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Robert Franklin

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  • Comment on: Oxford Street Christmas lights ‘copied’ from shortlisted RIBA competition design

    Robert Franklin's comment 20 November, 2019 12:15 pm

    I don't know why anyone enters competitions that involve giving away their primary skill - design - with no guarantee of recompense for anyone, let alone the winner. I've only ever entered two - both RIBA run. One was shortlisted (£50k worth of time, no prize) and the other was won: (£75k worth of time, £3k prize). Neither was built. A profession with so little pride and guardianship of the value of its skills only deserves the dismissive contempt it receives from those who exploit it. As does the RIBA for washing its hands of the consequencies - the classic managerialist response from an instute out of touch with its Members' interests. Outrageous, and sadly predictable.

    To paraphrase Samuel Johnson; "To enter one competition is understandable. To enter two is a triumph of hope over experience".

  • Comment on: Foster + Partners wins luxury resort airport job

    Robert Franklin's comment 1 November, 2019 12:30 pm

    The word 'sustainable' has now lost all credibility - as has 'Architects Declare', which cynical bandwagon-jumping statement should now be given a decent burial while all its signatories turn aside in acute embarrassment. Lovelock was right in concluding there is no hope of changing humanity's trajectory. Never mind, record turnover and partner profits, thousands of hours of unpaid overtime making this stuff possible... All that matters is the here and now, eh? Carry on chaps!

  • Comment on: Populous in last two for Milan’s San Siro stadium replacement

    Robert Franklin's comment 26 October, 2019 10:56 am

    Let's face it, "Architects Declare" was demonstrably a pretentious, bandwagon-hitching, empty gesture within minutes of it being published, from the 'tulip' outwards. Sickening; and time for a new resources-guarding commitment from architects of integrity who say what they mean and mean what they say. Who will rise to this? Time for the RIBA to at last do something for ALL its members, not justed the celebrated?

  • 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.

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