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Edward O'Brien

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  • Comment on: 'Stand up and fight': RIBA president joins Elliott School protest

    Edward O'Brien's comment 22 August, 2012 10:10 am

    What a sad affair, with LB Wandsworth once again demonstrating its wanton lack of understanding of, or respect for, the qualities that contribute to an excellent built environment - particularly for those without the means to escape the Borough's repulsive and squalid town centres.

    On another note, one almost begins to wonder whether there is something more sinister at play in terms of targeting the work of the late John Bancroft, and in particular the wonderful schools he bequeathed to London.

    What a sorry affair.

  • Comment on: Revealed: images of Chelsea FC's Battersea bid

    Edward O'Brien's comment 22 June, 2012 5:02 pm

    Be brave! Show us how bad it would have looked from the OUTSIDE as well as in!

  • Comment on: Exclusive images from Europe's tallest residential tower

    Edward O'Brien's comment 20 June, 2012 9:48 am

    If nothing else, it distracts the eye from the embarrassing architecture of the adjacent 'Emerald City'.

    Less favourably, it also detracts from almost every meaningful view in Westminster: crassly backstaging UNESCO world heritage sites; ominously looming at the end of every major axis in Pimlico; and dwarfing the accumulator tower at Churchill Gardens, which so far as I can tell, is its only architectural point of reference locally.

    By the time the rest of Vauxhall and Nine Elms is built out, planners will be turning their attention to dealing with the blight of St George Wharf. The term 'regeneration', when applied to this affair, is little more than a sad irony.

  • Comment on: Richard Rogers wins Stirling Prize for Maggie's Centre

    Edward O'Brien's comment 18 October, 2009 8:16 pm

    What an excellent result. It is very gratifying to see a practice most often characterised by the excellence of its 'jumbo' projects turn its hand to a smaller project of such social worth, and to do so with subtlety, sensitivity and taste.

  • Comment on: Join the debate: Prince Charles Charity Commision probe

    Edward O'Brien's comment 21 August, 2009 2:42 pm

    Republic is to be applauded for its broader agenda, which hopefully will spare us the indignity and embarrassment of ever having as our head of state one so singularly unqualified for the role.

    It is also to be applauded for finally identifying a formal channel through which, if only indirectly, Charles can finally be held to account for his conduct. Hopefully this will lead to a proper, open, public debate about his methods and, in time, to his adopting a more transparent means of pursuing his agenda.

    If he, his advisers, and his entourage of 'practitioners' can demonstrate that their approach has any merit, in terms of improving the quality of the built environment, design or sustainability, then the current publicity will only stand to benefit them in the long term.

    If there is anything positive to be learned from their gauche and regressive recent contributions to the 21st Century British architectural and urbanist oeuvre, then I for one would love to understand exactly what that is.