Degree & Diploma @ Mac
Got job at RRP
Started own practice
Bought 2 cad workstations 1987 so we could stay small
trained all our own staff whenever possible
Started second company to provide specialist support to Architects and Contractors on over-complicated designs
Started third company for modular design and manufacture
Working UK, Europe, Middle East, Far East at various times
Try and only work with clients we know, like, and trust.
Despair at lack of leadership from RIBA
Don't know what ARB does (are they even called that these days?)
This will all eventually end in tears, basically for Londoners who can't find or qualify for social housing, and have to pay the top dollar rate -probably as rental to some pension fund or investment group since they'll not get on the property ladder in London.
It takes all sorts to make a city. This is another well-meaning but hopelessly misguided political experiment we have wandered down.
Judge & Jury now are we, how glorious.
I don't care about whether Boris has or has not an Honorary anything, these type of things seem more about the awarders' opinion of themselves * than the awardee, and should be handed out very sparingly -at the end of a career.
To seek to withdraw it, just reeks of the same * -we are just Architects, and barely that. Get over yourselves.
-probably the toughest site in the world to get anything that could attract universal approval.
Even Aalto himself would be struggling.
Another half-baked plan one fears.
CO2 is not the problem. Global warming (whatever that is) is not the problem.
If pollution is actually the issue (which it is)
Treble the capacity of Hydro power in Scotland would be a much more effective way of cleaner, cheaper, sustainable energy.
Sounds like some Architects DONT speak out in support of the current project ...................
The 'Northern Powerhouse' will not benefit from money spent on London to Birmingham Phase I, and that isn't even ready til 2026 or beyond.
It will not benefit from HS2 Phase II -which only goes to Crewe.
Eventually, it finally ends with some mash-up that reaches some northern cities ...
It is a poorly thought out, no doubt compromised scheme, with conflicting ambitions.
There is a major problem in that Birmingham and Manchester are both terminus stations, and don't work as links in a chain.
But, first of all, sack all QS's who have priced government projects in the past. They either don't demand a fixed brief, are too scared to give the honest answer, or cant do sums.
HS2 Phase I should link all the northern cities east-west, and also get to the North Sea ports -surely Trade is a big driver for this (of course not).
Phase II should double track all inter-city routes and get 200mph trains finally in this country -could even be a monorail if they employed someone with talent to work it out