Douglas Read's Comments
Comment on: Lighting design pioneer Jonathan Speirs dies
Jonathan will be very much missed. He was one of the most talented designers around globally. He was one of the most delightful, friendly, modest and humerous people I have ever had the joy of knowing. He lit up the world in more ways than one.
Dudok's Hilversum Town Hall must be in the running!
Comment on: Nick Clegg: VAT cut on refurbs 'too expensive'
Strange that he should think a VAT cut is too expensive when it would seem very likely that the increased take in tax paid due to a reduction in the black economy would more than offset the reduction in VAT.
Comment on: The buildings of 2011 - as chosen by you
While these are all terrific projects it's hardly "as chosen by you"; it's "as chosen by leading figures". How about a straightforward readers' choice where the only rule is that can't vote for your own practice? It might be interesting to see if any less well publicised projects make the top ten.
Will Heinekin, Cadbury and Coke be paying for the spectacular product placement? Or will they be ratated over the games with other bidders?
Comment on: The Diary of an Anonymous Architect #5
I may have got this wrong but the only democratically elected commentators on the planning application are in fact the lay Councillors. They may be "populist", they be aesthetically pig ignorant, they may even be to blame for despoilation of the entire country with appalling little noddy houses made out of ticky-tacky - but they are the only democratic bit of the entire process. Would an undemocratic process guarantee anything better - or might it make tings worse?
Sounds like a case of "Shoot the Messenger".