Eddy Rhead's Comments
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.
Comment on: Plans submitted for £1bn Scottish 'Poundbury'
Im presuming from the drawings above that cars (and people for that matter) will not be inhabiting this village?
Comment on: RIBA Award Winners 2011 – Leisure
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.
Comment on: Update: a history of wind problems in Leeds
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.
Comment on: Baking with BDP
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.
Comment on: Tweet it in the family
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'.
Comment on: MBLA opens stainless steel-clad health centre
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.
Comment on: Approval for camouflaged house in Bristol
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.
I think Mr Shuttleworth needs to take a crash course in humility. His assertion that his gimmicky and rather average building is a 'sea change' is conceited and deluded whilst his apparently untrue comments about Peter Foggo are bordering on offensive.
Looks as good , if not better, than it did in 1973. Well deserved listing and a seemingly good job by A & M.
Comment on: Government could drop s106 sweeteners
Pathetic. Sorry i cant offer a more articulate response than that but this is one of the lamest 'ideas' this bunch of fools have come up with yet. And thats saying something!
Probably be closed down in 6 months time because of spending cuts.
Comment on: Roof Structure: Velodrome for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, by Hopkins Architects
We have some very very talented people working in this country. A wonderful building.
Comment on: Manchester Bridge is safe insists Hodder
There seems to have been an ongoing policy of neglect on this bridge - with no one seemingly taking responsibility for its maintenance. Im just wondering if decent housekeeping over its short life would have prevented this? I doubt it would have reached this point if the bridge had been in the care of a private owner.
'Streets in the sky' eh? Havent we been here before? Those visualisations could be straight out of the 'Traffic in Towns' Buchanan report from 1963. Bad idea then - bad idea now. Quite apart from the idiocy of destroying this magnificent structure.
Comment on: Architects call for Gove’s resignation
I can think of several more reasons to get rid of him too.
Comment on: LDN Architects bags Piece Hall prize
Oh great - a water feature that will never work.
Comment on: ASL opens doors to Widnes MyPlace centre
I actually helped to get the Health Centre listed so this is very heartening for me to not only see its reuse and restoration but also a really good bit of new architecture to complement it.
In what way is this a sustainable development?
Comment on: Make's Olympic Handball arena nears completion
A leopard, it seems, cannot change its spots.
Comment on: Terry Farrell’s reworked eco-town approved
Although there are small concessions within the layout of this development to prioritise pedestrians over cars - this type of housing will still appeal to people who own cars and its geographical position and an apparent lack of any meaningful public transport means its 'eco' credentials are bogus.
Comment on: Robert Adam bags planning for Jersey Dairy site
God help us.
Comment on: WHAT_architecture unwraps Lego-clad school
That is a beautiful thing.
Comment on: Heatherwick’s pavilion rods up for sale
Erm? Anyone know how to read Cantonese?
So, at a time when "We are all in this together" a couple of eye wateringly expense vanity projects that will mainly benefit foreign tourists in London escape the axe? Also - does the UKCMRI really have to be in the capital?
£13.7 million? It all looks very nice (bland?) but i fail to see where nearly £14 million has been spent.
Perhaps Peel want to create the Dubai of the North? I can see this being just as successful and sustainable as Dubai has become.
Comment on: BSF review pushes prefab schools
So the Dept for Education dont comment on leaks? What about the ones that riddle the 80 year old roof at my children's school?