EU, Russia and Chatham House

Through a paracetamol addled haze, I am watching Sir Andrew Wood (of the Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House) giving evidence to the House of Lords EU External Affairs Sub-Committee regarding the EU and Russia.

On homogenisation of the force of application of EU law:

If you start to play by local rules, you will find out just how many local rules there are.

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Rebel Architecture on Aljazeera

Watching ‘Rebel Architecture’ on Aljazeera… The role of architectural design in a range of situations, for sustainability, on water, at scale and potentially as a weapon.

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/rebelarchitecture/

Some cross-cutting disciplines are highlighted, such as Forensic Architecture (which TBH I had never thought about), and some have parallels with the computing industry, i.e. User Experience Design, Security.

‘A Traditional Future’ followed a team of University students designing the smallest unit of earthquake-resistant family housing and implementing a project to educate the populace to build these structures. Sustainability was not only found through materials, but also through the self-reinforcing educational process, hands-on practice and community spirit. The students themselves could not assist with the builds due to security constraints, so used a remote ‘Train the Trainer’ type process to disseminate the knowledge through local ‘Artisans’.