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  • 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.

  • Comment on: Small Animal Hospital, Glasgow, by Archial Architects

    rory olcayto's comment 24-Sep-2010 12:07 pm

    To clarify: this building study was first published on 18th March 2010.

  • Comment on: McManus Galleries, Dundee, by Page\Park

    rory olcayto's comment 23-Sep-2010 9:49 pm

    i should make clear that justin fenton was project architect for mcmanus galleries and karen nugent was project architect for albert square.

  • Comment on: Pick up a Rennie Mackintosh original for just £100

    rory olcayto's comment 31-Dec-2009 1:38 pm

    alexander 'greek' thomson was on a £20 note issued by Clydesdale bank in 1999 to celebrate glasgow's reign as city of architecture and design....

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