Month: October 2015

Suburbia. Again.

Regular readers will know by now that a prime concern of mine is the dearth of sincere human interaction created and reinforced by our built environment. I have touched on the grim reality that most of us live in a version of a suburban environment that differs little from the seventy year old prototype. It… Read more »


How does the car designer decide on what to base the shape of a new model? Or where does the inspiration for a product designer, a furniture designer, an architect, an interior designer come from?  Could it be a thought, a shape, an animal, something in nature? Design is first and foremost led by the… Read more »

Less Is More

In 1973 the Tennessee Conservationist magazine ran a competition for readers. A prize was offered for the best 100 word description of a photograph of an abandoned , dilapidated farmhouse in the middle of a neglected field. A Native American man won with the following: “Picture show white man crazy. Cut down tree. Make big… Read more »

Valuing Exterior Design

Anybody can grab an A4 sheet of paper, draw a rectangle and then further divide that shape up into smaller spaces. That can be the grass, that can be the patio and whatever’s left over here, well, we’ll just call that the planting. A six year old child could do that. Design is so much… Read more »