Tag Archives: architecture

Weekend Bookshelf: Desmond and a ‘World of Art’

Introducing Desmond!  This little pottery dragon has sat on every desk I’ve ever worked at from my GCSEs to my PhD and continues to occupy a small corner, overseeing matters.  I can’t remember how I ended up with a dragon.  I’m not Welsh. I don’t have a particular propensity for the mythical animal and I […]

(Almost) Weekend Bookshelf: World Book Day

Other than those by Günter Grass (Even bad books are books and therefore sacred) and Groucho Marx (Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read), I’m useless at remembering quotes.  So I can’t tell you who once remarked that having more books on a […]

Holiday Bookshelf: It’s (almost) all about London

With the new year comes the professional/personal stocktake.  Assessment of those elements of your life you’re not happy with and the construction of hopeful solutions.  My bugbear is location.  If I could live anywhere tomorrow it would be Sydney, Washington DC or San Francisco, in that order, but I can’t. So London it is. My […]

Unbuilt Britain Part II – A Review

With the inevitable rain closing in on this bank holiday weekend, some of the best distractions will be on BBC iPlayer, including Unbuilt Britain. Beyond my previously declared fascination with the unbuilt, the second installment of Olivia Horsfall Turner’s Unbuilt Britain was as compelling as the first.   This episode ‘Making Connections’ focused on the plans […]

Dreaming the Impossible: Unbuilt Britain – A Review

Architectural history is littered with grand plans and ambitious proposals that have never seen their delivery.  From funding issues and short-sighted bureaucrats to misplaced social concepts and technologies beyond their time, there are numerous obstacles that have defeated them.  During my undergraduate architecture education I was fascinated by unbuilt structures, the ambition that lay behind […]

10 things I love about Sydney (that you won’t find in your guidebooks)*

1. Food! From bill granger (always lower case) to Kylie Kwong, Neil Perry to Matt Moran, Australia is obsessed with food, its provenance and those who create. This is not a passing fad, this is a long standing national obsession. From celebrity chefs from all corners of the world to the expansive fish market in […]

Land, lost…

In little over six months Bloor has thrown up a collection of two to five bedroom houses with a Frankenstein mix of historical architectural styles. From plastic, wood effect front doors to ‘leaded’ plastic windows, fake stone lintels and stuck on half timbering that I really hoped had been left in the 1980’s, these houses integrate […]