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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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Kilmeena Village: Regionally Distinctive?

I was at RIBA HQ last week, and wandered into a rather boisterous opening-party for an exhibition of the winners of this year’s RIAI Irish Architecture Awards. A project by Cox Power Architects caught my Ruralise eye – a small … Continue reading

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Tayler and Green #11 – Critical Regionalism?

A pervading narrative in UK housing-design is that of ‘local distinctiveness’. The idea that new homes should ‘fit in’, or ‘reflect local character’, is enshrined in national and local planning guidance. For house-builders – and most of the local authority … Continue reading

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Tayler and Green #8 – Pragmatism and Decoration

Much has been written about how Tayler and Green’s work for Loddon fits so snugly into the Norfolk landscape, but a desire to ‘fit in’ was not a major driving-force behind their choice of forms and materials.

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Three Houses…and a Merry Christmas!

Well, that’s it for the year – and in fact that’s pretty much it for Ruralise. There is only one outstanding item on my original list of posts, which I can tick off now.

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More Norwegian Wood

Well, while we’re on the subject of Norway (see last post) it’s probably a good opportunity to cross an item off my original Ruralise to-do list – and in fact the ‘curvy’ theme tees this up nicely.

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Time Out #2

Actually, before I go on to Tibby’s Triangle, as promised in the last post, this might be the moment to throw this in: a house in East Bilney on the Dereham to Fakenham road. I drive past it from time … 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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Contemporary Rural Architecture: Setting an Example

I’m giving a talk to the AGM of CPRE Norfolk in July, and the next issue of their newsletter will carry a ‘trailer’ for the talk in the form of a short article about Ruralise. Last week, the editor set … Continue reading

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