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I’m always interested to see construction photos of “starchitects” projects being built.   Because all buildings must meet building codes and comply with fundamental forces of nature.  



From reading the description in the article, it seems the design concept did create some technical challenges.

The AJ can reveal the first pictures of Alsop Architects’ ‘Chips’ housing scheme in New Islington, Manchester


According to Alsop, the 100m-long, nine-storey building for developer Urban Splash was inspired ‘by three fat chips piled on top of one another’.

The 142-apartment scheme, which sits between the Ashton and Rochdale canals, has a mix of one, two and three-bedroom flats.

The upper storeys are clad in ‘newspaper print’ to ‘echo the industrial heritage of the surrounding Ancoats area’.


Well, this is quite ugly isn’t it.   What is the yellow cylinder in the foreground?

Maybe this is a good thing ?????

dubai towers - dubai

dubai towers - dubai

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dancing towers dubai

Rem Koolhaas has designed a pavilion that transforms for five different types of events.   This link is an interview with Koolhaas and Miuccia Prada regarding the project.


See also an article from another of my blogs HERE.

A high school in Los Angeles.   It certainly is striking.   The obvious question – what is the function of the open steel structure???




It is widely acknowledged that architects don’t respect the interior design profession.   No doubt this is largely because both groups are competing for the same slice of the economic pie.   The NCARB has been lobbying against professional licensing for interior designers:

In this newsletter, NCARB has launched a pretty fierce attack on the whole occupation of interior design:

‘ The great majority of their ‘practitioners’ [quotes his] are simply decorators who consider rigorous standards excessive and beyond their grasp… Architects are educated, trained and examined… Interior designers are not. If interior design is anything, it is a sub-specialty of architecture.’(May 2000 newsletter)

NCARB knows the interior designer’s place:

‘In our view, those engaged in decorating should give up the quest for licensure… and become licensed architects.’ (May 2000 newsletter)

‘How will an ‘interior designer’ [quotes his] who knows nothing about post-tensioned slabs, know that putting an electrical outlet in the wrong place could get the electrician who drilled the slab, killed?’ (Statement by the President of NCARB, May 2000 newsletter)

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No doubt you are all wondering, what is the ratio in the U.S.   From my limited research, the number seems to be around 0.7.   





An amusing blog by a gentleman who seems to really hate modern architecture.   Of course, he’s right, there is an awful lot of bad architecture in the U.K.   And I’m sure the brits don’t appreciate it coming from a yank like me.


“I hate how noone ever talks about how bad British architecture really is. I hate the bastards who make these buildings. So here I am, taking the piss out of them.”   –  from the blog