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John McKean

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  • Comment on: Victorian Society names top 10 buildings at ‘critical point’ of dereliction

    John McKean's comment 13 September, 2018 7:44 am

    How has Brighton's amazing seafront Madeira arcade escaped from this list? In civic importance it should be right at the top - and its condition is absolutely critical.

  • Comment on: ARB investigating Grenfell inquiry expert witness over claims to be an architect

    John McKean's comment 22 June, 2018 10:51 am

    Incidental to all the ARBy bargies - how was Mr Priestly appointed as architectural expert to the enquiry? What process hunted,searched and chose him? Was the RIBA really not consulted?

  • Comment on: Academics: ‘Don't use Grenfell Tower tragedy to justify high-rise demolitions’

    John McKean's comment 4 July, 2017 12:02 pm

    I wonder if your last sentence makes Philip Steadman feel like Rip van Winkle...

  • Comment on: Venice Biennale 2016: AJ bloggers report

    John McKean's comment 27 May, 2016 10:55 pm

    Well what an interesting chatter of luvvies. I do wonder about why bother doing it in Venice (though the corderia and a couple of giardini pavilions are nice places, I admit). But Venice can absorb them all, I guess.
    But by far the most interesting thing in Venice this week is the Aldus Manutius exhibition in the Accademia and I haven't recognised a single one of your constantly tweeting Englanders on my visits there.
    I'll crawl back into my hole and wait for it all to pass over.

  • Comment on: Shortlist for £40k self-build contest revealed

    John McKean's comment 5 October, 2015 4:37 pm

    As ever sensitive, inventive ideas... in the world of fantasy unless the cost of land is included.
    Social ownership of land diminishes with every day Camerosborne is in charge, but why is the architectural profession not shouting for making what remains available - local authorities, MoD, NHS you name it - even CofE should feel really guilty banking land (refusing young households affordable dwelling is a more immediate sin than refusing welcome to asylum seekers). And then of course site value rating and any of many other ways of penalising land banking should be at the front of our campaigns before we struggle to slice a further £999.99p of the cost of constructing on it!
    40 years ago I watched site-and-service plots being offered to the homeless in Africa. It's appalling thought, but that is what is called for in Britain today.
    And THEN we'll all realise the wonderful economy (quite apart from the other, social, attractions) of self-build.

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