August 8th, 2010

Can we restore Britain to architectural greatness?

I hate all of these modern buildings that look as if they were hacked from a solid block of misery (although I do appreciate the work of the builders).

Why can't we go back to the gothic and Victorian arcgitecture of old; is it simply a question of money/ health and safety? I mean genuine workmanship in the woodwork, stone carving, glazing...why can't we just sod the modern era and political correctness once in a while and build something that's actually nice, and so grand that we could actually be proud to call it a public building?

Most building nowadays are modular meaning that all doors, windows, bricks, blocks, fixtures, fittings etc are of a standard size. In effect a building can be constructed using 'off the shelf' materials - a window in one building will be exactly the same as a window in many other buildings.

A system called SMM (Standard Method of Measurement) was introduced many years ago in order to standardise things within the building industry. Architects, quantity surveyors, engineers all work from the same set of specifications.

True craftsmanship is a dying art. Historically a master craftsman would take on an apprentice who would learn the craft first hand over many years and then in turn pass his skills on. Much of today's training is learned from a pre-determined curriculum in college.

The skills do still exist and buildings of merit could still be constructed but the client would have to be prepared to wait a long time before completion of the project and would need a healthy bank balance.

As with so many things, people want things now and they want them at minimum cost.

ARTES DE MEXICO SET OF 8 HAND CARVED CHAIRS KINGWOOD GOTHIC SPANISH MEDIEVAL
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Rare Vintage Antique Reproduction Glastonbury Carved Wood Chair
Rare Vintage Antique Reproduction Glastonbury Carved Wood Chair
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NICE ANTIQUE CARVED GOTHIC WOOD CABINET 14JRPA95
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2201017  LARGE CARVED FRENCH GOTHIC CABINET
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17TH CENTURY CARVED PANELLEAF CARVING
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19TH CENTURY LARGE CARVED WALNUT PANEL
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18TH 19TH CENTURY RARE TWO SIDED CARVED PANEL
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17TH CENTURY CARVED SCROLLING LEAVES PANEL
17TH CENTURY CARVED SCROLLING LEAVES PANEL
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17TH CENTURY CARVED PANEL
17TH CENTURY CARVED PANEL
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17TH CENTURY CARVED PANEL
17TH CENTURY CARVED PANEL
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LARGE 18TH CENTURY CARVED PANEL
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Antique English Gothic Carved Pine Church Altar Candelabra Candle Stand ON SALE
Antique English Gothic Carved Pine Church Altar Candelabra Candle Stand ON SALE
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Fine 19th Century Carved Oak Gothic Renaissance Throne
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Antique French Oak Carved GOTHIC Chapel BENCH Trestle Display Stand Table
Antique French Oak Carved GOTHIC Chapel BENCH Trestle Display Stand Table
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Antique FRENCH Victorian Carved Oak Dolphin Gothic DESK Table Renaissance
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Antique French Carved Oak Gothic Bench Stool Display Stand
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Hand Carved Antique Gothic Style Hall Tree
Hand Carved Antique Gothic Style Hall Tree
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