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Reminisce – architecture and design

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 […]

the kids are alright

In respectful silence we shuffle around the room. Lips tightly sealed, chins being stroked pensively; nobody daring to appear unaware of the importance of the artefacts on the walls and floor. We’re monks in a monastery of modernism. Spectacles, testicles, wallet, watch. Chattering as she goes, my three year old daughter rattles across the floor […]

life and soul

A while ago I had the pleasure of suggesting a good book to Peter over at He has repaid the favour twice over by encouraging me to read What Is Architecture? by Paul Shepheard. I read it during the Christmas holidays, being sure to carry a pencil with me at all times so that […]

musical chairs

Everything’s connected at some level. I’ve uploaded the sketch of the Orgone chair, as promised in a previous entry, and added some notes on the page. It’s a somewhat hurried affair, I think I must have sketched it whilst walking away from the Marc Newson stand at the show. As you can see, I […]

My tea cup draws nearer

It’s 10:59am on a Sunday. As I open the car door and step onto the tarmac of the car park, hundreds of other doors followed by twice as many legs perform the same task in almost exact synchronisation. 11am arrives and the crowd of people who’ve emerged from their cars begins to swarm towards the […]

dough, water, paper and what links them together

For no better reason than wanting to keep up with the neighbours, I’m writing this evening from the kitchen worktop whilst waiting for some dough to rise, risking the ingress of flour with every key tap. It’s not quite the same as Stuart’s recent entry from the bath, but the acknowledgement of my actions lends […]

The Lesson of Movement

Either I’m getting weaker, or banana skins are getting stronger. Tonight’s entry is inspired by my previous comments about Oscar Naddermier, my first architectural history lecturer. I returned to his notes and decided that they should be shared with you. Oscar preferred his students to be listening rather than writing, so he always typed out […]