Eddy Rhead's Comments
Great article and an equally good building but to describe Darwen as being in a 'remote part of Lancashire' is both untrue and ever so slightly patronising. I do hope this comment reaches you - i shall put it on the next stagecoach that passes through. Now you'll have to excuse me - my whippet needs walking and i need to go and scrounge some coal off the slag heaps.
Does anyone seriously think this development is going to happen anyway?
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But the Peoples History Museum extension, very prominent in the foreground, is by AS:L
John Lewis clearly didnt think it was a good idea.
"I want the coalition to be the greenest government ever" David Cameron May 2010
Emperor's New Clothes
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Lovely stuff. Restrained and classy. Nice palette of materials.
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‘self-funding, quick-win packages’ Translation: 'cheap and ill thought out'
£750m on the scheme. £3.75 on the render.
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Cynical attempt to get a troublesome scheme through planning as opposed to a real commitment to decent architecture.
Each design has its own merits so wouldnt it be a nice idea to perhaps have a range of designs which reflect the landscape that they go in? Or different geographical regions having their own designs?
‘It is a good scheme and Allies and Morrison has done a pretty good job.' Hardly a ringing endorsement of both the scheme or the architecture is it? If the developer cant even be bothered to talk it up then it doesn't bode well does it?
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What are these people trying to do to me!?!
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If the render above, showing the proposed scheme, is anything to go by i think Bradford would be better off sticking with the hole for the time being.
Definition of Grove - 'a small wood, orchard or group of trees.' Not 'endless and ugly hard paving devoid of any greenery soon to be covered by parked cars'. As far as the houses go - gimmicky and dishonest masquerading as "well designed and striking".
So it "could appear to undermine his political neutrality" could it? He obviously doesnt have political neutrality because he is clearly trying to use his influence to dictate policy. Its politics with a small 'p' but politics none the less.
Generic. At best.
Making desperate and angry people that little bit more desperate and angry. That won't have any negative consequences. Will it?
Does anyone else find the comment ‘We would be open to discussions with anyone regarding free schools.’ a bit chilling? Or is it just me?
I thought we were done with this kind of lunacy?
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.
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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.
I am lost for words (which is *very* rare for me).
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I like the bike racks though!
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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?
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Where can i get a copy of this booklet?
A depressing waste of money at a time when Manchester apparently hasnt got any.
Is there anyone, outside of Preston City Council, who still thinks this is a good idea?
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.
Are there any buildings in London that Make arent doing?
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?
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.
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Im presuming from the drawings above that cars (and people for that matter) will not be inhabiting this village?
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
I stand corrected. Thanks Tracey - really looking forward to it.
"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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I tempted to say that if they had done a cake version of Preston Bus Station it would have been demolished in no time. But i wont.
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Its funny cos its true.
Bless his cotton socks. He has always been a bit of a blagger our Wayne. Can also make a point of pedantry in that the Renault Distribution Centre is probably better described as Hi-Tech than Post Modern and whilst i dont know Truro Law Courts very well, i dont remember it having that many 'flashy shapes and bold colours'. Im guessing Wayne may have just typed 'british + 80s + architecture' into Google a few minutes before going on air for his 'research'.
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The bits of the old hospital ruin what is otherwise a great looking building. Whats the point? The interiors look superb though - MBLA do colour so well.
Shame they couldn't have graced either Manchester or Preston with this exhibition*. I dont think George would have approved. *i am happy to be proved wrong on this when i am told that it will indeed be coming north.
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Anyone else left with the feeling "Whats the point?" The natural cynic in my just sees this as an attempt to placate planners and instead of an interesting architectural statement it ends up just being a gimmick and a compromise. Seems an awful lot of space given over to car parking too. I'd be inclined to loose a car and gain more accommodation but then again i have more sense than money.
I dont know about ‘most important planning document since the Town and Country Planning Act of 1947’ - it seems to be just pulling together lots of other polices and, despite my natural instinct to oppose everything this government do, i found myself agreeing (in principle) with much of what it says. The biggest alarm bell was these awful sounding Neighbourhood Forums. Whilst seeking to simplify the planning process these sounds like a great opportunity to put more obstacles in the way of development as applications ping pong between these local groups and local authorities. The idea of the Neighbourhood Forums granting planning permissions fills me with dread! There is real potential for small minded but articulate and vocal 'neighbourhoods' to cherry pick what they decide is acceptable development on their doorstep whilst less engaged or organised communities get all sorts of rubbish dumped on them.
In the past thematic studies have been an excellent way of identifying vulnerable buildings which in turn has led to listings. The work done by EH on cinemas and pubs are two thematic studies that spring to mind. I would suggest libraries be next on the list - if EH have the funds and/ or the will to do so that is.
The 'concept sketches' do not instil me with much confidence that these will be anything but fancy, expensive tower blocks.
This looks to be a really wonderful building. As a Mancunian and a cyclist i have to say im rather jealous of this building - architecturally speaking it puts our own rather mundane velodrome to shame . What i can say is that this sort of facility has a real and positive impact on both participation in cycling and the quality of the cyclists we produce in this country. Our finest cyclists have all admitted that having the Manchester velodrome has improved them as athletes and improved the sport of cycling. This marvellous building can only strengthen Britain's position in the cycling world.