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Alan Dunlop's comments

  • Graeme Nicholls reveals proposal for O-shaped Glasgow housing scheme

    Alan Dunlop's comment 23 May, 2020 7:32 am

    No need to despair, come to Glasgow and view our Victorian tenement housing. Remarkably, little attention given to orientation, sun path or setting context. It was the street that was more important. If you know the location here, you must know this is a clever response. If you don't, well your comment is not rational.

  • Graeme Nicholls reveals proposal for O-shaped Glasgow housing scheme

    Alan Dunlop's comment 22 May, 2020 10:55 am

    That's true Robert and for a second there I thought we were commenting on architecture, at last, rather than the shenanigans of those at the RIBA. Until I read your last sentence. Hufeisensiedlung provides us a clue.

  • Graeme Nicholls reveals proposal for O-shaped Glasgow housing scheme

    Alan Dunlop's comment 22 May, 2020 9:26 am

    This degree of formality and rigour is absolutely what is required for this site. The reference to Ibrox is not about precedent and inspiration but for me a refusal to be intimidated or diminished by the hulking mass of Ra Big Hoose that has dominated Govan for over a century.

  • Graeme Nicholls reveals proposal for O-shaped Glasgow housing scheme

    Alan Dunlop's comment 22 May, 2020 7:35 am

    My guess is that most rational, forward looking and those with positive intent will see its merits.

  • Graeme Nicholls reveals proposal for O-shaped Glasgow housing scheme

    Alan Dunlop's comment 21 May, 2020 6:58 pm

    At last a housing project that brings to mind the scale and boldness of Glasgow's rich Victorian housing stock. It even squares up to "Ra Big Hoose" across the road. Dutch, Berlin housing too. Excellent. good luck with it.

  • Coronavirus: Can primary schools adapt to a post-lockdown world?

    Alan Dunlop's comment 9 May, 2020 8:58 am

    This is also being debated in Scotland. I did an interview on BBC, Thursday news along similar lines and on why it is not a good idea to compartmentalise schools and it never will be..... but it would be possible with offices and other commercial premises.

    The way forward with schools, during this covid crisis, is to reduce classroom numbers, control access, extend the school week and reduce holidays, particularly the summer six to eight weeks. It's not really a design nor architecture issue.

  • Sketchbook: Anna Shapiro

    Alan Dunlop's comment 7 May, 2020 2:12 pm

    These are great, bold colour and tonal combinations..... this is great too " we need to emphasis thinking through drawing and sketching as a way to explore ideas."

  • Sketchbook: Sherin Aminossehe

    Alan Dunlop's comment 27 April, 2020 6:01 pm

    Excellent line, great draught( wo)manship and skill, love the Royal Court Theatre particularly, with biker and red telephone boxes.

  • Scottish govt says offices and schools need redesign for lockdown to be eased

    Alan Dunlop's comment 24 April, 2020 1:50 pm

    The only viable option would be to expand the school week, as in other parts of Europe and some places in Asia, to facilitate a rota of children, teachers and parents. This would ensure smaller class numbers, maintain the required social distancing and maximise the use of buildings without alteration. However, I can foresee resistance from vested interests, such as teachers and their unions.

    Clearly this is an enormous social challenge but if there are to be long term strategic changes to how we work, teach and socialise then it is imperative that architects be involved from the outset, not only to provide their specific design and planning skills but also to challenge any group think coming from policy makers. If there is a decision to go ahead with retrofitting schools and other public places then architects need to be included.

  • Sketchbook: Alan Dunlop

    Alan Dunlop's comment 14 April, 2020 12:48 pm

    "..pleasure of going back 10, 20, 30 years and enjoy a personal record of that journey." That's it Mario, apart from the pleasure gained, a sketchbook is like a time machine, it takes you right back to the time when you made the drawing, instantly more than any photograph.

    David, thank you.

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