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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?
Fun and a nice change from the usual set of contrived and neatly arranged publications, sketchbooks, folding bikes etc.
There was an old lady who lived in a shoe...
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.
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?
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.
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.
"... 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.
Alan McInnes clearly hasn't read "Ground Control"
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.
Loophole? Surely, many of those shameful register cheats were pre-christmas redundancies struggling to make ends meet... Like me last year!
The market has already been allowed to decide, that's why we get the housing we do now.
@ Ian Hunt, it's underway already. The Met is going to close police stations and open branches in retail outlets, including Costa Coffee...
@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.
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.
Is there a part of Soho that's genuinely seedy? It all seems pretty tame already.
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.
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.
@ 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.