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Alan Dunlop's comments

  • No house style: the drawings of Stirling and Wilford

    Alan Dunlop's comment 13 October, 2015 10:20 pm

    Chris, as I've mentioned to you before, your single point perspective of Abando is a true work of art. As Kahn said, "put simply, hand drawing is the language of the architect"

  • Readers vote: Which is your RIBA Stirling Prize winner?

    Alan Dunlop's comment 7 October, 2015 11:08 am

    As good as all these projects undoubtedly are, there is now empirical study which clearly confirms that the physical environment, architecture and good design can improve life to the extent that it can reduce the rate of decline in people with a terminal illness or with dementia. The considered design of a school environment can also markedly improve levels of attainment among average students. Consequently project like Maggie's and Burntwood School are for me the most deserving. Whitworth is stunning absolutely, but not life extending, enhancing nor affirming to the same extent.

    Maggie’s for me therefore.

  • Conservationists 'ignored' over Hoskins' Calton Hill plans

    Alan Dunlop's comment 4 September, 2015 10:37 am

    It's very unusual for Charlie Hussey to respond to the work of a fellow architect in such a critical way but frankly I have to agree with him, it's frankly awful and a significant step backward. As foir the other usual supsects quoted, I would not expect any other response.

  • How to become a famous architect

    Alan Dunlop's comment 24 August, 2015 1:11 pm

    Paul, give yourself a break, take the dog for a walk, maybe. Have a holiday or do a bit of gardening, you'll feel better.

  • Kuma's V&A Dundee could never be built to budget, finds report

    Alan Dunlop's comment 18 August, 2015 11:44 am

    Again Paul, not all architects....as I'm sure you know.

  • Revealed: AJ/Hoare Lea Bursary finalists

    Alan Dunlop's comment 15 July, 2015 10:23 am

    Congratulations Anneli on making the final shortlist and good luck to all involved.

  • Scotland’s 2016 architecture festival lands £400k funding boost

    Alan Dunlop's comment 14 July, 2015 8:51 am

    Not every architect, Paul.

  • Partridge's Chicago: My kind of town

    Alan Dunlop's comment 25 May, 2015 3:25 pm

    Good list, but you missed Walter Netsch's Inland Steel

  • Schools: What is the impact of austerity?

    Alan Dunlop's comment 11 April, 2015 9:18 am

    Clever piece Helen. Concise. All you need to know, really.

  • RIBA moves to scrap Part 3

    Alan Dunlop's comment 25 March, 2015 10:27 am

    "Currently students enter practice with poor business and client skills and receive very poor pay in return".

    March Students of architecture are in my experience, clever, articulate, critically engaged and motivated by a belief that architecture can improve lives and be a catalyst for positive change. They may have poor business skills but leave university highly motivated and with the expectation that they are entering a profession with integrity, purpose and a clear artistic and philosophical direction.

    Instead, are more likely to find a profession that is currently bogged down with issues of low fees/ low pay; value engineering, speculative work, meaningless competitions, BIM and supplanted by project managers, “key stakeholders” and accountants.

    The universities, not the offices, are where architecture as the mother of the arts is still practised, and ideas about place making, aesthetics, beauty and a willingness to experiment is undertaken, architecture and urban design discussed and critical engagement expected.

    It is practice that is letting students down, not the other way around.

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