Mark Cox's comments
An interesting piece Dan. We're planning to have a breakfast debate on just this topic at NLA on October 6 with Will Hurst. Hope you can be there.
I was never quite sure where Hodge got the idea of 'grands oeuvres' from - did she mean 'grands projets' which is what Mitterand called his interventions? "Grand travaux' is an alternative. Why not use English and just call them 'big ideas'?
How on earth can this sort of thing happen in a membership organisation? Who agreed to the publication of this report? Surely heads must roll in the Executive.
Claire Bennie is brilliant and from this report the only speaker speaking much sense.
I'm surprised your story doesn't mention that St Hilda's commissioned Alison and Peter Smithson in the late 60s to design student accommodation on the site. An important part of their oeuvre, it has an interesting juxtaposition with Big Jim's contemporaneous Florey Building just up the river and borrows elements of the Economist building, completed a few years before. The cladding was described by Alison as a 'yashmak' to "prevent the girls from being too exposed".
This is a flawed report with 'overwhelmingly negative' responses from people who are already overwhelmingly negative about shared space. Well designed shared space is overwhelmingly popopular - look at Leonards Circus in Hackney.
I don't wish to be seen as curmudgeonly as the quotes published might suggest. I also said : " I’m very pleased to hear that Scotland is putting on an architecture festival - everywhere should have one! I’m envious of their budget, but I guess that’s the Barnett formula in action. I wish them well."
I do hope Gerry will come down to the London Festival of Architecture which takes place throughout June.
Richard's departure is the RIBA's loss and the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects' gain. dv Richard will be the Master of the Company next year focusing on promoting London as a creative and design hub through the international networks of the Lord Mayor and reinforcing the relevance of architects in the shaping of the City.
What the protestors didn't realise was that Sir Terry Farrell - the master planner of Capco's Earl's Court no less - was also talking at the RIBA last night giving the Worshipful Company of Architects' Annual Milo lecture to a packed hall. He merged from the picket lines unscathed.
You can see what Boris actually said at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1X-3FYjVWw