Ian Goulty's comments
Just spotted this article in the 'most commented' list. To read the comments now is sobering.
An interesting idea definitely worth pursuing, there will be practical and operational hurdles to overcome.
How to make sure what is specified initially actually goes in?- one of the problems we seem to have with quality of construction is that the 'client' is frequently looking to immediately sell on. It generally isn't in their interest to install with higher quality materials if they can get away with cheap and nasty. Maybe the resale value of a buildings materials/components becomes part of the actual building value? I wonder what liabilities might start to accrue on that set of information if it turns out there isn't as much high quality timber, or the insulation installed, isn't what the passport claims.
They do indeed appear to be on the RIBA chartered practice directory on the RIBA website.
So presumably once fees begin to rise to cover costs there will follow the opening up of the planning system to private competition?
Subscription housing sounds awful. It seems to be another buzzy way of suggesting that younger generations should be prepared to accept all of the crap disadvantages of renting in the UK, - crap landlords, poor quality living standards, stress and worry about being kicked out if you complain or the moment you have a financial wobble e.t.c. and then it suggests that you will need to share your living space with a bunch of other people who could be just about any form of miscreant you could dream up, - to hell with that. I rented for nearly 20 years and I can confirm that there are very good reasons why people in the UK will pretty much cut their own throat for a chance to buy their own home and not be at the bloody awful whim of landlords. Especially for those who come from the poorer end of the spectrum and so don't necessarily have money available or the leave allowance to sort out an instant house move.
The answer to our housing problems is for Government to start building massive volumes of council homes again and for people to stop trying to find jazzy sounding ways of making the horror of renting into something more palatable.
I worked for a local authority for 13 years. I remember our department being warned that there was discussion at high level about the Architects department being given the chop, because the amount of award shortlists and wins we were achieving meant we must be spending far more than was needed to just get the job done.
A massive missed opportunity. MP's and Government should have been forced to relocate temporarily to another city or cities to make them face up to the disparity of investment and connectivity that the rest of the country suffers from.
A Hundred Million Pounds?
Am I reading that right?
Do we really lag behind law, medicine and accounting? By how much? More importantly is anybody bothering to find out specifically why before launching into the usual panic of doing something, -anything to try and prove what a lovely profession we actually are. I'm not really sure how accounting is perceived but when compared to architecture a career in law or medicine are seen as well paid and valuable. Meanwhile on this website there is yet another story about an architectural competition where none of the architects are getting paid, - effectively the architects have paid their own professional body for the opportunity to work for free!
Peter Bill. Nonsense, it's just resting.