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Style wars begin: ‘housing tsar’ Scruton slams Modernist architecture


Pathetic speech. The main issue with housing is not style its the quality of work produced which is substandard which needs to be improved upon not allowing contractors to run away with ginormous profits for example Persimmon is a classic case. Variety is the spice of life people should have a choice of what they want in any particular style (like cars and other design products etc) however the standards needs to improve in terms of the quality of build, how good it is from an environmental point of view, how much energy it saves and how much it contributes to the national energy system. Classicism is post 19th century approach and takes a long time, uses more energy and costs more money. Scruton may be a very clever individual however it seems that he does not have common sense. We have an issue with housing due to demand - more questions need to be put forward - how can we improve the quality of build on offer and how it can be speeded up to meet demand. The UK is an innovative country however we are stifled by the lack of finances, rigid planning system (which is both good and bad in some respects) or support to take it forward to another level. Look at China they are building a tower in 3-4 days - why aren't we doing this. Also there should be a law that qualified people like architects and architectural technologists should be designing houses and buildings not architectural designers with no qualifications who generally produce substandard designs. As for the housing tsar - Mr Scruton is in the wrong time and place (might be better off in the 17th/18th century) we need someone that the public can related to and has understanding of architecture and explain it well - people like George Clarke, Kevin McCloud or Piers Taylor would be much more ideal than someone who shows very little knowledge of what architecture is really is - it is something that evolves over time and we need to leave our mark for future generations rather than producing designs that hark back to the past.

Posted date

15 November, 2018

Posted time

2:39 pm