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Geoff Haslam's comments

  • Interview with AHMM: 'We were starting to think it might never be our day'

    Geoff Haslam's comment 16 October, 2015 10:45 am

    There's nothing more honourable than building a good school. It is really great that AHMM's talent has been recognised in this way, at last...

  • Assemble re-creates workshop for new Turner Prize show

    Geoff Haslam's comment 1 October, 2015 10:40 am

    I recently visited the Granby4Streets project with the Academy of Urbanism Great Street Award assessment team. We were delighted to see how the combined artist/architect relationship with the local community was bringing forward stylish affordable regeneration in terms of not only cost-effective refurbishment but also creating work/training opportunities and fostering the creativity of local people. A really admirable and successful endeavour for artists and architects. Assemble get my vote!

  • Shortlist announced in £90m Bristol Arena design contest

    Geoff Haslam's comment 11 November, 2014 11:57 am

    Fantastic short-list; let's hope the money can be found to build this long-awaited project, that will help take the economy and prominence of Bristol forward.

  • Is FCBS the best design architect in Britain?

    Geoff Haslam's comment 14 October, 2014 4:54 pm

    I had the great pleasure of working as client to FCBS on a new academy in Essex. The users were delighted and so they should have been. The architects were great listeners and responded creatively to all comments, creating a beautiful school on a very challenging site.
    I am pleased that the scheme did not win an award as this often attracts unwanted attention to what is a 'sheltered' environment for the pupils

  • Clegg pledges to build five new garden cities

    Geoff Haslam's comment 6 October, 2014 1:41 pm

    Congratulations to Nick Clegg for some sensible, joined up thinking on addressing the UK's massive housing need. This could be a vote winner for the Lib Dems, but needs careful 'selling' to those existing towns that are to be expanded and all those "nimbys" who won't want a new rail route near them.

  • Rogers hits out at garden cities proposals

    Geoff Haslam's comment 9 September, 2014 12:39 pm

    I suspect that neither Lord Rogers, nor Brandon Lewis have read the Urbed proposals.
    Urbed state: "As good urbanists we also would argue
    that this should sit alongside policies for urban
    infill and consolidation along with the continued
    growth of London and the great regional
    cities. The type of Garden City that we suggest
    does not stand in opposition to urban infill or
    to brownfield development."

    What does Lewis envisage? A house-builders free for all with weak/non-existent infrastructure? Same old same old then; who wants that?

    Urbed propose that the infrastructure is (a) expanded use of existing and (b) funded by borrowings, paid back over an extended period, as Garden Cities were originally did.

  • Loyd Grossman: ‘People power is changing heritage industry’

    Geoff Haslam's comment 26 June, 2014 9:29 am

    The saving of Hastings Pier was a milestone in the history of community action, which in this case forced the political outcome; an excellent result for the future of Hastings and a lesson for all community heritage campaigns. The Pier resonates in the social history of local people and the many visitors Hastings has welcomed over the generations. It re-opens next year.

  • Farrell Review: in detail

    Geoff Haslam's comment 1 April, 2014 12:22 pm

    Ed Vasey's interest in design is laudable. Let's hope he understands that good design adds capital value in the long run.
    Shame that there is no implicit support for the CABE Design Review process, which is working well in some quarters and resonates with the spirit of this review

  • Crowd pleaser: Everyman Theatre by Haworth Tompkins

    Geoff Haslam's comment 1 April, 2014 10:27 am

    I would like to pay homage to the architect of the previous Everyman conversion, J Roy Parker, an architect renowned in Liverpool in the mid 20thC. it is great to see some echoes of his work in the Haworth Tomkin's scheme, not least of all the eurostyle "Everyman" sign and sparkly lighting.
    As for the ventilation chimneys, surely a reference to the great ocean liners that set sail from Liverpool to the new world, rather than adjacent victorian ones?
    Geoffrey Haslam, Bristol

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