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Thoughts, finds and inspiration.
Our monthly journal of things that crossed our minds, desks and screens.
We started Studio Notes because we wanted to share some of the best and most interesting stuff from our corner of the universe and we thought you might be interested. We’ve been doing this for four years now and we hope you've enjoyed what we've sent you so far!

But it’s time to make some changes and refresh it, because we want to make more of it.
We want to engage with you more, and grow our audience (a bit).

We haven’t decided how or what yet. But that’s part of the change, to let you see what we’re doing as we do it. So over the coming months you can expect to see some changes (Andy's article below illustrates some broad directions).

We would like to show you under the bonnet. To show you what we’re thinking about and where we think we’re headed. But we'd also really like to hear from you.

Tell us what you think, the good and the not so good.
We do criticism, we can take it!

Thanks for listening. Now it's your turn to speak.
Answers to difficult questions
Over recent years, we have had the pleasure of meeting some brilliant people. But brilliant people have a habit of asking difficult questions, some of which we are still trying to find the answers to. Andy reflects on these difficult questions, and how answering them will help to steer us in the right direction.



 
House - Garden - House
We love this house. But what is really interesting is the interview with the owner. It gives an insight into the design process from the other side of the table and what the house means, now that she's lived in it for some time.

A point of view which is often lacking in the architectural press!
Backyard Nature Guardians
Plants and wildlife in our own gardens are under threat, and at the same time, children are spending less time outside, enjoying nature. Meaning that the next generation is less likely to care about and protect it. 

Backyard Nature is trying to tackle both of these problems by getting kids involved in the protection of their own patch. 
Participatory Cities
"We are all, every single one of us, creative thinkers and doers with the potential to be agents of change"

Participation needs to be more than just enabling people to have a conversation. A participatory city is a place where people are empowered to actively create change.

Well worth a watch.
Giving up Plastic
12.7 million tonnes of plastic are entering the sea every year, resulting in the death of 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals. By 2050, the amount of plastic in the ocean could outweigh the fish.

The big changes need to come from the top, but this guide shows you the small changes you can make to do your bit.
The Forgotten Half
The percentage of young people attending university has increased by almost 10% over the past 10 years to ~50%. But what about the other half, what happens to their further education?

Interesting listen from Radio 4.
Paper Parkour
Interesting username aside, this painstaking approach to stop motion animation uses flipbook techniques to tell a narrative across hundreds of pieces of paper. 
What cheap food is REALLY costing us
"Our own health and the health of the land are inextricably intertwined but in the last 70 years, this relationship has been broken"

A new report reveals that cheap, unhealthy food is causing a public health crisis and the destruction of our environment.
 
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