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  • Comment on: Goodbye Parts 1,2 and 3: RIBA endorses shorter route to qualification'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'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'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'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'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'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'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'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'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'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'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'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's comment 26-Apr-2013 2:35 pm

    Bring back Fielden Clegg

  • Comment on: Euston demolition plans dropped'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?'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'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.

  • Comment on: The proposed policy is disgusting and should immediately be abandoned's comment 25-Mar-2013 1:10 pm

    Having worked for a social housing provider I have seen first hand the impact of under occupiers on those living in overcrowded accommodation. We had many households as follows: Parents living in a 3 bed house with no children. Both children on turning 18 received their own 1 bed social housing flats. So the need is for 3 bedrooms and they are occupying 5. We had many other households as follows: Parents sleep on sofa in lounge, 2 children share a bedroom. So the need is for 3 bedrooms and they have 1. You cannot consistenly build large accomodation and then have it stay with families when they separate. It just doesn't work in the long-term.

  • Comment on: The proposed policy is disgusting and should immediately be abandoned's comment 25-Mar-2013 1:02 pm

    This government policy is about equalising provision of social housing with private housing. In other words, someone renting or owning in the private sector who has non-resident parents or wants a friend to stay has to make do - perhaps with a sofabed. If a private landlord wants to sell up or extricate their tenants they give 2 months notice and those tenants have to find new accomodation, no financial support to move (as in social housing) and no guarantees about staying in the local community, close to family or friends. In the private market you pay for every additional square metre, so why should social housing be any different.

  • Comment on: Work to start on 'less radical' George Sq revamp's comment 19-Mar-2013 2:22 pm

    ‘Leaked’ is a rather over dramatic way of describing a document that was circulated by link to all RIAS members via a regular emailed newsletter? But there are no winners here. A profession so desperate it will regularly give away its expertise virtually free in competitions condoned by its professional bodies; in the hope of negotiating a desultory fee for a project with a wholly inadequate budget. Or the OJEU process itself? Fair playing field? Much fairer perhaps for some of the practices that Glasgow City Council phoned, invited to submit and subsequently shortlisted? Sympathies for JMP, but honestly you’re probably better off out of it.

  • Comment on: LEED outstrips BREEAM across the globe – including Europe's comment 1-Mar-2013 10:17 am

    I wasn't aware that BRE publish figures related to 'projects in the process of certification'. If the figures published here are a comparison of BREEAM certified vs. LEED certified + LEED in progress, it isn't possible to use them to draw conclusions on which of the schemes have greater traction in a particular territory.

  • Comment on: Glass ceiling pay gap revealed: 26% of women directors earn less's comment 8-Feb-2013 1:07 pm

    Another speculative response. How can you have any idea about the quality of experience gained and if the responses are truthful. I work in an open and fair office that pays everone equally badly. As previously mentioned, the only way to generate useful and factual articles that don't make such sweeping statements is to obtain the information directly from the companies and have them assess their relevant experience. If it is true that some women earn less then this is not right at all and should be addressed, but there are guys, girls and others that earn various ammounts depending on how they entered into their terms and conditions when signing up for a contract. If your skill set is in demmand you have a better barganing chip, it is as simple as that. Regarding the career being affected by having a baby, surely that is down to personal choice... if you are no longer able to put in the ridiculous hours that most architects do then you will find yourself slip down the promotion list as others will offer the company more time and effort than somebody who feels they have to leave on time to take care of their families. It is a choice how you prioritise various elements of your life.

  • Comment on: Glass ceiling pay gap revealed: 26% of women directors earn less's comment 6-Feb-2013 4:48 pm

    Ridiculous statements and graphs. Anything that starts "do you think..." implies that the answers are not fact based and therefore redundant and irrelevant. As architect's most of us believe that we are underpaid and over worked, so as a general rule most of us will assume the worst case scenario applies to us. Please re-write the article with some solid factual indformation. But I doubt you will be abvle to achieve this without full disclosure from a range of different sized architectural practices. This way you would have a leg to stand on and not just be putting irrelevant graphs into poorly thought through articles. As an industry we need to demmand more money for all, not just men, women, old, young etc.

  • Comment on: Pavilion designs sought for Bethnal Green's Museum Gardens's comment 24-Jan-2013 6:00 pm

    I agree with Jonathan £150 is ridiculous for any competition, but particularly for such a small and temporary structure.

  • Comment on: Anger as Strathclyde school of architecture leaves Brutalist home's comment 15-Jan-2013 12:04 pm

    This has happened at the Portsmouth School of Architecture too where we will be moving from a purpose built building to some refurbished art studios and part share the new extension at the Eldon Building. This controversial move between staff and students does have its merits though. Vinesh

  • Comment on: Tory think tank calls for ARB abolition's comment 19-Dec-2012 5:51 pm

    Unfortunately just because you have a qualification that allows you to call yourself an 'architect' does not mean that you are a 'good designer', there are far too many poorly designed and detailed buildings submitted for planning every day that are designed by people that are architects, it is not just the plan drawers and architectural designers that the public need protection from...

  • Comment on: Tall buildings will change London for ever's comment 10-Dec-2012 10:58 am

    Perhaps the least constructive article I've ever read in AJ.

  • Comment on: Tall buildings will change London for ever's comment 10-Dec-2012 10:58 am


  • Comment on: RIBA scraps Plan of Work: say goodbye to stages A-L's comment 29-Oct-2012 5:01 pm

    "specialist design" covers all manner of sin. I don't mind change, but what I do detest is not being informed about it or asked to contribute to the discussion. This is the fundamental issue of this article and the proposed changes.

  • Comment on: Hodder unwraps Manchester 'student castle''s comment 20-Oct-2012 10:04 pm

    that looks nice... not

  • Comment on: AJ exclusive: Worsley New Hall finalists unveiled's comment 21-Sep-2012 8:37 am

    Surely the dwg style gives away the anonymity? guess: A - Henning Larsen B - Fielden Clegg C - Allies & Morrison D - Cullinan E - Hopkins F - Ian Simpson

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