Alan Dunlop's comments
How very droll Phil and once more just bursting with whimsey.
Yes, I agree Robert that would be extreme vandalism and a tunnel, not a trunk road the best proposal for this stretch.
A precedent also exists for a tunnel to connect the Mull of Kintyre to the Antrim coast. As you will know, Japan's Seikan Sea Tunnel connects Honshu and Hokkaido and runs for 14 miles partly above a sea bed equivalent in depth to the sea around the Kintyre Coast. A tunnel here would be achievable and an engineering challenge but frankly less interesting, architecturally.
I also agree about the social and economic benefits of the Kintyre route However, there would also be benefits to the Ayrshire coast in connecting Larne to Portpatrick. The once thriving towns of Girvan, Ayr, Prestwick andTroon along the A77 would be revived. Both routes are being considered.
"All greatness stands firm in the Storm" Plato's "Republic"
Although the public response has been staggering and overwhelmingly positive both sides of the Irish Sea and internationally, the economic case for a bridge connection between Scotland and Ireland is building and becoming more convincing, otherwise Scotland and Ireland's leading politicians would have given the idea short shrift.
The proposal for a shorter 12 mile connection from the Antrim coast to the Mull of Kintyre then onward via a number of smaller bridges, Dunoon to Gourock for example and new road connections now seems possible. Thereby cutting the journey time to the central belt of Scotland significantly. The technology now exists to also span over Beaufort's Dyke.
As for "encouraging fresh ideas and innovation" and students addressing the housing crisis, that is exactly what my own unit is doing in a two year MArch research and design study.
https://homesssrgu.wixsite.com/unit2 If nothing else listen to the poem at the start, it is brilliant.
Indeed Phil, just one damn thing after another.
Phil, with respect. I was asked by a national newspaper last Friday if I thought it was possible to build a bridge between Scotland and Ireland. After much thought and research I considered that it was, suggested two options for how it could be done, where they would be best located and what such a project would mean for Scotland, Ireland and also the UK.
My response was featured on a full front page Monday, took off later that day and went nuclear Tuesday. With a positive reaction from architects, politicians and frankly hundreds of comments online.
You may well consider this scraping the publicity barrel but in my view, anything that gets national newspapers, tv, radio and so many people writing and talking about architecture and expressing an opinion, good or bad is a good thing for the profession.
Denizen produce fine work. Interesting, well worked plan and section. Good luck with it.
Ian, get a grip. This is the AJ not the Daily Mail. You too Penelope
Maybe Whitehaven is a tad megalomaniacal Michael, how about Workington or Flimby?
"PFI does not seems to be a good way to go about things" Who knew, eh? Apparently it's toxic.
PPP schools ‘little more than a roof’
From The Herald - Thursday 08th December 2005 )
A stark warning over the quality of new schools in Scotland built with the help of private money will be delivered today at a design conference. Alan Dunlop, a Glasgow-based architect, will tell the Children in Scotland conference in Edinburgh that PPP process is "failing" children.
"We are building schools for children that we wouldn't use as adults. The architects involved in the PPP process have no time for development because fees are cut to the bone so any idea of developing design is a non-starter," he said.
Herald 2005 Several arguements against PPP
Other stuff, too many too list