Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Window Farming


Open-source designs for urban [window based] farming, or edible gardening. Simple and slightly beautiful approach to filling up your window space ...


Sunday, 26 February 2012

Air Hotels


Low impact hotel rooms hanging [and thus having living trees as foundations?] from a set by Timecircus. Alternative albeit temporary means of drawing interest to a site.

Straw Bale Dance Studio

One of the most unique straw bale construction projects was this dance studio in a rural Hertfordshire setting. Famously the cheapest lottery funded project it is possibly more interesting for the construction material being sourced [grown] from the next field. There are still a few links to show how the building is improving with age ...

Growing a building



Lots of recent movement[s] and ideas regarding the re-emergence of self building and systems for self building in the Segal tradition. A few articles have pointed towards the work of Dominic Stevens and the clever use of natural and cheap building materials - including plant based roofing / cladding products and soy based blown insulation. Starting ideas for growing our own buildings. Hopefully more thoughts on this to follow ...

Monday, 20 February 2012

Paper Architecture Patternbook

Extract from a paper architecture of Prague. A bit retro and not at all comparable with 3 dimensional printing but as amazing and possibly more understanding.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Mapping stereotypes



Amusing way of finding your way around America. This is probably the least offensive example of mapping stereotypes from alphadesigner, probably because I don't fully understand all of the references. 

Friday, 17 February 2012

Prefab Retrofit Pigsty


One of the best examples we have found for how modern methods of construction / off-site methods can be the ultimate in bespoke responses - in this case a listed farm building acting as the external shell with existing openings for timber frame internal structure.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

UK's First Floating House

Interesting and innovative [but slightly Dutch?] scheme from Baca Architects. It is suggested as the first planning permission for a floating house and being located in a flood plain with anticipated rising sea levels and increased flooding it could be one of many.


Middlehaven and St Hilda's Church

Really useful link when exploring old Middlesbrough and historical images of Middlehaven, including this amazing Lowery picture of the old Town Hall and the now demolished church.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

East German Instructional Art

Just an East German 'instructional art' version of Keep Calm and Carry on - unless you hear the air attack warning. Nice example of signage.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Folk the Banks

Occupy records have done an amazing thing in getting Jamie Reid to design their artwork. Once again, social protest, music and art combine to make something memorable with an impact.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Art of Investment

It seems that 'patient money' still works in property but does much better when commodities are limited, like vintage cars and work from dead artists. Have a look at the entire article here.


Henley, John [2012] "Where's the best place to put your money?" The Guardian G2, 8th February p2.

Vernacular Music

Just a really nice example of vernacular architecture suggesting the style and genre of music by Iron and Wine.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Stamp Scrip Local Currency

Several references to local currency and the historical first - the 'stamp scrip' printed by the Mayor of the Austrian town of Worgl in 1931. There may be a direct relevance to new forms of local currency because it is more than local, it is based on an idea of 'demurrage' [paying to keep the currency valid or negative interest] that created an incentive to circulate rather than save. Find out more here or in; Grant, John [2010] Co-opportunity: Join up for a sustainable, resilient, prosperous world [Wiley, Chichester].

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Feelgood Art

The best of the feel good art by Martin Creed and soon to be followed by 'Be Happy'. Read more about the 'trend' here.