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Douglas Read's comments

  • Bercott's Academy was also far more courageous than its replacement

    Douglas Read's comment 5 December, 2012 10:14 am

    As another former pupil of Hermitage, 1966-69 when it was brand new, I can only partially agree with Rory. Sure it was a bold sculptural statement to reflect the age, but it had many practical flaws. Pupil circulation was a nightmare, heating was pretty much hit and miss and the toilet windows barely opened at all. On the other hand it does seem to have produced a fair number of Architects amongst its FPs - maybe that means something, but what? Its replacement probably reflects the current age in its own way.

  • The end for building regs as we know them?

    Douglas Read's comment 30 October, 2012 4:32 pm

    It's not the regulations - it's the money. If you reckon that doing away with Planning and Building Regulations are going make a difference to the construction industry then you are in for a big disappointment. Instead of wsting money on quangos the government would be better to kick start the economy with a rolling programme of new social housing.

  • We seem unable to treat designers with the credit they are due

    Douglas Read's comment 1 August, 2012 3:25 pm

    As you say Paul, quite apart from the simple fact that the various Architects and designers deserve praise which they have so clearly earned; the impact on exports and jobs would have been incalculable. It has time the government - of whatever party - realised how much British design earns abroad and helped rather than hindered the cause.

  • Shock as Scottish practice offers rock bottom fees on Groupon

    Douglas Read's comment 5 July, 2012 9:25 am

    It's a marketing strategy; it's an initial consultation. How many of us go a long way down the line with no fee certain? The final fee for any job that comes out of it will have to be agreed. Good luck to them!

  • Lighting design pioneer Jonathan Speirs dies

    Douglas Read's comment 22 June, 2012 9:05 am

    Jonathan will be very much missed. He was one of the most talented designers around globally. He was one of the most delightful, friendly, modest and humerous people I have ever had the joy of knowing. He lit up the world in more ways than one.

  • Grundtvig’s Church, probably the best brick building in the world

    Douglas Read's comment 4 May, 2012 12:22 pm

    Dudok's Hilversum Town Hall must be in the running!

  • Nick Clegg: VAT cut on refurbs 'too expensive'

    Douglas Read's comment 2 February, 2012 12:14 pm

    Strange that he should think a VAT cut is too expensive when it would seem very likely that the increased take in tax paid due to a reduction in the black economy would more than offset the reduction in VAT.

  • The buildings of 2011 - as chosen by you

    Douglas Read's comment 6 January, 2012 9:44 am

    While these are all terrific projects it's hardly "as chosen by you"; it's "as chosen by leading figures". How about a straightforward readers' choice where the only rule is that can't vote for your own practice? It might be interesting to see if any less well publicised projects make the top ten.

  • Lazy games? Jones East 8 submits Olympic sofa scheme

    Douglas Read's comment 23 November, 2011 4:27 pm

    Will Heinekin, Cadbury and Coke be paying for the spectacular product placement? Or will they be ratated over the games with other bidders?

  • The Diary of an Anonymous Architect #5

    Douglas Read's comment 18 October, 2011 5:01 pm

    I may have got this wrong but the only democratically elected commentators on the planning application are in fact the lay Councillors.
    They may be "populist", they be aesthetically pig ignorant, they may even be to blame for despoilation of the entire country with appalling little noddy houses made out of ticky-tacky - but they are the only democratic bit of the entire process. Would an undemocratic process guarantee anything better - or might it make tings worse?

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