So here's another worry

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
Feb

Who knew that there was a shortage of sand?

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On showgirls and bottom pinching

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
13
Feb

When no publicity would be better publicity

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Is DIY the way to go?

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
11
Feb

How significant is an impressive self-build project?

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Seeing the workings

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
05
Feb

Sometimes looking down on people is a good thing

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New year, new hope?

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
22
Jan

Our housing might actually get better.

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You mean you have never seen it??

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
18
Jan

It's always nice to tick off the omissions

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Is construction broken?

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
16
Jan

The Carillion disaster poses questions for the industry and the country.

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Why Sadie makes us smile

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
03
Jan

If you are feeling a little gloomy at the star of the year, I suggest you read the latest interview with the bundle of energy and enthusiasm that is Sadie Morgan.

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Architects should stop being dozy

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
01
Jan

I remember talking to a recently qualified architect about somebody who was considering training in architecture as a mature student.

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Using a building for real

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
27
Dec

Unless a new building is a gallery or performance space, or perhaps a restaurant, the architectural writer tends not to make use of it.

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A jewel of an architect

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
17
Dec

Looking through today's Observer I saw a two-page ad feature for 'Not on the High Street' which showed a face, and even more a name, that was familiar.

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Architecture as headache

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
15
Dec

I know that headaches, and particularly migraines, can be no laughing matter, but this made me chuckle.

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From council house to millionaire's pad

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
12
Dec

Thanks to architect Robert Evans for pointing out on Facebook what he describes as 'the end of the high-quality council housing dream'.

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When we need complexity

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
05
Dec

I stayed with a friend in Somerset at the weekend, in a marvellous house that had been sneaked into a narrow gap between two others a long time ago, and had grown backwards and upwards on its long site.

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How to be happy at work

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
23
Nov

I am pretty well inured to noise. When I sat my exams at university there was a demonstration taking place in the hall in the first year that we were just expected to ignore. Another year (not sure if it was finals or not), we had the windows open and a brass band festival outside.

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The Beauty of Conservation - with thanks to SPAB

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21
Nov

Last week I read “The SPAB Approach to the Conservation and care of old buildings”. The report is a passionate argument for the protection of the UK Heritage buildings. What really struck me was the almost romantic way in which the author, Matthew Solcombe, talks about how ‘wear and tear adds beautiful patination that new work can only acquire through the slow process of ageing’.

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In praise of Brutalist housing - or not?

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
15
Nov

Tim Abrahams has written a thoughtful piece for The Economist on the decision to preserve a part of the demolished Robin Hood Gardens at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

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Beauty in the mundane

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
14
Nov

I saw this lovely print by artist Jane Smith at the Archivist Gallery, on the Regent's Canal between Islington and Hackney.

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A delight for the eyes

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
06
Nov

A friend, Kris Kalinski, posted this lovely photo of a cottage in the Polish village of Zalipie which apparently, unsurprisingly, has the moniker 'the most beautiful village in Poland'.

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Hooray for Hastings

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
01
Nov

There is something heartwarming about Hastings Pier by dRMM winning the Stirling Prize.

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