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chris Dyson's comments

  • VAT chance: Can tax reforms spur a retrofit renaissance?

    chris Dyson's comment 16 January, 2020 10:18 am

    I can not agree more with this proposal VAT is stupendously high for retrofit and restoration work - especially for listed buildings, which are in fact cultural assets for the nation, maintained at the owners expense.

  • O’Donnell + Tuomey beats big names to win Liverpool Uni’s architecture school contest

    chris Dyson's comment 7 June, 2019 8:51 am

    A great choice adding to the distinguished architectural cannon of Liverpool university both intellectual and built

    Architecture schools throughout the country should examine their facilities and ensue they provide inspiring buildings for their future

  • Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners reveals South Kensington Tube scheme

    chris Dyson's comment 23 May, 2019 11:26 am

    At last!

    Having followed this project through the years I can see this proposal has been developed through careful study of the historic context of the station and surrounding street scene, reconnecting the site to its surroundings

    I think this looks sensible and sits well within the context

    I sincerely hope it goes through so we all may enjoy some buildings of real quality, sympathetic to context.

  • Diller Scofidio + Renfro unveils £288m City of London concert hall

    chris Dyson's comment 21 January, 2019 10:54 am

    These seem like visionary and exciting proposals well worth supporting, particularly in this quarter of the City. The design represents a comprehensive approach by the City of London to open up and reinvigorate its Artistic 'soul' as a world class city, in terms of the Arts supported by the success of its financial world.
    Imagine on a weekend, one could walk from The Tate on the south bank across the millennium bridge to St Paul's, Paternoster square, and on towards The Barbican with this new building becoming a focal point to the improvement of this area.
    Its early days, and it looks like a sophisticated and ambitious project by talented architects, it should also compliment the new Museum of London located in Smithfield by Stanton Williams Architects, another exciting City initiative.

  • WilkinsonEyre wins go-ahead for £50m Lord’s cricket ground stands

    chris Dyson's comment 16 January, 2019 10:14 am

    should do the west end stands whilst they are at it !
    the grounds deserve some continuity, and these designs are very elegant

  • PM: ‘We are scrapping borrowing cap for new council housing’

    chris Dyson's comment 4 October, 2018 9:03 am

    Fantastic news, really sound policy

  • RIBA Stirling Prize 2018: Bushey Cemetery by Waugh Thistleton

    chris Dyson's comment 27 September, 2018 10:18 am

    An excellent and inspiring winner

  • Cass head of architecture Signy Svalastoga dies, aged 61

    chris Dyson's comment 29 August, 2018 9:27 am

    Signy will be greatly missed by the students past and present at the school she was so clearly committed to and fond of.

    I met her on several occasions and was always impressed with her approach to a practical, and emotionally intelligent philosophy of design - this shone through in the graduates some of whom we employed at my practice down the road in Fashion street Spitalfields.

    Our thoughts go out to her family foremost, friends and students at the Cass School of Architecture.

  • Chipperfield leads calls for Mac to be rebuilt

    chris Dyson's comment 14 July, 2018 8:17 pm

    I firmly believe in a faithful reconstruction of every single detail and aspect of the Mackintosh Building. It is one of the most significant designs for an art school in the world. As a student there it had a profound effect on me, that I can honestly say I have rarely experienced.
    The benefit of this approach, would also be the requisite skills to carry out the task, training and education in the craft of such a building. Something for future generations and society to benefit from.
    The building should then become an architectural centre for the school ,Glasgow and Scotland in general.
    The question is then where to build another new art school that serves the requirements of twenty first century art requirements....somewhere close to this campus.
    It is indeed a significant work of art that deserves full and faithful restoration.

  • Mac fire: New drone footage reveals full extent of damage

    chris Dyson's comment 20 June, 2018 10:10 am

    Obviously this is a complete travesty.
    However, this seems to reveal is a big boned and strong building perfectly capable of being restored with the aid of good historical information be they drawings and photographs.
    my thoughts go out to the design team and those intimately involved in the restoration a painstaking job only to be thwarted at the final furlong by another ravenous fire.
    A clear lesson learnt is that temporary sprinklers in any restoration of such a timber framed building must be used in the future.

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