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Garden and Grand Design Insights for Performance Environments

I have just watched the final episode of Monty Don's Italian Gardens. In this program he visited the Vennetto, Lucca, Como and Lake Maggiore. Throughout the program Monty discussed the transformation of Italian garden design and the impact of seedsmen on these designs. I thought his visit to Isola Bella was a great way to end the program and the series. The forty-year transformation of a rocky outcrop to an ornate garden prompted me to think about the time scale required for constructing a sustainable performance environment. On the same evening I watched the concluding part of Kevin McLeod's documentary on the development...

Social Sustainable Spaces

I really enjoyed Kevin McLeod's conversation with Margaret Throsby earlier this week. In addition to admiring his style in Grand Designs, I have been fascinated by his Grand Tour and his visit to Dharavi. (The Dharavi program led me to explore edgeless spaces.) I was particularly interested to hear Kevin explore ideas about social spaces and listened carefully to his brief mention of Hab Oakus. I liked Hab Oakus's manifesto which includes ... We will: draw on landscape and history to create an architecture which is strongly rooted in context, both physical and cultural create communities which will appeal to young and old alike;...