Comment on: RIBA moves to scrap Part 3
Well said Alan Dunlop. I find it astonishing that a profession that has continually demonstrated poor business and client skills and an institution the has feebly allowed the emasculation of the profession it represents (and of architecture itself) should be interfering with a hugely successful business model - namely UK architectural education, which because of the high quality of it's product, attracts, every year, thousands of students from the UK and all over the world and whose innovative practitioners are highly sought in institutions all over the world. Not only are MArch students talented and motivated, they are increasingly cross disciplinary, entrepreneurial and disillusioned with what the profession has to offer them. The best of them are already seeking other more rewarding forms of creative life.
Comment on: Ian Martin: 'Let’s renationalise air'
Ian Martin's Guardian article was great. MIPIM is coming up which I attended on numerous occasions, thankfully no more as the thought of it makes me shudder. I have a strong sense that a significant proportion of the profession has been swallowed whole by the property industry. Maybe that's always been the case and I'm being naive, buts its very depressing.
Ken's comments are naive and confused to say the least. The emergence of the "Starchitect" is a symptom of wider economic and social factors, such as globalization. It has nothing to do with the alleged arrogance or humility of certain individuals and the overcoming of "starchitecture" will take a little more than preaching to the converted. Whatever their faults I simply don't believe that top architects act in a disrespectful way to the extremely high calibre (and often equally well known) engineers they choose to work with. And as for arrogance........its irrelavent if you're good. I'm sure none of Wren, Schinkel, Lutyens, Corb or Mies were wilting flowers.
I agree Alan, and I like your in principle idea of doing a new library by a modern architect. Trouble is - and this might sound conservative - who? I don't think there's anyone out there who'd be up to it today.
Comment on: Obituary: Kathryn Findlay (1953-2014)
Very sad indeed to have heard about the death of Kathryn Findlay. She was a very talented architect as well as a warm and generous person, always complimentary about other people's work and modest about her own, despite having made some excellent buildings. She was one of rare breed who, often at considerable cost to the progress of their careers, try to do something unique and different. In this she succeeded.