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London to Cannes in 6 Days – March 2018

I rode to Cannes in aid of children’s charity Coram. Our team of 4 raised £20,000 through very generous donations from friends and colleagues. Many thanks to everyone who donated. It’s a good cause: you can still donate here.

MIPIM the bike 180307I rode the whole 900 miles, as I expected to do. I also expected to sketch the whole journey but I didn’t really get close. This is my bike in the hotel the night before.

MIPIM ride briefing - 180308This is the rider briefing on the morning we left. After that I hardly managed anything. Everything moves too fast and actually requires a fair bit of concentration; there’s no time left to think about sketching.

MIPIM - the busSome people eating snacks on the bus inside the train that transfers you through the tunnel. Cycle to MIPIM is a bit like I imagine the army might be: you have a job to do and people shout at you when you don’t do it, and even when you do (though there was less of that this year).

MIPIM RidersI drew some riders.

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And some ride captains.

alex elyI even managed one lunch stop (but there were six).

Cannes RIBA beach

After six days and nine hundred miles I arrived in Cannes for a good round of interesting lunches and meetings, and some parties. I enjoyed the chat and learned a fair bit, but at the back of my mind was the feeling that I need to go back, concentrate harder, cycle less, and draw the whole route.

Maybe next year.

22nd February 2018 – #BTRLon18 or Nine Hours for Nine Drawings

The Build to Rent Forum is the place where the main industry characters come together and discuss how they’re getting on. I spent a day drawing the discussions. The drawings were in aid of excellent children’s charity Coram who I’m raising money for by cycling from London to Cannes. Please donate here if you can.

I spent nine hours drawing: here they are:

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Where’s the land? Getting the day started with a bit of debate and some interesting questions.

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The Collective have convincingly imbued their business with a social purpose.

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I used to be confused by investors because they talked in jargon but now they just talk about how to make nice places for folk to live in. I can understand that.

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This might make you wonder what the people focused people will talk about? They’re wondering what lessons to learn from the huge amounts of data that are being generated by all these new residents in new buildings. What’s really going to work for people?

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To talk about this, we went for lunch.

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Iain Murray’s passionately expressed views are just the thing to beat the post lunch slump.

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The Scots are in London learning from the folk who’ve built more than we have, but there’s quite a bit in the pipeline north of the border.

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Quite refreshing view of the potential of Build to Rent to meet housing need, from Councillor Darren Rodwell.

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Finally, James Murray calmly set out the policy framework that we’ll all be working within, and why it is the way is.

BTRLon18-1So that was it. An informative day, some interesting insights and good practice listening and drawing simultaneously! Many thanks to David Jennings from Movers and Shakers for sponsoring me.

Indoor Month – January 2018

I do go outside, you just wouldn’t know it from the drawings. New Year’s Day with the family.

new years day 2018Drawing in the sketching friendly Design Museum. Looking at beautiful Ferraris. Enzo Ferrari was neither a great driver or a great designer but he created the world’s most desirable brand. ferrari 3

Beautiful old cars…

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…and the process by which they make them. And some racing cars, Ferrari’s only form of advertising.

180120-FraserFraser missing football, because it’s January and the pitch is frozen.

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Isla waiting for gymnastics to start, and me waiting for Isla.

180118 - Hendon Town Hall

Listening to a planning committee.

passo - jan 2017I like the trend towards open kitchens and seats where you can watch someone make your dinner. They provide some entertainment for travelers eating alone. These friendly folk were in Paso.

by tube and planeTravelling, by tube and plane.

management meetingSome work.

2018 british librarySketching is quite popular these days and the nice guys from Meinhardt invited me along to their thriving sketch club at the British Library. It was great,, but I’m looking forward to drawing outdoors again.

November 2017

Public Service Broadcasting at the Barrowlands.

PSb @ barrowlandsSome life drawing with HTA

KM_C458-20171114094908life drawingListening to comments from a design review on some of our work.

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At the Davidson’s Mains war memorial.

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10×10 Stratford

My drawing of an afternoon in Stratford

jamesis in a charity auction here

The charity is Article 25, an architectural charity delivering projects in developing countries around the world. There are another 99 art works for sale if you click here. One of the sketches for the drawing:

builders sketchIt features some of the local life of Stratford and an attractive tower called Stratosphere, design by architects StockWool for developer Telford Homes.

talk 1The rest of the month was talking about PRS and modular design, this time in Edinburgh. Katie’s talk on custom build seemed a bit more relevant.

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spartansSpending Saturday mornings on the touchline.

spartans 2Helping the local Scouts to sketch.

scoutsand not plucking up the courage to chat to a familiar looking Geoffrey Palmer.

geoffrey palmer(love is like a butterfly)

and meeting my new niece.

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Amsterdam with HTA Design – October 2017

220 staff, partners and kids from HTA Design went to Amsterdam for the weekend.

Amsterdam 1 171006We toured the beautiful city by boat and bike.

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We all stayed at the friendly and stylish Hyatt Regency.amsterdam 3 171007The focal point was Saturday night dinner for everyone in BAUT.

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I spent the weekend before with some of the same people at Rosie and Martin’s wedding.

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170817 - Sketch 1The amusing speeches started at the ceremony, and continued.

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There were as surprising number of jokes at the PRS Forum, though they were all delivered in six minutes by Iain Murray.

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After that it was a serious discussion about the effort local authorities are making to get this form of housing moving. Mike Galloway pointed out Dundee had granted planning approval for two sites, and both in less than three months.

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I’d been there for one of them, Studio Dundee. We are looking forward to getting it on to site.

170817 - Dundee Planning Committe

 

 

Nice things to do: Part Two

aj100Collecting the Business Breakthrough of the Year award at the AJ 100 dinner.

architectural workersListening to provoking debate organised by the Architectural Workers in Cressingham Gardens, designed by Edward Hollamby.

colonel fawcetSketching with HTA.

m giraudOn holiday. Meeting the uniquely engaging Monsieur Girod.

laurisLauris

montagne saint victoireStanding where Cezanne stood, in Aix.

orangeSitting where the Romans (or at least their subjects) sat, in Orange.

pont du gardePont du Gard, falling at 1:16,000.

at JGLsAnd enjoying the Lord’s hospitality, in Cambridgeshire.

Listening – May 2017

People I’ve spent time listening to in the last month or so:

mumMy mum, of course.

Public service broadcastingJ. Willgoose Esq, singing.

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Joelle Mae David and others in Barking & Dagenham.

ashtonAshton, entertaining.

lauraLaura, discussing graphic design.

hermiones birthdayHermione (birthdays)

green sky thinkingMel & Scott, debating.

mental healthanother Mel, educating.

martyn evansMartyn, challenging.

ollie and paulOllie & Paul.

mikeMike, provoking.

Tom & Laura - 20 May 2017Tom & Laura

tom and laura 2at Tom & Laura’s wedding

leith walkand a building.

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

 

 

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.

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mum - 25 dec 2016

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

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

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…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.