Monthly Archives: April 2011

LONG LIFE AND LOOSE FIT

An RIBA President of the 1970s (Sir Alex Gordon) coined the phrase ‘long life, loose fit, low energy’, as a maxim for good building.  I’ve always liked that, but few others seem to remember it.  The low energy bit is … Continue reading

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THE GREAT CONSTRUCTION DEBATE

Marks and Spencer began life as a market stall in Leeds.  The company is now, in a sense, coming home by moving its corporate archive from London to the University of Leeds;  a small museum is already in place and … Continue reading

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GOVERNANCE: A SENSE OF OWNERSHIP

I retired from membership of Leeds City Council almost a year ago.  I had enjoyed much of my six-year stint but, while I’m definitely a political animal, I’m afraid party-political loyalty is something of a challenge when you pride yourself … Continue reading

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AIRPORTS AND MY BACK YARD

I first thought about airport policy about 40 years ago, when I studied the (then) emerging technique known as cost-benefit analysis and was told that a CBA of sites for London’s third airport had attached a value of £5000 (or … Continue reading

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