Alan Dunlop's Comments
Comment on: Search begins for architect to restore the Mac
I too have just visited the building, David. You make a valid point about the rain. Seeing how the weather will affect the brick facades over time will be interesting but I disagree strongly that the building is "ill resolved". In my view, it's a truly remarkable and original work carried out with rigour on a very difficult site, whether it wins the Stirling or not. I hope it wins but despite the "hype" it may not. How often has the clear Stirling favourite lost out? Anyway, Rory Olcayto's comment seems particularly relevant to your post "James Stirling’s portfolio is practically defined by risk - every one of his great buildings flirts vigorously with failure."
Comment on: Amanda Levete: the social networker
I am genuinely puzzled how a practice with few built projects and limited profit before tax can run an office of 55 people?
Comment on: Maggie’s Lanarkshire
Beautiful, considered work.
Comment on: Stirling Prize shortlist: the critics react
mmm...me too Joe, Ortus looks like a stunning project.
Comment on: Are there too many architecture schools?
"I have now wandered though another raft of end- of-year shows which display huge endeavour and creativity...but exhibit endless unbuildable, unreal, irrelevant and ultimately forgettable projects that will evaporate as soon as the shows close." Sadly I have too, in the UK but also China and USA as critic, reviewer and also external examiner. Often brilliant cgi images and stunning drawings from cleary talented students of ultimately pointless projects.
Having just returned from Suzhou and this building, I believe this project would be a very relevant and informative case study for those architects interested in how things are done in China. Focusing on the high aspirations and design intent of the architect, compared to what the LDI's and contractors understand and are capable of delivering.
Why not use the currently vacant architecture studios of the Fielden building at Strathclyde University as much needed temporary studios for students of the GSA, while restoration work is undertaken. A generous offer of solidarity, respect and friendship from one great institution across the city to another needing help which will be a positive reuse of much respected Fielden building?
Why not use the currently vacant architecture studios of the Fielden building at Strathclyde University as much needed temporary studios for students of the GSA, while restoration work is undertaken. A generous offer of solidarity, respect and friendship from one great institution across the city to another needing help which will be a positive reuse of much respected Fielden building? http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/anger-as-strathclyde-school-of-architecture-leaves-brutalist-home/8641156.article
Comment on: Glasgow School of Art by Steven Holl
Very good piece. It's true the critics have been negative, much of it I think as a consequence of the architect's metaphysical archibabble, which makes Kahn the personification of clarity and suspect post rationalisation. It's in it's relationship with the GSA and Holl's stated intention of an "homage" to Mackintosh, which became a " complementary contrast.....if you want to respect someone; you do the opposite" that the building is compromised and Holl left open to much criticism. It is undoubtedly a strong work of architecture. Considered and skillfully constructed and as this piece points out, Glasgow is the better for it.
Comment on: Red Road flats demolition 'spectacle' scrapped
I agree Matt, many of the "mistakes" of Red Road were down to mismanagement but don't necessarily agree that it has been deliberate and that Sam Bunton has been scapegoated to an extent. I also agree that there is nothing to applaud but the correct decision has now been made, for whatever the reason we should, as Glaswegians interested in promoting our city internationally, celebrate that.
forgive me .... but what on earth are you saying. Sorry, but this is drivel.
Grim? The choice of grey and black Petersen bricks and black pantiles are a bold move and will no doubt be controversial here. But this building is undoubtedly a work of Architecture. Intellectually satisfying on many levels, expertly considered and immaculately detailed, in my view.
Comment on: A world away: House No 7 by Denizen Works
Great review. Pleasure to read.
Good luck, a frankly bizarre decision to refuse.
Comment on: Learning from Glas Vegas
Great issue, clever ideas, excellent drawings. Well done
why is that worth pointing out?
Comment on: Sutherland Hussey unveils Shanghai gallery
Immaculate renders of what looks like a very interesting and contextual project. Good luck with it.
Comment on: Major breakthrough in PQQ reform
Excellent, long overdue.
Comment on: Are there too many architecture schools?
"I feel it is frankly immoral for schools to be producing unemployable graduates." Agreed and agreed also that there are too many schools. As for the most effective way of teaching architecture, I'd be interested to find out the number of the heads of these many schools are experienced in the craft of architecture, have actually built projects of some scale....... or at all.
Frankly, Glenn if you want to read a great article on the problems of architectural education read Austin Williams on sustainability supplanting critical engagement then Penny Lewis on the need for a core method and text, rooted in the study of history, context and culture and the modern movement.
Comment on: Daniel Libeskind lands Durham Uni jackpot
I think you should say what you really mean Respor.
Congratulations Bruce and good luck.
Not unconvinced at all.........actually pretty ambitious and I'm thankful for it.
Is there a site plan and plan(s)?
Kerr Robertson is an highly experienced architect and well regarded professional. The fact the RIAS acknowledge that the competition was well run is largly due to his input and direction. "whichever design won we would have gone with the public’s view." I don't recall this being made clear, if so why have a jury?
Congratulations SHA, a great project and build quality looks excellent.
Comment on: Work to start on 'less radical' George Sq revamp
Explosive right enough, well done RIAS..........wonder what the major issue was that arose during the judging and left the leader of the council increasingly agitated, the competition a shambles and Glasgow an international laughing stock?
Very nicely done, cleverly planned, good light from a narrow site and spatially very interesting. Congratulations.
Water features aside, Entry 2 seems to better understand the social, political and civic context of the square. That in my view is fundemental and suggest an architect that is very familiar with Glasgow and its history........it is also a fine proposal and that also seems to be reflected in the poll above.
Congratulations, Chris.......I'll look forward to seeing some more beautiful drawings.
Sorry Peter, I've had to read this an number of times to get to the core of your arguement. The global meltdown has brought with it an age of philistinism. At present it’s all about money. At the recent AIA international conference, when the government's chair of education committee said architects had nothing to contribute to the future design of schools, leading members of the profession, including some you have mentioned, listening as the profession was undermined, stayed quiet. I was the only one who challenged that stunted view. As a professor who has taught now in a few countries I am always heartened and delighted by the insight and capability of the young people who continue to study architecture. They are often outstanding, intellectually, creatively and rationally. This capability somehow has to be nurtured and allowed to develop and grow. As long as we have such people interested in becoming architects then the profession has a positive future.
The most remarkable, gifted and visionary architect artist of my generation. Astonishing work. Looking at his drawings was a humbling experience.
Perhaps more realisable and believable would be a better description, David. Less ambitious perhaps but better suited to the topography of the gardens and the climate of Aberdeen, particularly in winter when the wind whips in from the North Sea?
Time to restore the Peacock Visual Arts Brisac Gonzalez project, I think.
Comment on: Paper Architecture
Great Drawing and very interesting proposal and background story. Enjoy Venice both of you.
Atopian, eh. Very clever............ and as all schools should aspire to be.
Comment on: In pictures: Sketch-a-facade victors celebrated
Wonderful to see a celebration of craft and artistic ambition -even if it means yet another lunch..... Kate Dunlop
Comment on: In praise of the quizzical line
This was a joy to read, a real pleasure. Drawing forces you to think....and think again.
Comment on: Lighting design pioneer Jonathan Speirs dies
Sad news indeed. Jonathan Speirs was an inspirational figure. An exceptionally talented designer who guided Speirs and Major to the top of their profession and one of the few Scottish practices with a truly global presence and international reputation.
Comment on: Arup wins approval for prefab country house
Comment on: First look at gm + ad's last building
I agree, it's a stunning and historically significant site, the true birthplace of the industrial revolution. Not that's of particular interest to anyone other than me but my first project as a newly qualified architect was the creation of the "New York Street" which was the centre piece of Granada Studios Tour and the cafe, burger bars and shops in the arches below........happy days. Not really a positive contribution either to such an important site but fun .........and it's gone, this proposal looks like it will stick around much longer.
Comment on: The house at Spanish Cove
Beautiful house, stunning quality of detailing and relationship to context. The limestone will only look better over time I would think, as the weather leaves its mark.........but what about the sto render how will that look ?
Impressive projects all of them but more likely to be the Doolan "Shortlist"
Congratulations Ross and Anna
There has to be someone at the head of government who takes a real interest in architecture that cares about design. At present, in both England and Scotland, you could be ordering toilet paper one week and commissioning an architect the next. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in New York seems to have pushed through a method for better procurement of city buildings. For projects under $15m only practices with 10 staff or under are considered.
Comment on: Gareth Hoskins unveils vision for Helensburgh
So what, we all borrow and this is much more convincing ....credit where it's due. Hoskins has taken on a difficult problem for an area that desperately needs it. Well done.