:44 pm

    yes. its part of the building. why shouldn't we?

  • Comment on: 2011: The year of iconus horribilis

    rory olcayto's comment 17-Dec-2011 1:59 pm

    Ah yes, The Parametric Express...powered by faster-than-light neutrinos, which cause the train to arrive before it departs...nice. ps. glad to see that's the only point you dispute hugh!

  • Comment on: Burren House, Dublin, by Niall McLaughlin Architects

    rory olcayto's comment 21-Apr-2011 10:39 am

    Regarding comment Anonymous @ 19-Apr-2011 2:15 pm In case of any confusion that may arise from your comment: The drawings and photographs used to explain the residence are produced by the architect and the architct's photographer and have not been altered for publication.

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