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Re-imagining Manchester: Creatives Making Place

In 1957, the historian A.J.P. Taylor wrote in the New York Times that “Manchester is the only English city which can...

How the Bauhaus changed the ’80s

The first ever creative collaboration between Kasper de Graaf and Malcolm Garrett – the October 1981 edition of New Sounds New...

What makes a great city?

On 9 July 2019, I had the pleasure of chairing a panel and audience discussion at a well attended Manchester International Festival...

Eindhoven on the map

How a city’s commitment to design has shaped its image on the international stage On Wednesday 24 October, Tottenham...

Manchester launches a design manifesto

This is the text of the statement issued by Manchester City Council and Design Manchester on 19 October 2018

RIBA North-West Awards: a poignant celebration

In these days immediately following the mindless attack at Manchester Arena, it is impossible to write about anything Mancunian except in...

Barbara Brown: the golden girl of Heal’s

Asked about his slogan “I miss my pre-internet brain” in an interview with the FT, the artist Douglas Coupland observed: “I...

A voice, of sorts* – the life and art of Alan Kitching

The sound of Celia Stothard fills the room at 19 Cleaver Street in Kennington, transporting me to years precociously spent in...

Tate is the star in cities show

Living Cities, a display of works from the Collection in the George Economou Gallery on level 4 of The Switch House,...

“I did it any way”: what punk taught me

Punk sprang up all around me in Manchester, seemingly in answer to questions I was already beginning to pose in early...

Which way now for legible cities?

Building on the vision of Kevin Lynch, who formulated the legible city concept in The Image of The City (Harvard/MIT, 1960),...

UK Borders: a line in the sand

On 5 November 2008, Applied Information Group managing director Kasper de Graaf gave a presentation to the Sign Design Society about...
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Finsbury Park heritage programme concludes

In 2019-20, 2NQ – the community non-profit co-directed by Kasper de Graaf and Malcolm Garrett – delivered People + Heritage, a programme...

XR to creatives: “Stop toxic!”

We’ve been mesmerized by the COVID-19 pandemic for months. New problems have become apparent, but the old ones have not gone...

Safe Space: art for vulnerable adults in lockdown

Safe Space, a new art workshop programme for older or vulnerable adults and carers designed “for lockdown and beyond” is launching...

Observations in paint: “What procedures?”

Let's get this done Copyright © 2020 Simon Poulter What procedures? July 7, 2020