This week I was fortunate to visit the nearly complete Reading Rail Station, a Grimshaw Architects project in Berkshire.
The station is dominated by a series of rather heroic up and over canopies which steadfastly carry a linear motif through despite the imposing Vierendeel transfer deck which hovers over the tracks.
It may be that this picture better expresses the weather than the architecture.
Tourist tensions on Montmartre drive street artists to sardonic visual punnery.
Kōwhai is the Māori word for yellow, and a species of tree of the genus Sophora.
Above is a sketch for E of the characteristic canary blossoms so familiar to New Zealanders.
The final illustration here – http://smallmarks.blogspot.co.uk/
What has lead to the (apparent) pattern of seaside towns in the south of England getting shabbier closer to the sea? Brighton’s vibrant streetscape
gives way to drabness loses its colour as one moves down the hill to the seafront. Eastbourne’s promenade feels somewhat divorced from the bustling pedestrianised streets nearer the station.
Is it the monoculture of sea-view hotels? The un-sustainability of the almost unbroken band of accommodation, historic or otherwise, that runs the length of the beach?
What can one do to break down the hegemony of the hotel? How to add some diversity to the scale of this towering ribbon to let the town communicate with the sea?
Gathering is peculiar, because you see nothing but what you’re looking for. If you’re picking raspberries, you see only what’s red, and if you’re looking for bones you see only the white. No matter where you go, the only thing you see is bones.
Tove Jansson, The Summer Book trans. Thomas Teal (London: Sort of Books, 2003) p. 30
I have recently embarked on a small gathering project of my own, so this little quote (from the most life-affirming and completely wonderful book I have read in many years) struck me as quite apt indeed. My gathering involves bricks, so everywhere I go, I see only what is terracotta. If bricks are your thing, feel free to take a look here.