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Forging your life's purpose - Nic Bladen talking with Keith Struthers

Listen to this motivating story of a sculptor who takes action on his insights.

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Vital forms - talking ceramics with Kate Malone and Keith Struthers

Listen to this audio discussion (above) with a vibrant London ceramicist who also creates with Architects.Kate Malone is an internationally acclaimed ceramicist whose work has been exhibited in over a hundred solo and group exhibitions from London to Miami , New York and Japan.Kate's enthusiasm for the life force in nature, that which animates the growth of plants and the coming to fruit, gives her works a feeling of vitality and warmth.

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Grow your capacity to create as nature does. Talking water with Paul van Dijk and Keith Struthers

You’ll enjoy this free flowing discussion that touches the heart of the green movement.

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Something remarkable is right next to you...

You can travel the world looking for beauty, and find it in waterfalls and buildings, yet something right next to you...something small, almost incidental, can also take your breath away.With its magic or it’s sheer elegance.With it’s colour, or flash of brilliance,with it’s shape or gentle vulnerability.We see it when we are quiet in ourselves.

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Does the space you're in really affect the space you're in?

I’ve just come back from a writers block.

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Awe-some design

Isn't this plant just amazing? But why? What qualities enchant in you a state of awe when observing this plant? Perhaps it's the incredible geometric ordering, the exquisite colours of the leaves as they unfold from inside to out? There is something mysterious about the inherent wisdom this plant carries to form in this way. Whatever it is that leafs you in awe, my question is... How can your built environment consistently inspire a similar sense of awe? Can you imagine your feeling of well being as you walk through a city with this quality.

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Grow your inner and outer landscape...

I'm sure you often reflect on the meaning your practice has in your personal life. So my question to you is... How can you develop your inner life as an individual through your outer practice as an architect and designer? This is possible because the outer landscapes you create around you - for yourself and for others - are reflections of your inner landscape. Your practice is a picture of your values, feelings and individual disposition. Your values, feelings and individual disposition create your unique practice. So here’s an exercise to sharpen your awareness of this. Candidly and diligently reflect on what you do every day, your actions only.

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Are you moved when nature moves?

Do you get excited when a flock of birds swirl overhead like a whirling wind or a wave elegantly folds over itself as it nears the shoreline? If you’re like me, you also pause… to absorb the sheer grace and beauty of Nature as it comes to life..

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Caught between a rock and a hard place?

Do you feel like moving mountains?Well you can.

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