Durability + Design
 
About  |  Subscribe  |  Advertise  |  Connect 
Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook

 

Download our FREE e-book! Advances in Architectural Coatings Technology

D+D News

Main News Page


UK: Grading on Curved Designs

Friday, November 2, 2012

More items for Color + Design

Comment | More

Architects and builders looking to win contracts for new school buildings across the Pond will have to abandon any thoughts of grandiose designs—or for that matter, curves.

New government regulations call for the next generation of schools in the United Kingdom to be small and cheap—"no frills," as The Guardian puts it.

Zaha Hadid's Evelyn Grace Academy
Stephen Richards / WikiMedia Commons

Designs like Zaha Hadid's Evelyn Grace Academy in London feature newly banned elements, including curves.

Curvilinear designs, translucent plastic roofs, and glazed walls are all banned elements, according to the new guidelines.

A zig-zag steel and glass award-winning design like Zaha Hadid's Evelyn Grace Academy in London, for example, would have been squelched under the new restrictions.

'Wasteful Extravagance'

The UK government says it wants to “crack down on what it believes to be wasteful extravagance in educational architecture,” according to The Guardian.

Under the previous government regime, a reported $88.7 billion was spent on educational architecture through the Building Schools for the Future program. The current government’s new five-year program seeks to replace 261 primary and secondary schools for just $4.5 billion, reports say.

Smaller school initiative in UK
education.gov.uk
Replacement schools will be sans curves, according to new restrictions.

Design templates posted on the government's website direct that the "new schools should have 'no curves or faceted' curves,' corners should be square, and ceilings should be left bare. Moreover, the cladding should be nothing more expensive than "render or metal panels above head height," according to reports.

Opposition to 'No Curves' Approach

Numerous architects, organizations, school officials and others have spoken out against the program and its bare-bones design templates that are to be used as guidance.

Many are worried about space constraints and the energy efficiency of the designs.

Starchitect Hadid  has said school design is of signficant importance.

"Schools are among the first examples of architecture that everyone experiences and have a profound impact on all children as they group up," she said.

But, Michael Gove, UK's education secretary, remains steadfast in the decision to cut costs.

“We won’t be getting Richard Rogers to design your school, we won’t be getting any award-winning architects to design it, because no one in this room is here to make architects richer,” Gove reportedly said at a school conference.

So, what do you think?  Curves or no curves?

   

Tagged categories: Architects; Architecture; Building design; Color; Design; Modernist architecture; Regulations

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Dumond Chemicals Inc.
LEAD STOP®
Lead Encapsulating Compound

is a thick elastomeric coating that is made to be a long lasting barrier over lead-based paint. LEAD STOP® provides a protective barrier coat that seals and locks in lead that is contained in old lead-based paints on previously painted surfaces.


Keim Mineral Coatings
Concrete Coatings penetrate, chemically bond and will never peel, blister or fade

Complete mineral silicate concrete repair and finish systems to solve concrete problems for decades long beauty and protection.


AGC Chemicals
FEVE Resins Used On Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Curtain Walls

Not only do LUMIFLON FEVE resin-based coatings provide added durability on metal-clad buildings, they are a leading product in the area of environmental sustainability.


Armorthane
Best Floor Coatings with Maximum Durability

Coat CONCRETE or WOOD flooring for wheel and foot traffic, chemical resistance, weather-proofing, indoors and outside. Variety of textures for beauty, resilience and safety.


KTA-Tator, Inc. - Corporate Office
KTA Laboratory Services

Fully equipped lab to solve
the most challenging
coatings problems.
Contact:
Kevin Brown, 336-874-2651
Corporate:
1-800-245-6379 x208


Chicago Corrosion Group
Vendor-neutral corrosion consulting

Give us a $1 and we’ll save you $10.
For more information,
call 847-423-2167


Atlas Material Testing Technology

Helping You Put Your Products To The Test

• Outdoor Accelerated
Weathering
• Laboratory Testing
Services
• Accelerated Weathering
Instruments

www.atlas-mts.com atlas.info@ametek.com


Garland Company
Architectural Wall Coating Damproofs and Beautifies

Tuff-Coat™ multi-functional coating bridges hairline cracks, hides stains and discoloration, and reduces wall temperature, increasing the wall's life cycle.

 
 
 

Technology Publishing Co., 2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL webmaster@durabilityanddesign.com


The Technology Publishing Network

Durability + Design PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker

 

© Copyright 2012-2015, Technology Publishing Co., All rights reserved