Alan Dunlop's Comments
beautifully resolved project.
Nice door access control, I'm told
Entry forms can now be submitted up until the 14th January. There is a backlog of post at RGI, due to the severe weather.
Yes indeed, it would be a great pity.......... but that was the plan. Striking building, perhaps if Ian reads this he could let us know?
Comment on: Facing up to Mackintosh
Actually, there has been quite a bit of discussion among architects in Glasgow and genuine concern, although a reluctance to set anything down in print. Which is understandable, maybe given the international reputation of Holl. However, Curtis is a much respected critic and writer and make a number of very valid points particularly regarding daylight. Mackintosh brings light into his building in a very subtle way, I don't think that can be said of the proposal as it stands at the moment. As for the extent of the highly reflective front to the south on Renfrew Street, the elevation does dominate and I wonder what sunlight bouncing of the glass that will do to the north light coming into the GSA. All of us in Glasgow want this building to be a success, absolutely but it would be wrong to equate silence with contentment or positive feeling.
Comment on: AJ exclusive: interview with Zaha Hadid
‘MAXXI cannot be drawn. Nobody has that technique. It’s lost. You rely on very steady hands, inking and transfers. All these techniques have been substituted by other things.’ Oh, really.
Having now visited the exhibition, my opinion has not changed, in fact it has grown much stronger. The only project that stands up to real scrutiny is, in my opinion by Sutherland Hussey. It is well resolved, realisable and disciplined. It also has depth in detail which is not immediatly obvious from the published computer generated image, the resolution of the glazed veil for example. What is most depressing is the emphasis the architects have placed on the immediate impact of the uber realsitic cgi's. The public's favourite seems to be an image of space ship as museum, with admittedly an interesting section but with what looks like a single point of entry and exit, how on earth will that work Scotty? Another project inspired by a Scottish bluebells has also caught the public imagination particularly its flawless seamless glass which cannot be cleaned without, in my opinion undertaking a major engineering operation. During this phase of public consultation these cgi's seem to be worth their weight in gold for they have have convinced visitors and posters on the official website that the most implausible and frankly dumb proposal is possible and seem dynamic, affordable and achievable.
I agree, though it reminds me very much of their Loch Ard boathouse. Nevertheless it is the only credible project and you have to wonder what was the brief set for the other contestants. Three of the projects could never be built within a budget of £150 million never mind £50 Million, in my opinion. So at the risk of sounding once more parochial you have very good project, well considered, well designed and by a leading Scots practice, they should get it. Will they?
What's Dundonian for Pure Mental?
Comment on: McManus Galleries, Dundee, by Page\Park
Was there myself recently. The project is beautifully executed and I doubt if there is another practice that could have done in better. Much credit to P/P and to Karen Nugent.
Comment on: RMJM loses raft of top names
No review? It's not that far away surely? This year Scott Sutherland will run a two year masters course with units led by, Gokay Deveci, Neil Gillespie and myself. You can see work done last year, designing a new island town here: www.newcrammondisland.co.uk No computers in my unit, from now on only hand drawings Alex Green above was a particularly excellent draughtsman.
Comment on: Design a Roof: A home for Boris
very clever, great drawings.
I think you both should declare an interest. I fail to see how the removal of the legally protected title could be beneficial to architects, particularly as there are many of us who do not wish to be part of the RIBA.