MIPIM 2017

25 miles out from Cannes, the first chance in the last five days to get my sketchbook out. SMB-Cannes

We’d started in London 875 miles away.  Here’s the pub the night before the off. the crown - 8th march 2017

It’s for charity, and there are speeches on the last night to remind us of this. mipim speeches - 13 March 2017

Here’s a link to the charity page, if you are able to donate: https://race-nation.com/sponsor/e/64891

cyclists 14 March 2017

On the flight home, I have to face up to getting back to real life. BA Stewards - 15 March 2017

 

Some yellow roses. yellow roses 19 March 2017

 

 

Planning Ahead – February 2017

A day by Tower Bridge, business planning.

170203 PartnersIt’s an awayday, so there are some ‘Post It’ notes on the wall and someone’s armed with a whiteboard marker.

But how do you decide what you want to do?

170208 - MetroConsult the Metro?

170221 - SupurbiaListen to ‘thought leaders’…

170207 - HTA Talksand wise heads with a life time of experience to pass on.

170213 - albert dock

Visit stimulating places,

170213 - whapping docklike Liverpool’s Albert Dock.

17161217 Train after partyChat it through with your colleagues…
170228 Coffee… and reflect over coffee.

New Year 2017

In Derby for work, but holiday habits are hard to kick so I popped in to have a look at Ayrton Senna’s ’93 McLaren at Donnington Park, scene of it’s finest hour.

mclaren - 15 jan 2017

Before that Christmas holidays and birthday parties.

Ellan's birthday 24 December 2016

For three year old Ellan…

dad - 3 jan 2017

… and my 89 year old dad. He’s forgotten a lot but we all sang songs together.

dad - 26 december 2017

mum - 25 dec 2016

Christmas Day: mum showing her grandchildren photos of the old days.

grumpy - 25 dec 2016Grumpy in traditional post lunch pose…

fraser and grumpy - 2 jan 2017

…and talking planes with Fraser.

janice - 25 dec 2016Janice and Alison

presentation - 10 jan 2017Back to work and ideas about the future of London.

turbo - 27 dec 2016Time to get on with winter training for my 1500km cycle down to Cannes in March. New year, new regime.

 

 

My Partners – November 2016

My business partner Ben Derbyshire is to be the next President of the RIBA. That’s quite an honour so the partners went out for a quiet dinner to celebrate.

partners-1-16-november-2016The next day: November board. Back to the business of running a business.

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People deserve better places to live, so we’ve made an organisation that tries to combine to skills to deliver this: architects, graphic designers, planners, landscape architects, cooks and others.

partners-2-23-november-2016 We don’t have all the pieces yet, but we are moving in the right direction.

strictly-20-november-2016Back home: the life partners: J,F, I & I. Watching Strictly.

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I lost this sketch book so here’s a design idea for someone else’s house drawn at a relaxed summer barbecue.

tennis-27-august-2016And some summer tennis.

10X10 Brixton – October 2016

One side of one of my sketchbooks is just over five metres long. Here are my colleagues holding one.

img_3817I drew this one for charity Article 25, http://www.article-25.org/about-article-25/

It will be auctioned at the RIBA in a couple of weeks. As it’s five metres long, there might not be that many people interested in it (that will be my excuse) but there are 99 other drawings and paintings to bid for so if you fancy some art for an excellent cause have a look here:

http://10x10london-auction.com/lite-ui/#lots?category=All%20Lots

They are all of, or related to, Brixton. I spent a couple of sunny days there sketching what I saw and speaking to the people who were interested in what I was doing. People say the place has lost it’s edge, I had a great time.

brixton-1Getting to the end of the Victoria line.

brixton-1aI met Lilly, a painter, with a poem pinned to his or her back.

brixton-1cAnd Bridgit and Noah, a baker and a barman.

brixton-3aI didn’t speak to this guy smoking and drinking his breakfast, as I think I made him feel a bit awkward.

brixton-4Juhdub, Penny, Tarek. Tarek had the friendliest and tastiest food van.

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Brixton, or at least the bit I was looking at, is defined by it’s railway arches. Between two of these Big Apple Brixton was building a bar you’ll need tickets for. I’d like to go.

brixton-6There’s still some work going on in the arches, but not a lot.

brixton-7Walled off from the vibrant street there’s an estate, so I sat there for a while too. Everyone was friendly. I could only think of one living person from Brixton, although subsequently people have pointed out a few more.

brixton-8A couple of lovely days in Brixton, sketching below the railway viaducts and between the inhabited arches. The plan shows where I did the drawings.

http://10x10london-auction.com/lite-ui/#lots?category=All%20Lots

Washington & New York – November 2016

Off to Washington and New York to learn a little more about how Americans live.

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People deserve better places to live and there’s lot’s to learn from America. At it’s best there are bigger flats and a higher standard of lower cost accommodation.

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anthology-1-november-2016Washington to New York.

arsenal-1-november-2016It’s never enough to look at the housing: what else can you do if you live here?

brooklyn-2-november-2016In New York people are leaving Manhattan for ‘neighbourhood living’ in Brooklyn. They are choosing streets, corner shops and cafes rather than specced up apartment blocks. We learned a lot.

rememberance-13-november-2016Back home at the Remembrance Parade in Davidson’s Mains.

 

Vehicles & holidays – 12 October 2016

Waiting in China Town and sketching delivery bikes. You can’t finish them because they keep racing off at the standard speed for ‘L’ plate food deliveries: flat out.

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Faster: a turntable ladder at Crewe Toll fire station. This is the highlight of Fraser’s trip with the Beavers.

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I’m here because he’s been a bit ill, so I’m checking he’s alright.

fire-station-1-11-october-2016They do an entertaining routine, the fireman. “Kids, the more yellow helmets at a fire, the more chance everyone gets out alive. The more white helmets, the more chance it all burns to the ground”. The bosses wear the white helmets.

tube-12-october-2016On the tube,  absentmindedly sketching the guy who happens to be opposite when I realise he’s wrapped his hands in a scarf so I can’t see his big tattoos. Didn’t mean to make it awkward, wish I knew what they said.

soft-play1-10-october-2016

Back in Edinburgh we are moving office. I find myself in kids soft play parties looking at how they’ve done the services install. Time for a break.

donald-campbell-17-october-2016On the Windermere ferry sketching a Mazda MX5 and a Renault. Imagining (well copying) Donald Campbell’s celebrated K7. We went and had a look at Coniston Water where Campbell was killed on 4th January ’67 in an attempt to break his own world water speed record.

borrowdale-16-october-2016The holiday had begun in Borrowdale Youth Hostel. I love youth hostels: we all get in one room, the foods good, the people are friendly and the prices and locations are great. Citizen Rambler.

islas-bike-19-october-2016Next stop, Center Parcs. It shows how you can make the world around you much nicer just by replacing cars with bikes. Everyone seems to go for it.

fi-15-october-2016The boys on the tablet, though most of the action was in the ‘subtropical swimming paradise’. hut-19-october-2016This is the ‘hut’. J & I got ill here. Being ill at Center Parcs is about as expensive as checking in to a BUPA hospital, so we didn’t make a big deal of it.

HTA Paris 2016

To Paris with the office, partners and kids. About 170 of us.

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I love Paris, and looking out from our hotel bedroom window, you’d think nothing ever changes here.

paris-hotel-october-2016But it does and we are here to learn. Two ‘Fondations’. The first is the Fondation Le Corbusier in the stripped back austerity of the beautiful Maison La Roche.

le-corbusierThe second, by way of contrast, is the Fondation Louis Vuitton. As excessively opulent as Versaille but anyone can come in and enjoy the spectacular roof terrace views back to Paris, for a few Euros.

louis-vuitton-2-october-2016These are the exceptions. The character comes largely from the distinctive eight storey blocks that line the Haussmann boulevards.

hausman-elevations-3-october-2016Paris might have a bit of catching up to do as a cycle friendly city, but we still did almost all of it by bike. 30 miles and two days of interesting places and buildings.

pompidou-3-october-2016None the less, I’m as happy watching the characters of Paris life as I am looking at the buildings.

cheminade-3-october-2016Two highlights: talking to a smoking portrait artist in brown cord jacket and burgundy roll neck, outside the Pompidou. A Presidential candidate canvassing the Sunday morning Metro goers at Place d’Italie. Street life.

RESI 2016

resi-1-13-september-2016Resi 2016 launched into the bad news about the economy and the affordability of housing. If governments and voters are heavily indebted then why would you raise interest rates and if you don’t raise interest rates then how do people save for their old age? Some people alive now will live to 150 I was told. But I didn’t believe it.

resi-2-13-september-2016Far more reliable stats came from the entertaining Lucian Cook.

Interesting contributions from many others.

resi-3-13-september-2016resi-4-13-september-2016resi-9-13-september-2016resi-6-13-september-2016resi-5-13-september-2016I think the next couple of years will be about combining our off site manufacturing expertise with our Build to Rent knowledge. resi-8-13-september-2016At the end of the day I was well looked after by the Property Week team, so many thanks to them.

Second Home – 20 August 2016

This is Second Home, in my second home.

second home - 25 August 2016

It describes it’s self as a  ‘carefully curated community’, and a ‘creative accelerator’. It’s certainly an interesting environment to do some sketching in.

leaving do - 18 August 2016

A leaving do for Andrew, Massimo and Cheng, all returning to further their education. This is Massimo’s third leaving do. I pretend to be upset but I’m mostly glad they want to come back.

Alice Fraser - 20 August 2016

“Any story told long enough becomes a tragedy” said Alice Fraser at the start of her emotional ‘comedy’ The Resistance.

LEXI - 17 August 2018Back home, we’ve been sharing with a cat.F&I - 20 August 2016 Isla drawing a (mechanical) dog.