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Thursday24 July 2014

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BD Podcast: Piers Gough on the week's big stories

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This week Piers Gough joins the show to give his characteristically outspoken take on the week's big stories.

We take a look at the growing trend of commercial firms snapping up design talent in an attempt to compete with the big signature practises. Will it work?

Also, why Gough thinks that architecture graduates need to stop worrying so much about gaining experience and stay creative to ride out the recession.

Finally, following news that the LDA is insisting on high-quality architects in its London schemes, Gough calls on the HCA to roll out the principle nationwide.

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  • Gough says that you would have to: "not [be] blissfully in love with architecture if a little blip like a recession for a couple of years is going to put them off" - yet another reinforcement of the almost total acceptance of the establishment that architecture is, and should continue to be dominated by the middle to upper, monied classes. These people graduated at a time of full maintenance grants, let alone top-up fees and seem to forget that Part Is will generally be leaving studies with over £10K of debt and Part IIs with even more. Piers - wake up!!! Not everyone has the privilege of being able to afford to pop out and buy Paddington Bear jackets and bad haircuts; bills need to be paid - so what, realistically, are the options for these unemployed Part Is and IIs than go and get jobs elsewhere? Sitting around with your buddies sketching, larking around, doing competitions and reimagining our futures, as fun as it is, doesn't put food on the table or heat your house. The majority of successful starchitects and pretenders like Gough were born with a silver spoon in their mouths, and consequently have little understanding or empathy for those from a lower socio-economic strata. It gets grating to hear them bleat on about how "its not that grim". And from a man who really should know the definition of grim....

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  • Sympathise with part 1 students but a a creative one is particularly not owed anything it is kinda part of the whole deal. Those really in Architecture should have extra zest for life which is lots to give!!. A recession is a chance to come to terms with the immediate social environment reacquaint see anew get involved in something else so many interest groups. How many times do I have to repeat that in other countries, Italy, students do architecture as a first degree before going to do many other quite diverse studies even if they do remain in the family next until aged 40! Such is the devotion.

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  • What was the point of this article? As if things are already not bad enough for those Part I & II students they are forced to endure the inane and fundamentally irrelevant ramblings of someone unaware of and fundamentally detached from the very real difficulties faced by young architects. Why share this tripe with us BD? surely there is a whole host of cocktails parties this article has missed by his unwelcome appearance on your podcast. Lastly can we challenge you to provide some real and informed advice to what is in danger of becoming the lost generation of architecture.

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  • Pier Gough is irrelevant. What was the last interesting architectural project he did? Decades ago and even then his contribution is debatable.His stock in trade whitty asides arent even whitty anymore. Why isnt there a more informed voice in the BD? His involvement with the paper shows how out of touch the BD is

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  • ummm... well obviously we don't agree! But to move this onto a more constructive note, which prominent architects or other built environment professionals would you like to hear in this slot? - Web Ed

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