Tag Archives : structures


Storr Lochs: the hidden funicular

Where’s the working railway on the Isle of Skye? The railway doesn’t go to the Isle of Skye, right? It ends at the pier at Kyle of Lochalsh, or else at the harbour at Mallaig, where boats take you over the sea to Skye. But there is a railway on Skye. It’s below the spectacular stacks […]

der Telespargel

Fernsehturm, the television tower in Alexanderplatz, central Berlin, Germany’s tallest structure. Built as a show of GDR strength and to be an icon of East Berlin, but also an excellent example of the pettiness of political rhetoric, positioned deliberately to loom over West Berlin’s Reichstag when the latter is viewed from the front, and in […]

The Settle to Carlisle Railway

I like the ways that railways fit into the landscape: the mix of bold lines, elegant curves, symmetrical structures and lush green earthworks, embedded in big landscapes — like these ones on the Settle to Carlisle Line in the Yorkshire Dales national park — and tying places together. I’ve just not quite worked out whether […]

Purdown Transmitter

Another one of those shots that I’ve taken again and again and again, capturing it in all seasons, lights and conditions, in this case because it was on my commute for several years. The BT tower on Pur Down, in the north of Bristol, a thin and increasingly isolated sliver of green space, once farmland, […]

Denny Church Walk

I stumbled upon this riding down to Falkirk from Stirling in January. The great concrete 1960s Church Walk blocks in Denny, Falkirk, officially Scotland’s Most Dismal Town 2010. The townsfolk requested the honour, hoping that it would help to prod the council into action over their incongruous “carbuncle”. The first blocks had already been demolished […]

The Moine House 1

The geology and landscape of the Scottish Highlands are famously divided by the Great Glen fault. Less famous is the Moine Thrust Belt, running almost parallel to the Great Glen a hundred miles north. Here the rocks and landscape of the northern Highlands are pushed over those of the Hebrides and far north west, forming […]

Millennium Bridge

Ten years ago today, a new bridge across the Thames was opened in central London, between St Paul’s Cathedral in The City and the recently opened Tate Modern and Globe Theatre attractions in Southwark’s Bankside. The media loved it: another public project that perfectly fit their millennium story, the story of hugely expensive and over-budget […]

Battersea, in all its desolation

So Beautiful Britain magazine — a magazine that I could find no evidence of anybody having ever heard of — is putting out press releases about their latest “survey”. It’s a survey of Britain’s worst eyesores and best loved buildings. But wait, doesn’t that press release get a little bit, er, weird? Beautiful Britain magazine […]