Alan Dunlop's comments
Moxon studio tour: ‘Being client, architect and contractor on the project gave us a huge amount of freedom’
Beautiful work, clear drawings, well considered plan, clever details. Inspirational stuff. In Scotland too, gets better and better.
Scruton was a clever man, insightful, thoughtful and often inspirational- a true intellect and a rare thing. Although you may disagree with his views, his writing was a pleasure to read. Like others, Jordan Petersen, Douglas Murray, Lionel Shriver and Brendan O'Neill included he was maligned, usually by those unwilling or unable to read his work.
I agreed with much of his thoughts on architecture, particularly his view on soullessness, a lack of sense of place and starchitecture.
Bridgeit: Get it Done.
Politics, ( dislike of Boris Johnson and DUP ) and economics ( ask two economists, get three answers) aside, the architectural and engineering question is: can it be done?
The answer is yes.
Yes, I agree Robert, the terrain is challenging. But if you have time, take a look at the video of the Norwegian Coastal Highway in this recent feature from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from just a few weeks back
The crossing most challenging terrain in northern Europe. Then say it's not possible. A £35 billion investment in transport infrastructure in a country with a population of 5 million.
Mmm.....I understand the point you're making Chris and I agree judging by the selected photograph above the staircase does appear rather stark and uncompromising. However, in reality, it did not strike me at all as being a risk. In fact, throughout the project, access for all and circulation has been very well considered and significantly improved. With high levels of natural light throughout.
I think you'll find I said as much, Laura
"Collective Architecture was named Architect of the Year in the 2018 AJ Architecture Awards, an accolade that was well deserved. The practice is demonstrably capable of impressive new-build work. However, what deserves particular recognition is its long-standing commitment to community engagement; its capacity to listen to and work with local people to improve their environment and lives."
China is in the process of developing track changing trains, Robert to handle variable gauges. Coping with cross border variable rail gauges would be the least challenging aspect of this whole endeavour, I believe.
I did an extensive interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation last week. It's now published here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-26/boris-johnson-is-building-bridges-between-a-fracturing-uk/11630656
If interested, there are also good links.
A political distraction....really? Damn it! Well spotted, Number.
Steady, Number ...steady. You've taken that too far.
There are many countries Robert, that have variable gauges and still operate cross border systems. Spain and France, Portugal and Spain, Finland and Sweden, Finland and Russia, Russia, Mongolia and China, are a few. South America too.
Number, must you always be a dick?
It might be of interest, or maybe not.
Grafton Architects, with are among a group of exceptional Irish architects of international acclaim. Thoughtful, poetic, sensitive to context and passionate .
I was commissioned by The Irish Times to write about Irish architecture almost 20 years ago and compare it to Scotland.
Other buildings of interest include those of Shane O'Toole, Paul Keogh, Grafton Architects and Shay Cleary Architects. Their projects are small-scale but well defined. What is most satisfying about their buildings is that they do not sit in isolation but each contributes towards the success of the other. The scale, material and detail, is consistent and restrained. The buildings are contextual and Irish."
What's persuaded you then, a retired engineer still working in feet and inches with a obvious Johnson man crush? That'll do it. But not yet not convinced that a non conventional structure will not, not work? No kidding.
I know, I know........just one damn thing after another.
Sincere best wishes Malcolm and Robin, in all future endeavours.
Another gauge eh, Kevan Shaw?........Blimey who'd have thought it. 20 months of work down the tubes.
Laugh? Gordon Gibb. I nearly laid an egg As for it never being built, you could well be right. Like Kevan's startling revelation, that's taken me completely by surprise. A populist idea to buy votes, eh? Crumbs. I'll tell that now to the calls, messages, reporters and emails I've been answering all day.
Jim, my comments after the fire, were primarily on what should happen next and in trying to provoke a public debate on the future of the building, with a call to consider a competition for a new building and not to just replicate Mackintosh's original design which cannot be done.
It was not to discover who was to blame.
However, the revelations uncovered in the last few months, including the "row" between Tom Inns and Muriel Gray, and questions over his departure, but also the resignation of so many staff and now the the GSA finance director Alistair Milloy, with added questions over funding and insurances still to be fully answered I believe it is time for a full enquiry.
I've no doubt that the scheme is a deserved winner, but as you seem to know a good deal about the project, what then is concept that has driven the red glazed drum?
I'm genuinely interested particularly as the architect uses a similar red at the V+A and it seems to be splashed throughout their website; on graphics, headings, carpets, doors and furniture. Rather than a radical interpretation of the brief, It could be interpreted as corporate signposting and in the context of this setting, frankly, brusque.