Monday, 7 November 2011


In the constraints of today’s urbanity, architects have striven to construct new spaces upon existing ones. Such parasitic architecture has paved new trends in developing and reshaping the way we play, live and work; transforming communities within urban habitats. By generating symbiotic relationships between host buildings and its parasite attachments, an interdependence emerges through overlapping resources and space with both parties feeding off each other’s attributes (Archdoc, 2011).

Friday, 19 August 2011

Riot aftermath: Community clean - up

1# Underground station.

2# Boarded up window, Peckham.

3# Young volunteers, Manchester.

4# Broken Café window, Clapham Junction.

With thanks:
BBC news - In pictures: Aftermath of the latest violence

Thursday, 18 August 2011

define: temporary.

lasting, existing, serving, or effective for a time only; not permanent: a temporary need; a temporary job.

Music festivals are temporary, so why don't we use materials to create these areas without being wasteful.
BDP architects worked with festival organisers to create the Music Box installation in Manchester, locally sourcing the shipping containers from the city's port creating a fun and creative way for people to get involved in the festival.

Other works of BDP architects include: Liverpool ONE, Glasgow Science Centre and Aintree racecourse.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

A new dining experience




Imagine enjoying a meal in the dark though? That's exactly what diners did in Milan recently thanks to food and design collective Arabeschi de Latte. Invited by London interior designers and stylists Studio Toogood invited guests to enjoy a very different dining experience. With the underlying theme of black midnight dinners were served to a number of guests, in which all the food was black (hopefully it was not burnt!)

Some of the delicious foods on offer were cheese served on coal, burned artichokes, bread dyed with squid ink and eggs cooked in black tea. Yum! Not really for me, but I like the fact that everything within this experience all related to the 'black' theme.

As an interior designer it is an important task for us to create a whole dining experience for the guest. Considering trivial things which others may overlook are crucial in creating a space suited to the context that is being designed for. This setting totally plays on the whole idea of the overall dining experience with the only experience really being taken away is taste.


New website

After a lot of hard work, my first ever website has been completed. Take a look and let me know what you think.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Assignment 2b: developing the business proposal

Developing our business proposal, we all talked about the sort of thing we would like to venture into. Listening to what each of us thought and what we would like to do, we created a large mind map which allowed us to feed off of each others ideas and assist with the thought process of each other.
Once an ideas was decided, we then assigned different roles within the group according to their strengths and preferences, etc. We talked about many issues that I had not even thought to consider before and it was interesting to see how the group member's opinions differed on some of these factors. Discussing some things more than others we tried to cover as many different topics as we could.

Assignment 2a: Profiling the post consumer

Post consumer. To understand fully what this term meant, we all looked at different aspects associated with the post consumer and researched the idea into more detail to create a mood boards portraying our ideas.

Mood board.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Assignment 1: Learning styles

Working in a team this semester to develop a business proposal it is important to understand how every member of the team works and realise what people's strength are to develop the best possible concepts.

Taking the learning styles survey allowed me to understand how I operate and how best I work within a team. I am an Activist.

Angela Davis. Actively involved in the economic, racial and gender equality in U.S.A.

Acting on a gut instinct and are enthusiastic about new ideas. Getting stuck in, they are not likely to prepare for learning experiences or review afterwards what they learnt. Working better with others, activists enjoy being thrown in the deep end into solving problems.

Activists are also described as people who do not enjoy listening to lectures or following rules. They do not understand things easily on their own, such as reading, writing and thinking...These were the results given by the survey and although I agree with a few of the points made, most of them I disagree with.

Missing the beginning of our group meetings due to my Erasmus exchange in Belgium, I had to come in a little later and understand myself what category each person within my group fell into. Straight away it was easy to see who felt confident about sharing their ideas and those who preferred to listen to others. All of these different qualities that these members possessed were important for the skill set required to complete our objective. Working off one another, the whole mixture of personalities really work well together within the group environment.

With thanks:,r:11,s:0&tx=90&ty=75

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

1 - 1 = 0?

Un-recklessly breakable plate, Alexander Hulme.

With his unusual design concept, Alexander Hulme challenges the very basic mathematic law that 1 - 1 = 0. Normally knocking your plate off the table would result in a very messy floor and a mass of shattered pieces but this clever plate shatters in a way that you are left with two new plates. This is really quirky design idea but the only thing that gets me thinking now is what happens if you drop these two 'new' plates...?

With thanks: