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John Kellett's comments

  • Notre-Dame: we should resist the temptation to replicate what has been lost

    John Kellett's comment 22 April, 2019 7:18 pm

    I agree fully that replicating the spire would be a grave error of judgement. It is an opportunity for France to demonstrate what the C21 can do.

  • Church of England proposes 9,000 new homes on its excess land

    John Kellett's comment 15 April, 2019 10:22 am

    Most market towns that are growing and have declining retail presence in their centres are constructed mostly of 2 and 3 storey buildings that are perfectly structurally capable of being added to and/or repurposed to uses other than retail without a need to extend into agricultural land. However that is not happening despite that much of the housing shortage could be addressed by such thinking. It has also been proved several times in different parts of the planet that providing homes for the homeless for free is cost effective and along with universal income gets rid of poverty of many kinds.
    It doesn’t happen ONLY because the rich and powerful won’t benefit from it. The CofE need to prove that they are not part of the rich and powerful cliche by making better (not necessarily less profitable) use of their plentiful resources.

  • Proctor & Matthews ‘disappointed’ to be replaced as Thamesmead goes D&B

    John Kellett's comment 20 March, 2019 7:39 pm

    When will clients realise that D+B cannot deliver the best building as more work is needed by design teams to reach an end result so, in order to compensate the quality has to drop? Retaining design teams throughout a project is the most cost effective method every time. A technique I call “Design then Build”. By all means involve the chosen contractor before Stage 5 in order to play to their strengths and any buildability / programming advice they can add. D&B was ‘invented’ to make money for contractors NOT meet client’s needs and is better suited to speculative rather than bespoke projects. Paul Finch is spot on as ever.

  • UK architecture’s reliance on EU nationals revealed

    John Kellett's comment 13 March, 2019 1:22 pm

    Nonsense, there are plenty out of work or under worked U.K. architects outside London who have changed profession due to the low salaries. The exodus of EU citizens, who appear to be willing to accept a low salary (because from it is higher than they were getting at home), is just a smoke screen for derisory salary levels. Which in turn is caused by the Government’s refusal to ban unqualified people from designing buildings.

  • Architects are sleepwalking into a climate crisis. Time to wake up!

    John Kellett's comment 28 February, 2019 1:27 pm

    Architects are not sleep-walking into a climate crisis, our clients are.There is only so far that you can ‘advise’ a client before you lose the commission. Work is short and we all need to stay in business. Legislation is needed before most commercial clients will do anything.

  • Competition: Grand Union Canal towpath

    John Kellett's comment 20 February, 2019 1:13 pm

    Neither the Motorway nor the towpath is derelict!

  • Record number of women apply for architecture-related degrees

    John Kellett's comment 8 February, 2019 1:51 pm

    What is an ‘architecture related’ degree subject? There are no others that lead to membership of the profession of architect other than those approved by ARB. Or is there?

  • Architects should be angrier about poor office-to-resi conversions

    John Kellett's comment 26 January, 2019 4:30 pm

    There is no point in architects boycotting any such policy until it is a requirement to appoint an architect to carry out our professional roles. The only outcome of architects taking the moral high ground will be non architects carrying out our roles badly and architects getting the blame. The news media already blame for the poor quality of British housing despite architects designing less than 20% of it, and nearly 0% of the poor quality housing.
    For example, the failure of most housing is poor construction, maintenance, renovations and extensions/alterations by cowboy builders and under qualified ‘architectural’ service providers.

  • Office-to-resi: is it time for architects to boycott?

    John Kellett's comment 19 January, 2019 11:26 am

    Boycott office to resi? Why? That would be handing work to those who think they compete with architects. The solution? Require ALL schemes over, say, 150 sqm to be designed, or ‘signed off’ by an architect with a planning system restricted to politics and geography but definitely NOT aesthetics, materials, massing or colour etc.

  • The increase in first-class degrees has nothing to do with better teaching

    John Kellett's comment 15 January, 2019 1:42 pm

    "Showering students with top qualifications is not a sign of brilliant teaching or brilliant students. It is a sign of intellectual and moral dishonesty". Couldn't agree more.

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