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Robert Franklin

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  • Comment on: ‘The greenest building is the one that already exists’

    Robert Franklin's comment 24 September, 2019 10:42 am

    Hmmm.. Some of us have been saying this, and building accordingly, for decades. Better late than never...

  • Comment on: KCA speaks out over design and build process on defective Hackney block

    Robert Franklin's comment 11 September, 2019 10:57 am

    Well said Paul. "Value Erosion" is an apt interpretation of "Value Engineering", on much the same level as "Project Management" by people quite innocent of the reasons for iterative and all-embracing evolutions of a design, and its embedded aethetic and technical multi-dimensional web of macro and micro decisions. Might the RIBA one day fight back in promoting the central value of its Members' core skills and responsibilities? I fear not, until the Grenfell Tower Inquiry fully displays the blindingly obvious.

  • Comment on: Foster + Partners posts record revenue as overseas work booms

    Robert Franklin's comment 9 September, 2019 4:47 pm

    Formulaic? And not yet influenced by any 'Declaration' of 'Sustainability'.

  • Comment on: Mayor attacks Hawkins\Brown’s ‘unacceptable’ Alton Estate plans

    Robert Franklin's comment 4 September, 2019 10:33 am

    Long ago and far away, Ahrends, Burton and Koralek were invited to build an extension to Butterfield's Keble College, Oxford. A little later Peter Ahrends addressed us students, and pointed out that their first suggestion to the college was that it would be more cost effective (it is not a rich college) to carefully repurpose and connect the big Victorian villas that lined the site. That one of the finest and most sculptural, compelling and beautifully functional pieces of new architecture in Oxford was finally built was only down to the college deciding they were unlikely to raise funds for anything less than a bold new building. In all respects the success was triumphant.

    Different prioroties now dominate, and once more the word 'Sustainable' has been abused, seemingly in the interests of a developer's financial spreadsheets, which also happen to enhance an architect's turnover.

    Nothing is more sustainable than re-using existing buildings through minimal upgrading, particularly when wholesale reconstruction/refitting means the criminal decanting of settled communities (where to?) and turning powerful architecture into what look like deadly dull speculative office blocks. The "Architects Declare" manifesto looked cynical and meaningless within minutes of the "Tulip" making its hilariously pointless appearance, and it now brings shame on all those who "Declared". How shocking - and depressing.

  • Comment on: Amin Taha wins appeal against Clerkenwell Close demolition order

    Robert Franklin's comment 15 August, 2019 10:42 am

    Halleluiah! Shame about the Condition though - it's not a dressed-stone building; at present the facades are a whimsical but complete expression of the early stages of the 'winning' of the stone and preparing it to size for building. 'Tooling' the sawn surfaces would therefore be an anomaly. Just let it weather in the usual way!

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