Thoughts, finds and inspiration.
Our monthly journal of things that crossed our minds, desks and screens.
In every city,
there are many cities

How do you find new influences and ideas when you need them? 

Andy draws on his own experiences to answer this question in his latest piece for the Sherborne Times. 

Patagonia Action Works

"If you've been paying attention, you'll know that things aren't going very well for the planet"

This month Patagonia launched Action Works, an initiative that enables individuals to engage with the issues they are passionate about and build a community of like-minded people to instigate real change. 

Brilliant idea.
Brilliant company.
Books that will change how you think about architecture
Sometimes, you read a book and you forget it the next day. Other times you read a book and it changes the way you think forever. 

Here's our list of books that have greatly impacted our thinking and that we would recommend to anyone wanting to expand their understanding of architecture.

How to run 100 miles
A short story about two non-runners, who set out to run an ultra-marathon.

But it's about more than that.

It's about our ability to achieve anything we set our minds to, providing we put in the work and refuse to give up. 
50 Beautiful Businesses
Alan Moore does it again. This time with a list of 50 businesses that inspire a different way of looking at the world.

The list celebrates people who "explore beauty beyond the superficial and strive to deliver truth, meaning and authenticity".

Inspiring stuff.
Exploring alternatives
Ever dreamt of living in your own hut in the woods? How about a tree house? A boat? A van?

These videos look at the homes of people who have found alternative ways to 'live large with less' - reducing the amount of 'stuff' they own and consume to lead a better life.

Self-Build en masse
Something special is happening in Oxfordshire.

Work is getting under way on the UK's largest development of self-build homes. Could this be the future of large scale housing developments?

Is your city thriving?
Happy City is a Bristol-based charity that helps individuals, communities and cities across the UK do more of what matters.

Their Thriving Places Index reveals how areas are doing at growing the conditions for equitable, sustainable well-being.

Have a look to see how well your area is performing.
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