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The Diaries of L’Obscurier

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Dear All,

I have been advised by Unbound that now might be a good time to “do a shed post” as the brilliant Moose Allain has produced a lovely poster for one of my pledge levels. This tediously lengthening paragraph is, technically, a way of persuading people to “upgrade their pledge levels” or to “spread the word”.

I mean, I could urge people to tell other people to pledge for Epic Space and…

17th Century Commentary

Monday, 18 January 2016

Brutal, uninformed criticism is nothing new. These extracts from the diaries of 17th Century commentators show how resistant we can be to new architectural forms. Thanks to Paul Martin for the illustrations.


Sir Robert Aubrey 

Upon seeing this Heathen Monstrositie I fell to Violent Trembling, seeking release in 2 bottles Claret and 1 of Sack. It made me incline to vomit after 1 houre…

Architectural Top Tens

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Welcome to my shed. Thank you so much for pledging. Although my architecture columns have never been intellectually load-bearing, they have been very important to me. For 26 years now I’ve been banging them out every week. I’m really chuffed about this Unbound compilation of some of the really good ones.

I’m supposed to entertain you privately here, in my shed, which feels a bit fucking creepy…

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