John Edward Meagher's comments
Well done John , I believe these days unless Architects design schemes such as you have here , we are not doing our job ,
However admirable the design or redesign may be, it's simply the wrong location , the proposal is simply out of scale with such a delightful small park , " we need nature , it does not need us "
John Edward Meagher , deBM .
Kevin Roche was from Mitchelstown , County Cork , Ireland
Dear Denise Scott Browne and the late Robert Venturi were certainly not lurking in the garden !
How anyone could cite their names in a decision to allow such a design is quite shocking !
The plan and elevations are not resolved ! , bad decision .
I am very sad to read that Robert Venturi has died , he was a wonderful empathetic intelligent person .
I worked for his firm Venturi and Rauch ( 1964 - 1989 ) in the late sixties , his partner Denise Scott Brown formed the practice of Venturi Scott Brown Associates in 1989 ( VSBA ) when John Rauch left , who had been the managing Principal for the previous 25 years , John Rauch went on to be a painter . The office in the sixties was a very inspirational place to be ,Robert or Bob , as he was affectionally known , had works of Alvar Aalto and several books on Edwin Lutyens open and laid out in the middle of the drawing studio which he referred to constantly with his usual wit and intelligence , this " education " had a profound effect on me .
A wonderful person will be greatly missed .
Making buildings is a serious matter , making toys is another .
Architecture is not a toy making exercise !
surely the gehry scheme is some sort of joke ! ?
What a wonderful development for the RA , and no better architect to achieve its aims than David Chipperfield , great news !
My congratulations to Denise , I had the privilege as a very young and green ! architect to work in the office of Denise and Bob in the late 60's , at the time they were making " Learning from Las Vagas " with Steven Izenour , and John Rauch kept some " order " ! , he later retired and is a painter .
Denise Scott Brown has a very engaging and powerful mind , as of course her husband Bob ( Robert Venturi ) has , it was a very inspirational time and in a way I think I may have missed the significance of what was being created , being just a young fella ! , I never forget the experience and I wish Denise every good wish and Bob of course .
John Meagher , deBlacam and Meagher .