Alan Dunlop's comments
Ha! I see what you did there, Phil.... very apropos.
Having just been stuck there overnight, it may be UAE’s most populous city but what's really incredible is that it has a 10 mile wide clusterf+ck of the ugliest, most tasteless new buildings to be found in any city, anywhere. One after another. Deeply impressive.
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
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?
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