Toxic Lawns

After reading Alex Steffen's book Worldchanging recently one of the articles really stood out. The concept of the lawn as a toxic, alien landscape. His words are incredibly poetic and really drive the theory home. Why has such an unnatural crop become so ingrained within our garden culture? Like big…

Community Shop

I've talked about the Free Market Economy previously in on the blog but the theory of this blog goes against it somewhat. In recent years, many rural post offices, pubs and other institutions of village life have closed leaving remote communities lifeless. The community shop is an attempt to kick…

Forest Schools

The Forest School initiative is a growing movement within primary education to move the classroom outside. The philosophy inspires individuals of all ages through an innovative, long term, educational approach to outdoor play and learning in a woodland environment. (Forest Schools Education, No date) The concept of outdoor education is…

House Prices to Crash

It was somewhat inevitable that the UK housing market, particularly in London market would eventually burst. Prices have been rising to incredibly levels and this week The Telegraph (Ficenec, 2016) has predicted just that. With commodities and oil prices at an 11-year low and the FTSE beginning to crumble the…

I, Pencil

The essay I, Pencil, written by Leonard E. Read is a story from a pencil's perspective of all the workmanship that has gone into its creation. I am a lead pencil— the ordinary wooden pencil familiar to all boys and girls and adults who can read and write. Leonard Read…

Glasses - A Dearth of Choice

Despite being in need of a new pair I've been putting off buying glasses for the past 3 months. The reason is simple, despite there being a vast selection each of them are so very similar. Why is the world of glasses - a medical device - so intertwined with…

Graph Theory

My investigation into the Space Allocation Problem also led me to learn about Graph Theory. Graphs are a discrete mathematical structure where nodes are connected by edges. Graphs have a great number of applications, within architecture they can be used to diagrammatically describe the adjacencies between rooms within a house…

Block Algebra

My investigation into the Space Allocation Problem has led me to the concept of Block Algebra (BA). BA is a method of explaining relationships between two rectangles, using the 13 atomic relationships (Figure 1) of Interval Algebra (IA) (Allen, 1983). BA is the combination of two IA relationships – one for…

The House as a Museum

After reading "The Biography of a Building" by Witold Rybczynski detailing the life of the Sainsburys and the design and building of the Sainsbury's Centre for the Visual Arts I was drawn to the concept of the house as a Museum. The Sir Robert Sainsbury had collated a vast collection…

Tribal Art - The Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection

At the centre of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is the Living Room, a vast open space with plush carpeted floor and comfortable seating. Scattered throughout is the collection of artefacts that Sir Robert and his wife Lady Lisa Sainsbury amassed. Although Sir Robert always considered this an art…