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Double Plus…

Two rural houses have caught my attention in the last few weeks, both in a rural location, both in their own way engaging their local context and architectural heritage.

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A Ruralise ‘Reader’

It’s been a while since my last post, the final installment of my Forest Village epic. The piece was well-received: specifically one international journal has picked up on it and I have done a re-write for publication, hopefully in their … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Competitions #2 – Lawrenny, Pembrokshire

The second of the two competitions I wanted to mention was also run with help from the RIBA Competitions Service, and followed a year or so after the Elmswell competition (see previous post). Like Elmswell, the competition to extend the … Continue reading

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Blink and You’ve Missed It!

Talking again, as I was in the previous post, about special and normal buildings, this might be the time to mention a Lucas Hickman Smith project that I’ve been meaning to write about since I joined the practice almost a … Continue reading

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FANN-XI: Some Answers

If you’re here because you saw the Ruralise board in the FANN-XI architecture festival exhibition at the Forum (FANN-Board-Ruralise-110909), it occurs to me you might actually be expecting some answers to the rhetorical questions I used to give a flavour … Continue reading

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Bijou Beach-Huts

I was in Walberswick at the weekend – in an end-of-term, pre-holiday sort of mood. The tar-black huts along the staithe at Southwold are enough to make you want to reach for a hammer and nails and build something – … Continue reading

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Contemporary Vernacular?

Coming back to the issue of special and normal buildings (as I did in the last post), put me in mind of a house which I drive past occasionally on my way up to Holkham Hall, where Lucas Hickman Smith … Continue reading

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Thanks again, BD!

If you’ve just come to Ruralise from the letters page at BD, welcome! If you’re a regular reader but can’t get behind BD’s pay-wall, the text was as follows (somewhat more discursive than BDs tightly edited version):

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Two Weeks, Two Talks.

Aqua Design asked me today via Twitter whether I’d posted anything recently that they could run in their e-newsletter The Great Architects Daily (they’ve pointed to a couple of my recent posts). I had to confess that I have slowed … Continue reading

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‘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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