Monthly Archives: May 2011

JOINING-UP BRITAIN

As in most years, there is talk of drought in the UK.  The country as a whole receives, each year, enough rainwater to meet all our needs – but it doesn’t always fall where it is needed most. Nothing comes … Continue reading

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‘MAKE NO LITTLE PLANS’

David Davis MP had a powerful article in The Times last week (18.05.11) on the need for more investment in broadband infrastructure. He drew an analogy with the 19th century construction of the London sewerage system. Its designer,  Joseph Bazalgette, … Continue reading

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BENEATH THE RADAR?

A few weeks ago I lamented the low profile of higher education for the built environment (Blog, 29.03.11).  It’s easy to feel paranoid about this sort of thing – perhaps all academic disciplines feel they are under-regarded.  And yet!  Writing … Continue reading

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SOME STATISTICS

All I want to do today is to share some statistics that, for me, have jumped off the pages of newspapers over the past few days.  They all seem relevant, in various ways, to the construction industry and higher education. … Continue reading

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A KNOWLEDGE-BASED INDUSTRY?

My posts will be briefer over the next few weeks, as I attend to family matters and undergo some medical treatment.  Perhaps I can just pose a few questions, without trying to answer them. What evidence do we have that … Continue reading

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LONG LIFE AND LOOSE FIT: FOOTNOTES

A friend has suggested that relatively new buildings are being demolished in order to be replaced by buildings that allow public companies to parade their environmental consciousness.  The new building may meet low-carbon criteria, but the energy embodied in the … Continue reading

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