Hello again readers,
this week I will continue the loose theme that I began a few weeks ago: housing. I will begin by discussing the recently “inspected” website Building for Life.
Newmediaage magazine rated the site 73/100, which I think is quite respectable for an “architecture” website, but as Newmediaage magazine pointed out, the site does lack extensive content and video. There is also limited user interaction.
Accordia won a Building for Life award in 2006 and went on to win the Stirling Prize in 2008, an extraordinary achievement because this was the first time that a housing scheme ever secured the Stirling Prize. It is worth noting that Accordia has a significant number of affordable units – a third of the scheme’s 378 dwellings. ~ Building for Life
It would seem that even though the world was teetering on the brink of a recession this did not distract us from one pressing issue – the urgent need for affordable housing in England.
It may seem odd though, that a “simple” housing scheme should win an award such as the Stirling Prize.
Keith Bradley … at the end of his keynote speech, commented: “This is what I would regard as a good piece of ordinariness. Although very specific to its place – and time – there are some simple transferable principles that it advocates.” ~ Building For Life (Edited by Mark Ellery)
High architectural quality by Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects (65%), Maccreanor Lavington (25%) and Alison Brooks Architects (10%) offers an exciting range of design, especially in the private housing. ~ Building for Life
For a series of sketch drawings download the page below:
Page Layout by Mark Ellery, drawings are the property of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Alison Brooks Architects, and Maccreanor Lavington Architects
Surely if house prices have come down people can afford them now? But is the recession hitting us all so hard that if we could afford a mortgage we can no longer get one? Are the banks being so tight with their money that they will no longer lend to an average couple with a moderate combined income?
The Architects Journal recently (26.02.09) published results from it’s survey, it revealed some alarming information:
75% of Architectural Practices are hiring fewer students.
72% of students have had trouble finding work after qualifying.
If a company that previously entered housing competitions can no longer afford to hire (cheap) newly qualified architects pr Part 2 assistants can they afford to continue entering competitions that they don’t win? Could this mean LESS entries to competitions, and as a consequence a lower standard of design? I will be honest: the thought scares me …
Come back next week to follow my coverage of the recession, housing, competitions, and more importantly – students struggling to find work
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