IAN MCCHESNEY's comments
Best of luck with this. Totally behind this.
Its worth visiting the distillery to understand the building in context and to see its scale. There are uneasy issues that come to light when you set foot in the place.
I am being lectured on climate change by architects that use private jets, right?
Wasn't Norman Foster proposing a massive airport in the Thames estuary just recently?
I think Scottland has some very talented architects working in a contextual way, with an accute understanding of the nation, its culture and the way Scottish buildings are procured and made. I just can't understand why this isn't recognised in the commissioning of architects for major Scottish buildings?
A great drawing is a great drawing regardless of what paper it's printed on or what it's drawn with. The same goes for model making materials, reused cardboard beats most materials every time.
The basic principle that information must be brought forward and published is absolutely right. Unfortunately in the rush to apportion blame the relevant parties will go into lock down and will take defensive positions - as a result information must be teased out through lengthy inquiries. First and foremost we need information to come forward, conclusions to be drawn and we need this information published fast, so we can use it to innovate for the good of future generations. Trying to apportion blame and hunt down guilty parties may provide catharsis, but there is unlikely to be one clear offender, or clear offence for that matter. Most importantly a witch hunt is going to slow down the rate at we as a profession - or humanity even - can learn, innovate further, and move forward fully understanding what went wrong and what we will do to prevent it happening again.
Strangely RCA graduates - myself included - all got an advance notice heads up via e-mail from the college about this competition. It was very much presented as something that they wanted ex-students to bid for. It was too big for us though. There must have been a change of aspiration mid-way I guess.