I am a roaming journeyman, I roam from town to town,
And when I get a job of work I’m willing to sit down.
With my bundle on my shoulder, with my stick all in my hand,
And it’s round the country I will go, like a roaming journeyman.
Tom Willett – The Roving Journeyman
Spring is here, Morris Men are celebrating May Day and folk music is in the air, so you’ll forgive me if my mind turns to roaming…
Why you must influence the Smart City agenda where you live
In 1955 critic Ian Nairn wrote a piece for Architecture Review called “Outrage”, in which he coined the term “Subtopia”:
Subtopia is the annihilation of the site, the steamrollering of all individuality of place to one uniform and mediocre pattern
Nairn was calling for the preservation of characteristic places, fearful that if things were allowed to continue then “…the end of Southampton will look like the beginning of Carlisle; the parts in between will look like the end of Carlisle or the beginning of Southampton.”
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Earlier this year Thingitude bid for some funding from Reading Council to develop an Internet of Things project with students throughout the summer holidays as part of Reading 2016 Year of Culture. A couple of months later I was told the bid was successful!