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The idea of a safe place seems to have been hijacked by the need for secure places. They are not necessarily the same thing.


Feeling safe is central to our sense of wellbeing.  So, what makes us feel safe?  As always, the most direct way to answer that question is to ask people.  Whatever their…


Posted on September 1, 2011 at 16:20

Slow Cities

At the heart of deliberations about our cities and towns is an assumption about speed.  Whether it’s economists debating the velocity of circulation of money or educationalists the rate of change of technology, the implication is that quicker is better.  Ergo we need to plan for places that can move…


Posted on August 15, 2011 at 10:51

Another U-Turn


“I’ve started so I’ll finish . . . “  seems to be the rule when looking at masterplans – or indeed any Gantt chart laden project.


In the context of a project plan this makes a lot of sense. In the context of the real world it can lead to crazy outcomes. So do we cleave to the…


Posted on August 8, 2011 at 14:14

Begin Anywhere

We need to change the Place.  But that means we need to change the Silos.  But that means we need to change the Organisation.  But that means we need to change the System. . . . And so it goes.


John Cage famously wrote ‘Begin Anywhere’.  In the real world – the one…


Posted on August 1, 2011 at 11:55

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At 17:13 on October 3, 2010, Ewan McIntosh said…
Just posted a super long post on my own blog about some of the things I was talking about while in San José - hopefully it's of some interest:

I'm working away again this coming week in the Middle East, and then South Africa. November things calm down and I'd love to catch up over some of the things I'm hoping to start in the US between education, technology and architecture of school builds.



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