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Scotland: town versus country

It is incredibly spoiling to be flown privately. It removes so much of the hassle of travelling especially at each end of the journey. There is no checking in, no personal bag searches and no stepping through machines at the behest of officials. The journey is so much quicker and instead of staring blankly for an hour or so at the balding, dandruff-ridden head of the person in front of you, real conversations can be had. Being lifted by helicopter straight from the runway at Dundee to the final... Read More >

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Close up of carved stonework on a doorway Tolerance and the accommodation of change AHMM's Simon Allford on architecture's relation to our changing society
My first column for The Property Chronicle offers a welcome chance to reflect on matters beyond the moment. Which is useful as learning from the past enables us to design for a building’s uncertain future. There is much to consider as it is Read More >
Person with umbrella jumping in front of a building How does it make you feel? On architecture, space and affective experience
I’m regularly appalled at the banality of post-match - or at least post-achievement - interviews of sports people still dripping from their efforts. As if it isn’t enough to hijack them before they’ve caught their breath, they are then Read More >
Walt Disney Hall, Los Angeles California fairy tales Travels in Wyntoon, Disneyworld and downtown Los Angeles
I have just returned from my old and dear friends’ week-long 25th wedding anniversary celebration at Wyntoon, the 60,000 acre Hearst estate located near Mt. Shasta in Northern California. William Randolph Hearst, the famous tycoon and Read More >
Retro TVs Architecture on the small screen Reflecting on the evolution of Grand Designs
There are mixed feelings in the design and architectural fraternity about television programmes which chart the journey of a construction project. Thankfully, the early superficial make-over versions which relied rather too much on masking tape Read More >
Designing for humans An architect's duty
Above: University of Winchester building project (copyright: Design Engine Architects, used with permission) This week, I took part in a thought-provoking debate in the new Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford. The evening was hosted by Read More >
Family with picnic basket walking into a field Fields of least resistance Richard Rose-Casemore considers the pros and cons of building on greenfield sites
So, I sit in my tiny garden on a sunny Sunday in reflective mood wondering what on earth is happening to our towns and cities in the race to achieve impossible housing targets. Two cities close to my own heart, Exeter and Winchester, are Read More >
Cave houses in Cappadocia, Turkey Basement wars Architect Houston Morris goes underground to ask why subterranean extensions have become so popular
Anyone who has visited the below ground troglodyte houses of Cappadocia, a region of central Turkey, knows that these ancient habitations are as impressive as they are unusual. They are mostly cut out of the rock face of a steep mountain. They Read More >
Skyscraper viewed from street level On design awards Richard Rose-Casemore considers trophies, design narratives and the merits of architecture prizes
There was a feature on TV this week about the grotesque golf trophies that the unfortunate professional is forced to model in front of the cameras should he or she triumph on tour. These ranged in design from various enormous jewel-encrusted Read More >
The Haydar Aliyev Centre, designed by Zaha Hadid Musings on the life of Zaha Hadid Houston Morris draws on his personal recollections to explain how the late architect has influenced the industry
Image (c) iStockphoto I first came across ‘Zaha’ when I was a student at the Architectural Association (known as the AA) in the early 1990s. She was always known just as Zaha. She never required a last name as everyone knew who she was. Read More >

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