Monthly Archives: January 2011

‘Rogers Dumped from Oxley Park’

Last week Buidling Design magazine covered Taylor Wimpey’s decision to abandon the last phase of their much published development at Oxley Park in Milton Keynes, designed by architectural mega-star Richard Rogers.  Their leader focussed on issues of construction and delivery, … Continue reading

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More ‘Plain English’…But Not Much!

I said I’d give some further thoughts on the government’s ‘Plain English’ guide to the Localism Bill. It certainly is easier to read than the bill itself, but neither Bill nor ‘Guide’ really tell us anything more about the Community … Continue reading

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Contemporary Farmsteads #3

If the contemporary ‘farmstead’ described in the last ‘Farmstead’ post was a bit too literal, I thought this next one might be the antidote: a project by MacCreanor Lavington published nearly ten years ago which must have made quite an … Continue reading

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The Community Right to Build in ‘Plain English’!

Via a Google-alert and the RUDI website*, the Government’s ‘Plain English Guide to the Localism Bill’ has been brought to my attention.

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Contemporary ‘Farmsteads’ #2

Before I signed off at the end of the year I was talking about contemporary ‘farmsteads’ – one of my four rural archetypes. I had it in mind to talk about how a dense grouping of dwellings laid out around … Continue reading

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CRTB to facilitate self-build?

In an announcement from the CLG last week, Grant Shapps declared his support for the self-build sector, saying he wants to ‘break down the barriers that many aspiring self-builders often come up against’. The Community Right to Build (CRTB), he … Continue reading

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Looking forward to 2011

After a bit of a break over Christmas, I’m going to carry on with my rambling treatise on rural design, but before I do, it’s worth mentioning a couple of more generally design-related events to look forward to in 2011.

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