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Two estates, two novels

There are two novels written about the estates we are thinking about in this post, as different in many ways as the estates themselves. The estates are very interrelated and mutually used but they are completely divided by a railway line. Locals tend to refer to each of the estates respectively as ‘over the other side’ [...]

By | June 10th, 2018|Decline and Regeneration, Deco Inspired, Film, Garden City Inspired, Housing and History, Literature, Suburbia|Comments Off on Two estates, two novels

Red kites at home

I’ve been fascinated to watch the red kites creating their ‘home’ in a tree at the back of my garden. They are majestic birds, their vast wingspan soaring in rising air currents, looking strangely petite when perched in the trees, carefully surveying all around. Their cry is very distinctive, almost mammalian. The kites found the [...]

By | May 9th, 2018|Photography, Uncategorised, Unique and Usual Places|Comments Off on Red kites at home

I love you will u marry me

Several years back I was listening to Radio 4 and by chance there was something on about Park Hill, an estate I had then recently visited because I was in Yorkshire. A man had called in to the radio show saying that is was he who had sprayed the “I love you will u marry me” [...]

By | April 12th, 2018|Decline and Regeneration, Housing and History, Modernist Inspired, Tower Blocks and Flats|Comments Off on I love you will u marry me

Hospital to Home

In last month’s blog we went to Margate and that’s where we start again this month. Margate’s seaside heritage is exemplified by the Royal Sea Bathing Hospital built practically on the seafront in the 1790s, back in the days when sea air and sea bathing were considered to cure all manner of diseases. This hospital [...]

You can keep the Costa Brava

Just about every time I’ve been to Margate there’s been a dazzling blue sky and I asked if the golden sand was artificial – it isn’t. However my interest in this place didn’t stem from childhood memories of day trips to the seaside (but I do recall English and Welsh seaside holidays sitting behind a [...]

By | February 20th, 2018|Decline and Regeneration, Housing and History, Living at the seaside|Comments Off on You can keep the Costa Brava

If “we believe that children are our future…”

Back in 2001 I had my first book published; Environmental Health and Housing. My publisher told me he expected that I would go onto write more. I said that I doubted it: everything I knew was at that point in that book and I doubted I would ever have it in me to write another. [...]

By | December 14th, 2017|Uncategorised|Comments Off on If “we believe that children are our future…”

GUEST BLOG: Apocalypse Soon

I am delighted to post this guest blog from artist Joseph Goddard about his recent exhibition The Structure of Collapse at Arts Depot I was lucky enough to be able to attend. IMG_2105 I approach my work with a manifesto – to capture the sense of urgency I feel about our current climate, an urgency [...]

By | November 4th, 2017|Uncategorised|Comments Off on GUEST BLOG: Apocalypse Soon

Gaudí’s musical Spanish house

An amazing chance find on a recent visit to Northern Spain. Who knew that Antonio Gaudi’s first house was built in Comillas, a lovely seaside town, a place once favoured by the Spanish royal family? Most people of course know Gaudi’s Barcelona works, particularly the Sagrada Familia Basilica, which I shamefully admit I’ve yet to [...]

By | October 20th, 2017|Unique and Usual Places|Comments Off on Gaudí’s musical Spanish house

From Prefab to Container Living

Prefabs were supposed to be a short-term fix to the housing crisis after the second world war, a life of around 10 years until housing could be more permanently sorted. They needed to be constructed rapidly, and although hard to heat and cold in the winter, some with asbestos and other health and safety concerns, [...]

By | September 26th, 2017|Decline and Regeneration, Housing and History, Unique and Usual Places|Comments Off on From Prefab to Container Living