Ales de Rijke was very good - his whole style and tone however, is of the kind that many in Scotland, particularly the west of Scotland, have little time for. It's an irrational, petty prejudice - it's to do with pronounciation of words, stance, gait, etc. - nobody stands a chance against this attititude really!!
Anyway.......De Rikje dispensed with the usual lecture format and focused on just one project, the remodelling and refurbishment of a run-down state school in the English capital. His lecture was presented within an alphabetical framework, an A to Z, so F, for example â€œwas about facts, endless facts. Itâ€™s about fear. Itâ€™s about food and how there was nowhere within the school to sit down and eat it.â€ De Rikje was full of snappy informative statement such as this. He wanted to design a â€œschool without corridors, a school without hierarchyâ€ but he chose to do this through thoughtful new builds and â€œstrategic demolitionâ€ â€“ basically his firm gutted the central courtyard of the existing school, inserted a new information resourse space and roofed over the zone with ETFE pillows which modualte the amount of light ingress through the deployment of â€˜moireâ€™ patterning.
_Also presented was a time-lapse movie of site progress â€“ the new essential tool for architectural presentations.