"Standards ... are highly detailed prescriptions for certain aspects of action and so intended to formally institutionalise particular behaviour”
Sustainable Energy for All: Innovation, Technology and Pro-Poor Green Transformations, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, 2016, p. 123
Ockwell, Dave and Byrne, Rod
"Building regulations!? What do you mean building regulations!?? Where do you get these from?"
Project manager for major UK developer
"Is there anything you do that's not sustainable?"
Question from client
... to architect after design presentation.
"We can't really demolish it until we finish building it."
, on the Scottish Parliament building
"In the UK, post-occupancy evaluation is about people and making their lives better at lower cost to all. In the US it seems to be more about product validation."
"This is a luvvies award - an award for doing it, not for doing it well."
... (n Oxford City Council being nominated for Local Authority of the Year in the National Transport Awards.
"In geographical parlance, the built environment produces space-time; it is naturalized as the taken-for-granted and normal. This means that changing the built environment is as much a social and psychological challenge as it is a physical and financial one. "
"I can't see any clouds on the horizon. I assume they're there, though."
"First see that the design is wise and just; that ascertained; pursue it resolutely."
"I've seen many low-carbon designs but hardly any low-carbon buildings."
"It is easier to introduce new complications than resolve the old ones."
"Designers know too much about the equipment to make a good user interface. It is hard to be ignorant when you know so much."
Tom Stewart / Gillian Crampton Smith
"I have tried minimalism and it stinks."
Janet Street Porter
"... This is such a crucial point for us as designers - don’t struggle to reconcile impossible criteria, reframe the brief upstream".
"At all costs we must learn to avoid self-imposed constraints."
"The key to success is being able to save some contingency - but whatever you do, don't call it that."
"At first, people grinned and mugged and went "Whoa!", as ferry passengers do when first coming to terms with the swell. But after a few minutes of being unable to walk without your legs crossing under you like a pair of scissors, it became annoying. Tony (Caro), Norman (Foster) and Ove (Arup), we said to ourselves, come and explain to us again how this thing is supposed to work. "
... on the Millennium Bridge, London, before the wobble was corrected.
"There’s been a tendency lately, especially in Silicon Valley, to accept the whole motto of “failing forward.” Or “failing fast.” They’re very good at accepting failure there. But they’re not any better than anyone else at learning from failure, because they then make the same mistakes over and over again. You want people to take meaningful risks and learn from them. That’s where the action is, when it comes to innovation."
"The case for vapour open materials needs to be stated much more strongly, with stronger warnings of the dangers of plastic insulation."