Background in Music

Middlesbrough

Ridley Scott was born in the same area, and used the in­dus­trial land­scape in Middlesborough as in­spi­ra­tion for Blade Runner.

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If Ridley Scott can es­cape the English coun­try­side and make a liv­ing mak­ing movies (as op­posed to work­ing for British Steel) so can I.

1988 Move to London

This Brutal House @brutalhouse

Screenshot of the This Brutal House websites. Cropped black and white photographs are overlaid wtih whtie text reading "This Brutal House: Brutalism, Modernism, Post War, Social Housing."

What is Brutalism?

Thamesmead, A Clockwork Orange

Questions

You men­tioned Sunday night was the best time to tweet, you get dif­fer­ent amounts of en­gage­ment for dif­fer­ent kinds of con­tent etc. How tech­ni­cal do you get about these sta­tis­tics, do you use an­a­lyt­ics soft­ware or is it all gut in­stinct?

I don’t do the an­a­lyt­ics my­self. I have two very tal­ented peo­ple who do that for me, and also take care of the web­site. They get back to me with bits of in­for­ma­tion on en­gage­ment and things. This al­lows me to just fo­cus on the con­tent.

Do you think bru­tal­ist so­cial hous­ing pro­jects were built with good in­ten­tions, and see­ing the state a lot of them are in to­day, did they fail?

I do think hey were built with the best in­ten­tions. What failed was the up­keep and main­tainance of the build­ings. There was of­ten no fur­ther in­vest­ment af­ter the ini­tal con­struc­tion, and that’s what led to the de­cay of a lot of these bu­lid­ings. Only to­day are we start­ing to pre­serve them pieces of ar­chi­tec­tural his­tory, which is good but should have be­gun ear­lier.

Are there fun­da­men­tal de­sign prob­lems in bru­tal­ist ar­chi­tec­ture?

build­ings were built up with­out care, quickly as pos­si­ble