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An Old Take on Make New History: Architecture Beyond the Flatline

This is an old essay that I wrote for for an issue of AD edited by FAT and Charles Jencks that explored our adventures in the ashes of Postmodernism, and what it might mean for contemporary practice. Remember, this was a long time before it became acceptable – fashionable even – to declare an interest […]



‘Make It Real’ Published by Strelka Press

I’m currently in Moscow where we are launching the Strelka Press, the publishing arm of the Strelka Institute Directed by Justin McGuirk, the Strelka Press is a publishing house for original writing on architecture, design and the city. It’s format is, currently, digitally focussed , commissioning long-form writing in the shape of short e-books. I’m […]



The Massed Gadgets Of Albion/Saxe-Coburg

This really should be a super long essay, but for now these short notes will have to do. Of course it’s obvious, but moments of British pagentry like the Royal Wedding display the intense choreography of state and crown. The wedding deployed gadgets as diverse as bombers, Alexander McQueen dresses, Gothic architecture, William Blake, and […]



Solid Cement

As seen in “Big Top Bunny” (1951) It’s been pretty quiet here at Strange Harvest for a while – other stuff has been getting in the way. I’ve had a drawing in Max Frasers ‘Joy of Living’ show at Somerset House – a benefit for Maggies Centre’s (which closes tomorrow, so get down there and snap […]



Election Aesthetics

Over at Election Aesthetics, we will be following the upcoming UK General Election from a visual culture, aesthetic and design perspective. Posts will come from top British designers and design critics so it should prove to be an interesting dissection of designs role in contemporary politics (as well as an experiment in issue-based group blogging). […]



Eiffel X-Rays

From the medical records of St George’s Hospital Medical School: “A 3 year old boy presented to our accident and emergency department with an obvious penetrating head injury. He had tripped and fallen onto a metal model of the Eiffel Tower which then became rigidly lodged into his skull. On arrival he had a Glasgow […]



Beyond: Values and Symptoms

Excited that Beyond issue 2 is out. Alongside luminaries both literary and architectural including Douglas Coupland and Francois Roche, I have contributed a short story titled “Everything Dale Myres Could And Couldn’t See”. The story chronicles a digital animators increasing obsession with the assassination of JFK which leads to ever more byzantine recreations of Dealey […]



Sub Plan

Sub Plan is a research project developed by an AA summer school unit led by Finn Williams of Common Office, David Knight and graphic designers Europa. It’s a guide to what’s known in the UK as Permitted Development. Permitted development is a subset of planning legislation which attempts to define the point where you no […]



Shenzhen: Window of the World

Back from Shenzhen, where amongst the super-speed urbanism is the model village Window of the World. Along side the kinds of thing you might expect (Big Ben, a giant sized miniature Eiffel Tower and so on) are some less likely candidates: Brazilias National Congress, Lenins Mausoleum, Niagra Falls and Mont Blanc. Oh, and Gaudis Park […]



White Power

So Switzerland has banned minarets. In a sense, that is no real surprise coming from the home of architectural minimalism. There is something about the idea of ‘purity’ or ‘essence’ propagated by the cult of minimalism seems to echo other kinds of ‘purity’ which have far more sinister undertones. Minimalism is more than anything the […]