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"Poor communication skills" to blame for architecture’s problems, says Tom Dyckhoff

Writers Sam Jacob and Tom Dyckhoff have clashed over the way architects speak about their work, with Dyckhoff claiming obscure language is to blame for lack of public interest in the discipline and Jacob saying he is “sick” of people making this claim. The row started on Friday 1st June 2018 when Dyckhoff, a British

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"Will Alsop had the balls to think differently"

The late Will Alsop wasn’t always right, nor was his work always great – but his wild imagination and generous spirit were much needed in British architecture, says Sam Jacob. It’s 4pm, at Will Alsop’s office in Battersea. Someone says “Tea?”. Then the man himself walks in: “Tea? G&T more like!”. And as the green

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"MIPIM is one big performance with the purpose of speaking cities into existence"

Is it possible to speak buildings into being? The exhibitors at annual property fair MIPIM may try, but they need to come up with far more extreme fictions, says Sam Jacob in his latest Opinion column. “The beginning, as every one knows, is of supreme importance in everything, and particularly in the founding and building of a city,” so says

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