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"Only one week left to enter the Real Architecture Awards. Impress clients and win more work by furnishing your office bathroom with a faux-gold loo brush presented to winners of the most honest awards in architecture." Read more here
"Last year alone saw three deaths that have been linked to pointless questionnaires."
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"I hear myself sounding ridiculous when I tell them that I believe we are in the midst of an epidemic; that all architects have my disease and we must force some sort of intervention."
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We’ve just published the latest Weave book, called The Indlekith. It tells the story of a Hazel and her dog Herbert, and their adventures with a community of industrious woodland folk who are busy at work but difficult to spot. The book accompanies a series of structures designed for Stratton Woods and Stanton Park, Swindon, including a time-telling tower and a half-charred footbridge.
"Once upon a time there were four beautiful sisters with long golden hair more radiant than the sun. The sisters grew up in a temple of childhood at the top of a mountain between two thick forests on a cliff edge by the saltiest sea in all the world."
"I can’t accept this. I can’t accept that architecture can only be studied by the independently wealthy, and I can’t accept that architecture can’t be taught in a protected environment dedicated to imparting and exploring knowledge."
Read the full article here. And read Ruth Slavid's response to Maria's article here
“Without B for Brief, or C for Concept, without D for Developed or Detail, or even at a stretch K for Construction, the new plan of work is difficult to bond with. If only there were a way to swap its sensible numbers for a different sequence, perhaps one more associated with love or time or gods or some other emotive hook…”
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"Why are we architects so loth to play the fool?...here is a seven-step plan to transform our foolishness from a weakness to a strength; to transform ourselves into great foolish architects.”
In a rare interview, Architecture talks about its big bad wolf reputation to the RIBAJ’s Maria Smith
Watering Poles are designed as contemporary kiosks for London. They provide both a wayfinding network, and accessibility to tap water, for the city. The book will on display at the Kiosk Exhibition in The Building Centre until the 21st March.
You can read more about our proposal here.
“But why, I hear you ask, am I saying that it’s not OK to say women can’t hack a horrible profession like architecture, but that it might be OK to say that women are less impressed by their hopes being dashed? Excellent question!”
“Helen: The first time is magical. I’m staring at a blank page the night before my 2nd year interim crit and then suddenly I’m in the studio without so much as a set square to cover my modesty."
Raise your objections – I mean glasses – and toast planning applications gone by with the traditional song All Land’s Mine. (Sung to the tune of Auld Lang Syne)
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We've written a Choose Your Own Adventure book for Croydon! The See-Through Town is a new choose your own adventure book for Croydon.
You can read more about what we are up to in Croydon here.
“I think prizes make everyone immature because winning a prize is like your Grandma just saying, ‘Congratulations!’ instead of, ‘Well done, that’s really good for you.'"
“Once there was a boy whose adoring parents called him Octopus, reflecting his multiple talents. He was a fine sportsman, a cunning chess player, a virtuoso musician, and academically successful in both the arts and sciences.”
"Our Lullaby Factory was founded in 1852 by my great, great, great, great grandfather..."
Read more from Mr Lambert Echo and his Whispersonnel here
"The giant appeared to be offering kind and subtle messages, yet no one had ever caught sight of the oversized being, and people began to suspect that the giant was not living on the landscape and remaining hidden..."
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"Laila looked up from the newspaper and watched the ducks drift on the pond."
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"Once upon a time there were two brothers, each of which were king of their own Kingdom..."
"…they locked everything up. They boarded and barricaded and bolted until it was sealed tight. Then they put up around it those particular kinds of mirrors..."
"Dear Rainmakers, Please help. It keeps raining upwards in my village and it is causing quite a nuisance. My daddy is a farmer and now that the rain is the wrong way round, he is always in a bad mood."
Read more from the letters sent to each weather-maker here
"Het Huis Beiaard (The House Beiaard) is named after Het Ros Beiaard (The Horse Beiaard). Het Ros Beiaard was a magic, powerful bay horse that was misunderstood and feared..."
"Once upon a time there was a little building that sat on the seaside in a small town not far from here. She was a good natured building, kind and helpful, but prone to sulking a little..."
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"Not so long ago, not so very far from here, there lived a beautiful lady named Freya..."
This is a story about a secret institution of bureaucratic kleptomaniacs called secretarians.
"There was once a boy who found a pocket mirror on the floor of a shopping centre. It was small, quite plain, brownish-grey and oval."
"After a while my collection grew rather large, too big for the tool box, and my mother wanted it out of the house. This is when I decided to make a museum..." - Maria Smith, for The Design Museum
Read more nuggets of text inscribed on the furniture in London's Largest Living Room here
"A long time ago, there lived a girl called Ulla. Ulla lived in a little house with her parents. Behind the little house..."