How buildings learn: Evolving The Ev

In which views are exchanged and an idea is had. I’ve written before on here about one of my favourite architecture books ‘How buildings learn: What happens after they’re built’ by Stewart Brand. And I’ve been talking about it this week. Talking about it in our new Everyman with Artistic Director Gemma Bodinetz and Executive …

And here I’ll stay

My post the other day on ’10 things I’ve learned from ‘A year to live’ carried the unsurprising news, to anyone who knows me and/or reads this blog, that I’ll be living in Liverpool for the rest of my life. “I am happy where I am. I know I will never go to Machu Picchu, …

A year to live? 10 things I’ve learned

The culmination of a whole year of ‘Year to live’ posts and also part of a podcast with Liam Black and Lucy Adams. A year ago now, October 2013, I began living my life with the constant and conscious thought that this year could be my last. Questioning everything, asking ‘Would I do this work, go …

A year to live: One week

I haven’t written about this lately, but I’m still living as if this is my final year. To see what that does and to record what that feels like. I started it early last October and since then my work has simplified and our house has emptied out. So I thought, to continue this, I’d record an ‘ordinary’ …

Why I write

Earlier this week, in late March 2019, I went to listen to Ian Rankin talking at Liverpool Hope University. He’s one of my favourite novelists and I was interested to hear him talking about why and how he writes with the students there. It also reminded me of this article on why I write this …

The story of A Sense of Place 9: Put the message in the box

The wonderful thing that is ‘A Sense of Place’ continues in the writing of this blog and in the work I do. But the story of Sarah and I having the idea, leaving our jobs, getting going and changing our lives comes to its conclusion in this episode of our story. By early 2007 we are busier than …