Industry Professional's Comments
Comment on: Footprint's 5 things to do this week
All of these things are taking place in London, there are other places where architecture is practiced in the UK.
Comment on: The petition for Scott Brown has failed, but let it be a rallying call for equal recognition
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.
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
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
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???
Why are there no images of the interior?
Bring back Fielden Clegg
Comment on: Euston demolition plans dropped
Demolishing quite a chunk of London to the west of the station?.... no more St James Square
Comment on: Pritzker for Chipperfield?
David Adjaye?... seriously?... why?... for what?....
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.
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.
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
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
I agree with Jonathan £150 is ridiculous for any competition, but particularly for such a small and temporary structure.
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
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
Perhaps the least constructive article I've ever read in AJ.
Comment on: Tall buildings will change London for ever
"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'
that looks nice... not
Surely the dwg style gives away the anonymity?...my guess: A - Henning Larsen B - Fielden Clegg C - Allies & Morrison D - Cullinan E - Hopkins F - Ian Simpson
Atkins paid a significant sum (£m's) to be an official sponsor and therefore have been able/ allowed to use (and aggressively have been) the Olympics in marketing materials. Why are they therefore included in this protest? In fact, by being included Atkins are surely promoting the loss of their partial exclusivity? Surely Atkins and the RIBA were aware of this seeming conflict?
Let’s hope that as the Union Terrace Garden proposal has been rejected, a more holistic strategy and vision for Aberdeen and Shire emerges. Why not do something truly radical and move the station into Union Terrace Gardens with a new garden above allowing pedestrian only access at the level of Union Street and Union Terrace with vehicular access and some parking at the Denburn level. Visitors to the city would then be deposited in the heart of the city rather than on the side of a busy road with no clear link to Union Street and the rest of the city – what a wonderful first impression.
£5000 'prize'... they used to call that a 'fee', I guess these days if you get paid for something it feels like a 'prize'
Comment on: RIBA facing half a million pounds shortfall
Doesn't that equate to Harry Richs pay packet?...simple answer then
Comment on: Scotland consults on architecture policy
Old Andres does not need to worry about procurement…He just trousers £200k every time fellow arrivistes the Scottish Government asks him to sort everything out. Cynical? Me? Damn right. Malcolm F has it about right.
Comment on: Union Terrace Gardens faces new threat
The whole thing is utterly farcical at every level? But continual reference to the Peacock centre as the wronged panacea seems disingenuous when comparing UTG proposals? Both looked technically challenged, and in a city blighted by empty buildings, and with no shortage of city centre gap sites, why put an Arts Centre or anything else for that matter (more trees maybe) in a hole, in a public Victorian Garden? Sort out the basic infrastructure of the city, and the gardens will continue to look after themselves.
Comment on: RIAS struggles to defend all-male convention
The RIAS is hardly being slammed…Perhaps the AJ should take a more objective journalistic view and canvas a somewhat broader spectrum of opinion? You could ask Joyce Deans PPRIAS for her opinion? Putting together a cohesive, and engaging conference in Scotland with relevant industry leading figures is difficult enough in these challenging times, the sex of the speakers is something of an irrelevance; much like Peter Cook's spectacularly patronising comment.
Comment on: Competition opens for World Stage Design 2013
The architects fee should be £20k?...
Comment on: RIBA launches £20m King's College quad contest
The brief states that the first stage is 'anonymous'... but the key assesment is focused around a 'case study' and it asks for you to illustrates a project from concept through to completion. Maximum marks will be achived by high profile published projects that can demonstrate through publication and awards the level of quality and innovation the brief is asking for. Those practices that have built big and built well will score the highest points... there is simply no point in the 'anonymity', unless they ask for specific thinking about this site and this project.
Comment on: RIBA launches £20m King's College quad contest
Another form filling exercise from the RIBA. I'm guessing a shortlist of ... Stanton Williams AHMM 6a Architects (token younger practice) David Chipperfield BIG (token EU practice)
Comment on: First look at gm + ad's last building
Is this Alan claiming he designed this! lol.
Yes thats twee... which garden centre did it come from?. Just because you paint a watercolour of it doesn't make it old/nice/appropriate...
Comment on: McAslan unwraps King’s Cross station concourse
Arup did the structure
Comment on: DC CABE backs YRM’s Hinkley Point nuclear plan
Its just occured to me that we've been worried about Iranian nuclear capability and not even considered that RMJM actually have a nuclear capability now...can they be trusted
Comment on: Shock email leak as ARB elections heat up
Oldham and Brennan should have their ARB registration and RIBA membership taken away they are fit to represent the profession.
Comment on: Bill Dunster’s PortZED vision rejected
Sustainable = Yes... Ugly = Yes
It puzzles me that prior to the mid 20c, buildings in general were simply commissioned by clients and designed by architects. Generally they were not procured; so some buildings were extraordinary (if circumstances allowed), others were not. That’s the way Glasgow was made, and until recently it seemed to work just fine? What’s gone wrong?
To help small and medium sized firms? From the south east of England... How and who selected the practices on this RIBA trade mission? Who is paying for them to travel and spend six days in China touting for work? UKTI?
That research in the global field is an essential context for procuring and designing architectural projects in the UK, I still can't help but feel that to showcase our awe at foregin architectural and cultural achievements (my own first thought being some of the housing at Orestad in Copenhagen) when we - ourselves - are on show to that international field is somewhat defeatist. I mean, the modesty is becoming and rather British and all but... we're boldly attempting to think about trying when everyone else is achieving?? - Gordon Hulley