Macallan Distillery by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

"Buildings like this are masterpieces of architecture"

In this week's comments update, readers gave kudos to a whisky distillery cut into the hills of the Scottish countryside by British architecture firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

Pour another one: Readers were full of praise for the £140 million Macallan Distillery in Scotland, which features a wavy timber roof made up of 380,000 individual components.

"Beautiful architecture, emotionally worth a visit," outlined Paolo Zardo.

"So glad to see something new from RSH+P," added The Huey, who had been looking forward to seeing new work from the studio.

"Not a fan of whisky, but a big fan of this!" admitted an impressed Joe_3

However, Sir John V didn't see what the fuss was about: "Despite the comments, this is yet more evidence that Roger's old firm is losing its distinctiveness: this one is 'It-could-be-Renzo-Piano'."

Ha suggested there was some bias at work: "I am shocked to read so many good comments on this project. It's like British architects are isolated from the rest."

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Autopilot: Readers reacted in a humorous fashion to research by Carlo Ratti for MIT, which concluded that autonomous vehicles guided by algorithms could improve transport efficiency by cutting the number of taxis on roads by half.

"What if we replaced the inhabitants of the city with robots? I bet we could get those taxi numbers down even lower!" mocked Felix Tannenbaum

With tongue firmly in cheek, Jb suggested Ratti needed to do more investigation: "What do you mean the 'taxi model' is 400 years old?! Didn't Uber invent taxis in 2009?"

"Who isn’t terrified by robot drivers?" quizzed Design Lover

"Having been a passenger in my 75-year-old father's car, I can tell you I can't wait for the robots to take over," joked Nota Bene.

One reader had an attempt at rewriting Dezeen's headline for the story.

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Foster+Partners launches range of solid wood furniture

Day job: Foster + Partners underwhelmed readers this week with a collection of solid wood furniture launched at Clerkenwell Design Week, with some comments suggesting the products didn't do the British architecture firm justice.

Duckusucker preferred to stick with classic furniture after seeing the efforts: "Stumpy table legs? Oh, c'mon. I'll keep my elegant Moeller Danish teak dining table, thank you very much."

"I saw one of these in the house of the seven dwarfs. Snow white was cleaning the dust out of it," sneered Foulster Companions

Nozanetti felt let down: "Any stupid joiner can make this and has been making it for many years, Sir Foster! Where is the innovation?!"

"Must it be innovative? Can it not just be a nice object? It could have been produced by my local carpenter, or Sir Norman, but it's still nice," fired back Christopher.

One reader had a cynical view as to why the architecture practice had ventured out into a new career path.

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MIT engineers replace chefs with machines in "world's first" robotic kitchen

Fast food: Another MIT-related project disgruntled readers this week, who reacted negatively to a restaurant in Boston with a fully-automated kitchen, featuring robotic woks designed by engineers from the prestigious school.

"Only engineers would look at preparing/cooking/eating food as some sort of process in need of automation," sighed Wyriwyg

"Let's get rid of the jobs that lower-income families desperately depend on, so that we can get crap food quicker. I'm sure all the major fast food chains will be very interested. Well done MIT," fumed John 79LK

"A quarter of MIT's funding comes from the Department of Defence, so I don't think ethics are a major concern," shrugged Aaron in response.

"I propose MIT engineers work on a robot to replace MIT engineers, OK? Please MIT, try to make a better world, not to steal jobs with stupid ideas like this, thanks." wrote Cedric angrily.

But one reader felt the engineers should take this project a step further.

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