(james benedict brown) on the road

Missing you already

Posted in Posts by James Benedict Brown on 9 October, 2008

Tthe University of Sheffield School of Architecture has launched its 2008 Live Projects, and the fifth and sixth year M.Arch students are currently out there shaping alternative practice in Sheffield (although checking my diary it’s possible the sixth years are huddled away polishing off dissertations this week). Out of tiny seeds are mighty trees grown… project blogs are now the norm and not the exception, and I am one of a growing number of ex-students watching this year’s projects from a distance.

This year’s M.Arch handbook (pdf) has more information about all the projects and all the design studios launching in November.

Snapshot: tower block, Glasgow

Posted in Posts by James Benedict Brown on 11 September, 2008

A direct hit to the part of my nerdy heart that loves old sixties tower blocks. Presumably part of either the Western Infirmary or the University of Glasgow, seen from the steps of the Glasgow Museum of Transport.

Having spent much of the last seven years in a twenty storey steel and glass tower block with completely orthogonal façades that are the same regardless of the orientation, I’m intrigued by the pattern of windows to cladding here, and what appears to be the half landings of a stairwell in the middle of the main block.

Expired

Posted in Posts by James Benedict Brown on 16 June, 2008

It’s done. After seven years, my little blue student card has expired. Not only have those tasty student discounts begun to evaporate, I can no longer get into the Arts Tower (or University Library) at weekends. But then on the plus side, I no longer have to carry a photograph of me taken when I was eighteen as proof of identity.

Snapshots: repairing the windows

Posted in Posts by James Benedict Brown on 16 June, 2008

A noisy afternoon in the studio. The sound of hacking and chiselling of concrete and plaster filled the room during a meeting earlier today, with a kind of physical weight and loudness that suggested something more than the usual source of noise around here (architecture students hacking something apart for a model).

Two workmen had come to fix a broken window on the south facade of the building. A crack had appeared in the single pain of the opening window a couple of months ago, causing some concern. A maintenance log was filed, and finally time and resources had been found to remove the broken window and replace it.

This being on the seventeenth floor, it was understandable it had taken some time to fix.

Not a job I plan to be applying for with my new found qualifications.