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conrad Thake

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  • Comment on: In Sharp focus

    conrad Thake's comment 5 August, 2013 0:00 am

    Fond memories of a great scholar, writer and critic besides being a source of encoragement to other architects. Very grateful for having accepted to write the foreword to a book I co-authored with the late Quentin Hughes (his former teacher) Remember the enjoyable visits to Malta and Gozo.

  • Comment on: Outrage: How Viagra urbanism wreaks havoc on our cities

    conrad Thake's comment 30 July, 2012 4:53 pm

    Spot on ...... architectural narcism, the wierder the better, whatever happened to timeless architecture? Give me Barragan, Ando, Campo Baeza any day.... instead of this self indulgent rubbish stuff posing as 'architecture'

  • Comment on: Günther Domenig 1934–2012

    conrad Thake's comment 30 July, 2012 4:43 pm

    In the mid-1980s he was the rising star of the Graz school of architecture. I remember in 1989 trying to secure a summer apprenticeship at his Graz office without success. (Instead I had a very beneficial work experience in the Atelier of Prof Wilhelm Holzbauer in Vienna.......)

    Some years later around 1994, when studying at UC Berkeley, I attended a lecture of his. His Steinhouse was his magnum opus and he was really emotionally involved with it. He shared (via translator --- he did not speak a word of English) with the audience anecdotes of horrified neighbours who were complaining about this alien and upsetting architectural intruder. His glint in his eye testimony to the enjoyment of subverting suburban conservatism in Carinthia, Austria. I would venture to state that he did what Frank Gehry did, two decades earlier and was unfortunately, not widely recognised beyond Austria.

    If architecture exists in heaven and beyond, he would be spicing things up for sure.

  • Comment on: Medallist mettle: controversy at the RIBA

    conrad Thake's comment 13 March, 2012 8:43 pm

    Herman Hertzberger fires scud missiles at the jetting setting prima donnas of the architectutral world. Hertzberger's pragmatic approach and social dimension are inspirational to most architectural practitioners.