Greening the city

Working on an enormous 300m long retaining wall to the rail lands of the Stratford International Quarter, adjacent to Queen Elizabeth Park with the fabulous landscape architects Gustafson Porter Bowman.

 

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A swift watch, with banging & fledging

We were very privileged to see a fledgling leave the nest for the first time whilst swift watching with Edward and Mandy Meyer of Swift Conservation on Marta Strand's terrace in last week. We had been invited to see behaviour called 'banging' - gangs of swifts race past the nest, briefly pausing at the nest hole, sometimes clinging briefly to the bricks before moving on.

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Building homes for nature

We're huge fans of the RSPB's initiative Make a home for wildlife. Over on their website they have tons of ideas and activities to do either in your garden, on your balcony or in your neighbourhood.  You can choose what type of environment you'd like to work in, what type of nature you're looking to support and how much time you've got and their site will suggest a number of activities. View full article →

We Love Swifts

 Screaming Party. Copyright Bernard Genton

Over the following weeks we will be sharing swift pictures and facts over TwitterInstagram and Facebook under the hashtags #swiftfacts and #saveourswifts. Please join us by sharing your swift stories, facts and images or videos. We look forward to seeing them and spreading the word on how wonderful swifts are for many more to enjoy and be aware of them this summer.  Help us spread the word about swifts and their needs so we can continue to enjoy their visits for many more summers to come.

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April 23, 2015

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Wabi-Sabi: A Design Philosophy

Where does the Habi-Sabi design philosophy come from? In the words of Tadao Ando, Wabi-Sabi is 'the Japanese view of life embraced a simple aesthetic that grew stronger as inessentials were eliminated and trimmed away.' Click here to read more on Wabi-Sabi and how it has inspired our designs.
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