Friday, 28 June 2013

Last night on my way to New Globe Walk, St Paul's: quiet, lots of people walking, lots of people shopping, birdsong, misty rain and roses.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

A New View of Reality After Seeing the Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure Exhibition At the National Gallery Sainsbury Wing

The Sainsbury Wing where a new exhibition combines the art of Johannes Vermeer and his Dutch contemporaries with musical instruments of the time, songbooks and music from the Academy of Ancient Music. The Crawford Arts Review will carry an appraisal at a later date.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Just 'Space' But So Well Defined . . .

This is the courtyard of the White Cube Gallery in Bermondsey I showed earlier. Everything in the architect's toolbox has been used to define the space well: the setts, the vertical steel fencing, the white-blocking of the building opposite. Even straggly elements like the cable snaking its way horizontally across the side elevation of the white building seem to integrate themselves into the scheme. Hats off I say to Casper Mueller Kneer

Monday, 17 June 2013

Crafty Art in Bermondsey Street

. . . on the way to the White Cube Gallery, someone has fashioned a statement piece for a junk shop window display.

Friday, 14 June 2013

An Early English Building That Prefigures Catalan Modernism

© English Heritage
Was it built by a Spanish monk? Waverley Abbey was the foundation abbey of the Cistercian Order in England in 1148. They are a Roman Catholic Order of enclosed monks and nuns (Trappists). Austere as their order is, they must have delighted in the sinuous naturalistic beauty their builders gave them. The Abbey lies 2 miles SE of Farnham in Surrey.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

New Perspective on Brave New Architecture

Regent's Place, NW1

and facing you when you emerge from that designer corridor?


Between these two dreams-into-reality-scapes lies the Euston Road but, happening now, even such unlovelinesses as the Euston Road can be redesigned to lift the hearts of all of London's people.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Trees with Skirts

In the above example, the trees have been severely cropped and have grown leaves out from the base of their trunks in order to take in enough carbon dioxide to sustain themselves.

Here trees have been planted with their base surrounded by box hedge (Buxus sempervirens) trimmed into an undulating shape.

In this third example, the tree has been so severely cropped it has died or is dormant.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Saturday, 1 June 2013