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Alan Dunlop's comments

  • Grafton Architects wins Royal Gold Medal

    Alan Dunlop's comment 2 October, 2019 2:27 pm

    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."

    Many congratulations.

  • Boris Johnson asks for feasibility study into Northern Ireland-to-Scotland bridge

    Alan Dunlop's comment 14 September, 2019 7:37 am

    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.

  • Boris Johnson asks for feasibility study into Northern Ireland-to-Scotland bridge

    Alan Dunlop's comment 13 September, 2019 1:42 pm

    I know, I know........just one damn thing after another.

  • New practice Fraser/Livingstone: ‘We want to avoid creating big, dumb structures’

    Alan Dunlop's comment 11 September, 2019 12:41 pm

    Sincere best wishes Malcolm and Robin, in all future endeavours.

  • Boris Johnson asks for feasibility study into Northern Ireland-to-Scotland bridge

    Alan Dunlop's comment 11 September, 2019 12:34 pm

    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.

  • Leaked emails reveal extraordinary row between Mac chiefs

    Alan Dunlop's comment 10 September, 2019 7:53 am

    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.

  • Amanda Levete reveals first images of 'radical' £42m Paisley Museum revamp

    Alan Dunlop's comment 30 August, 2019 5:18 pm

    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.

  • Amanda Levete reveals first images of 'radical' £42m Paisley Museum revamp

    Alan Dunlop's comment 30 August, 2019 6:53 am

    What's that redical red glazed hall all about then?

  • AJ Student Prize 2019 nominees revealed

    Alan Dunlop's comment 25 July, 2019 12:42 pm

    "Keep calm and step away from the laptop" Louis Kahn

    Some interesting projects from clearly talented students. Good luck to those shortlisted. Great to see also one or two hand drawings amongst the 60 or so submissions.

  • Building study: Glasgow flats by Graeme Nicholls Architects

    Alan Dunlop's comment 18 July, 2019 12:35 pm

    Frankly I can think of many, many more depressing developments, where no consideration at all has been given to the context, nor thought of the design. Moreover, far from being one of the crop of colourless hairshirt architects, Nicholls is one of a number of very talented young architects now working in Scotland and we'd like to keep him here.

    Yes indeed, the black brick is subjective, I can tell you it looks much better in the flesh. The project has no doubt been value engineered to a centimetre of its life. Yet, the planning is clever and the amount of daylight getting into each flat is generous and well considered.

    " Glasgow is a city of wee men an big windows": Jack Coia and Nicholls is to be congratulated for that.

    As for the reference only to the city's great architects of the past, if you lift your head you'll see that other, more contemporary architects have also produced great city housing, Elder and Cannon, Page and Park, Henry McKeown, Ian Alexander are a few, there are more.

    I'm confident Nicholls will do the same.

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