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Ben Hooper's comments

  • Experts concerned over ‘disastrous’ London housing guidance

    Ben Hooper's comment 8 October, 2015 11:51 am

    In the next 50 years, at the rate of today's current progress, medical research/robotics will have provided a 'cure' to very many disabilities. In the last few weeks we have seen a blind man being able to see again, and a paralysed man walking. Of course, I am not recommending that there should be no accessible future housing , but rather that a proportion of new housing should be, against a blanket regulation for all (which is how this will be interpreted)

  • Ethics and architecture: Where do you draw the line?

    Ben Hooper's comment 1 October, 2015 2:57 pm

    Firstly, I concur with Piers Taylor's comments completely, and disagree with the statement about 'architects are free to design whatever their personal artistic urge leads them too'. What about planners, clients and budgets? Artists may have this kind of freedom but architects do no, and do not want it. Architecture has always been the art of compromise. Most architects want to please their client/s not themselves. Some of the best social housing was designed by public sector architects - spacious, well designed and enjoyed by their residents, because the architects took the trouble to understand what people wanted.

  • Put your questions to the RIBA's next president Jane Duncan

    Ben Hooper's comment 21 August, 2015 12:35 pm

    There has been some debate lately about the ethics of architeI would like to know how she and RIBA are planning to help social and ethical (not for profit) enterprises who are working with charities and communities to help them achieve their ambition for place? Practice is diversifying generally - nothing is orthodox anymore. There are a number of not insignificant obstacles to this type of practice growing and flourishing which the RIBA could help with.

  • Architects are 'making hay while the sun shines'

    Ben Hooper's comment 23 July, 2015 1:47 pm

    What there does seem to be happening is a growing divide between the south and the north. There are architectural schools up and down the country, and many of these students remain in the cities where they were trained - however, jobs outside London and the South East seem almost impossible to find. The current BD job website shows 3 jobs for architects in Yorkshire, and most of the other areas north of London are showing single figures only (and only 1 in the NE) except for the NW which as 14. In contrast greater London has 386, and the South East 423. The numbers of architects' vacancies must surely correlate between what's being built in these areas (very little apart from university buildings and student housing) I can understand why the architects in the south have rising confidence levels - but not the north surely? Please correct me if I am wrong.

  • Architects are 'making hay while the sun shines'

    Ben Hooper's comment 22 July, 2015 10:34 am

    Would it be possible to publish in more details the Region by Region so that we can make a comparison please?
    Omitting BIM and Revit Experts, and technicians, there was only one job advertised for an architect in the Yorkshire Region on the AJ website last week.

  • Revealed: RIBA Stirling Prize 2015 shortlist

    Ben Hooper's comment 20 July, 2015 11:55 am

    It would be interesting to compare each one as a cost per square metre.

  • IBI wins go-ahead for £50m revamp of Barnsley town centre

    Ben Hooper's comment 15 July, 2015 11:19 am

    To Robert,
    I am afraid that it doesn't compare well. The original scheme was unique, special, brought a grand piano shaped market hall to the centre of the scheme, something which would have become a landmark scheme.
    It is good that something is happening, but there was over a decade of development work on the original design, which appears to have been torn up and started again! Why? It can't all surely be down to budget?

  • Mayor of London launches major international housing competition

    Ben Hooper's comment 18 June, 2015 11:31 am

    Its a great competition, but in these austere times couldn't there be some kind of prize money attached? I am certain that more ideas would be forthcoming.

  • Profession sees salaries rise across the board

    Ben Hooper's comment 5 June, 2015 11:43 am

    I would be very interested to see an article in the AJ about how Architects' Job Vacancies, and salaries compare across the country. I have just done a very quick tot up on the AJ job site and here are the jobs available as best as I can see via regions:-
    London 235 vacancies/ South East 327/ Midlands 21/ Yorkshire 10 /East of England 36/ South West 19/ North West 13/ and North East 5.
    So in terms of a North /South divide 617 in the South
    49 'up North'.

  • Holland on Julie's house: 'It is the ultimate decorated shed'

    Ben Hooper's comment 19 May, 2015 10:39 am

    This house is truly unique, and rich in detail and a lesson in the use of colour and texture. Most buildings could be called decorated sheds, (maybe modernist ones - undecorated sheds?). Would I like to go on holiday here? It would be a revelation! Another fusion of art and architecture.

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