Richard Rogers' Chelsea Barracks design comes in for more stick while rival Quinlan Terry is hailed the UK's best architect by one supporter
Chelsea Barracks 'dead in the water'Thank goodness for common sense - some architects need to understand that sometimes building design need to be "appropriate" as opposed to just "modern". In some areas both are valid - in historic areas this is not always the case. RSH needs to take this on the chin and keep their dignity intact - as opposed to be perceived as grizzling because they didn't get their way.
Chelsea Barracks: which design do you prefer?I'm relatively young at 27 and I am a big fan of the huge skyscrapers going up in london. But buildings like Lord rogers design have no place in historic areas like Chelsea. It is what sets London apart from NYC. So thumbs up to Terry for me....
Chelsea Barracks: which design do you prefer?I grew up in this part of Chelsea and know the area particularly well. The Rogers design was always doomed to failure. His modernist crap was never going to work in Chelsea.
Terry on the other hand is by far the UK's best architect. His near by hospital is magnificent and far better that all that mock - 21st century - pleb-stack rubbish favoured by the likes of Rogers and his champagne socialist friends at RIBA.
Dr Tim Evans
10 ways that SAP 2009 will affect youAs an NHER authorised SAP assessor, I found this article both concise and informative; a useful supplement to the regular Technical Bulletins that we receive. I am also confident that the new changes in SAP 2009 will help prepare designers and builders alike for the more stringent requirements of Part L 2010.
The Passivhaus diaries: Week oneBill and Jude and the rest of the wonderful Green Building Company team don't only do 'new'. They took on a 250-year-old barn conversion for us in 2007 and though constrained by listed building criteria managed to create a home that uses just a fraction of the energy of our previous dwelling. Most of the gains are down to good airtightness, not least in their 'traditional' wooden windows and to high standards of insulation - and all without detracting from the original 'character' of the historic building.
No wonder our archtect, Derrie O'sullivan, gets in involved with a Passivhaus and that Bill and his team get 'Queens Awards'
We look forward to future installments on their progress.
John & Cate Clark