Rural British Architecture – The Crisis

June 15, 2010

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In my opinion there is a national (at the least) crisis in rural and sub-rural architecture. At some point in time we must have completely lost our way to reach our current, bleak, standpoint. The problem that I am referring to is encapsulated and realised in new housing developments just outside of towns all over […]

Posted in: Architecture, Britain

Dry Stone Walling – Somerset

May 12, 2010

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On a clear and mild day towards the end of last year I started a dry stone walling course in the Mendip hills in Somerset. From the shadow of Wells’ famous cathedral a steep road climbs the edge of a wooded combe to a small pastoral farm. It’s here that a group of volunteers are […]

Reading Ruskin

April 30, 2010

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I’m currently reading John Ruskin’s ‘The Stones of Venice’. Naturally, I skipped straight to the famous essay, ‘The Nature of Gothic’. I’m sure I will write a more conclusive post on the essay but until then something worth considering: Ruskin observes that Architecture is not received by the public with the same excitement of, say, […]

Parlez-vous Français

April 21, 2010

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Mid-April and I find myself grounded in a remote area of the beautiful French countryside. As much as I am enjoying my disconnected status (it’s amazing how quickly one can cultivate technophobia under the right conditions), I felt I ought to make at least one entry while I’m away. So, a brief, topical (to me) […]

Posted in: Language

The Art of Den

April 7, 2010

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Building Dens is one of my fondest and most integral childhood memories. The vision that most prominently springs to mind is one of a roof constructed from harvested sweetcorn stalks beneath the late summer cover of a Crab Apple tree. The fruit of which is a fantastic source of ammunition to repel any way-fairing little […]

Posted in: Den, England, Shelter

Djenné – Behind the Facade

April 6, 2010

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Another talk on Djenne, this time by Charlotte Joy, an anthropologist at Cambridge, offering something quite different to the architectural perspective I have occupied so far. The many talks I have been to invariably open with an introduction on Mali, where it is etc, as one tends to to avoid any presumption of knowledge. Immediately […]

Earth Architecture Dot Org

April 1, 2010

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This website is a great resource for information on ‘earth architecture’ in both traditional and contemporary applications: http://www.eartharchitecture.org/

Posted in: Mud