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Facing up

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Facing up, originally uploaded by eversion. There’s something very satisfying about the way this building keeps facing you as you round the bend. Successfully enfronting the site I think Charles Moore would say. update: Yep, enfronting it is: I should get this out of my system. It must be getting quite dull, all this relentless […]

Urban Design since 1850

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

More notes from Architecture, You and Me by Siegfried Giedion (found in a second hand bookshop in 2005). This time it’s the recounting of a delightful list of important urban design developments since 1850 – books and building – according to Mr Giedion. The New Urbanists amongst you may find the regular appearance of Corb […]

inputs and outputs

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Still here. Like a Norwegian Blue, I’ve just been resting. I return with some summer frippery. First, another day in the life post, since the past one proved quite popular. This time delivered via twitter, an offering made even more poignant perhaps by yesterday’s news that they’ve pulled the plug on the UK. So, from […]

commonly shared

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Do you hang out with architects? Need a reading list to help you get by at parties? Don your black roll neck jumper and tuck a few of these in your satchel. Here’s the latest update to the chart of most commonly shared books over at the group, Architext: Most commonly shared books (weighted): […]

theory about practice

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Rod, knowing I’ve finally started reading Thousand Plateaus, flicks his wrist and points me towards the sweetest spot of the latest BLDGBLOG interview with Mark Wigley. It’s too good not to repeat at length here: BLDGBLOG: There also seems to be a huge reliance today on extra-architectural theory, like Gilles Deleuze. But if students […]

Reminisce – architecture and design

Sunday, January 7th, 2007

A few final entries about where we’ve been, before we work out where we’re going. Here’s a summary of some of the entries perhaps worth a revisit from the old URL, loosely gathered into a few different categories. First up… Architecture and Design Architectural Advent 24 days of gifts Manplan 3 Volume 3 of seminal […]

Day 24

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

Architectural Advent day 24: I saved the most fitting sheet of Letraset till last. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to everyone, I’ll see you in 2007. A quick recap: Letraset 1982 Rietveld Chair dimensions Letraset 1966 Passive solar glazing Driftwood Ergonomics The Machine at MOMA Letraset 1966 – 2 Planning Process Farrell Grimshaw […]


Sunday, December 17th, 2006

Architectural Advent day 11: (will I ever catch up?) After several years of housing market boom here in the UK, there are lots of people drawing down on mortgages and extending their home. I’ve been involved in a few over recent years, and in a city who’s housing stock is largely made up of Victorian […]

improve your grip

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

Architectural Advent Day 5: Lessons in ergonomics for product design students… Step 1: Visit your local bookshop and purchase as many books on ergonomics as possible. Step 2: Take books to somewhere relaxing, such as your nearest beach. Step 3: Collect driftwood found on the shoreline and buy some matches. Step 4: Light fire with […]

knowing when to be

Friday, November 24th, 2006

Changing a tyre in the pouring rain is not a good way to start the day. Buying yourself a new book, swiftly followed by good coffee and cheescake is the only way to improve your mood. In fact I can’t think of a better way to improve your mood in any given situation than the […]