Thursday, 18 July 2013

Writing - Designing a view.

The shortlisted buildings

A renovated 1960s concrete housing block in Sheffield, once notorious for crime, drugs and deprivation, is among six buildings vying for the prestigious Stirling Prize.
The award is the Royal Institute of British Architects' highest accolade.
The finalists also include a holiday home in a 12th Century Warwickshire castle and a chapel for a college and a religious order in Oxfordshire.

When we write we are creating a series of mental pictures in the readers' mind and we try to make those pictures accessible and interesting. The above examples don't fill me with joy at viewing them. In fact if you removed rectangles and triangles you would have very little else left. If you glance at the photo of my church on the side bar you will see the same triangles and rectangles, and in September we are holding the 40th anniversary of the church being completed. Nothing much has changed in the education of architects in the last 40 years then! 
If we all produced our tales in exactly the same format, apart from some shuffling of position of some aspects, people would give up reading. I tend to be in the same camp as the Prince of Wales who often describes modern buildings as 'carbunkles'.

Sunderland town hall
                                                                            and now 

Pardon me for being a bit of a killjoy but the new version lacks character and soul.

When we write we try to include those two facets in our work.


I googled 'beautiful buildings' and these are three of the many and it is interesting that the majority have one thing in common - curves! It doesn't matter whether it is an ancient edifice or very modern structure there are round bits!
Curves rule ok!

God Bless