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Michael Badu's comments

  • RIBA Awards winners 2014: Houses

    Michael Badu's comment 1 July, 2014 5:08 pm

    I have loved that Luker House for ages. Now I know the conbtractor! Thanks AJ & Carl!

  • Over two thirds of architects want exclusive right to design buildings

    Michael Badu's comment 16 May, 2014 8:22 am

    For the quality of the built environment to be protected, either design quality has to be a real, central and overriding statutory concern or architect's function should be protected. The problem is that only lip-service has been paid to the former option, and so now architect's (me included) don't trust the government to put design quality at the forefront. The problem with the latter option is that the architectural profession isn't seen as being worthy of it and it smacks of protectionism and cartel-ism to non-architects; particularly those who remember the 'quality' of much that was produced at the height of architect's power and influence in the 60's and 70's. A third problem is that the notion f the specialised professional architect is historically incongruous anyway, as Ruskin said:-
    "I saw that the idea of an independent architectural profession was a mere modern fallacy, the thought of which had never so much as entered the heads of the great nations of earlier times; but that it had always, till lately, been understood, that in order to have a Parthenon, one had to get a preliminary Phidias; and to have a Cathedral of Florence, a preliminary Giotto; and to have even a Saint Peter's at Rome, a preliminary Michael Angelo...."

  • Ellis Woodman on One Pancras Square by David Chipperfield

    Michael Badu's comment 15 May, 2014 9:09 am

    Yikes! Ellis Woodman writing for the AJ? After the increase in natural disasters and escalating worldwide conflicts this is the final straw. We are surely in the final days of of the apocalypse. I'm heading for my underground bunker in Norfolk!

  • Shades of Tate: Tate Britain by Caruso St John

    Michael Badu's comment 27 January, 2014 2:36 pm

    great write up. I love the use of the TS Eliot quote!

  • FAT weren't just witty architects they were good writers too

    Michael Badu's comment 9 January, 2014 10:24 am

    Hi Rory!
    Happy New Year to you! I guess it does! I think people get ideological about the 'Learning From Las Vegas' lot and don't give them the credit they often deserve for the quality of their built work. As you probably know by now I think built work is the real thing for an architect!


  • FAT weren't just witty architects they were good writers too

    Michael Badu's comment 6 January, 2014 10:47 am

    I think someone should also say (if it hasn't been been said already) that behind the wit was substantial problem solving ability which could be seen in their housing projects. Vey well worked out plans and sections enabled then to get away with 'the wit'. Similarly I always think that the parti of the Sainsbury Wing is very intelligent and efficient. It isn't simply a 'joke'.

  • Rory Olcayto: 'Astley Castle changes the way we look at, and rework, old buildings'

    Michael Badu's comment 27 September, 2013 2:25 pm

    Could have gone either way (with the chapel). These did seem to be the best two projects

  • Witherford Watson Mann's revamp of 12th century castle wins 2013 Stirling Prize

    Michael Badu's comment 27 September, 2013 2:24 pm

    worthy winner! Really lovely projects! I hope one day i'll be able to afford to stay there for a week or two!

  • RIBA announces Part 1, 2 and 3 memberships in major shake-up

    Michael Badu's comment 20 September, 2013 9:34 am

    ridiculous, and just so I'm not misinterpreted, I'm an architect but not a member of RIBA. The headline suggested something more substantial was going to happen like making the course 2 years shorter, this just shows how pointless and out of touch RIBA is. The only reason to be a member of RIBA is that most of the public have heard of it, but haven't heard of ARB. I once didn't get an interview for a job at an interior design firm because I wasn't a member of RIBA. I couldn't afford to be (still can't)!

  • Azman unwraps Suffolk beach house refurb

    Michael Badu's comment 23 August, 2013 9:02 am


  • Who should be taught in the architectural canon?

    Michael Badu's comment 26 July, 2013 12:16 pm

    "Historiography is valuable - but it is in danger of becoming a means of recycling our insecurities. The understanding of the ‘relativity of knowledge’ should not mean that we abandon the task of identifying the achievements of the past and passing them on with a sense of conviction."

    "it is the responsibility of teachers to pass on their accumulated knowledge to the next generation, who, being young, will make sense of that understanding for their new world. Arendt argues that all teaching is fundamentally an act of ‘conservation’, not to conserve the past for nostalgic reasons, but because the conservation of the old provides the basis for renewal and innovation."

    damn straight!

    We should be embarrassed as a profession that too many practing architects are not able to talk about the architecture of the past with any real knowledge. Our excuse? It doesn't matter because it's really old and we live in modern times now! The trouble is that you can keep applying this principle of the 'superceded canon' suceessively as time passes, to such a degree that nothing learned is perceived as having any real value anymore, and this is exactly where we are as a profession right now. If anything goes, why do you need architects?

  • Frame House, Holland Park by Jonathan Tuckey Design

    Michael Badu's comment 17 May, 2013 3:29 pm

    looking forward to JTA's red concrete number being published!

  • Frame House, Holland Park by Jonathan Tuckey Design

    Michael Badu's comment 17 May, 2013 3:27 pm

    All the schemes are lovely! But wasn't Gort Scotts published already?

  • Where are all the critics?

    Michael Badu's comment 23 March, 2013 9:17 pm

    Mr Games. I look forward to your first mission!

  • Olga Felip crowned Emerging Woman Architect of the Year

    Michael Badu's comment 23 March, 2013 6:41 pm


  • It's time to question the classic Corb backstory

    Michael Badu's comment 12 March, 2013 3:28 pm

    Interesting article, however Corb goes on about the Parthenon so much in 'Vers Une' that it's difficult to accept this revisionist hypothesis. Corb clearly admired the 'Sphinx-like' mosques of 'Stamboul' and his sketches showed his analytical appreciation of them. Fundamentally Corb was the opposite of architect like Hadid and Zumthor (much as I love them) who say they are inspired only by themselves. Corb was more like Siza who said 'to know architecture, is to know the work of other architects. Therein lies his greatness. This could apply to Palladio and Sinan too, who knew each other's work. Sometimes as architects we lack the ability to say 'this is not in line with my philosophy, but it's really good; therefore my philosophy is wrong!'

  • Cypriot common ground

    Michael Badu's comment 7 September, 2012 9:01 am

    Sounds like a good project! Good article

  • Starchitects think journalists should toe the line

    Michael Badu's comment 7 September, 2012 8:57 am

    It's true that Wolf Prix made some valid points and that David Chipperfield doesn't come out of this as well as he might, because he takes the criticism (much of it directed at the modern incarnation of the biennale itself) too personally. It's also seems that Prix has a problem with Chipperfield’s architecture, perhaps deeming it too corporate-friendly and bland and that his opinions in this regard rumble 'not-so-deep' beneath the surface of his press release. What Chipperfield would no doubt have pointed out (had he not allowed himself to feel so personally affronted) was that Prix himself highlighted the essential ridiculousness of his position by mentioning architecture and Pussy Riot in the same sentence. It's anachronistic to imagine that architects have (or ever really had) the power to influence politics through built form. Shouldn't the Jenks Prize winner have realised by now that one of the fundamental lessons of Post Modernism has been the peripheral nature of much of what architects do to society? One suspects that Chipperfield understands this, indeed Patrik Schumacher was quite heavily attacked recently for making a similar point.
    To imagine that architecture which has it's roots in fulfilling quite boring but fundamental human requirements can have the same effect as punk rock, which (if you go back far enough) has it's roots in the protest songs sung on American slave plantations, is silly. These are points that could have been discussed by our 'responsible-media' had it not been so concerned with saving face.
    As architects we have to realise that our failure to get the ‘basics’ right has led to our increasing marginalisation, those basics being the design of beautiful, durable, meaningful buildings. Unfortunately nearly 100 years after Le Corbusier et al, we have to admit that we are still struggling with these simple aims and in typically straight-laced fashion Chipperfield’s ‘Common Ground’ seems to address this.

  • Chipperfield victorious in Reims arts museum contest

    Michael Badu's comment 28 May, 2012 5:24 pm

    This could be incredible!!! Don't be put off by the fact that it looks like a building e've seen before. The marble could be...really great!!! Looking forward to this.

  • Grundtvig’s Church, probably the best brick building in the world

    Michael Badu's comment 7 May, 2012 2:10 pm

    @Rory. True! Lol! As I said Grundtvig still pretty damn good though!

    P.S is my mug in the post?

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