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FUTURE STATE Pop-Up Shop and Retail Cube

This is a cute pop-up shop made of pallets, upcycled and repurposed softwood offcuts, storage crates, ply and cling film and other packaging paraphernalia, for the young and hipster South-east Asian boutique. (Sandwiches not included). The attraction of these “temporary structures” are due to the following reasons: modern, innovative, budget-friendly, eco-friendly, transportable, modular, retail solutions.

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IKEA Hack: Hollywood style lighting up vanity makeup mirror easy DIY project

As an architect, I find DIY challenges even more challenging than a layperson, as I strongly adhere to repurposing, upcycling, reusing and recycling principles in my practice and my designs. At home and professionally, I would say I am gung ho with a can-do attitude, girl-with-a-gun, all-round practical person. I find pragmatism cathartic. I am problem-solving by nature. …

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University Challenge: Five universities have doubled their borrowings

University Challenge. Five universities have doubled their borrowings in the last academic year. Southampton, UCL, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt and Imperial (the last being the biggest borrower with GBP470M loans). Traditionally South East Asian and Far Eastern campuses (and more recently Middle Eastern) help fund home campuses. The University of Sheffield has a South East Asian Office …

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Minority Report: Skilled migrants eg Australia/NZ/Canada or people earning more than GBP30k p.a.?

In case you didn’t realise, fact 1: young architects don’t earn that. Fact 2: The old dudes definitely don’t unless they are already established, secure, boss-types on 30-70k in which case they won’t be applying anyway. If 25% of architects working in the UK are non-UK nationals (me included); and of that 25%, 80% are …

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Museum of Architecture Gingerbread City on 2018 New Year’s Eve

Museum of Architecture is a charity that helps the public engage with architecture and architects. It also supports architects to be more entrepreneurial, collaborative and informed on design for places and people through cultural projects like The Gingerbread City Masterplan – Imagining Cities of the Future. Cities should be inclusive, sustainable, healthy and easy to …

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5 Top Tips on How to Recover from Christmas Spending

It’s beginning to cost a lot like Christmas. Caveat 1: Add up your receipts. Aim for 10% less than this amount next year. Caveat 2:  This “How to Survive Christmas” leaflet makes me smile. I feel fed up in December (expensive, extensive, exhausting, manic, hoodie-wearing, hopeless, cold, grey, no money, no work, no exercise, irritated, fat, unfit). And now …

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RIBA Members’ Evening Christmas Drinks 5 Dec 2018

All-you-ever-wanted-to-ask-the-RIBA-but-were-afraid-to are on display in stalls mode. Imagine not having to search for any answers online as they are all physically in front of you. Here I am with the President, Ben Derbyshire: My favourite display involved members’ participation. Members get two stickers according to their category and choose the issues that matter to them …