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Ben Hooper

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  • Comment on: 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)

  • Comment on: 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.

  • Comment on: 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.

  • Comment on: 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.

  • Comment on: 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.

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