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.

SET OF 6 +2 19TH CENTURY VICTORIAN CARVED OAK GOTHIC DINING CHAIRS
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HEAVILY CARVED ANTIQUE FRENCH GOTHIC DESK OAK WOOD KEYBOARD TRAY CIRCA 1
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RARE 19th Century Carved Oak Chest of Drawers Lion Handles
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1111038  ANTIQUE FRENCH GOTHIC CABINET CARVED PANELS SOLID WALNUT
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Antique Victorian Solid Carved Oak Ornate Wood Architectural Part Bread Loaf
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GREAT CARVED GOTHIC ANTIQUE OAK FRENCH ORIGINAL CHURCH HALL BENCH DR53
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GREAT CARVED GOTHIC ANTIQUE WALNUT FRENCH ORIGINAL CHURCH HALL BENCH DR55
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BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL WALNUT GOTHIC CARVED SERVER CHURCH CABINET DR57
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111047  ANTIQUE FRENCH CARVED OAK GOTHIC HALL BENCH
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Antique 1800s German Origin Thone Chair Lion Head Hand Carved Constructed
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19TH CENTURY PROFUSELY CARVED OAK BUFFET SIDEBOARD
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A Large High Back Gothic Carved Mahogany  Leather Fabric King Chair NICE
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GREAT CARVED GOTHIC 1880S OLD WALNUT CARVED SIDEBOARD
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French Gothic Trunk in Solid Oak Wonderful Carved Detail
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Gothic Cabinet Solid Hand Carved Inscription If Fate Allows 19th Century
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French Gothic Bench in Oak Carved Heads 19th Century
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Blessing of St Peter to Apostles French Hand Carved
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French Gothic Arm Chair Solid Walnut Carved Knights Helmet
French Gothic Arm Chair Solid Walnut Carved Knights Helmet
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French Gothic Bench in Oak 19th Century Carved Faces
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Antique FRENCH Game Dining Table Carved Oak Hunt Country Gothic Griffin
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Victorian Carved Oak Library Hall Table Gothic Dolphin Feet Lions Green Man
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Antique H Z Mallen Carved Mahogany GARGOYLE side or Dining chair w lion heads
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antique hand carved shabby1800s mahogany panel gothic coffee sofa hall table
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2201014  SMALL CARVED OAK ANTIQUE FRENCH GOTHIC 2 DOOR ARMOIRE
2201014 SMALL CARVED OAK ANTIQUE FRENCH GOTHIC 2 DOOR ARMOIRE
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French Gothic 1870 Antique Carved Oak Hall Bench
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CARVED French Gothic DARK WOOD Yellow Circle Glass HUGE Bookcase Cupboard PU VA
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Antique 18th C Carved Oak French Gothic Style Blanket Chest Trunk
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Oak Hall Seat Cowboy Gothic Style Router Carved Original Hooks 1890s
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10 Hand Carved Mahogany Gothic Chippendale Dining Chairs English
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Antique English Carved Oak GOTHIC Wall Mirror Shelf Hat Coat Umbrella Rack
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Splendid Carved Walnut Victorian Gothic Revival Marble Top Side Cabinet c1870
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