Alan Dunlop's Comments
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.
This is a particularly worrying time for the city John, so much substandard work seems to be pushed through on the back of the economic crisis. I've no idea where this project came from and although I consider myself to be very well informed with what's happening in my city, this was somehow kept under wraps. I had no idea either that Glasgow had a chief architect, the last one left before Glasgow was City of Architecture in 1999 which now seems to have been a golden age.
What an incredibly important and interesting project, matched only by an incredibly dull and uninspiring proposal. Glasgow seems to be in real danger of no longer being recognised as a city of good contemporary architecture with this effort and the tin sheds approved on the Broomielaw.
‘BREEAM becomes a problem [in terms of cost] if it is used far too late as a tick-box, hassle exercise rather than a design tool" I've been involved in a few school design conferences over the last year, both in the UK and USA. I've seen some great schools and some absolutely soulless, dispiriting and, frankly, dreadful ones. The dreadful ones always lead by TRUMPETING their BREEAM and LEED credentials.
Comment on: Herman Hertzberger wins RIBA Gold Medal
mmm...don't think he's been really underrated at all. He has been considered an outstanding architect and educator for as long as I can remember. Particularly recently by those able to distinguish architecture from product design. I think instead others have been overrated. Depends I guess on how much you value the RIBA Gold Medal as the true measure of an architect.
Comment on: Chancellor demands 'new PFI model'
Much discussion at the moment is about PFI. However, in the run up to presenting at the recent AIA BCSE conference I sat, quietly at first, with 200 architects, teachers and contractors and listened to Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness and Chairman of the Education Select Committee promote private sector and business involvement in the procurement of new schools, while damning BSF. It was a shocking exposition of the government’s hostile attitude toward architects. What was more bewildering to me is that those London based architects, many of whom were involved in BSF took it on the chin without question or response. The attitude that schools don’t need architects to design them and that business and commerce can meet all educational needs is philistine and I told him so. Cookie Cutter schools may be cheap to build but they are not the answer. Yes teachers are important, but so is quality of the physical environment and good architecture. Maybe in ten years, when this new form of PFI is exhausted we’ll learn that it is only by the architect and teacher working together and state school projects being properly funded that we can at last achieve great schools, that are fit for purpose.
p.s the yacht in the main image tells you all you need to know about the architects understanding of context.
This has to be easily the most disturbing planning approval granted by the city in recent years. Conceptually flawed, out of scale, materially suspect and more of a barrier on the waterfront than an attraction it also brings into question the significance of organisations like A+DS. Although their response was stifled by committee speak, their report was the most damning I have read recently for any project, yet the application was approved. Sad day for Glasgow and the high aspirations some of us have for the waterfront.