What cathedral are you building?

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I’ve been on a school trip to York these last few days. As you’ll know if you’ve been there, the Minster dominates the city. On a walk round the city walls, I was chatting with a 10-year old about the 250 years it took to build, from 1220 and 1472. We spoke about how many generations of one family it … Read More

Workspace, Learnspace, Brainspace

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I’ve just been watching Channel 4’s The Secret Life of Buildings. The presenter’s an acquired taste but there are some fascinating bits to it. The main take-aways for me are : buildings and spaces actually change the way the human brain works. (more complex, interactive spaces make for more engaged brains. Fred Gage’s research on this is stunning.) too much … Read More

Blending virtual and physical schools

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Virtual education should not be “the end of school.” Rather, it is one great opportunity to re-imagine school. Please, don’t make your alternative to the boring classroom a bunch of kids sitting home alone. SpeEdChange has written a wonderful, thought-provoking post on how schools could cope with “the future”. I think it’s spot on to try to keep the physical … Read More

Brunelleschi’s Eggs

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More from John Kay’s Obliquity: “The Florentine cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore was intended to have the largest dome of any modern building. The problems for over a century was that no one knew how to build it. According to Vasari in his Lives of the Painters, Brunelleschi won the commission to complete the structure by challenging his rivals … Read More

oobject » 12 unrecognizable before and after views of cities

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Despite the appearance of permanence that historic buildings create, many if not most of the worlds famous cities have been almost entirely destroyed either by war, property speculation or Ayn Randian architects. They have been rebuilt, either as replicas (Warsaw) or even in the image of the culture that destroyed them (Hiroshima). Here are images where either we or others … Read More

oobject » 12 unrecognizable before and after views of cities

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Despite the appearance of permanence that historic buildings create, many if not most of the worlds famous cities have been almost entirely destroyed either by war, property speculation or Ayn Randian architects. They have been rebuilt, either as replicas (Warsaw) or even in the image of the culture that destroyed them (Hiroshima). Here are images where either we or others … Read More

oobject » 12 unrecognizable before and after views of cities

Piers YoungAsidesLeave a Comment

Despite the appearance of permanence that historic buildings create, many if not most of the worlds famous cities have been almost entirely destroyed either by war, property speculation or Ayn Randian architects. They have been rebuilt, either as replicas (Warsaw) or even in the image of the culture that destroyed them (Hiroshima). Here are images where either we or others … Read More