BRIAN WATERS's comments
I take the view that promoters of competitions should undertake to pay all entrance a full commercial hourly rate for their time if they fail to implement the winning scheme. In practice this is likely to deter competition promoters, especially governments who rarely build the winning scheme, But this would be the equitable process. Not something I was able to implement when many years ago as vice president of marketing at the RIBA I had responsibility for competitions!
Well done Andy! Let’s now revive the role of the Borough, City and District chief architect as the focus for good design everywhere. -Brian
Well done John and Russell!
As they rightly say: There are two kinds of architect - good ones and those who do what they’re told!
Bpf says: ’Breathing life back into underused or vacant office buildings not only supports much-needed housing supply in the UK but it is vital to our town and cities’ economic and social wellbeing,’
Correct. Around a third of new homes made last year were the result of PD and generally were relatively low cost. The problem is a small number of disgraceful examples. The solution is with Building Regs which should catch and control all objective standards of space, sanitation, safety and basic amenity.
The planners naturally resist losing their controls even when they so often fail to deliver them effectively.
On this topic see an excellent short illustrated article by Drummond Robson and Gary Young in the latest issue of Planning in London [www.planninginlondon.com]
As president of the ACA, the Association of Consultant Architects, I fully support Ben Derbyshire and the RIBA's recommendations. Brian Waters
Paul, a voice of reason and calm.
When things settle we will see the benefits and avoid the worst consequences of the demise of the misguided federalist project.
Although the consultation was misleadingly titled 'Technical' when in fact it has far-reaching policy implications, and was released in the first week of August, this has not prevented the ACA from meeting and submitting a full set of comments in response. Many of the these and other recent reforms of the planning system [though not all!] reflect the ACA's planning manifesto of 2006 The RIBA signed up to some ACA proposals but, wrongly as now shown, thought others went too far.
-----------------vice president Association of Consultant Architects, 9 October 2014