Quirks

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Quirks

There is a joke in architectural circles that you can spot a rendered image because the creator has ‘put a bird on it’ (meaning that in an effort to make it look real, a blank boring sky wasn’t enough) In the case of this image, the birds are actually there (though not real). They hang […]

Steading Conversions

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Steading Conversions

There is something about derelict farm buildings which makes for interesting conversions, whether it is the randomly placed windows and doors, derived from┬ánecessity when it was used as a cow shed, or perhaps it is the character and solidity of the stone walls. I can’t quite put my finger on it. Whatever it is, the […]

Science fiction?

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Science fiction?

A short post, disguised as a question… I’m sitting here watching Aliens and it struck me that the apartment that Sigourney has is very similar to that of Bruce Willis in the fifth element and also that of Harrison Ford in Blade Runner. All three films show a sort of grubby future where people live […]

National identity

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National identity

Following an election, one question is always at the back of my mind; what does it mean for our towns and cities? Usually it means nothing, zip, nada. I have found that pretty much regardless of who is in power, the same disregard for our built environment is evident. Of course, this is understandable as […]

Pattern

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Pattern

Pattern is something which most architects shy away from (some actively avoid) and I have to admit that I am one of those who think in terms of ‘material finish’ rather ‘applied finish’ I think we are missing a trick; throughout history, architecture has been closely linked with decoration. Indeed the very notion of an […]

Going backwards

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Driving back to Aberdeen from Banchory the other day I happened upon a rather troubling phenomenon; architectural regression. In Drumoak, on one side of the road are some small semi-detached cottages, which could be council housing. On the other side is a development of ‘executive homes’ The cottages, which appear to be 1960’s or 70’s […]

50 hour house

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On Gairn terrace, Aberdeen there is a nice, simple semi-detached house which has a blue plaque on the front. I’d never noticed it before, despite living round the corner for a good few years as a student. The plaque states that this particular building was the first built in Aberdeen in under 50 hours. Quite […]