Max Fordham Blog

Reflections on the sudden death of Zaha Hadid

I was very sorry to learn of the death of Zaha Hadid. I first met her at the Architectural Association, and then again a year or two later when…

Hearing is believing

Acoustic performance in learning spaces is key to academic progress. If a student can't hear the lecturer, education is more difficult. For…

The art and science of lighting

Lighting, both natural and artificial, is a crucial part of any art gallery design. Although completion at Musee d'art a Nantes in France is…

And the Oscar Goes to...

I'm a lover of horror films. There is no other artform that stirs such a visceral reaction in the pit of my stomach. This week has once again…

Lights. Camera. Action.

Over the course of its history Alexandra Palace has been associated with a host of events - from music concerts and ice skating to darts competitions…

When Will the Music Play at Alexandra Palace?

Tucked away in a forgotten corner of the sprawling Alexandra Palace complex lays a forgotten treasure. Eighty years ago the curtains in the…

Heat Networks - I Don't Hate Them, They're Just Not Working

In his recent blog post, Casey Cole suggested that I ‘really, really don’t like heat networks’. That isn’t true. If Combined Heat and Power…

Overheating in Housing- A Hot Topic

Last summer, now but a distant memory, there were a number of industry events held, and reports and guidance published, on the subject of overheating…

If a Tree Falls in the Forest

There's a curious paradox between the ambitions of sustainable design and those of good building acoustics. Many of the design features, both…

The Importance of Performance Acoustics

Recently, an article in the Telegraph posed the question ‘Do Acoustics Actually Matter?’. Music journalist and academic Ivan Hewett said that…