Archive for May, 2006

today’s del.icio.us links

Monday, May 29th, 2006

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steely glare

Monday, May 29th, 2006

steely glare

(link) [no, 2 self photos]

today’s del.icio.us links

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

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sketchmore and more

Monday, May 15th, 2006

More on sketching vs. CAD – Edwin Heathcote in the FT (via ArchNewsNow).

Computers may be efficient at processing complex data, but they are far from efficient in the creative process. Sketching is not only practical but essential. It is the quickest, most accessible way to find out if a space, a vista, a progression can work and also to communicate it to others.

Related entry: quick on off the wrist.

more sky

Friday, May 12th, 2006

More Skyspace details from Neil:

A couple of extra observations:

I was in there on Sunday. We had a really grim weekend with stacks of
rain, and the floor was all grimed up, plenty of mud and water in the
drainage channels. The roofhole /is/ open to the elements, and it’s
actually quite nice when it’s drizzling.

I hadn’t noticed them before, but there are lights installed on top
of the side-bench things. Significantly less ambient light on Sunday,
so they were visible although it’s only a slight glow. Can’t see
them, but I’d guess they’re fluorescent tubes and the light they give
off is slightly peachy. Maybe that’s just in contrast to the very-
white walls, though.

pour

Wayne Jacobs

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

A letter to the Architect’s Journal:

Wayne Hemingway’s lecture at this week’s affordable housing conference was a great start to the day. With perceptive observations that were very well presented, he was one of the few people to talk about how to deliver cultural sustainability in affordable housing as well as environmental sustainability. I was glad of the opportunity to raise some points during questions and would like to repeat them here for wider comment and make a further connection that I didn’t explain clearly on the day.

The request: that Wayne should endeavour to bring his message to students in the country’s schools. Whilst I have no doubt there are many architects that could present a similar position just as successfully, the fact is that when guys like Wayne speak, students listen.

The observation: that the problems highlighted in many of the examples of poor housing developments were the result of applying an urban sensibility to what should have been suburban solutions. My concern was that this was at odds with the infamous ‘Wimpeyfication’ letter to The Independent that had carried the title ‘Why I Hate Creeping Suburbia’. I was relieved to find that he’d suffered at the hands of the editor and in fact the opposite was true. He loved suburbia.

The connection: How long has it been since schools of architecture taught about suburbia? How many of us in that room could have professed an enthusiasm for, or interest in, suburbia? We spend our formative years being obsessed by the city and considering suburb as a dirty word freely interchangeable with that even filthier term, sprawl. We need to start teaching about suburban communities positively.

The proposal: Over the last couple of weeks we’ve all crept out of the woodwork and started shouting about how long we’ve loved Jane Jacobs and how important her 40 year old book is; and rightly so. One of the most interesting discussions I’ve heard so far was on radioopensource.org, during which one of the panel suggested that what we needed today was a Jane Jacobs of suburbia. I propose Wayne Hemingway steps up to the challenge.

Rob Annable

Axis Design Collective

Suggesting Wayne Hemingway could be in some way comparable to the mighty Jane Jacobs? That should get a few lively responses.

join the travelator

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

join the travelator

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60k house winner

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

60k house winner

(link) [no, 2 self photos]

affordable housing

Monday, May 8th, 2006

A quick note to announce that I’ll be attending the AJ Designing Affordable Housing conference tomorrow. If you’re going to be there too, drop me a line.

today’s del.icio.us links

Sunday, May 7th, 2006
  • Urban Tapestries in Google Earth

    ‘…nearing completion of version 2 of the Urban Tapestries public authoring platform we are pleased to release a network link for Google Earth…’ – beside myself with excitement about this, can’t wait for it to develop

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