back and forth

It seems this one just doesn’t want to lie down. Salingaros posted a response to the criticism of his paper on Tschumi, and Brutal Joint followed it with a response to the response. City Comforts just filed a response to the response to the response. It went like this: Salingaros… Note that we are not …

exurban

Exurbia (aka Edge City, subSuburbia, sprawl, outta control, psychick death zones): that newly expanded, resurfaced and subsubcontracted housing areas that aren’t really near anything, except the highway. These are evidence of continued flight from the urban zones by the almost affluent. Requiring a car as they usually have no sidewalks, the exurban neighborhood is a …

Being Frank

Oh dear. It’s not been too rosy for Mr Gehry lately. So far we’ve had snow falling on students head’s, clients employing other architects to fix bits they don’t like and a hockey trophy which … when Gehry pulled the covering off the trophy, it was like someone had tugged the burlap bag off the …

screwup

I have been duly reprimanded by my ex-fellow student and architectural adventurer, Bobby H, for the above comment about Sketchup and orthographic drawings. It is with great regret that I have to inform you that you have given incorrect information to readers of your blog regarding the export options of sketchup. I have been using …

Deconstruction and Tea

Thanks to some great entries over at City of Sound and That Brutal Joint about a piece by Nikos Salingaros posted at 2blowhards.com, I’ve been spurred on to catalogue a piece written by myself and a couple friends a few years ago for the Birmingham School of Architecture student magazine. It’s with recognition of the …

bullet proof communities

Wanted: undercover special ops. team to travel through time and prevent the publication of a recent paper by the European Committee for Standardisation – Prevention of Crime – Urban Planning and Design. If these fools are allowed to have their say and their proposal for the construction of more gated communities leaves an impression on …

Pass the (s)ketchup

It’s a few years since I last visited the Interbuild exhibition. So long, in fact, that the last time I went the atmosphere was sufficiently un-PC to allow for a collection of under dressed women to be seen demonstrating the baths and jacuzzis. No such luck this year. The actual work related content was pretty …

a machine for producing gods

I was out with Matt on Saturday night; he’s a friend from the Wolves LUG. We talked, amongst other things, about the now infamous Daniel Libeskind. Over the weekend I’ve been trying to source some of his early texts, to supplement our conversation about the complexities of architectural thinking. A quick Googling has let me …

hands that do fountains

Last week’s copy of The Architect’s Journal, carried an article about the winning entry for the redesign of Nottingham’s Old Market Square. The winning design is by Gustafson Porter. I like the proposal, it should open up the square much better, as it is currently dominated by grand fountains that break up the space too …