...and the spirit of Cedric's Polyark does live on!
Polyark 4 is currently underway; the theme is Fun Palace involving schools of architecture here in the UK and abroad.
Its not too late to participate and aim for the "mega crit" in Stratford in June 2018. Contact David Gloster (David.Gloster@riba.org) or Nikki Faigen at Nikki.Faigen@riba.org.- 0207 307 3616.
John Lyall, Lyall Bills & Young Architects - co-creator
Bryan Avery was one of the cleverest, most creative architects that I have ever met. I had the privilege of working as his assistant some years ago, and I learnt so much about design and the incisive analysis of a brief from Bryan, who became a good friend and colleague.
Bryan was always kind and generous with his time, and views about architecture. He loved a robust discussion about design and the profession, which he served so well.
He was special, one of a kind...we'll miss him.
Lyall Bills & Young Architects
I am concerned and upset that there are moves (again) to demolish this wonderful historic building. I am the architect who achieved a listed building consent and planning for the City Hall's adaptation and renovation in 2006, with the support (then) of Perth & Kinross Council and Historic Scotland. The only thing that stopped the renaissance of this much-loved building was the recent recession which now appears to be easing. Our scheme was for managed speciality retail, a craft market, and restaurants, together with access for local community groups (which they had historically enjoyed). The scheme was much praised for its vision, transparency and care for the historic stone fabric.
The eradication of the building would be a violation of the City Centre, and would result in an enormous plaza between between two "unfortunate" , and architecturally inferior buildings - the St Johns Shopping Centre and the historic Kirk itself.
Please count on me as a supporter to help save the City Hall !
John Lyall, Lyall Bills & Young Architects, London EC1