Max Fordham Blog

Vale Sir David MacKay

I can vividly recall my secondary school physics teacher confidently proclaiming that Britain, as an island, could produce all of the electricity…

Moiré Screens with Max:R+I

Scene - a non-profit charity promoting art, architecture and design - is presenting 'Process in Work' at the Depot in Clapton, London until the…

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…