Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Sabina Permaculture Home and School plan, Australia. Only zones 3 & 4 are seen here, I can't find a complete plan but I uploaded it because the rendering style resembles a pirate map or something. Very interesting.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Harmonia axyridis succinea

An endangered species of ladybird. In mid-October this year I noticed a swarm of ladybirds congregating on the exterior walls of my house, there was clearly over 250 of them attracted to the microclimate offered by the south-facing white walls, I thought it was a bit strange but didn't pursue it in thought until I saw one recently huddled to my lamp shade. A quick bit of research later and turns out the Harmonia axyridis succinea is an endangered species and what I should have done was photograph them and send my observations to the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. Silly me. They will be back next year though, I am sure.

If you find a swarm of ladybirds, you should first identify them, there are lots of un-endangered species easily confusable with the Harmonia.
This website will help:

If they are Harlequin ladybirds then report your observations through the website but don't try to catch them and bring them inside. They are best to hibernate outside through winter as their body temperature must drop to conserve energy levels for them to mate successfully in spring.

Life drawing term 1

The best one I did. Didn't spay it and so I lost some of the charcoal on the way home.

Plemont Bay 26/12/2010

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Saturday, 23 October 2010

I made this.

The corny introduction and ending text was designed to spice up a story a bit, would have removed this but not too fussed about it really.

We made this. Berthold Lubetkin & Spa Green Estate

Me, Valentinos, Andy, Eddy & Eliza.

Got an A!

What does your postcode say about you?
Try this web-page and see what they think.

James Corner - Reshaping Cities

American cities don't fare well in our annual Quality of Life survey but things are beginning to change. British-born landscape architect James Corner is one of the pioneering individuals who have taken up the task of sorting out the nation's urban environments. His US practice, Field Operations, has been involved in the rejuvenation of Fresh Kills Park in Staten Island and Race Street Pier in Philadelphia. Monocle meets Corner on the High Line in New York to hear his thoughts and witness his work. -

Architecture Biennale Part 1

'People meet in architecture' is the theme of the 12th International Architecture Biennale in Venice. The festival has its first female director, Kazuyo Sejima from SANAA, and Monocle heads out in force to give our take on the new developments in the world of architecture. -

Monocle is a magazine and website founded by Tyler Brûlé, a Canadian journalist and entrepreneur. Described by CBC News reporter Harry Forestell as a "meeting between Foreign Policy and Vanity Fair", the magazine provides a globalist perspective on international affairs, culture and design to wealthy, cosmopolitan readers, or those who aspire to become so. -

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Gardens I designed and made years ago, more to come...