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Dan Usiskin

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  • Comment on: KPF’s designs for London's tallest resi tower ‘a concern’, says mayor

    Dan Usiskin's comment 19 October, 2019 11:14 pm

    That's the scariest thing I've seen for quite a while. Perhaps some imaginative PR is required from the developer - how about The Dreaming Spires of Ealing.......

  • Comment on: Twickenham Riverside contest designs revealed

    Dan Usiskin's comment 16 September, 2019 10:18 pm

    It's difficult to judge six schemes for the same site with only perspectives to go on, and with no background on the differences in briefs between the schemes. But, on the evidence presented, Francis Terry's scheme wipes the floor with the current five proposals, none of which demonstrate anything like Terry's understanding of how to address the river, use appropriate scale when viewed from the river or its banks, create coherent form, proportion, massing and above all a real sense of place-making.
    The current five range from feeble but inoffensive to downright horrendous.
    I,m not suggesting that Terry has the only answer - in the last couple of decades there has been a growing awareness among some modern architects of the lessons of history (eg Ancient Greece and Rome, Italian hill towns), in particular relating to place-making and the civic realm.
    The current five schemes completely fail to address the huge potential of this exceptional site. None of them are anywhere near good enough, and the promoters need to start again

  • Comment on: Mayor rejects ‘unwelcoming, poorly designed’ Tulip

    Dan Usiskin's comment 16 July, 2019 9:32 am

    It's not a Tulip
    It's a Q-Tip

    It's also off the scale that starts with ugly and ends with hideous.

    Its single virtue would be to pull the eye away for a second or two from the surrounding cluster of monstrosities which together so eloquently express the triumphant chaos of international speculative finance, and the murder of the civic realm....

  • Comment on: Purcell to refurbish Grade II-listed masterwork by John Partridge

    Dan Usiskin's comment 22 June, 2019 9:56 am

    I'm confused. The text talks about 'light touch', preserving the existing (iconic) design and so on. Completely appropriate for such an important building.
    The visuals show everything existing covered up in grey render, wood laminate suspended ceiling panels of the wrong shape - the whole looking like the departure lounge to Hell.
    We are being seriously misled one way or the other.

  • Comment on: Allies and Morrison’s £1.1bn East Bank hub in Olympic Park approved

    Dan Usiskin's comment 15 May, 2019 5:07 pm

    I agree with David Farmery. Look at image 16, with the original and revised schemes next to each other. The first scheme was far from wonderful but could have been developed to produce something that had variety and room to breathe within a coherent whole. The new scheme is a catastrophic assemblage of lumpen forms, clashing scales and materials, fussy and at the same time crude. It shouts out that it is a Big Cultural Statement - but is only possible by the grace of Commercial Funding, which relegates civic values and human scale urbanism to the bottom drawer.
    This project needs to start again

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