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J Melvin

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  • Comment on: Profession reacts to Prince Charles’ 10 design principles

    J Melvin's comment 24 December, 2014 3:10 pm

    Architecture, like any art form, must be sustained by an idea. Many modern industrial and commercial buildings, eg office blocks, railway stations and factories etc, can happily employ a steel and glass aesthetic, as they are required to express or symbolise little but themselves. Housing, on the other hand, has many practical, social and psychological functions to perform and these should be expressed and celebrated. References to the past, to notions of shelter and security, as well as ideas of place and permanence are all important ingredients of successful housing. A truly functional architecture would recognise this. Just because their expression presents a difficult challenge for architects today does not mean that it should be ignored.

    This is what I believe the Prince of Wales is implying, and in this he is surely correct.
    John Melvin
    John Melvin Architects and Town Planners

  • Comment on: Government sets up design panel to 'ensure quality of new homes'

    J Melvin's comment 22 December, 2014 11:42 am

    It is the government's hope that nearly 300,000 new homes will be built annually; if anything like this is realised, within four years, this could amount to a million new homes/ houses. These will inevitably form a visible and public backdrop to our lives. It is essential that the government should give thought to the consequences of this policy. One million new homes must sit happily one with another. Ideally, this will require evolving a ‘language of the ordinary’ were an Implied Order is allowed to govern those essential ingredients of scale, and proportion. It should be an architecture were local materials are used and clearly understood. These were the principles, which governed much of our existing stock, we must learn from the past. Who better to remind the government of this than two people who have thought about this all their professional lives, namely Quinlan Terry and Roger Scruton

    John Melvin

  • Comment on: Francis Terry launches rival design for Mount Pleasant housing scheme

    J Melvin's comment 3 July, 2014 8:57 am

    The street with its visual and repetitive links to the pedestrian and the passer by is the essence of London's urbanity, any new scheme must understand and reflect this.

    John Melvin
    John Melvin Architects and Town Planners

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