Just down the road from me is the new Wirral Met College on Wirral Waters. It’s been there a year now and there’s a few things I really like. First up is the design. It reminds me of Icelandic architecture. I like the big windows so people can see in and out. Turns out there’s a reason for this. It’s so people passing can understand the use of the building and also invite people in. The idea is that you can see people learning a skill and maybe think you could try it too. Clever. On the flip side it the view inspires the students. They’ll see the area develop over time and how the skills they’re learning can be put to real world use. Again, clever.
I’m on a series of RIBA architecture tours over the next couple of weeks. The first was of shedkm’s very cool Littlewoods Bunker. Things I loved included the strong use of colour and bold typography against a concrete frame. Bold yellows, black and concrete. Nice. It’s a great little building and good to see the plans for the wider area. Once its all done the whole Littlewoods complex should be a great community.
A new festival up in Kendal. I cover so many events and I’m usually rushed off my feet trying to Pokémon it all. This was a festival just as jam packed as any but somehow super chilled out. Maybe it was because it was spread over a few days and we glampped over. Is that how you even use that word? Glamped over. Well thats what we did. Posh tent out in a field 5 minutes from a Morissons and idling sheep. I’m doing a middle class wrist flick snap yo.
Unfortunately we couldn’t see the first days performances due to work but the second and third were lovely. A giraffe roamed Kendal nibbling on the tall trees. There was a permanent full moon inside a church. You made your own screen print totes. Live music filled another church at night. You could fly a drone and a project by Ironbird and Draw & Code, Bird Hive let you fly over the Lakes with a 360 degree VR experience like you were a bird… Or well a bird captured by a robot from a dystopian future perhaps as when you looked up you would see your drone overlord. VR outdoors made for a super accessible experience.
Earlier this year we went to Amsterdam. We had heard that Leiden was a nice place for a brief stop and as it was on the way we figured why not. Thanks to Airbnb we stayed in the middle of town instead of in the drab hotel district by the train station. I actually forgot how drab it was until we walked back there. Super drab.
The area where we stayed was next to a canal at the top of a rather old house with a crazy Dutch staircase. It was a beautiful house and our hosts worked for the European Space Agency which was insanely cool. I didn’t realise how close we were to it. Next time I’m in Amsterdam I’m thinking of a day trip out there.
I don’t know if these are really any good or not. There’s a certain something to them but that may simply be a reminder of someone’s work that actually is good. They are just people walking around streets type photos. The kind I’m not usually fond of. They tick the boxes. Light bounced off building to illuminate people, tick. On a street, tick. People, tick. But what am I saying? What’s going on here? I dunno. Is there anything really to them other than I thought the light was fun to play with so I took a few photos? Is that enough?