Chris Medland's comments
really interesting comp and i'm sure the shortlist is great. Interesting that notes from judges issued today says 'Whilst applauding schemes which sought to reduce the dominance of private vehicles, the Panel questioned whether the utopian goal of a car-free development would be achievable – in the foreseeable future - given the development’s location on the edge of Letchworth and the relatively poor current public transport links?' this begs the question - is this the right place to build 900 new homes then?
retain the facade
lovely.. potential Stirling prize shortlister
well done Jonathan - looks great
if loads of people point out the issues around the jan 16 application for funding the charity commission will find it hard to ignore...
The Garden Bridge - the gift that keeps on giving.
Happy Christmas everyone....
very nice. good work.
the 'head of careers support' advisor's role in the civil service was advertised at a salary of £185,000.... a chief architect is worth half as much apparently
Agreed Martin Cook - 100%
I set up One World Design Architects to jump straight into delivery carbon neutral homes 7 years ago then within a year the government ditched the zero carbon homes policy, then the CfSH standard. Further, the Written Ministerial Statement (25 March, 2015) stated that:
‘Local Authorities would only be able to require energy performance standards higher than Building Regulations up to the equivalent of Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4’. This was implemented at a time when there were plans for Part L 2016 and an update to the Planning and Energy Act 2008. Either statute may have brought forward stronger regulations, but neither has happened as the Government’s sole focus at this time is Brexit. Because of this building standards in terms of energy use for new homes are appalling - please refer to my opinion piece in the AJ last month. Perhaps Mr Malthouse should focus on what's under the bonnet of the 300k homes a year rather than he decoration?
why cant we have some sensible and relevantly experienced architects, planners and sustainability consultants seconded to the relevant government departments? its baffling that there seems to be conveyor belt of ministers that are learning on the job - just imagine if there where no high ranking military officials in the Ministry of Defence, or no experienced doctors or medical specialist in the Department for Health and Social Care... How many architects work for the Housing Department or Transport Department - I would bet on zero.