Monday, 16 September 2019

London - The South Bank, Tate Modern and the Olafur Eliasson exhibition

The weather was good and it was warm so everyone was out and about. It was London fashion week so there were plenty people strutting their outfits around the  Courtauld Institute of Art.   We made our way along the South Bank to the Tate Modern where the popular Olafur Eliasson installation "In Real Life"was exhibited.  He puts experience at the centre of his art.

Forty works of art made between 1990 and today by the Danish-Icelandic artist  provided a variety of sensory encounters with his works that heightening ones awareness of oneself and other people. There was also an ethical work related to climate change.  This involved a zone of the exhibition "The Expanded Studio" where a pin board was on view based on the walls in the studio where teams of researchers and craftspeople, as well as the artist shared question, articles, images  and news clippings. It reminded me of a creative management workshop where materials are arranged round keywords in alphabetical order. 
There are also films showing some of these projects in action as well as impressions of his architectural projects and life in his studio.  These can be watched at home on

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Berwick upon Tweed

During the nineteenth century Berwick -upon-Tweed became an important trading town and it grew in size with the addition of the new harbours and quays.  The town's main breakwater was extended between 1810 and 1811 to protect the harbours required a lighthouse.  This was erected in 1826 and is 13 metres high and constructed of locally sourced stone.

Laurence Stephen Lowry RBA RA  spent many a holiday at Berwick-upon-Tweed from the  1930"s and one can see examples of town and seascapes he painted.  He was a fascinated by the sea and often painted  many empty seascapes. His colour palette was black, white and blue grey that represented the colours of the north-east.  It was a miserable day when we visited and it rained so hard we were soaked to the skin making our way back to the car.

Three distinctive bridges  span the Tweed - the Union Bridge Horncliffe  1820 and the  Royal Tweed Bridge - 1928 and Royal Border bridge 1850.

Spittal can be seen from the lighthouse peninsular (last image) and was a popular spa and bathing resort in the 18 century. It remains an area of natural beauty and wading birds seals and dolphins can be seen from this beach

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Architecture - Nottingham University Campus

The Jubilee Campus is a modern purpose-built campus which now extends to 65 acres and is located only one mile from University Park.  This was an amazing place to visit and take photographs at a workshop organised by the Royal Photographic Society and lead by Martine Hamilton Knight DLitt (hons) ARPS a specialist in architectural photography. A superb day and excellent tutor.

Built on a site that previously had industrial use, Jubilee Campus is an exemplar of brownfield regeneration and has impeccable green credentials.  An important feature of the campus is the series of lakes which, as well as being home to a variety of wildlife, provide storm water attenuation and cooling for the buildings

  • Less visible - but equally important to the sustainable and environmental credentials of the campus – are the:
  • roofs covered by low-growing alpine plants which help insulate and maintain steady temperatures within the buildings throughout the year
  • heat recovery mechanical ventilation systems
  • lighting sensors to reduce energy consumption
  • photovoltaic cells integrated into the atrium roofs
  • lake source heating and cooling systems
  • biomass boiler installation
  • maximised use of passive ventilation engineering

Building took place 1999 - 2019 Sir Michael Hopkins and Kenshutterworh and Sir Colin Campbells contributed to the wealth of building design. 
The Research Acceleration and Demonstration (RAD) building is a brand new £5.4m research facility being developed at the University of Nottingham, in conjunction with the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) initiative. The RAD building will be one of the most energy efficient research facilities in the UK as it will combine the rigorous sustainability standards of BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) with the principles of the German Passivhaus system. Inside this building was a wall of vegetation that was a real challenge to photograph. 


Interior Designs

Friday, 1 February 2019


It snowed all day and made for a lovely setting.  A walk to Gamla Stan from the waterfront in the snow was a must for the first day.