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To introduce myself, my working life has always been focused on inspiring people, intriguing buildings and beguiling landscapes.

When I discuss the present, I'm informed by the past and vice versa. I write about the achievements of determined, even forgotten, women and men, I celebrate and discuss architecture of quality, both old and new, while I have a particular liking for Utopian experiments and unlikely places.

One thing leads to another, unlikely connections emerge. That's the way my world goes round.


News 2021

Writing:

Excellent Essex Old Street Publishing (Sept. 2019) Paperback with new material due Spring 2021

Talking

Odes on Essex, BBC R3 Essay series, The Essex Wayhttps://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-essex-way/id471685852?i=1000507050903

Gresham College: Britain's First Environmentalist. Marking 400 years since John Evelyn's birth. Livestreamed October 29, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOik751LhHk

Other writing

Essay on 'Hage', a walled public garden designed for development area in Brunnshog outside Lund by Norwegian practice, Brendeland & Kristoffersen. To be published in Swedish and English to mark the opening.

'John Soane and the autobiography of houses'  in Lives of Houses (eds. Hermione Lee & Kate Kennedy, Princeton University Press, 2020)

Contribution to (forthcoming) Extinct: A Compendium of Obsolete Objects (Reaktion, 2021)

Also on Essex

Chapter:  'Plotlands to New Towns'  in Radical ESSEX (Cornerstone Publications 2018)

Contribution to New Town Utopia companion book (ed. Christopher E Smith, 2018)

Recent reviews and journalism

Apollo Magazine, regular features and online contributions

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/apr/29/survey-of-london-oxford-street-review-a-bravura-history-but-also-an-obituary

Recent LRB blogs 

https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2020/december/along-the-thames

https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2020/august/going-to-coventry

https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2020/march/grass-on-the-roof

In the pipeline

Essay in UCL Press publication, ed Dr Johanna Dale.  St. Peter-on-the-Wall: Heritage and landscape on the North Sea coast  (2022)

Chapter in the forthcoming volume on the life and work of architect Ted Cullinan (Rightangle Architectural Publishing).

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