Alan Dunlop's comments
Ach, thank you too "Robin".
Thank you MJ. In both cases I was asked my opinion and to consider a way forward by various national newspapers and the BBC, Sky and so on. I gave it honestly. As far as the Mac, particularly is concerned it has left me open to anonymous "shut up" comments, like your own and from other keyboard warriors. Frankly however, I'll keep going.
The future of Mackintosh's GSA is worthy of a national debate, part of that debate should include the consideration of a new building, not only a brick by brick replication. I've put I believe a strong case to the Scottish Parliament Committee. Perhaps you should do the same? It's a democracy after all, where all views should be considered, no matter how disagreeable they may be to some.
All the very best to you.
Congratulations Yousuf Khalil looks like remarkable undergraduate work. Very impressive.
It is a striking building and Jay Merrick does his best to pump it up but really..... Kuma apparently " cannot countenance the idea of self-consciously monumental architecture." however the " the £80 million building’s appliquéd non-structural façades of gapped, end-on horizontal concrete planks" is somehow appropriate.
Although there are cliffs on Scotland's east coast, at North Berwick, Dunnottar Castle and Banff the landscape and coastline particularly in Fife and around Dundee is flat, the "grain" runs vertically, not horizontally and the cliff edge angles back from the water.
Consequently the sea cliff allegory is spurious. But like Holl's "homage to Mackintosh" Miralles, "upturned boats" and Hadid's " it's about the river" Kuma is a player, so " a picture of the cliffs of north-eastern Scotland." would be enough as a convincing narrative.
Once the pr hullabalo dies down, I hope we can then get a considered critique.
Why? There is a prestige and cachet in having a major public building designed by an international architect name. Which is fair enough, I guess but in Scotland it's never, frankly their best work. Glasgow has a Hadid, Foster, Holl and Chipperfield. Edinburgh Miralles and now Dundee has Kuma. Aberdeen's Diller Scofidio plans were scuppered.
The irony is that the V+A Dundee showcases the best of Scottish design, in everything but architecture. Scots architects will make it to the shortlist for these major projects but rarely if ever succeed in securing the project, despite often producing the most considered, contextual and responsive work.
Despite their early setbacks, the variety hopefuls played the Glasgow Empire, with the bright and peppy act. Starting with a flourish as Phil dashed on-stage playing his clarinet. After a couple of minutes Ian's face peeked through the centre curtains with his trademark goofy leer. But on that fateful Fifties Friday, a shout from the audience famously reflected Glasgow's thoughts; "Christ - there's two of them!"
(b) I guess that's it all f~cked then
Thanks, I'm particularly pleased with the waves,
As you will know Robert, the current travel time from Campbeltown to Glasgow is a minimum of five hours , on a good day, often six. If the Rest and be Thankful is closed, you can add another 70 to 100 miles to the journey. However, if you extend the current A 83 and introduce smaller bridge crossings, short road extensions and tunnel connections, ( like an abridged Norwegian Coastal Highway, which involves an investment of £30bn in the country's infrastructure, crossing 20 fjords, some 600 metres deep, for 680 miles, in a country with a comparable population to Scotland) at Tarbert to Portvadie, then Tighnabruaich and Rhubodach to Colintraive onto Invercholain, then Dunoon across to the A78 then to central belt, journey time will be cut by a minimum of three hours and bypass the Rest and be Thankful.
The keynote address ended by calling on the UK, Scottish and Irish Governments to commission a serious feasibility study on both routes, that's where we are at present.
Beautiful watercolours, great to see. Very nice project. Reminds me of Utzon's Ahm house.
I've just read some of your other aj postings on architecture education Morag. It's clear if what you say is true that you have had a tough time and been treated unfairly.
However, I do not recognise most of your comments, particularly regarding the short shrift given to undergraduate students as a true representation and in my experience, as someone teaching at all levels and now running architecture units, the idea that you employ an architect to do your drawings and hand them in as your own, frankly rubbish.
I don't know where you studied but I suggest you take these issues up with that school, instead of painting all schools with the same tar brush.