Generation why

A trait common to all recent generational groupings — Gen X, Gen Y and Gen Millennium — is that they tend to have a...

Things I just don’t get

I just don’t get Facebook. I know it has more than 1.5 billion worldwide users on a monthly basis, but I don’t see its...

Home sweet home?

Public housing built in the UK in the 30 years from 1950 was a mix of two-storey terraces, maisonettes (2/2 storey units above each...

What really went wrong?

There has also been a lack of qualitative research, and even today there is no clear analysis of: • how many buildings of...

I like it

For those old enough to remember, the title of this column came from the 1963 hit by Gerry and the Pacemakers. I honestly don’t...

Smart cities

Napoleon was talking about the tactics of warfare. However, the same can be said about amateur politicians putting the tactics of political expediency —...

Unintended consequences

The so-called “law of unintended consequences” is attributed to 17th Century English philosopher John Locke who, interestingly, was commenting at the time on the...

The future is now

Think back 25 years to 1992 — before medical science took over this was considered half a lifetime. Now answer honestly, how much progress has...

Control

The tragic fire in the Grenfell Tower in London in June highlights the question: “who is really in charge of our industry?” I struggle to...

Alternate facts

The Donald Trump bid for the USA presidency introduced us to a new reality, and a new way of speaking known as “alternate facts”. Essentially,...