Barry REID

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  • Really nice, great fun in a "Thunderbirds are Go..." sort of way, and isn't that exactly what a Californian house should be all about?

    Commented on: 2011-11-14T10:40:57.633

    Zaha Hadid's San Diego house

    Zaha Hadid's San Diego house takes step forward

  • Fun and a nice change from the usual set of contrived and neatly arranged publications, sketchbooks, folding bikes etc.

    Commented on: 2011-12-21T13:49:44.433

    Alex Ely's desk

    Architects' desks: Alex Ely, partner at Mae Architects

  • There was an old lady who lived in a shoe...

    Commented on: 2011-12-23T06:33:54.063

    RMJM's Capital Gate tower in Abu Dhabi

    RMJM's leaning tower opens

  • Setting cynicism aside, it is possible that at least part of the reduction is real. I'm one who signed off to go into work and that was aconsquence of a flurry of interviews; I suspect that a number of practices took stock at the turn of the year and decided to hire.

    Commented on: 2012-03-15T10:03:50.180

    Dole queue

    Architects' dole queue shrinks

  • While the ARB look very foolish for taking this up, save some flak for the 'UK Architect?' who made the complaint. What sort of pedantic fool is this and what the the flippin'eck was (s)he thinking of?

    Commented on: 2012-10-05T15:05:20.453

    Renzo Piano

    Arb says BD cannot call Piano an ‘architect’

  • To anyone coming from the outside that end of Margate is a desolate dump and a blight on the approach to the town from the station. This proposal, while no great shakes, much like the existing architecture, will certainly provide a more life by the inclusion of a supermarket and a visual improvement on the existing 60's arcade.

    Commented on: 2012-10-24T10:05:25.147

    Arlington House proposals

    Campaigners vow to fight Margate Tesco plans at inquiry

  • Habinteg did not write lifetime homes, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation did, back in the 90s. I also think it's one of the more sensible documents we have to design around as it answers a real long term need for adaptable homes. It is the conflicting nonsenses of Code for Sustainable Homes, Secured by Design & Building for Life that need chucking in the bin.

    Commented on: 2012-11-01T18:24:06.247

    Amanda Baillieu

    Architects must be at the heart of regulations reform

  • "... the ability to ... comply with planning policy doesn't make you a good architect or good designer."

    No wonder the profession is screwed. Like it or not the special skill of an Architect is exactly to produce good designs while complying with the regulatory framework we opeate under.

    Commented on: 2012-12-19T15:45:53.507

    ARB logo

    Tory website calls to abolish Arb

  • Alan McInnes clearly hasn't read "Ground Control"

    Commented on: 2013-01-09T11:52:03.157

    CCTV camera

    British schools "militarised" claims think-tank

  • Part of what Architects do is to sell something not dissimilar to computer software - i.e. intellectual property. Isn't the obvious corollary to the use of pirated software that the information produced by such practices should be free to their clients?

    I'd also add that it's shockingly unprofessional to do this. And, in my experience, when you get drawings with educational or demo watermarks generally find it's an indicator of low quality, ill considered work.

    Commented on: 2013-01-15T14:24:20.077

    architecture office

    Architects warned over software infringements

  • Loophole? Surely, many of those shameful register cheats were pre-christmas redundancies struggling to make ends meet... Like me last year!

    Commented on: 2013-01-24T22:24:01.003

    ARB logo

    Arb closes payments loophole

  • The market has already been allowed to decide, that's why we get the housing we do now.

    Commented on: 2013-02-15T11:05:40.127

    Nick Boles

    Public urged to ‘kick out ugliness’

  • @ Ian Hunt, it's underway already. The Met is going to close police stations and open branches in retail outlets, including Costa Coffee...

    Commented on: 2013-03-06T11:59:00.150

    Cameron and Clegg shake hands

    Cameron and Clegg plan measures to unlock housing block

  • @Milda Smith - part of the problem is that there must be as many en-suites as possible. I saw quite a few perfectly good standard house/flat types ruined in the 90s by cramming en-suite shower rooms into them with no increase in floor area.

    Commented on: 2013-08-22T16:09:21.200


    Government considers housing space standards

  • The existing victorian building is poorly served by this. I am also surprised that there appears to be no provision for retail or other non residential uses at ground floor to Goldsmiths Row, which really needs some evening uses in place at street level in opposite the City Farm.

  • Though I'm not a fan of listing as such (I fear that too many deeply mediocre buildings are listed purely on the basis of age), it is good to see a modern building of quality is being recognised.

    Commented on: 2013-09-23T16:33:48.203

    Preston Bus Station

    Preston Bus Station listed at grade II

  • Is there a part of Soho that's genuinely seedy? It all seems pretty tame already.

    Commented on: 2013-10-07T18:10:48.767

    Matt Architecture and SODA's Walker’s Court, Soho

    Architects submit plans for seedy Soho alley

  • While it is probably not great architecture IIRC all you could see at the end of that view previously was blank gable wall, upon which this probably counts as an improvement. I think the corner building on the right is probably worse.

    Commented on: 2013-11-14T14:04:01.097

    Orms' development on Denmark Street, London’s Tin Pan Alley

    Tin Pan Alley gets spruce up OK

  • I admit I probably couldn't do a great job of designing a bridge, but something about the visual interplay between the old and new bridges here seems slightly off kilter to my eye.

    Commented on: 2013-11-21T17:51:58.673

    One World Design Architects' Thames footbridge

    New Thames footbridge gets planning

  • @ Soupdragon - do you really think it couldn't be adapted to non-food? Of course not, the IKEA shed will simply be much larger and generate more rent.