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  • RIAS 2018 Awards shortlist revealed

    Alan Dunlop's comment 20 March, 2018 11:12 am

    It very much looks like almost everything that's been built last year, of any architectural merit at all, gets included. No omissions.

    Why does the RIAS persist in selecting a "shortlist" of 25, it's bizarre. Goodness knows what the other 51 were like.

    5 projects only:

    Barmulloch Residents Centre, Glasgow
    Collective Architecture for Barmulloch Community Development Company

    Nucleus, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Caithness Archive, Wick
    Reiach and Hall Architects for The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

    Oriam – Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre, Edinburgh
    Reiach and Hall Architects for Oriam – Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre

    Perth Theatre
    Richard Murphy Architects for Horsecross Arts

    The Black Shed, Isle of Skye
    Mary Arnold-Forster Architect for a private client

    ’When shortlisting this year’s entries for awards the panel were struck by the continuing high standard of submissions. The quality of architecture being produced the length and breadth of the country is hugely impressive." Ripple Retreat.....really?

  • Politicians debate merits of Dunlop’s Celtic crossing

    Alan Dunlop's comment 21 February, 2018 1:24 pm

    How very droll Phil and once more just bursting with whimsey.

  • Politicians debate merits of Dunlop’s Celtic crossing

    Alan Dunlop's comment 21 February, 2018 8:12 am

    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.

  • Politicians debate merits of Dunlop’s Celtic crossing

    Alan Dunlop's comment 12 February, 2018 12:04 pm

    "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.

  • Politicians debate merits of Dunlop’s Celtic crossing

    Alan Dunlop's comment 10 February, 2018 3:24 pm

    Indeed Phil, just one damn thing after another.

  • Now Dunlop proposes bridge linking Scotland and Ireland

    Alan Dunlop's comment 26 January, 2018 8:22 am

    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 Works lands approval for ‘new take’ on Scottish country house

    Alan Dunlop's comment 25 January, 2018 12:26 pm

    Denizen produce fine work. Interesting, well worked plan and section. Good luck with it.

  • Denizen Works lands approval for ‘new take’ on Scottish country house

    Alan Dunlop's comment 25 January, 2018 12:23 pm

    Ian, get a grip. This is the AJ not the Daily Mail. You too Penelope

  • Now Dunlop proposes bridge linking Scotland and Ireland

    Alan Dunlop's comment 24 January, 2018 10:44 am

    http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15893364.Northern_Irish_parties_want_a_bridge_built_from_Scotland/#comments-anchor

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/now-the-northern-irish-want-a-bridge-built-from-scotland-xghr95k2w

    https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/fresh-calls-for-bridge-to-connect-scotland-and-ireland-1-4668551

    https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfast-news/could-northern-ireland-scotland-bridge-14187864

    https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/bridge-between-northern-ireland-and-scotland-could-create-celtic-powerhouse-36519186.html

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-42772343

    http://irishpost.co.uk/bridge-connecting-ireland-scotland-result-celtic-powerhouse/

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09msd4c

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05vtylh

  • Now Dunlop proposes bridge linking Scotland and Ireland

    Alan Dunlop's comment 22 January, 2018 3:00 pm

    Maybe Whitehaven is a tad megalomaniacal Michael, how about Workington or Flimby?

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