Industry Professional's Comments
"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