John Smith's Comments
Comment on: First pictures of DSDHA's orange box in York
In 2008 there was an RIBA Competition called 'Beam Goes Mobile'. What happened to that? I hope it wasn't yet another wasted competition process.
Sometimes this fluid sculptural approach works really well - but not here. Can't architects not be pluralistic? Would it not be ok to do orthonal sensitive one week and be fluid the next? I think that Zaha probably knows this was the wrong approach but is so intent on sticking to the formula for the sake of 'branding'. Why can't she do a Chipperfield style building once in a while if she thought it the best approach?
Comment on: Fee survey graphs: How RIBA damaged architecture
We are currently getting fees well over the fee scales - they are actually holding us back. Chew on that.
The Seifert Scheme takes my vote. If it ain't broke...
Can Just Facades please stop making sycophantic comments. On this web site - its a tedious marketing ploy. The Hamiltons building with its 40mm shadow gaps is an abomination, as is the GZWG ona and the Spacecraft one etc etc...
This competition took place in January - What took them so long?
Comment on: UK architects criticise Swiss minaret ban
Most of the minarets built outside asia are simply badly designed and ugly. Of course people will vote against them. Its a stupid survey.
The AJ has wet its pants just short of the toilet again. Why cant they wait until its finished?
Comment on: High Street 2012 public works jobs up for grabs
I suggest the AJ conduct a straw pole of what they percieve to be well known young practices. I think that they will be surprised at the shear number of firms with a turnover of less than £300K. Why have a minumum turnover at all? It will rule out submissions from some of the many very creative and talented firms.