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Dunlop publishes first work since gm+ad split

August 13 2010

Dunlop publishes first work since gm+ad split
Alan Dunlop has published his first commission to be secured since splitting with former partner Gordon Murray and practice gm+ad, a new build house in the Corstorphine area of Edinburgh.

It is a residential area distinguished by stone walls and high hedges, characteristics which have served to inform the design approach of “a wall becomes a house.”

In addition to this work Dunlop has also published two new monographs, covering his commercial and education designs and is maintaining a committed presence on the international lecture circuit with an appearance at the Dessau Institute of architects in October and Build Boston in November.


Frank W
#1 Posted by Frank W on 15 Aug 2010 at 11:05 AM
Nice project Alan and drawing
(apart from the strange fellow lurking on the right) Good luck with it.
C Miller
#2 Posted by C Miller on 18 Aug 2010 at 21:27 PM
Yes nice project but Alan Dunlop seems to be the only architect who still uses a rotring these days?
#3 Posted by wang on 20 Aug 2010 at 12:51 PM
never mind being the only architect using a rotoring, how about the only one vain enough to actually draw themselves into a sketch?! is that serious?!
#4 Posted by wan* on 21 Aug 2010 at 13:35 PM
Oh Dunlop is seriously vain alright! It's a wonder that he didn't draw mies van der rohe standing alongside. Perhaps he willl stay in Boston if we are lucky!
#5 Posted by Olivia on 21 Aug 2010 at 14:52 PM
I really like Dunlop's drawings, his work shows real spirit, makes him a great asset to Scotland. Sad about the split. All the best.
#6 Posted by Myles on 21 Aug 2010 at 19:26 PM
Mr Dunlop may be a gifted architect and good for Scotland ( the jury is still out on that, in my view) but his work is far too theatrical for Edinburgh and overblown. He has no concern about conservation and heritage. I am also concerned by his constant media appearances, it is as though no other architect exists and that can not be a good thing for architects in this country. Scotland has many other fine architects. I personally am sick of the sight of Mr Dunlop and to put his own image on this obviously overscaled house just sums him up completely. Please be more discerning about the news that you cover otherwise you will have few readers left.
#7 Posted by prof on 22 Aug 2010 at 22:51 PM
Gee, Myles seems to be a bit of a fuddy-duddy. What's his problem? The project seems like a well-conceived scheme that marries the traditional use of stone with a contemporary and visually interesting form language. As far as I'm concerned, I'd love to live there.
#8 Posted by Reaper on 23 Aug 2010 at 11:31 AM
Myles seems to be able to sort wheat from chaff.
#9 Posted by SAndals on 24 Aug 2010 at 09:56 AM
"...far too theatrical for Edinburgh..."
Oh no it isn't.....
#10 Posted by Ewan on 24 Aug 2010 at 10:42 AM
GMAD's work in Edinburgh was pretty unremarkable. Student flats built on Calton Rd and Potterow and their unbuilt scheme for Leith Walk. The Telford flats are more interesting and this Corstorphine proposal looks like its a continuation on them.

Promoting your own work is better than going around whining about everyone else's as some are prone to do.
#11 Posted by Sean on 24 Aug 2010 at 13:28 PM
It seems people dont like Alan just because he has had some success. I dont have a problem with his promoting his work. I think it's good to see the design work continuing and the project looks pretty good, and dare I say it, more interesting than much of Edinburghs' contempory offerings.
#12 Posted by Louis on 24 Aug 2010 at 14:58 PM
I agree totally Sean, I think you have hit the nail right on the head there. Great work again Dunlop. Oh and Myles, get a grip, "Far too theatrical for Edinburgh" ...Eh, have you heard of the Edinburgh Festival???
Anna G
#13 Posted by Anna G on 24 Aug 2010 at 18:13 PM
This "conservation and heritage" attitude to Edinburgh is the albatross around it's neck, and exactly the reason why exciting new architecture is few and far between, within it's 'walls'. Corstorphine has only been subsumed by Edinburgh within the last 100 years and so why should it be shackled by conservative attitudes?

Another beautiful drawing Alan.
#14 Posted by Jon on 24 Aug 2010 at 21:45 PM
Myles- Alan Dunlop is one of the great ambassadors for Scottish architecture, like him or loath him (and I personally like him). It's good news that he has this commission and news that should of course be reported on Urban Realm website so debates like this can happen.

In terms of the design - looks pretty good to me.
#15 Posted by wang on 25 Aug 2010 at 11:29 AM
It's hard to judge the project on show here since there is not information whatsoever about it, fair enough alan has had a good career, obviously has talent and work ethic. However, one thing remains HE HAS DRAWN HIMSELF IN A SKETCH!!! fact.
#16 Posted by gm on 25 Aug 2010 at 17:51 PM
sean.....i think many people who dislike alan is not at all down to success but down to two major factors:
1. he is (intentianlly) extremely caustic......he critizes pretty much every other architect, cannot take criticism himself, and brings the level of debate down to that normally reserved for the Daily Record or the News of the World..........i think many architects can act elitist....especially those who see architecture as irrelevant outside the m25....but alan dunlop ALWAYS marganalizes the issues.........creates a stereotype for those who wish to see scottish architects as uncouth, ignorant, and very small fish in a tiny pond. his constant griping over scottish architects not winning scottish competitions is is his childish edinburgh / glasgow sniping.
second, he is (along with another 'well' known scottish architect, a huge self some lectures in middle of nowhere american states does not mean anything...especailly nothing about your architectural quality........if i were to cite another architect such as terry farell, whom personally i find appaling (especially all he did in edinburgh)......if you look at his cv it is simply amazing....he has lectured in over 20 countries and holds visiting professorships in 5...........this does not necessarily equate to quality.

C Miller
#17 Posted by C Miller on 26 Aug 2010 at 07:10 AM
gm? you need clinical help and a spel chck but the spel chick can wait
#18 Posted by Hmmm... on 26 Aug 2010 at 20:17 PM
Is Anna G Anna Gibb any chance, who designed as part of her Alan Dunlop group MA project something for Edinburgh which was interesting for a student, but not remarkable? Edinburgh's fine as it is, thanks. I wouldn't listen too much to Mr Dunlop, who isn't always right.
Anna G
#19 Posted by Anna G on 26 Aug 2010 at 21:30 PM
Yep, that's me, unremarkable as ever! Happy to put my name to a comment tho... ;)
#20 Posted by Hmmm... on 27 Aug 2010 at 00:30 AM
Oh good. Next time do it then?
The Hooded Claw
#21 Posted by The Hooded Claw on 27 Aug 2010 at 10:42 AM
Well said Hmmm..., apparently without a hint of irony too. Good work!
#22 Posted by Hmmmm... on 27 Aug 2010 at 12:32 PM
Is that meant to be ironic? without my guardianship Edinburgh would run to ruin.
#23 Posted by Hmmm... on 27 Aug 2010 at 13:07 PM
Would it? It's probably robust enough to stand a few bad new buildings; it has quite a few already. The glories will remain.

What is interesting is that by viewing one image some people appear to have concluded Alan Dunlop's proposed building will be good. How do they know? It could be totally unworkable. It could be a sore thumb within its context. Are those not considerations also?

As for a great ambassador for Scottish architecture, that must have been irony.
#24 Posted by HmmmHmmmm... on 27 Aug 2010 at 16:47 PM
But if Alan stood me a pint I might change my mind and become his no.1 fan.
#25 Posted by Hmmm... on 27 Aug 2010 at 16:55 PM
Would you? Change your mind from what it is now? Which is what exactly?
#26 Posted by Hmm on 27 Aug 2010 at 17:06 PM
Now I'm really confused. Which one of you is the lush who hangs around internet comment rooms bad mouthing Allan Murray and Malcolm Fraser?
#27 Posted by on 27 Aug 2010 at 18:27 PM
It's great disregarding the views and obvious talents of the youth eh Hmmm...? I think if there were more people like you in the world around about the time Scotland was leading Europe's Enlightenment then Edinburgh would be distinctly "unremarkable". It is all very well criticising someone's work in a constructive manner, but merely resorting to childlike quips brings your argument down to that, say of a naive guttersnipe street snob (just your argument though, I am sure you are lovely in person and I would like to take you out for a glass of Chianti or a pint depending on gender and preference?).

Oh, for everyone's interest, the competition to design Edinburgh's New Town was won by a 26 year old.
#28 Posted by Hmmm... on 27 Aug 2010 at 18:58 PM
Yes Hmm you are clearly confused, I'd stop drinking if I was you. It's killing off your grey matter.

Thanks for the muddled history and the childlike quips Craig designed the layout not the buildings of course, and wasn't a great success after that win.
#29 Posted by Ronnie on 28 Aug 2010 at 12:52 PM
Please expand gm which other architect did you mean when you referred to a 'great' self-publicist'?
University of Washington
#30 Posted by University of Washington on 28 Aug 2010 at 20:29 PM
Im from one of those quaint "middle of nowhere universities", in Seattle. Professor Dunlop did the Mahlum lecture here this year and extoled the virtues of Scotland and Scottish Architecture, you guys need to get a life
#31 Posted by gm on 28 Aug 2010 at 20:43 PM
my genuine apologies to 'university of washington'.........and i am glad (and surprised) that alan dunlop extoled the virtues of other scottish architects (i wonder if any were his contempories?). if you have worked and practiced in scotland you have often a different view on his personality......i do find it a mixture of amusing and appaling that when he dislikes a negative comment by a fellow architect he physically threatens them.........very classy
University of Life in Scotland
#32 Posted by University of Life in Scotland on 28 Aug 2010 at 21:15 PM
Isn't it odd that when sosmeone says anything slightly negative about a certain architect 'unnamed sources' from 'across the pond' suddenly spring up in his defence? Astonishing how widely read this small online magazine is isn't it?
C Miller
#33 Posted by C Miller on 29 Aug 2010 at 09:46 AM
gm, try yoga
#34 Posted by Craig on 2 Sep 2010 at 20:49 PM
Really good critique by Alan Dunlop in the AJ today. Well written and positive about Elder and Cannon's new building for the homeless and Glasgow. It is well deserved, good that the AJ is featuring more Glasgow buildings too.
on yer bike
#35 Posted by on yer bike on 3 Sep 2010 at 06:35 AM
No, darling. It's NOT an albatross. It's a World Heritage Site ! (For now...)
#36 Posted by BMPaterson on 3 Sep 2010 at 09:29 AM
Having been following this debate I'd like to add that I don't find it weird that this architect has drawn himself in one of his projects , in fact I think it quite amusing. What is weird and very unusual is that an architect has drawn his own work at all. Very refreshing in my view. Compare it to the lifeless computer work shown elsewhere on this website!!! I also like the house, it has promise and having returned from Inverness and been disappointed it has cheered me up. Looks very much like a highly contemorary "Scottish" house
Torturous Logic
#37 Posted by Torturous Logic on 21 Jan 2011 at 19:53 PM
Like him or loathe him, Alan Dunlop always stimulates debate and that can only be good for architecture. He is an architect's architect and I for one find his drawings much more interesting than the dull dead CGI's we see every day in magazines and on the studio walls of Schools of Architecture. In terms of his writings,I have always found his articles informative and interesting and of course, hailing form the city of Glasgow, a bit gallus.
c miller
#38 Posted by c miller on 22 Jan 2011 at 07:49 AM
Paul Stallan: Works just like Malcolm Fraser. Brilliant!

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