Anybody know this hidden house?

Details
Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

I saw this little gem on a walk near Constantine Bay in Cornwall this weekend.

Read More

Was Monday good news day?

Details
Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

A week ago on Monday was 'blue Monday', the day of the year when we were all meant to feel most depressed. For the construction industry though it seemed as if this Monday was more like 'golden Monday'. It was extraordinary to wake up to news which seemed to be all about creating construction work. First there was the confirmation of the proposed route ...

Read More

Mission impossible

Details
Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

I have spent the day looking at architects' websites - a lot of websites. I was trying to distil from them a succinct description of what the practice had been up to in the last year. And what did I learn? Very little.

Read More

The right time for consultation

Details
Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

There is an old story about a man who ran a raffle to win a horse. When the winning ticket was drawn, he apologised that the horse had died and refunded the winner's money, keeping all the rest. John McAslan and Partners must be feeling like that unlucky lottery winner - getting the prize and having it snatched away at the same time - in Glasgow's George ...

Read More

When a tower is a symbol

Details
Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

Today The Guardian devotes several pages, including the front, to the tower at St George's Wharf in London. It talks about how much of it is empty, how expensive it is, and how much of it is owned by non-resident foreigners.

Read More

What sort of housing do we want?

Details
Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

Architect Alison Brooks, no slouch at housing design herself, talks in a discussion run byThe Architects' Journal, about the appeal of Victorian homes. 'Why are people willing to pay so much for a flat in a Victorian house?' she asks. 'Why are things like high ceilings and big windows and good proportions, and all these very simple, basic things that ...

Read More

Falling in love with architecture - and Paris

Details
Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

Next week I am taking an 11 year old - and her mum - to Paris. It is a trip that I have promised since she was six years old, a chance to share my favourite city. Recently she told me that she thinks she wants to be an architect. i sent her some books, with plenty of potential for drawing, and said that we could look at some great buildings in Paris.

Read More

Can tech companies save Detroit?

Details
Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

Sunday's Observer had a good-news story about Detroit. The city, which has been a symbol of urban failure, is now seeing some signs of resurgence, thanks to a modest influx of high-tech start-ups who seem relatively unfazed by the lack of services and facilities. One of the problems that Detroit faces is that American taxes are levied almost ...

Read More

Celebrating an attack of shingles

Details
Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

I was in Dungeness at the weekend, which has become a wonderful architectural ghetto almost because it fails to tick all the boxes for a good connected life. Good transport links? No. Sandy beach? Certainly not. Easy mortgages? Apparently you can't get them. Away from it all? Well, sort of if you exclude the nuclear power stations and the power lines. ...

Read More

Danger is not where you expect

Details
Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

Guardian writer George Monbiot has created quite a stir with an article entitled The Grime behind the Crime in which he reports research finding links between levels of lead pollution and violent crime. Serious scientists were interviewed about this on the radio this morning, and it seems as if the research is pretty watertight. They are showing ...

Read More

When the Romans lost their marbles

Details
Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

You don't often hear much about architecture on the religious news programme on Radio 4 on a Sunday, but this morning was an exception. The programme was discussing a forthcoming exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford at which a centrepiece will be a 'flatpack' Roman church that is nearly 1500 years old, and was found in a shipwreck.

Read More

New year no money

Details
Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

Happy new year. But a lot of people may be wondering just how happy a one it will prove to be. In personal terms of course pockets will be feeling empty after the festivities (and perhaps some imprudent expenditure during the sales). But it seems that the world of architecture and construction is feeling similarly gloomy. Building has just reported ...

Read More

Is small beautiful or another trap?

Details
Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

I am in two minds about the latest attempt by the city of Seattle in Washington State, USA, to tackle homelessness.

Read More

Beware of bearing gifts

Details
Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

A long discussion has been running on The Architects' Journal's LinkedIn page about the Yunnan Kunming Wenhua Technology Co in China. The thread started six months ago, and is still active. This is a company that is scamming aspirant architects by dangling potential contracts in front of them, and then asking for presents - cigarettes, mainly, ...

Read More

Wood Awards give Lord of the Rings the elbow

Details
Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

On Tuesday afternoon we did the shortlisting for this year's Wood Awards, in which we whittled (get it?) around 200 entries down to a list of 20 to be visited and further appraised. There were lots of great entries, and plenty that were less great. Several projects had been noticed by all, or almost all, of the judges, and were a shoo-in for the visiting ...

Read More

No hard sell at Christmas

Details
Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

Blogger Lucy Mori has written about how architects should remember still to market themselves at Christmas. She illustrates her blog with  pics of family Christmases replete with the kind of festive jumpers  no self-respecting architect would be seen dead in - certainly not when marketing themselves. And that is the problem. Mori ...

Read More

A strange and wonderful conjunction

Details
Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

We hear so much about mixing and differentiating old and new when dealing with historic buildings that it has become rather a bore. But it is so refreshing to see it done in an imaginative way, albeit melding architecture and art, rather than building with building.

Read More

My first tweet up

Details
Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

Last week I went to my first tweet up, organised by Building Design and held at the offices of Feilden Clegg Bradley. I'm not sure that I came away able to tell the difference between a tweet up and a booze up, but it was certainly a good evening. I guess the difference is that it is a self-selecting group of common interest, rather than an invitation ...

Read More

It's not all the same

Details
Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

...

Read More

Let's be sensible about housing

Details
Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

Michele Hanson's latest 'A certain age' column  in today's Guardian is a corker. After telling us about her friend Clayden being attacked by cows on Hackney Marshes, she says she thinks she is trying to make herself think of urban life as rustic to compensate for the fact that planning minister Nick Boles wants to concrete over most of ...

Read More

Latest from Our Blog