Is it really an improvement to have all these fashion shots of architects posing in their offices? Some of us could just about stand one a week, but really! A few seem to be doing good buildings, but it's hard to see how they will get the really useful information they will need in the future from the AJ if the last two issues are anything to go by. There was not a single legible or annotated plan to be seen. When are we going to get these 'even more in-depth building studies'? Or was this week's Working Details (without much context) meant to be it? Those studies are what many of us used to turn to once a week for our essential nourishment. Is the Sergison Bates cover (AJ 09.06.05) meant to be an example, with its bit of exposed stud walling supposedly 'in depth'. Or is this the new emphasis on 'process'? Come off it! This kind of superficiality is all too common these days. It doesn't make you unique at all.
Andrew Beard, Stroud