Industrial Design

March 25, 2017

Industrial-chic is definitely big in Bristol. And as an interior design style, you can see why. Upcycling cheap or effectively free furniture and/or building materials, and using a little bit of design nouce you can create something minimalist and raw that is aesthetically pleasing and extremely cost effective. It’s...

Flat Packed

November 22, 2016

There’s something incredibly elegant about flat pack furniture. No. Not the cost-friendly end-product or simplicity *cough* of their installation instructions. But how it got to you… in that box. It may be shameful to admit but nesting interlocking profiles onto sheet material to minimise wastage is a deeply satisfying...

The Beauty of Skyrim

March 23, 2013

My oh my, is this game beautiful. Sure, most games nowadays look good. But what sets this apart is the vastness and scale of everything concerned. Anyone can create a series of beautifully rendered and immaculately lit linear passageways for a title that lasts 6 hours long. It’s when...

Plains of the Purple Buffalo

December 24, 2012

There are times when I find things on the internet that comprehensively undermine my faith in humanity. In fact, this happens quite frequently. Mankind’s incredible ability to create and document pointless and unnecessary paraphernalia is as inexhaustible as Michael McCintire’s capacity for positive thought. And yet, between all the...

The Serpentine Gallery

November 28, 2012

Taking inspiration from my Stage 3 design project, temporary pavilions are a great and simple way for an Architect or Artist to express his/her design flair using a simple budget and time-scale. The Serpentine Gallery is a particularly good example of this (albeit on a slightly larger scale), drawing...

3 Years Wiser – Thoughts on Architecture

November 19, 2012

If I said I’d always dreamt of becoming an architect, I’d be lying. I wasn’t infactuated with buildings from an early age, none of my close relations could hold a pencil-to-paper and I chose all the wrong A-levels. Yet, architecture seemed to embody a logical synthesis of my three, main creative interests: photography,...

Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)

November 19, 2012

It sounds almost cliché saying that I am a massive fan of the Conchords and Rhys Darby as pretty much everyone round the world is now. But it’s true. In fact, me and my brother regularly converse in fotc quotes rather than actually speaking to one other. Which is...

Haunting, Depressing, Unique

November 19, 2012

I love meaningfully crafted music videos. Videos that make you think, videos that make you feel, videos that make you laugh, videos that shock and videos that wow and videos that shouldn’t go with the music at all, but do. Here’s a video I stumbled across the other day...

Hapticity & Alvar Aalto’s Architecture

October 16, 2012

An architectural essay focusing on the phenomenological and haptic qualities of Alvar Aalto’s work, in contrast to the superficiality and banal nature of much contemporary architecture. Title: Hapticity and Alvar Aalto’s Architecture Referencing Style: ACS Word Count: 4,286 Grade: 75 (First) Introduction “… I perceive the wind surging through...

Dissertation – Rebuild or Reform?

October 16, 2012

My final year dissertation, discussing whether or not the architectural renovation program under Labour was the best approach to improving school and pupil performance. Title: Rebuild or Reform? The Socia-Cultural, Psychological, Pedagogic and Architectural Implications Behind School Improvement in Britain Referencing Style: Chicago Word Count: 6,386 Grade: 70 (First)...

The Architecture of Deceit

October 16, 2012

Based around a short architectural essay by Diane Ghirardo in What is Architecture? by Andrew Ballantyne, this piece seeks to understand the role of architecture in a wider political, economic and sociological context. Title: The Architecture of Deceit Referencing Style: Harvard Word Count: 2,872 Grade: 72 (First) Introduction It...