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Sustainable Gardens..

Last year - I completed a small project I was quite excited about. I set myself the challenge of using the absolute minimum amount of new materials and creating the smallest carbon footprint I could from buying and transporting only that which I absolutely had to - from the most local source. Last of all - I wanted the garden to 'melt' into the character period property, as if they belonged 100% with each other. The reasons for doing this are broadly as follows. Firstly, the garden design … Read More »

Design, Desire & Desperation

                  Image Credit: WORKMAN - Chip Kidd It's been some months now since I started on the garden design journey I decided to take in the summer. I am enjoying it, but I have to say it's been something of a rude cranial (re)awakening around the ticklish and (highly subjective) subject of design. Does form really follow function? Well, as one of those engineering-trained left-brain rooted folks - I've been … Read More »

My summer of love…

I am no hippie, but this summer is 'auspicious' in as much as it's the 50th anniversary of San Francisco's infamous and highly controversial "summer of love" in 1967. Why then, if I'm not a 'disciple' would I call out such an event? Well - it spawned a movement. If you read the history of San Francisco that year - the 'hippie-hippie shake up' was actually quite a damp squib of an affair. Despite that - it spawned a movement and a genre still widely used today (even if on occasions - only for the … Read More »

Image credit: Reverandandys Well - I have to confess, it's been quite a year on environmental matters. After the news blackout of Standing Rock last year - and the swift (and I suppose inevitable) reversal of the decision to arrest the Dakota oil pipeline last year by newly inaugurated Trump - we now learn from Stanford University economist Tony Seba - that he believes all diesel & petrol cars will be a thing of the past within just eight years. He further goes on to say even driving your … Read More »

Recognise anyone’s environmental policy?

In a world where everything has to always be so 'together' - environmental policy is the seeming Cinderella? I posted up on social media a rather short, pithy attack this morning on the destruction of 500 year old ancient forest on Mount Gariwang in preparation for the 2018 Pyeongchang winter Olympic games. A huge swathe of trees cut down for a downhill ski event that will last … three days. I wonder what would happen if you proposed to demolish St Paul's Cathederal as it was in the way of the … Read More »

Still thriving on chaos?

Tom Peters by penning 'Thriving on Chaos' re-shaped management theory for a generation. It's not a bad book at all - though many people I've worked with (and for) didn't quite put the theory correctly into practice. However - outside of management operations, I often ponder why humanity goes to such extreme, complex lengths to do things that come so naturally to other forms of life on this earth? We will go to any lengths sometimes to create something 'valuable' to solve a problem - even if … Read More »

The Nature of Business

The longer I work in the environmental business - the more I see opportunities and lessons from nature crossing over into organisations and that (often) most unnatural thing we call business. Years of working in a grey melamine cuboid environment gave me frequent lapses of concentration, headaches and precipitated many a mood that I'm sure led to poorer decisions being made and (if I were not alone in this state) an instant capping of much human potential at that particular moment or … Read More »

Is your retail Iconic?

Retail is changing and it’s largely having a struggle. The age-old problems are there – theft, seasonality, fad and the disposal income available in the economy. Trouble is – there are some more now – and they are in many ways even greater. Technology has pushed much of retail online. More and more ‘cyber outlets’ spring up every year – with products and services unthinkable a few years ago. Software becomes ever more sophisticated at being able to provide warm feelings in the pre-selling … Read More »

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