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  • A Piece of Cake

    Well, it's been a while...

    Since my last post I had to take some time away from my blog while I juggled a full-time job, a research degree at the Bartlett, and several side projects. With that all done I decided to take some time out from the monitor stare-down that was my life to travel the world a bit. 

    In the end, I went travelling through Japan, China, Burma, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia with my girlfriend. Since getting back to the UK I've condensed some of the video footage from that time into a 5 and a half minute video. I hope you like it. :)

    A Piece of Cake



  • Woolworth Tower

    Last week I went along to the 176 Gallery - home of the Zabludowicz Collection - for the book launch of a project I recently completed with the artist Matthew Darbyshire. As part of the trans-Atlantic exhibition, The Shape We're In, 5 artists were invited to create installations for the 33rd floor...


  • Food for Thought and other associated puns

    I've got a couple of blog posts waiting in the wings (some renders I did for an exhibition in Times Square and a talk I helped organize at the Barbican) but, while I wait for clearance from official photographers etc, I thought I'd get a quick blog post under the belt to test the new School Blog...


  • Favela Painting at Santa Marta, Rio De Janeiro

    One thing which I've come across in recent months has been the work of Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn for the Firmeza Foundation. The Foundation supports the creation of artwork in unexpected places with Jeroen and Dre taking this approach to Rio to produce amazing murals with the help of local...


  • Zebra Imaging Blows My Mind

    I really need to catch up on my blog posts but in the meantime this holographic panel (kind of) blows my mind. I say 'kind of' because from what I can see, it's very limited in its viewing angle; apart from the benefits of novelty factor and portability, I can't see how it's better than a physical...



  • PLEASE CRIT THIS - 2: Kevin Kelly

    Unfortunately, due to Kevin Kelly recently impersonating the Bartlett and threatening me with legal action in their name I have decided to remove his work from my blog. These legal threats concerned comments I made in an interview with the guys over at Boidus and were made from behind...


  • PLEASE CRIT THIS - 1: Tom Ibbitson

    University can be quite an insular business. So much time spent focussing on the tiny details can be suffocating for the student; the underlying manifestos of units and departments leaving students struggling to find a clear path for their ideas and even less likely to be able to find a position...


  • 1.7 - Gold-panning in India

    I came across this in Private Eye the other day: "Panning for gold in the sewers is like looking for a needle in a haystack," Samir Sheikh told reporters at the Zaveri bazaar in Mumbai, "so we do meticulous research beforehand, to help us hunt it down. First, we find out where the goldsmiths...


  • 1.6 - This Mandelbox Blows My Mind

    Seriously - you could make a career out of the aesthetics in this video. Or a sequel to Avatar. by Krzysztof Marczak



  • 1.5 - This Grating Blows My Mind

    Euston Road, London


  • 1.4 - My Favourite Building in London

    From Wallpaperb) Rowley Way, Abbey Road NW8 0SF Often seen as the last ditch attempt to reconcile social housing with the minimal space of central London, architect Neave Brown’s 1979 council project, Alexandra Road is terraced housing reinterpreted with a modernist twist. A low-rise large...


  • 1.3 - RIBA Forgotten Spaces Results and Opening Night

    OK, so this Wednesday night just gone was the opening night of the RIBA Forgotten Spaces Exhibition at the National Thatre on London's Southbank. As mentioned in a previous post, this exhibition was of the 20 shortlisted schemes from over 150 entries to propose interventions in some of the...


  • 1.2 - Business Time

    Quickly following on from the last post: One of the things I got around to doing for the ELIS exhibition opening was to make some business cards. These are 0.2mm stainless steel. It's an expensive way to make a business card, but I from people's reactions so far they seem to be memorable - and...


  • 1.1 - THE ART RACE

    It’s fair to say that I was nervous about a fair few things having graduated uni. Not least trying to find a job in the midst of a recession. But more than that - when I eventually did find a job, I was aware that this is potentially a very dangerous time in any architect-to-be’s life...


  • Competition News...Wooooo!

    This is more of a *stop press* post. As mentioned in my previous entry, I'd entered a competition recently and was awaiting the results. Well, I just found out I've been shorlisted! :D It was the RIBA Forgotten Spaces competition and the full shortlist can be found HERE. According to the email...


  • Post-graduation/pre-next stage blog...

    Well, after a long haitus from blogging here and having graduated from the Bartlett since, it seems I'm back again. It looks like I'll hopefully be returning to the Bartlett soon to join the Advanced Architectural Research programme (more on that to come). In the meantime, I thought I'd get round...


  • New Pepsi Logo Blows My Mind...

    Or...How I Realised Architecture Portfolios Aren't All That Different From Advertising Pitches (and my subsequent breakdown)Backstory The advertising agency's PDF presentation for the new Pepsi logo was leaked via reddit a few hours ago (I've made a mirror of it here for archinect viewing: here...


  • The fruits of Christmas labour

    With the convivialities over, work looms once again on the horizon. Very close on the horizon as it happens - I've just fiished a model and now I'm off to get a train to London to see my tutors. Would you believe me if I told you I was celebrating on the inside? It's not that I'm not looking...


  • Sarajevo field trip - photo blog

    Sarajevo in the morning: Big chess played by locals in the Old Town One of the many graveyards in the city Snap happy Reminders of the war are still very present despite the fact that the city and people have clearly moved on The reconstructed Mostar bridge, bombed during the war View from bridge...


  • If you go down to the sewer today...

    My project this year is heading in an interesting direction. I have no idea where it's ultimately going to take me, but that's really the point. It's exhilirating to be able to just enjoy it as it develops. However, for all this enjoyment and desire to share my thoughts (archinect has always...


  • Roger Hiorns installation

    Last Sunday myself and a few others from the unit went along to to Seizure - a new installation from Roger Hiorns. If you don't know this British artist, here's a brief summary:"British artist Roger Hiorns makes exceptional use of unlikely materials: detergent, disinfectant, perfume, fire and...


  • 3 lectures in 1 post

    I've been absent from my blog recently. This is mostly due to the lethal combination of a horrendous cold and the usual work load now that term has started. But add in the extra-curricular activities and it's fair to say that things are fairly busy. Of course, a large part of this is due to the...


  • Unit Descriptions in Full (and gutting the studio)

    Ok, so in an earlier entry I got about half way through describing this year's Bartlett units before I got so tired I had to stop. It's weird - even though I worked all summer uni has hit me like a tonne of bricks. Anyway - the units in full follow (but if you want to skip the filler, head to...


  • Intermission - This cabinet blows my mind

    Fractal 23 by Takeshi Miyakawa - see here A cabinet that uses the entire volume of a cube by using corresponding drawers.


  • Testing Times

    We're now three days into the first week and the usual routine of Bartlett registration and unit presentations has begun. Though maybe 'usual' is the wrong word to use. It actually feels anything but usual. Since Unit 22 got decommisioned over summer a world of uncertainty has opened up. Comfort...


  • Another Serpentine Pavillion Entry...

    Well, it looks like Mustafa beat me to it when it came to blogging about the Serpentine Pavilion. But what the hey, you can never have too much Gehry, right? *cough cough* I too had left it far too long before making the journey to Hyde Park to see it. I've been holding off on reading about it for...


  • Unit 22 no more

    You know when you have a day that starts off great then ends terribly? Welcome to Monday. Today I went with work on a practise half day to the V&A museum to sketch. Of course, having just one and a half hours to see the exhibit and make a sketch or two didn't leave much time for either...


  • This advert blows my mind


  • A brief history of 4th year

    As mentioned in my last post I'm going to give a quick description of 4th year at the Bartlett. I've had a few emails from people looking at/coming to the Bartlett looking for info. I too looked to archinect when I was about to start and it was so useful to get an idea of what I was heading into...


  • Previously on 'Unit 22'... (and hello)

    Well, seeing as I'm about to enter my final year at the Bartlett I guess a brief introduction to myself and a recap of my first year at the school would be a good way to give some context to the highs and lows that will inevitably come over the next 12 months. Last year - for those not down with...


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