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Industry Professional's Comments

  • Comment on: Can Jeremy Corbyn solve the housing crisis?

    Industry Professional's comment 4-Sep-2015 11:51 am

    Corbyn seems to want policy creation to be a collaborative process with both the PLP, members/supporters and the experts of the field. If elected as leader, left leaning architects nationwide should be hammering at his team's door to influence policy. It's no good saying he doesn't have an architectural viewpoint, we have to start the conversation to let him arrive at one. I find it personally refreshing that he isn't telling us (architect) what to do (Gove).

  • Comment on: McAslan and Purcell shortlisted for Willow Tearooms restoration

    Industry Professional's comment 24-Aug-2015 5:13 pm

    will it actually be a café serving food as originally or just a building preserved in aspic?

  • Comment on: Shuttleworth: 'The Garden Bridge makes a statement about London's creativity'

    Industry Professional's comment 5-Aug-2015 1:22 pm

    Well said Ken Shuttleworth! To the list of reasons about why we should all embrace the Garden Bridge I would add: •As well as connecting the South Bank to Victoria Embankment, the bridge creates a new and amazing space for Londoners and visitors alike. A place for relaxation, recreation and social interaction, encouraging people to enjoy London on foot •The bridge does more than one thing which people find confronting. On one hand 10,000 people will use it every day as part of a more serene daily commute. At the same time it will be a unique place to just be – and to enjoy more of London’s best views amongst Dan Pearson’s garden rather than next to dual carriageway traffic •it will invigorate passion for horticulture and nature in London. •Over 65% of the capital costs to build the bridge will be fundraised from the private sector, representing a significant gift to the public •It will improve London’s walkability, improving personal health and benefitting the environment •Pedestrian numbers will be very similar to the Millennium Bridge but with twice the pedestrianised area it will be far less congested. •It will improve transport connectivity, providing a much needed direct connection to Temple Underground and reducing pressure on Waterloo Station •The Bridge will connect into the existing ecologies of the North and South Bank •The Bridge will be free. There will be no charge or ticketing system. It will be open to the public from 6am and until midnight all year round. •To avoid taxpayers footing the bill for its ongoing maintenance it will be closed for a maximum of 12 days (or more likely 12 part days) when it will host fundraising and community events. So well said again Ken. The bridge is supported by almost eight out of 10 Londoners according to a poll earlier this month, but public statements of support are important. Rob Leslie-Carter Director at Arup, and part of the Garden Bridge design team

  • Comment on: Moxon brought in on Garden Bridge project

    Industry Professional's comment 8-Jul-2015 12:31 pm

    Just for clarity GBT hasn't 'drafted in' Moxon. Moxon are part of the Bouygues TP and Cimolai Joint Venture team selected as preferred Main Contractor in April 2015.

  • Comment on: ‘The worst building in the world awards’

    Industry Professional's comment 30-Jun-2015 2:41 pm

    "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

    Industry Professional's comment 1-Jun-2015 9:06 am

    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.

  • Comment on: Garden Bridge Trust launches 'myth busting' campaign

    Industry Professional's comment 13-Apr-2015 11:09 am

    Nothing said about maintenance costs and who will pay them?

  • Comment on: Space standards adopted in radical shake-up for homes

    Industry Professional's comment 30-Mar-2015 1:18 pm

    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

    Industry Professional's comment 16-Mar-2015 12:08 pm

    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)

  • Comment on: Wilkinson Eyre reveals ‘dramatic’ new Wellcome Collection stair

    Industry Professional's comment 5-Mar-2015 10:03 am

    A peace of Art

  • Comment on: First image of Garden Bridge’s copper cladding revealed

    Industry Professional's comment 18-Feb-2015 5:17 pm

    Paint on, seamless, copper?... is that a thing?...

  • Comment on: Third of biggest housebuilders don't employ own architects

    Industry Professional's comment 3-Feb-2015 11:33 pm

    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.

  • Comment on: Berkeley drops plans to demolish listed building for Crossrail development

    Industry Professional's comment 30-Jan-2015 4:59 pm

    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?

    Industry Professional's comment 30-Jan-2015 11:07 am

    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

    Industry Professional's comment 24-Dec-2014 9:18 am


  • Comment on: Robert Adam unveils Reading towers scheme

    Industry Professional's comment 11-Dec-2014 10:50 pm

    What on earth is that?!... no no no no no.... wrong on 28 levels

  • Comment on: Work starts on Design Engine’s £5.9m Reading footbridge

    Industry Professional's comment 5-Dec-2014 1:21 pm

    Not as aesthetically pleasing as Stockton-on-Tees' Infinity bridge but due to location, I feel this will get more coverage and praise.

  • Comment on: The last resort: Blackpool council offices by AHR

    Industry Professional's comment 5-Dec-2014 1:10 pm

    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.

  • Comment on: Mighty neighbourly: Pewsey One by Tony Fretton Architects

    Industry Professional's comment 1-Dec-2014 2:44 pm

    The nice brick area will shortly be covered by second/third cars and recycling bins!

  • Comment on: Palestinian and Israeli architects divided over UKTI visit

    Industry Professional's comment 30-Nov-2014 8:41 pm

    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.

  • Comment on: AJ Women in Architecture Awards: deadline extended

    Industry Professional's comment 25-Nov-2014 11:55 pm

    Out of interest and general equality, will there be an annual "men in architecture" awards?

  • Comment on: Expert warns small standardised schools 'are set to stay'

    Industry Professional's comment 2-Oct-2014 3:23 pm

    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” ???

  • Comment on: A lesson from history - the untold Eden project scandal

    Industry Professional's comment 10-Sep-2014 9:56 am

    According to the BBC report of the court case ( "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

    Industry Professional's comment 7-Aug-2014 6:06 pm

    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.

  • Comment on: Re-Format wins planning for Winchester townhouses

    Industry Professional's comment 19-Jul-2014 1:26 pm

    The hierarchy of the 3 forms works well. Its a shame the drawings are so small on here. If the varying forms/terraces relate to the function of the accommodation behind, and i feel they may well do, it makes for a very special scheme indeed.

  • Comment on: Re-Format wins planning for Winchester townhouses

    Industry Professional's comment 17-Jul-2014 11:13 pm

    The hierarchy of the 3 forms works well. Its a shame the drawings are so small on here. If the varying forms/terraces relate to the function of the accommodation behind, and i feel they may well do, it makes for a very special scheme indeed.

  • Comment on: Re-Format wins planning for Winchester townhouses

    Industry Professional's comment 17-Jul-2014 11:19 am

    Nice to see a bold contemporary scheme that is well articulated and provides a considered and respectful response to a challenging site. Impressed.

  • Comment on: Kennedy O’Callaghan's Bletchley Park visitor centre open doors

    Industry Professional's comment 27-Jun-2014 12:57 pm

    Is the traffic cone a permanent feature to stop people tripping offf the edge of the steps? What about an unobtrusive hand-rail? What about level or sloping access to make access easier for people with walking difficulties?

  • Comment on: How can we improve London’s emerging Skyline?

    Industry Professional's comment 30-May-2014 8:58 am

    Demolish the 'walkie talkie'.

  • Comment on: The profession has to value women to become business-savvy

    Industry Professional's comment 7-May-2014 11:11 pm

    It would be nice if the AJ could write an article that offered a different point of view rather than hammering bosses over paying women less than their male counterparts. Employers will pay their staff as little as possible, whilst maintaining the illusion of progression and fair pay, much like a carrot to a donkey. I personally have been on the receiving end of the unfair pay gap and have had to fight like mad to get myself on an equal footing (or at least I think I got level). It took several attempts and the threat of leaving before I gained equal pay with my colleagues. All bosses have favorites and all bosses are reluctant to increase their overheads, so it won't come easily. But instead of moaning about the issues and using manipulated survey results (comparisons need to be far more comparable than just stating women earn 25% less) , the underpaid (male and female) should directly confront their boss and be willing to take drastic action if required. This may mean leaving a practice, interviewing elsewhere to see what the market is offering or just taking a hard line with your employer. If as a profession we all started to have a bit more backbone and demanded a proper salary, we wouldn't have reduced our net worth as dramatically as we have in the past years. Since when has a project manager been worth more than the architect... isn't that what we used to do as part of our role??? Unequal pay is unfair and unjust, but sadly it is rife and until we all unite and demand more as individuals, low pay and long hours will remain.

  • Comment on: Hodder: lower wages for female architects 'deplorable'

    Industry Professional's comment 24-Apr-2014 12:28 pm

    We are debating salary differences between male and female architects which is 100% the right thing to be doing. But whilst on this topic I think we should address the other significant issue within the industry... the fact that we are all grossly underpaid. The following is a job advertisement currently (24/04/2014) shown on the AJ: Newly Qualified Architect £20000.00 - £25000.00 per annum This cannot be considered adequate remuneration for 7 years study, three qualifications and the accompanying knowledge. I am fully behind equal pay, having been fortunate enough to have worked with both brilliant male and female architects. Both have different skills to offer, but both are equally significant. The recruitment firm advertising this measly job, will pull in at least 20% of the agreed annual salary. They require no specialist training, they don't belong to a regulatory body and they earn an extortionate amount of money in comparison. If companies can afford to pay the 20% fee, why don't we start appointing directly and offer some of this cost to the employees?

  • Comment on: Cardiff: a city of big ideas

    Industry Professional's comment 20-Feb-2014 10:44 am

    Mr Macomish's regional xenophobia is quite staggering

  • Comment on: Juice Architects unveils designs for Swansea Bay visitor centre

    Industry Professional's comment 29-Jan-2014 10:26 am

    Highly textured concrete in that Marine Environment - a brave move

  • Comment on: Moxon only Brit among latest Europan finalists

    Industry Professional's comment 6-Jan-2014 2:05 pm

    So which European practices were shortlisted?

  • Comment on: Goodbye Parts 1,2 and 3: RIBA endorses shorter route to qualification

    Industry Professional's comment 6-Dec-2013 12:38 pm

    [logging-in via Construction Information Service] Any system that allows one to develop a practice in architecture based upon one's own merits rather than constrained by the available employment and 'in practice' learning opportunities is potentially fairer and more open to much needed innovation in the field. - Gordon Hulley

  • Comment on: Scotland tackles teaching sustainable design

    Industry Professional's comment 8-Nov-2013 12:37 pm

    Another exhibition is also currently underway in The Lighthouse, Glasgow, which considers and promotes sustainable design. ‘CAST: Innovations in Concrete' has been developed by Architecture and Design Scotland, The Concrete Society and the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Edinburgh College of Art (ESALA) to look at and consider the environmental sustainability, recyclability and other ancillary benefits of concrete construction. A number of lunch seminars are programmed, where the perception of concrete, along the impact it has had on our culture, built environment and architecture, are considered and discussed. Full details are availbel in the link below: ‘CAST: Innovations in Concrete' runs till 28th November in The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow.

  • Comment on: Chipperfield dropped from Geffrye Museum overhaul

    Industry Professional's comment 6-Nov-2013 10:12 pm

    I do hope you will perhaps consider applications from smaller, architectural practices, those who are less publically renowned as 'big name' practices in the near future, alternates who have an intense affiliation with the arts with historic refurbishment projects, perhaps even more deeply than Chippererfield himself.

  • Comment on: Chipperfield accounts reveal slump in pre-tax profit

    Industry Professional's comment 17-Oct-2013 2:11 pm

    Worth pointing out he was sacked from the £1billion Cambridge University project for failing to meet brief and budget after 12 months of trying.

  • Comment on: Gort Scott bags planning for Jesus College ‘eco’ offices

    Industry Professional's comment 18-Sep-2013 3:10 pm

    Having looked at the planning application I continue to fail to see anything unusually eco about this project. The massing and modelling of the rear of the building is also rather sad - a compromise between good neighbourlyness and commercial greed for floor area.

  • Comment on: Footprint's 5 things to do this week

    Industry Professional's comment 30-Aug-2013 3:36 pm

    All of these things are taking place in London, there are other places where architecture is practiced in the UK.

  • Comment on: BDP offloads 'unaffordable' £88.3m pension deficit

    Industry Professional's comment 13-Aug-2013 10:33 am

  • Comment on: The petition for Scott Brown has failed, but let it be a rallying call for equal recognition

    Industry Professional's comment 22-Jun-2013 0:06 am

    It's quite embarrassing that this whole thing thing went on so long. If the AJ wasn't in the middle of a "girl power" movement at the moment this wouldn't have had half the airtime. The fact that one of the topics at the top of AJ is "women in architecture" highlights the magazines priorities at the moment. Why isn't there a tab for "young architects", "old architects", "part qualified architects", "architects of diverse ethnic origin", "homosexual architects", "heterosexual architects", "handicapped architects"??? Surely selecting one group as worthy of acknowledgement above all others is wrong! It seems that the entire section is in place purely to provide Christine Murray with a job and a platform to vent her personal frustrations. Surely to comment adequately on the profession you would need to be fully immersed in it, not just watching from the sidelines and choosing your own agenda.

  • Comment on: Stirling winner Accordia protected from ‘ramshackle’ changes

    Industry Professional's comment 19-Jun-2013 8:33 am

    Is the personalisation of space so bad?... is architecture more important than self espression?... Cambridge has streets of Victorian terrace houses part of their charm is the fact no two are the same, part of there appeal is their flexibility and adaptability over time. In an age where we are encouraged to design for changing households, lifetime homes and new patterns of tenure, are the beautiful hosues of Accordia relevant?...

  • Comment on: Pritzker jury says no to Scott Brown petition

    Industry Professional's comment 17-Jun-2013 3:48 pm

    Thank god this was rejected. No matter how much work she has claimed to have done, the award wasn't given to her and it appears common sense has prevailed

  • Comment on: Robert Adam unveils 'traditional' village expansion

    Industry Professional's comment 11-Jun-2013 5:46 pm

    This is almost as horrendous as when Americans glue fake classical details to their homes and consider it to be a sign good taste. It looks like a tacky recreation of what Prince Charles deems classically English! No two homes the same... intentionally ofset pitches to appear as though they were built at different times!!! Where is the horse and cart to really fool us all???

  • Comment on: Seafield House, Isle of Man, by Gort Scott Architects

    Industry Professional's comment 17-May-2013 1:41 pm

    Why are there no images of the interior?

  • Comment on: GSSArchitecture scoops planning for arts centre extension

    Industry Professional's comment 26-Apr-2013 2:35 pm

    Bring back Fielden Clegg

  • Comment on: Euston demolition plans dropped

    Industry Professional's comment 19-Apr-2013 1:49 pm

    Demolishing quite a chunk of London to the west of the station?.... no more St James Square

  • Comment on: Pritzker for Chipperfield?

    Industry Professional's comment 8-Apr-2013 1:39 pm

    David Adjaye?... seriously?... why?... for what?....

  • Comment on: The proposed policy is disgusting and should immediately be abandoned

    Industry Professional's comment 25-Mar-2013 1:32 pm

    I am startled that you make such an incendiary claim of 'ethnic cleansing' showing a lack of knowledge of what this term means - ask anyone who lived through the Yugoslav wars and they will tell you that murder and torture were the order of the day not downsizing award payments (current borough average is £1500 flat payment in addition to £400 for each bedroom given up) nor moving payments to help with furniture removal. Nor the offer of a different property elsewhere. Nor were they given the opportunity to stay by paying a small contribution to their rent. Not forgetting that 'social housing tenant' is not an ethnicity! For example, in Essex the majority of social tenants are caucasian, in Tower Hamlets the majority are Bangladeshi.