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  • Comment on: McGonigle McGrath’s ‘exquisitely simple’ £335k home named RIBA House of the Year

    Hmmm's comment 14 November, 2019 2:31 pm

    A worthy winner, however no mention of site cost.

  • Comment on: Modular design should be on architects’ syllabus, says government tsar

    Hmmm's comment 12 November, 2019 12:21 pm

    David thanks for the comment, Louis we apologise you’re quite right it was simply an immediate response to what we see as an incredibly depressing thought on the part of the ‘tsar’

    What we need is a bit less of the ‘fordist’ obsession with all things technological and and a bit more discussion about our cities as embodiment of our shared culture and what we want leave behind

    Just pop down to Croydon and you’ll see what we’re getting at

  • Comment on: AHMM plans revamp of Denys Lasdun’s IBM building

    Hmmm's comment 12 November, 2019 12:16 pm

    Be interesting to see if AHMM can do justice to Lasdun’s oeuvre

  • Comment on: Modular design should be on architects’ syllabus, says government tsar

    Hmmm's comment 11 November, 2019 10:52 am

    Little boxes on the hillside,
    Little boxes made of ticky tacky
    Little boxes on the hillside,
    Little boxes all the same,
    There's a pink one and a green one
    And a blue one and a yellow one
    And they're all made out of ticky tacky
    And they all look just the same.
    And the people in the houses
    All went to the university
    Where they were put in boxes
    And they came out all the same
    And there's doctors and lawyers
    And business executives
    And they're all made out of ticky tacky
    And they all look just the same.
    And they all play on the golf course
    And drink their martinis dry
    And they all have pretty children
    And the children go to school,
    And the children go to summer camp
    And then to the university
    Where they are put in boxes
    And they come out all the same.
    And the boys go into business
    And marry and raise a family
    In boxes made of ticky tacky
    And they all look just the same,
    There's a pink one and a green one
    And a blue one and a yellow one
    And they're all made out of ticky tacky
    And they all look just the same.

  • Comment on: Ghost in the shell: Alma-nac’s House Within a House

    Hmmm's comment 8 November, 2019 10:44 am

    This is undoubtedly a successful project when seen in the context of the brief however it cannot be argued that costs which must have been significant (plot, plus new work) are not an issue in this instance we must presume this statement was made to justify the typically undisclosed overall cost to save either the clients or architects embarrassment

    Whilst it could be argued that the client has a right to withhold this critical information the fact that they were happy to let the architect promote the commission should be reason enough to disclose what it all cost not least because gauging costs for 1 off residential projects is notoriously difficult to accurately predict even if a QS is retained which wasn’t the case in this instance

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