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Heathcliff Huxtable's comments

  • TV architect George Clarke launches ‘disruptive’ housing design degree

    Heathcliff Huxtable's comment 18 September, 2019 2:09 pm

    Ironic that the only course that will directly teach housing is not going to sit within the architecture school...
    Not enough tsunami warning systems and flooded dystopian city projects for architecture school?

  • Arad on controversial Holocaust Memorial: ‘There couldn’t be a more appropriate site’

    Heathcliff Huxtable's comment 5 June, 2019 9:11 am

    Let me know when a memorial is built in the UK to commemorate the victims of British imperial crimes. It's so much easier to commemorate the crimes of others isn't it? But the millions of nameless faceless Indians, Sudanese, Irish, Palestinians, Egyptians, Iraqis, Afghans, Australians, South Africans, Kenyans, and native Americans - no one could give a damn about them. The atrocities and massacres aren't even taught in schools, let alone commemorated with multi-million pound memorials. What are the chances that we get a memorial for Bloody Sunday? Or profiting off of both the Irish potato famine and the Bengal famine? How about we get this quote on a plaque in front of Westminster?

    "...running over an Arab is the same as a dog in England except we do not report it."

    - British soldier in Palestine quoted in The Banality of Brutality: British Armed Forces and the Repression of the Arab Revolt in Palestine, 1936-39, by Matthew Hughes

    And how many of Britain's imperial shenanigans are still ongoing conflicts today? Destroying Iranian democracy in 1953, colonising Palestine and signing the Balfour Declaration, ignoring Kurdish claims to nationhood during Sykes-Picot or the Treaty of Sevres, joining north and south Sudan into a single state, Kashmir, monetarily and militarily supporting Ibn Saud to create a Wahhabi state in Arabia, etc. etc. etc. Take your pick.

  • Serpentine Pavilion architect under fire over unpaid interns

    Heathcliff Huxtable's comment 22 March, 2019 11:40 am

    Fire this nonsense architect. 6 days a week 11am to midnight and no pay? Hahah it's laughable. This is 100% slavery and ruins the profession for everyone. If the Japanese find this acceptable, then let them enjoy their wild rates of depression, self-seclusion, and mental disorders, and ban them from practicing in the UK.

    As for the RIBA's response, it's the sort of tepid luke-warm response you'd expect from them. How about doing something about this problem instead of just advising students to avoid unpaid internships?

  • Architects being ‘pressured’ into opting out of Working Time Directive

    Heathcliff Huxtable's comment 4 March, 2019 11:55 am

    To add to what I said above - this is precisely the purpose of unions. The very reason for their existence. Architects are stuck in the mindset of the 50s where they all see themselves as the artist-master of the worksite, when in reality they're earning less than people flipping burgers and brickies and working enormous amounts of overtime. We are not masters of anything, we are exploited employees. Except unlike the brickie or burger flipper, we aren't smart enough to leave on time and think ourselves deeply heroic when doing all-nighters for competitions with no hope of remuneration

  • Architects being ‘pressured’ into opting out of Working Time Directive

    Heathcliff Huxtable's comment 4 March, 2019 10:57 am

    Forget the RIBA. Join a union. The RIBA cares about Norman, not you.

  • Scruton: No architects on beauty commission as they have ‘vested interests’

    Heathcliff Huxtable's comment 15 February, 2019 12:04 pm

    I'm a registered architect and I actually agree with him that architects are brainwashed through the education system into worshipping at the teat of Corbusier. You are slowly taught that ornament is sinful and that modernism is good and proper.

    But all these articles miss the biggest factor in all of this - developers. Developers want cheap and quick. So architects design modernist shoeboxes. If developers paid for corinthian columns and high ceilings and bespoke statues and art then architects would design that. The real enemy of beauty in architecture is the ceaseless drive for shareholder dividends, the profit motive of the developer.

  • Fosters partners take home £23 million in bonuses

    Heathcliff Huxtable's comment 19 September, 2018 9:31 am

    Phil Parker - look at all these millennials walking around like they rent the place!
    The boomers benefited from free education, low competition, a booming economy, dirt cheap housing - and then they lecture us about entitlement as they saddled the country with debt, ruined the planet with their greedy short-sighted way of life, and created The Great Recession for us to deal with

    And the funniest thing about this lazy complaint about millenials, is that the baby-boomers raised us and can't stop whingeing about us, because they can't take responsibility for anything. We're called 'The Lost Generation' and 'Generation Rent' while we hear constant whingeing from boomers as they vote to protect their benefits and saddle us with more austerity

  • Fosters partners take home £23 million in bonuses

    Heathcliff Huxtable's comment 18 September, 2018 9:40 am

    Wonder how many £ that is per hour of overtime worked by each junior member of staff.

    The corporate culture puts immense pressure on young architects and architectural assistants earning 30-40k to slave away extra hours each night. The company makes a huge profit. The partners split that profit. Rinse. Repeat. Every now and then discard the used-up husks of burned out architects and replace with fresh meat.

  • Why I felt I had to quit BDP after maternity leave

    Heathcliff Huxtable's comment 23 August, 2018 11:12 am

    This is just one of the many reasons that architects need to join a union. Forget the RIBA. Most cannot just resign casually when offended. Join a union and collectively fight for these rights or resign and be replaced by someone younger with fewer commitments who will resign when it's their turn to have babies.

  • Arts and craftsmanship: Kenwood Lee House by Cousins & Cousins

    Heathcliff Huxtable's comment 4 May, 2018 10:40 am

    How on earth is this arts and crafts? It looks sterile enough for surgery to be performed in it. You can't just say that you've been inspired by arts and crafts, you have to actually, you know, design something that isn't modernist in every way. The lines are so clean and straight you'd get a papercut just walking up the stairs.

    It's a lovely house. But arts and crafts it ain't.

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