North West Regional Studies


Dominic Roberts of CiA will be talking about Architecture and some uses of Tradition: Projects by Francis Roberts Architects at the Centre for North West Regional Studies, University of Lancaster on Saturday 7 November, 2009. The talk forms part of the Architecture of the North West study day.

Centre for North West Regional Studies

Picture: Summer Hill under construction. Francis Roberts Architects.

Andromaca at Palladio’s Teatro Olimpico


I looked forward with great excitement to the recent production of Euripide’s Andromaca at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza. Not necessarily for the performance itself, which is a bit of a grim story especially for a non-Italian-speaking visitor, but for the manner in which the magnificent fixed stage set was to be utilised. The classical street scenes could surely be interpreted as the mythical Greek world.

However, a temporary, naturalistic and organic installation had been placed in front of the permanent set. It did have the aura of a barren and hot land, but, oddly, the drama made no reference to Palladio’s masterpiece.

Notes from New York City #2


4. The hardest thing about cars is getting rid of them.
Multi-storey car park, NY style, approx. $20 per hour.


5. Hi-Line
Disused elevated railway turned into urban park. Tribeca NY.


6. Did it really happen?
Dutchman buys Manhattan for $26 and some beads.
Statue, gift of Netherlands to NY, closer to Staten Island Ferry terminus.


7. Last horse in NY, Hell’s Kitchen, 2009.