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Finding a language for sustainable building

July 19, 2011

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For the last few months, we have been working with the National Trust on their ‘Heart of The Park’ project at Morden Hall Park, in the South of London. Using sustainable refurbishing techniques and materials, they have been renovating a nineteenth century stable yard, which will be turned into an educational centre for the local […]

SE1 has got talent!

July 6, 2011

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We have spent the last week assisting UsCreates, a social innovation organisation, with the Urban Physic Garden project. The garden is open temporarily until August 15th and is located at 100 Union Street (SE1). The site, which would otherwise be empty prior to development, has been transformed into a garden with many flowers, herbs and plants that […]

Do we need another chair?

June 22, 2011

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In March 2011, a few of us attended a discussion group that included Emily Campbell (Royal Society of Arts) and Jonathan Chapman (Brighton University).  Jonathan Chapman argued that design is a ‘corrosive force’ and people will continue to make – so: do we embrace or deny this reality?  Emily Campbell argued that humans are makers […]

Are slums sustainable places to live in?

March 24, 2011

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At EcoBuild a few discussions addressed the notion of slums as sustainable places to live in. All over the world there are different types ‘slums’ that have emerged as a result of different conditions, which raises thoughts about how different people view slums and sustainable dwellings.

The meaning of ‘rights’

March 24, 2011

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At a recent public seminar Colin Harvey (Head of Law at Queen’s University in Belfast) raised the interesting question of “What would a modern day Bill of Human Rights look like?”  By this he meant that the documents need to be inclusive and relevant to today’s everyday people. He sensitively emphasised the importance of speaking to communities in order to understand the real issues that need […]

The Rise of Collaborative Consumption

March 8, 2011

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EVENT REVIEW: ‘The Rise of Collaborative Consumption’, Rachel Botsman at the RSA A while ago, a few of us attended a great talk by Rachel Botsman on collaborative consumption. You can watch the event here, or have a look at the Ted talk, which nicely sums up her thinking: She presented her very inspiring view […]

“Soft Revolution”: Small vs Global

January 29, 2011

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HERE IS A SMALL THOUGHT that I have been trying to formulate since we attended the Sustain Talk at the RCA, reviewed by Paula here. During his presentation, Ezio Manzini stressed the importance of local initiatives. As Paula mentioned, he also talked about the everyday heroes, who organised themselves to design alternative ways of living, […]