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Coming Home for Christmas

Coming Home for Christmas I knew it wouldn’t stand the wolf test The third of six posts featuring vikicartoons.

Valuing the Corner Shop

This is the second of six posts featuring vikicartoons Is the corner shop dead? It’s all Napoleon’s fault!  Allegedly he called England a nation of shopkeepers. (‘L’Angleterre est une nation de boutiquiers’). Since then, the corner shop has been under siege.    Whether Napoleon would have use the same words to describe the English today …

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Reclaiming the Streets

This is the first in a six part series featuring the work of vikicartoons. Viki; Reclaiming the Streets; before and after. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness. It was the Epoque of belief, it was the Epoque …

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How Low Carbon is Swansea Bay?

How Low Carbon is Swansea Bay? This week I gave the keynote talk at a Low Carbon Swansea Bay (LCSB) event. So the question was, how do we reduce the carbon footprint of any city and Swansea in particular?  The University of Wales, Trinity St David’s has recently completed a new library building in Swansea’s SA1 …

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From WILD WEST to Buyer Beware

From WILD WEST to Buyer Beware The Wild West! “I take it you’ve never travelled this way before sir? “ The guard has just responded to my query about the location of the power sockets in the carriage as we travel up through the Western Highlands from Glasgow.  Stuff it, I’ll have to do everything …

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Drawing Conclusions

Drawing Conclusions Drawings tell your story more vividly and instantaneously than any amount of text. From Palladio to Gordon Cullen, drawings have either been the anvil on which elaborate architectural conceptions have been forged or the tool to observe and analyse what is; to learn. If you want to engage the people, its drawings every …

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An Architectural Dilemma

An Architectural Dilemma This week at tennis as I watch my son from the bench, return the ball over the net one more time, I notice a mother next to me reacting to a certain shot her daughter had successfully made into the court of her opponent. Apparently, this is the daughters return to the …

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