Birmingham / London
Having raised the matter of Mr Scruton's remarks with the ARB, I have received the following response:
"We can confirm that Sir Roger Scruton is not a registered architect, however as he is not using the title in the course of business or practice, we will not be investigating this matter. Use of the title in these circumstances is unlikely to be a breach of the law, and we are sufficiently reassured that he is not purporting to be an ‘architect’ in a professional capacity or that a member of the public would be misled into engaging him to complete a project.
It's a pity we don't have a "before" image
What are the specific meritocrat criteria that Part W feel is gender biased in this award and that should change? Or do Part W think that they should prescribe the number of female award winners?
Can we also assess how many non-whites didn't win the award? Or how many non-architects didn't win the award (Engineers have won this gold medal previously) - but should more have won? How many people less than 5'8" didn't win the award? How many non-british won the award? and so on.... how many sub-groups want to set up a protest?
I thought RIBA gold medals were awarded on merit?
If the assessment process is fair, and reasonable attempts are made to counter biases, then surely the award is a meritocratic representation... and therefore it would be reasonable to assume the process is carried out with honour and integrity. I think jumping to the male conspiracy theory slur is a bit cheap.
Round of applause for the Bedford planners and planning committee................I can't say I like the design but I love the fact that the Local authority are not trying to impose stylistic constraints on the architects creativity.
If only other planners would stick to land use and massing the country could be a more vibrant and innovative place. Some hope................
For the same reason that they sell more flat packed furniture than preassembled Robert, as is noted by Ian. Moving large complete modular units to site from the factory is too costly and difficult compared to moving and erecting large but sectional components and the overall programme savings are not great enough to compensate.
An increase in 'lego kit' building is far more likely than the wholesale introduction of a full modular approach for anything beyond the size of a standard shipping container.