Monday quote

‘…[in the UK] we have a planning framework that prioritises profit over placemaking and in some cases we have no planning at all.’

(watch Kate Henderson, Liane Hartley, Adele Maher, Euan Mills and Finn Williams discuss the #fundamentals of planning here)

Monday quote

‘Architecture is a language. It’s a language of words, it’s a language of light, it’s a language of temperature, it’s a language of acoustics, language of proportions, language of materials… and you can use that language to tell a story.’

Daniel Libeskind, 2017, clever interview

(listen to the full interview here)

Are architects spoilt for choice?

In a recent RIBA publication named 21 things you won’t learn in architecture school Adrian Dobson claims that architects have so many ‘options for personal growth and career development’ that they are ‘spoilt for choice’[1]. An article published last week on ArchDaily supports that idea by listing a number of careers (21 to be exact) architectural graduates can pursue once they graduate [2].

The topic of the expanded role of the architect is close to my heart as I based my final year Master’s dissertation on it. Therefore, I was interested to read ArchDaily’s article and compare its conclusions to the ones I outlined in my work 6 months ago.

Continue reading “Are architects spoilt for choice?”

Making streets look scary not just on Halloween

Here is an interesting Halloween-themed article on urban planning:

CURBED reports that cities such as New York and Pittsburgh spend millions on campaigns aiming to decrease traffic fatalities by making people ‘afraid of the dark‘ instead of investing in better road infrastructure, better street lighting or targeting dangerous drivers. Is it more effective to advise people to stay safe through posters and flyers than to actually make them safe? What is your opinion?

I am afraid of the dark, but only because it is Halloween tonight. Have a spooky one!

Colourful cities on Instagram

I recently followed Ramin Nasibov on Instagram and his profile quickly became my new favourite architecture photo feed. It is beautifully vibrant and brings a lot of colour to my day. You can check out his profile here.

Ramin Nasibov currently has over 200k followers and has been featured in a Guardian article. He finds and highlights pockets of colour in our grey cities, thus providing a refreshingly vibrant outlook on everyday architecture.

The pictures are simple, symmetrical and colourful. There are rarely perspective shots, with most photographs showing elevation views of buildings or building elements. Colours are enhanced (I think) and lines are straightened, but these are common practices. Looking for inspiration  for my own Instagram feed, I tried to understand what made Nasibov’s pictures stand out. I realised the sky on all of them was in a consistent shade of blue without any gradient that in combination with the other bright colours made the images look less realistic and somewhat abstract. Of course, what makes the pictures truly stand out is talent and vision.

I like cloudy skies and sunsets too much and would not follow Nasibov’s strategy in my new Instagram profile which you can check out here. Follow Coconut’s journey in Spain.

Café Culture, Europe and Brexit

From the witty title, to the engaging writing style and intelligent analogies, this article offers an exciting and refreshing viewpoint on the overexploited topic of Brexit. Published prior to the referendum vote, it focuses on an important aspect that remained largely neglected during the Brexit campaign discussions – the EU is a project for social and cultural exchange, not simply a trade union.

I was quite disappointed that the overall Brexit rhetoric was limited to economic issues and failed to articulate the cultural, ideological and social implications of the vote. That is why I really enjoyed ArchDaily’s ‘It’s All in a Cup of Coffee (or, Indeed, Tea): Does Café Culture Embody the Idea of Europe?’ article by James Taylor-Foster (who, by the way, is also a MSA graduate).

You can read it here.