john edward meagher's Comments
PS , apologies I mean Enzo Gutzeit to the RIGHT ! John Meagher .
Helsinki when approached from the sea has a very beautiful waterfront townscape , the Market Square with its 19c white stone and stucco buildings as a backdrop with the Cathedral peeking up behind , the end of the park of Esplanadi to the left and the well considered brilliant masterpiece of Aalto's Enzo Gutzeit Hq building to the left also in white stone ( marble ) and the red brick and stone Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral peering over from behind . This proposed Guggenheim Museum , with its dark materials is a complete affront to the city and its citizens and architectural historical context . Hopefully the City Councillors will vote NO ! John Meagher , FRIAI RIBA .
Comment on: Rogers renews attack on garden city plans
Richard Rogers is absolutly correct , I live in Dublin which expanded out into the countryside resulting in Ghost Towns , long commuting , resulting in enviromental pollution , human stress and misery , while the city is full of brownfield sites , I am afraid politicians and planners alike simply do not understand ordinary common sense !! John Meagher FRIAI RIBA
Anyone proposing to plant trees in any city should be actively encouraged no matter where the trees are to be planted , nature does not need us , we need it ! John Meagher FRIAI RIBA
Anyone who has experienced Steven Holl's Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki , a city rich with Architectural gems will concludeu up that he should not be permitted to build anything near St Barts ! John Meagher , FRIAI. RIBA
Comment on: Holl's Glasgow School of Art set to open
How right William J.Curtis is in his criticism of Steven Holl's building , I am sure many readers will be familiar with his very unsuccessful Museum of Contemporary Art , Mannerheimintie , Helsinki , apart altogether from its siting , which one can only blame Helsinki City , the building does nothing for the great tradition of building which Helsinki has , Sarrinen, Aalto to mention just two architects whose contribution to that city is outstanding . it make me sad constantly to see so many rather inadequate buildings being constructed around the world , does anyone take architecture seriously any longer ? , we seem to get a sort of constructed CGI kind of architecture all the time rather than real serious stuff ! John Meagher .
Congratulations to Kenneth Frampton , his writings and lectures have influenced me for decades , His contributions to Architecture and Building Culture are of the greatest importance and young architects might listen to him more carefully to improve their knowlege of the the Art of building . John Meagher FRIAI RIBA .
Comment on: Grafton wins Kingston University contest
Congratulations to Shelly , Yvonne and Team ! John Meagher .
Almost daily I open the AJ to a headline of Zaha that , Zaha this etc etc , So boring , are there any other architects , perhaps some who are not in the self promotion business , just plain good people doing nice interesting work ! John Meagher
Comment on: Rykwert wins RIBA Gold Medal
one of the first names i recall from day one in my school of architecture , good news . john meagher.
lacking in imagination , it is 2013 now ! john meagher
Comment on: Chipperfield bags £100k Praemium Imperiale
I send congratulations to both Antony Gormley and David Chipperfield whose work I greatly admire , I think it is very appropriate that they should honoured together in the same year . John Meagher .
Comment on: Daniel Libeskind lands Durham Uni jackpot
Another crappy " landmark " from that guy ! How crazy is the world ? John m.
I completely agree with the previous opinion , Ted Harris , this kind of nonsense is going on worldwide , this country is full of very able sensitive architects , why do we need more of this kind of behaviour , the recent scheme by R Piano for Ronchamp shows just how bad things like this can get ! John Meagher .
At long last , how good to see somebody tackling the issue of proper standards to suburban houses and their site planning , I wish the group every success , this country ( Ireland ) is marred by substandard housing layouts and simply awful house designs which never take any regard for orientation , open space etc never mind the matter of insulation or Passivhaus principals or prefabrication . John Meagher FRIAI RIBA .
As a minion in the office of Venturi Rauch ScottBrown in 1969-1970 I recall well the contribution of Denise with her husband Bob and partner Steve Izenour to the making of the publication Learning from Las Vegas and concur with her and Bob that she should be recognised by the honor recieved by the Pritzker Prize , I have no doubt this matter will be rectified , for without her contribution this work may simply not exist . John Meagher FRIAI RIBA .
Shelia is a wonderful person and a very inventive sensitive architect whose work responds to the user and the environment - nature , nature being most important as it does not need us but we need it . She deserves this accolade . John Meagher , deBlacam and Meagher Architects .