Industry Professional's Comments
Comment on: ‘The worst building in the world awards’
"We have a housing crisis because new housing, new neighbourhoods and new multistorey blocks are consistently, unambiguously and predictably unpopular with most of the public most of the time." This is simply false, and makes you start to doubt the rest of what's said.
Comment on: Coalition of critics slams the Garden Bridge
It's an old fashioned folly, pure and simple. This would be fine if like most historic follies it was privately funded. Remove the public funding and finance it through corporate altruism and it would be fine.
Nothing said about maintenance costs and who will pay them?
Well written Ian. Not one respondent refers to children in their response. Whilst internal space standards are important so is private (and public) outside space for growing playing children. Apartments / flats are not places for growing children either for themselves, their parents or their neighbours. Will the 7.5sqm standard stop estate agents from referring to large cupboards as bedrooms ?
Comment on: Building great schools
Roger, Couldn't agree with you more and keen to get involved. Whatever the colour(s) of the next government there's no doubt that we have a huge challenge to meet demand. The danger for the profession is that we fall into the trap of just saying we need more money - we need to be more creative than that as it's very unlikely that £/m2 rates will improve after May. So we need to be asking how we can use space more effectively? Whether a 'traditional' arrangement of classroom spaces is the most efficient/ effective way of delivering the curriculum, and so on. Timetabling is another area where we might find significant opportunities to make better quality spaces that work for more of the day. I could go on... Philip Watson (Atkins)
A peace of Art
Paint on, seamless, copper?... is that a thing?...
Planners insist on new houses looking the same as the adjacent houses and the houses in the surrounding area, therefore no real design is required. It would be nice to be able to put forward innovative design solutions not just basic red or buff brick square houses with very little character or Architectural design.
Seems so obvious just to push back the taxi pick up turnaround back a bit in order to retain the building. Its not like this part of the Royal Arsenal is desperate for public space.
Comment on: Crystal Palace: Where did it all go Zhongrong?
Good riddance I say. The park is not derelict as anyone ever setting foot in it will be bale to see. Locals are rightly fed up with people descending and declaring their much used local park in need of being concreted over. Would this have gone any further a really dangerous precedent would have been set not boding well for keeping green spaces in the city. It is too easy to feel all sentimental about a formerly bankrupt icon that burned to the ground for good reason. There is yet hope London will grow up and ditch its rampant icon-ism for a more interesting future should this project really disappear.
Comment on: 26.09.14: Materials science
Comment on: Robert Adam unveils Reading towers scheme
What on earth is that?!... no no no no no.... wrong on 28 levels
Not as aesthetically pleasing as Stockton-on-Tees' Infinity bridge but due to location, I feel this will get more coverage and praise.
The regeneration developments in Blackpool look promising however, I feel out of season it'll always have the "Every day is like Sunday" theme associated with run down seaside resorts across the country.
The nice brick area will shortly be covered by second/third cars and recycling bins!
From Anne Markey: Nadia Habash was my counterpart on the British Council Women @ Work trip to Palestine in 2008 led by Angela Brady. I was shocked by the impact of occupation on the daily lives of Nadia and other professional colleagues there. The West Bank was not the discrete parcel of land separated by a wall from Israel that I had ignorantly imagined it to be. Palestinian cities were separated from other Palestinian cities within the West Bank by Israeli checkpoints making the typical regular site visit that we are familiar with here in the UK an arduous and prolonged affair. Personally I think that UK architects should inform themselves fully of the situation on the ground before they chase opportunities in such a sensitive context.
Out of interest and general equality, will there be an annual "men in architecture" awards?
Isn't this the same M Johnson who at the BFE conference last year proudly presented these standard designs! " anyone that wants to move away from the baseline and can do so within budget is welcome to try. We’ve left room for innovation” ???
According to the BBC report of the court case (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cornwall/3816713.stm) "Mr Ball left the Eden Project in 1997 after falling out with Mr Smit. A legal dispute between the two co-founders of the vast biomes was settled amicably in 2002 and Mr Ball is now a lifetime Friend of the Eden Project."
Comment on: Jane Duncan: The nine per cent president
There is a strong undertone in this article that suggests the President of the RIBA shouldn't be designing houses for celebrity clients, but more 'worthy' architecture - whatever that is. The RIBA serves all architects, not just the ones that design museums and cultural centres! Who cares if she hasn't won awards, in case no one's noticed the President of the RIBA isn't actually asked to sit down and design anything, it's about policy, management, and good decision making.