Valentine Steps using an Organic Architecture style

Valentine Steps using an  Organic Architecture styleHi,

We have designed a Valentine Garden that spreads its love year-round. At the centre of the design there are two ‘heart walls’ of irregular stonework that link to form a central heart shape. Alongside these walls, there are two flights of steps with different step depths and riser heights.

It will come together on site in an improvised way, as the stones we pick will influence the final look, and the surrounding garden will blossom with a knobbly carpet of red, white and pink blooms.

There are some wonderful examples of ‘organic’ architecture in this area. Have a look at the buildings of Cae Mabon – works of craft, art and architecture blended perfectly.

When I was a Partner in an Architecture Practice, I cannot recall one student approaching me with the faintest interest in traditional rustic building techniques but now, thankfully, there is a growing interest in clay paints, hay bale housing, lime mortars, cob, wood frame, re-cycled materials and earth ship construction.

When I was told that it was not easy for architecture students to find places in the UK to get practical hands-on experience of such rustic building techniques we started to run some experience weekends which continue to this day.

It is always important that the best of the past is coupled with the best of today’s innovations and those students who want to get some hands-on experience at the HoBB, should contact me but whilst here, allow enough time to travel a bit further West to the Centre for Alternative Technology.

Chat Café

Flyer design to promote Friday *’Chat Cafés’ at the MAC Centre, Birmingham.

By 2009, ‘Chat Café’ had become a monthly informal pop-up / drop-in event organised by IOL (Image of Learning)

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Chat Café FAQ’s

How could I benefit?
By bringing your thoughts from isolation and into a Chat Café you may clarify your projects’ aims, evolve workable ideas and establish useful people-links – all over an informal cuppa.

What aspects can we discuss?
All chats must be people and project based.

What do I need to bring?
Your project questions.

What’s the principle behind Chat Café and the Penny University?
Chat Cafés promote the principles of the original Penny University and provide a setting where ideas can be shared and built upon. By getting people to think and work together, most projects bear fruit.

How do I get into a Chat Café?
Phone 01547 520 925 to book your place, and following on from the tradition of the Penny University of the 1700s, you can still get in for 1p