For Whom The School Bell Tolls
May21

For Whom The School Bell Tolls

“Who should the school governor listen to if they get conflicting information? The Local Authority or the government?”
Answers came there none…

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Working Practices: East v West
Apr16

Working Practices: East v West

The efficiency drive in China means that architects and construction workers have to work very hard to meet deadlines and it is very difficult to keep a work-life balance. In the west, this is often all architects talk about.

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Identity Politics ain’t Liberal
Mar12

Identity Politics ain’t Liberal

“Common cause” is not going to work if we have to morally browbeat people into supporting the uncommon interests of oppressed minority-groups. The question is, what unites us?

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The RIBA Plan of Work
Mar01

The RIBA Plan of Work

… has been a useful guide in steering the profession to provide clear, accurate and timely advice. The new version is more driven by external political events, rather than the independent practical concerns of the profession.

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Defining Art, Creating the Canon: Artistic Value in an Era of Doubt by Paul Crowther
Feb28

Defining Art, Creating the Canon: Artistic Value in an Era of Doubt by Paul Crowther

The aesthetic experiences that we have as adults are a kind of echo of these formative infant experiences: an ongoing rediscovery of the world and its possibilities.

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Write 100 lines: “We aren’t going to die”
Nov10

Write 100 lines: “We aren’t going to die”

If I were your child’s teacher, I would not fill their heads with nonsense that says that the world is about to end. The Children Act 1989 provides that teachers have a duty of care towards the children under their supervision.

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Generation Wars
Sep21

Generation Wars

On Friday 20th September, I joined the children, parents and teachers gathering in Manchester for the Climate Strike where Mayor Burnham proudly announced: “Our generation has failed you. I’m not arguing with you. We are giving you your voice and power.”

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In defence of a Defence of Stars and Icons
Apr15

In defence of a Defence of Stars and Icons

Austin Williams | 20 April 2015 It is a sad indictment of current architectural debate (as well as critical political debate more generally) that Patrik Schumacher’s latest article is creating such a fuss. Fans of Walter Benjamin – the unread darling of the Situationist mainstream – wouldn’t dream of criticising his statement “The public must always be proved wrong, yet always feel represented by the...

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Critical Subjects
Apr16

Critical Subjects

Higher education is in crisis. This summer sees the launch of Critical Subjects, a new architectural Summer School placing the pursuit of knowledge and critical thinking at the core of education.   These are troubled times for higher education. In recent years the idea of pursuing knowledge for its own sake has found little support. Instead of creating an atmosphere supportive of open enquiry and free thinking, universities have...

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Of Pens and Tents: The Jaipur Literature Festival ’13
Feb13

Of Pens and Tents: The Jaipur Literature Festival ’13

By Mrinalini Shinde | 13 February 2013 “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.” – J.D. Salinger (Catcher in the Rye) Maybe not being terrific friends, and exchanging phone numbers, but from a personal viewpoint, the most...

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