19 May 2020
NO OLD MAN IS AN ISLAND

AFTER COVID Story nine – As example of the most enduring of human spirits, few stories top that of the world’s oldest man, Bob Weighton, who turned 112 in March, and who claims the twin arts of living tranquilly and ‘avoiding dying’ as answer to his extreme longevity. One of the few humans who can […]

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12 May 2020
A LETTER FROM MY GRANDMA

AFTER COVID Story eight – According to the theory of incidental touch, we associate the qualities of an object with those of its owner. This is especially true of the handwritten or drawn letter, the very touch of which is as emotional as it is physical, its depth and type of tactility unmatched by anything […]

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7 May 2020
BETTER HOMES PLEASE

AFTER COVID Story seven –  Finding itself thrust into the most extraordinary of social experiments, the Museum of Home has set up a Stay Home collecting project. It argues that the ‘home has never been more important’. It is vital, therefore, that we bear witness to the way we have – as individuals and groups […]

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28 April 2020
LET THE STREET IN

AFTER COVID Story six –  Despite Jane Jacob’s mid-twentieth century urban planning dictum that there ‘should be eyes on the street’, the last 60-odd years has seen us surrender the street to the car, swap in the name of privacy and safety the pavement for the back garden, and largely reserve the personality we stamp […]

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27 April 2020
Experience Masterplanning the Future City

Enamoured with technology and innovation, we are in danger of creating cities that nobody will live in By Adam Scott   My most terrifying read of last year was a short article by the author of Ghost Cities, Wade Shepherd, in which he charted the rise of the built-from-scratch city. Driven by unprecedented migration, over half of […]

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22 April 2020
A MACHINE FOR A NEW KIND OF LIVING

AFTER COVID Story five –  Le Corbusier’s observation that a house is a machine for living in was first properly realised in his Villa Savoy. Shorn of structural convention and historical precedent, it is designed for flexible living, one based on a philosophy capable of ‘an infinite number of combinations of plans’. He would go […]

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14 April 2020
ACCESS FOR ALL

AFTER COVID Story four –  Art has always had an access problem, its hallowed institutions – physical or otherwise – protected by gates to which the privileged few possess the keys. However, deny the gatekeepers (as the COVID-19 lockdown does) their keys, and something quite extraordinary happens: the gates fly open, the world rushes in, […]

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9 April 2020
WHAT PROSPERS AFTER WE RESTART?

AFTER COVID Story three –  The situation that we find ourselves in at the moment needs no introduction — ‘we are all in this together’ — is a commonly used phrase to describe the collective experience the globe is currently undergoing. The speed in which it has taken effect is both fascinating and scary. A […]

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6 April 2020
A TINY BIG LESSON

AFTER COVID Story two –  Follow the news and you may be forgiven that the abiding image we have of panic-struck supermarkets serves as leitmotif for a world that has lost its way. On the contrary, the salutary effect of COVID-19 has been a supercharging of everything fundamental to the making of the good community. […]

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3 April 2020
ALONE TOGETHER

AFTER COVID Story one –  The most obvious irony of the effect of COVID 19 is the fact that our enforced isolation – what Lord Hennessy calls the atomisation of society – has resulted in the most creative examples of togetherness. For me, chief among these has to be the vocal leader, the inauguration of […]

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22 July 2019
University campuses should be more like Glastonbury

    The following was published in Architect’s Journal (May 2019). A response to the slowdown in university-funded architectural projects, it’s a rallying cry for other – and much better – ways of creating campuses that attract, involve, and created a sense of belonging in students. As the higher-education gold rush recedes, the design approach […]

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26 September 2018
The rise and rise of the empathic developer: creating value for all

I was lucky enough to chair the panel in a recent webcast How experience design creates value for everyone. It’s the first in a series in which FreeState partners with The Urban Developer to examine all things great and good in the world of experience design, with a particular focus on developers. We were joined by Frasers Property Australia’s Rory Martin, […]

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