Author: Theodora Philcox

  • Every city needs a Supergarden!

    Every city needs a Supergarden!

    During the last weeks of summer, hot on the athletic heels of the Commonwealth Games, Birmingham burst into flower with the arrival of a spectacular supergarden. PoliNations, a celebration of Birmingham’s diverse population, wove an exploration of the city’s cultural heritage with that of the plants that adorn and breath oxygen into its gardens, conceived […]

  • What did YOU do in the War (against Covid19)? Engaging a response to the covid pandemic through visual communication.

    What did YOU do in the War (against Covid19)? Engaging a response to the covid pandemic through visual communication.

    It seems we might just, finally, be starting to win our battle against the scourge of covid. In fighting an invisible enemy that has had such a devastatingly tangible impact, it is not surprising that the rhetoric has sometimes carried metaphors of war. COBRA meetings in Whitehall and the Queen urging the country to remain […]

  • Doing it for the ‘gram: Design, influencers and affluenza.

    Doing it for the ‘gram: Design, influencers and affluenza.

    There is (rightly) no getting away from discussion of the climate emergency, especially this week as Cop26 is underway in Glasgow. Whilst many problems that contribute to the crisis are global, political and very difficult to solve, there are others that, frustratingly, are driven by greed, social media, and personal choices. We could put the […]

  • Reviving Department Stores as Destination Spaces

    Reviving Department Stores as Destination Spaces

    The London Architecture Festival comes to an end this Wednesday after a month of diverse and fascinating events. With many being hosted online this year, this has afforded the opportunity to attend far more than would normally be possible. Elouise Huxor and I have been exploring some of the discussions around learning spaces, and in […]

  • Claiming our turf. Making spaces safe through inclusive urban design.

    Claiming our turf. Making spaces safe through inclusive urban design.

    Over recent weeks the media has been full of women sharing their stories about their experience of sexual harassment, and the statistics are shocking. It’s shocking too, that women, myself included, are not surprised by them. 97% of young women have been the victim of sexual harassment and, over the last decade, a woman has […]

  • Corbusier on my mind: Design thinking and post-covid living.

    Corbusier on my mind: Design thinking and post-covid living.

    Ever since we have been singing a double Happy Birthday during our 20 second hand-washing rituals at every available washbasin, Le Corbusier has been on my mind. I had previously thought he must have had some rather paranoiac tendencies born of a childhood discomfiture that made him feel it necessary to have sinks throughout his […]