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Eddy Rhead's comments

  • In pictures: AS+GG to design world’s tallest tower

    Eddy Rhead's comment 3 August, 2011 4:30 pm

    I thought we were done with this kind of lunacy?

  • AJ Buildings Library now open to all AJ subscribers

    Eddy Rhead's comment 21 July, 2011 4:21 pm

    Absolutely love the library. However, and i hate to be Peter Pedant, but Castleford Bridge by McDowell and Benedetti has ended up in a place called Wakeford and not where it should be - in Wakefield.

  • New Little Magazines I: The Modernist Magazine

    Eddy Rhead's comment 21 July, 2011 4:06 pm

    Thanks for the kind review. I like to think my uneducated ramblings come under the "cheerily demotic tone" category but i must assure prospective readers that we have at least three proper academics on board who hopefully provide a bit of intellectual light and shade.
    We have been pleasantly surprised by the amount of interest in The Modernist, and not just from the geographic region we currently cover, and the ambition is to slowly expand the remit so the whole of the country is eventually covered.
    There seems to be a great appetite for what we initially thought to be quite a delphic subject and i hope we are proving that there is much of architectural interest outside the obvious usual subjects in the south east.*

    *obligatory provincial dig at London.

  • Robert Adam completes Northampton mental health facility

    Eddy Rhead's comment 18 July, 2011 11:16 am

    I am lost for words (which is *very* rare for me).

  • Kevin McCloud’s housing to be rolled out

    Eddy Rhead's comment 7 July, 2011 2:19 pm

    I like the bike racks though!

  • Kevin McCloud’s housing to be rolled out

    Eddy Rhead's comment 7 July, 2011 2:19 pm

    As with my moan on the Future Townhouse project - this scheme continues the modern malaise of car parking right up hard to the front of the house.
    No chance for an attractive front garden and a reduced chance for interaction with neighbours.
    It encourages the seamless transition from your mobile metal box straight into your static brick box. Why cant there be a distinct and physical separation between home and car or have we become so attached to our cars we feel the need to keep them close at hand like a pampered child?

  • Introduction: The Essence of Engineering

    Eddy Rhead's comment 30 June, 2011 10:00 am

    Where can i get a copy of this booklet?

  • Dutch stars Mecanoo lined up for new Manchester arts venue

    Eddy Rhead's comment 30 June, 2011 0:38 am

    A depressing waste of money at a time when Manchester apparently hasnt got any.

  • BDP's £700m Tithebarn scheme canned as John Lewis pulls out

    Eddy Rhead's comment 29 June, 2011 12:35 pm

    Is there anyone, outside of Preston City Council, who still thinks this is a good idea?

  • Father and son team wins future townhouse contest

    Eddy Rhead's comment 29 June, 2011 11:27 am

    I lament the loss of the front garden in this country. People are now clearly too traumatised in having to walk more than 2 metres from their cars to their front doors. God forbid one should have to talk to ones neighbours in the process.

  • Mayor overturns Camden and approves Make’s Saatchi & Saatchi scheme

    Eddy Rhead's comment 29 June, 2011 11:22 am

    Are there any buildings in London that Make arent doing?

  • Third of student architects bankrolled by parents

    Eddy Rhead's comment 22 June, 2011 1:47 pm

    There was a rather depressing survey recently pointing out that 60% of current charting British pop artists had some sort of private education. Its probably a lazy comparison but we can we presume that architecture will now only be the preserve of the rich and not the talented and British architecture will become as bland as our pop music now is?

  • Reed: Government says there are too many architects

    Eddy Rhead's comment 22 June, 2011 1:00 pm

    Last time we had a Conservative government im sure there was a perception that we had too many ship builders, coal miners, steel workers, etc etc If this lot have their way we will, in future, have to rely on imports of architects because the profession will have been driven into the ground.

  • Plans submitted for £1bn Scottish 'Poundbury'

    Eddy Rhead's comment 17 June, 2011 1:13 pm

    Im presuming from the drawings above that cars (and people for that matter) will not be inhabiting this village?

  • RIBA Award Winners 2011 – Leisure

    Eddy Rhead's comment 16 June, 2011 10:20 am

    I think its safe to say that the northwest, across all the categories, has been a pretty barren place in the last couple of years. I suspect the north / south divide is only going to widen in the coming years too. Depressing.

  • Update: a history of wind problems in Leeds

    Eddy Rhead's comment 10 June, 2011 4:29 pm

    Isnt there a case for corporate manslaughter if problems were identified and not acted upon. Who would be responsible though? The architects for not identifying the problem at design stage or the owners for not acting on an obvious problem? I would hope the poor family of the man killed would seek answers even if Leeds City Council and the HSE dont.

  • Why the Broadgate listing is both undeserved and unfair

    Eddy Rhead's comment 9 June, 2011 6:38 pm

    Spot on Christine. A 'reactive' listing is sometimes good if it is a low key building in 'the provinces' that has slipped below the EH radar and is threatened. Broadgate is a very high profile set of buildings which, if needed be, could have come under scrutiny and considered for listing at any time in the recent past. To list it now seems almost spiteful and undermines the integrity of the listing process. EH should expend more energy on systematic analysis of worthy buildings across the land instead of hurriedly diverting resources to a high profile listing at the 11th hour.

  • Tom Bloxham on Localism and the role of the architect

    Eddy Rhead's comment 9 June, 2011 12:32 pm

    To be fair Wayne (and dont get me wrong i am not a card carrying member of the Urban Splash fan club) Urban Splash only work within the framework of a funding system. You cant blame US for working that system to their advantage - they are not a charity. I think the real problem was that various agencies - be they local councils or central government relied too much on developers to take regeneration forward and gave them too much slack in return for not unsubstantial amounts of public money.
    You cant blame US from walking away from schemes when the money doesnt add up.
    US do what they do and on the whole they leave a positive legacy and the mistakes they have made - big ones like at Park Hill and small ones like the wall at The Midland - are more the fault of toothless planning departments and English Heritage.
    I can think of a lot worse developers than Urban Splash which isnt say much i know but on balance i think its unfair to be so critical of them.

  • A new exhibition and book celebrates BDP’s 50 years in business, writes James Pallister

    Eddy Rhead's comment 7 June, 2011 12:20 pm

    I stand corrected. Thanks Tracey - really looking forward to it.

  • City slams office-to-residential conversions consultation

    Eddy Rhead's comment 7 June, 2011 11:24 am

    "The quality and quantity of office space available in the Square Mile is carefully planned many years in advance," Is it? Surely the property market ultimately dictates what does and doesnt get built in the Square Mile? Is there a strategic long term plan for the Square Mile? Im not being facetious i am genuinely interested to know what form this plan takes, how carefully planned it is and how strictly it is adhered to.

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