Hugh Pearman, on page 75 of the new September
RIBA Journal, (In part 3 CULTURE ) Pearman 2013,
explains the changes he has brought about in terms
of content, design and physical feel. This is to his
credit to have been able to do this. The RIBA journal
is now a very pleasant read, very sensitively laid
out with quality colour images. Now that the editor
Hugh Pearman has got this far I think it will be well
maintained and carry itself through any difficult
In the December 2013 edition the title
Pearman used in the 3: Culture section on page 41
was Adapt and Survive . A subject very close to my
thinking and philosophy as it embraces the whole
theory of sustainability and enables structures to be
filled in and modified whereby they remain up to
date and keep in line with the development of technology
and fashion. Adaptation can overcome the
mainstream of peoples dreams and ideas of the
present and future realms.
Without trying to out-point the new RIBA
Journal Open House International has turned forward
into a new phase and has gone into colour
from Vol.38 No.4 2013. Our approach is also to
adapt and survive by incremental change. First we
have full colour plates then image size will change
and from there to text arrangement. With these in
hand our the design and physical feel will be evident.
In this open issue there are a number of
interesting of subjects ranging from attitudes to
urban open spaces to Sustainable Urbanism and
Landscape design and Sustainable Development.
Sustainability comes to the front in a number of
manuscripts relating to urban and rural contexts.
Lofts deal essentially with interiors but one manuscript
shows a great deal of what can be done in
confined spaces. A study of courtyard housing with
Feng Shui creates a contrast around several different
countries on the Cyprus China axis. An interesting
topic of Demolition versus Deconstruction
and Collaborative Design Processes almost completes
the issue with the exception of an exceptional
manuscript on Housing Co-ops.
Adaptability and survival goes close hand
in hand with each other. This is a long way from
the sixties rigid concept where there was no adaptability
especially in the government housing sector.
Now we have all this reversed into a close and syncronised
relationship between users and the owners.
This is something we should care for and do
our best to maintain and develop it.
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