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Beautiful Isolation

After two days of ferries and coaches, rough roads, calm seas, sights of mountains and tourist crowded hostels, I have arrived at last. Two days of traveling, longer than some take to cross the Atlantic. Has it been worth the time to get here? Yes. My muscles ache from the long days looking into this people's past, a past I share in some sort of way, the past that includes the people who reached this land to settle here and to use this place as base to head further north in their clinker built boats.

After a long day of lazy winds (so called because the wind goes through you as it too lazy to go around you) and soil hitting my face with every shovelful, I am finished for the day to walk out here on to the sand littered with pieces of boats from long ago. It is cold but in a good way. The sand here is littered with the driftwood, with pallets from places I That too is not touched as it is too far from the planners have never been to and hope to go to: Russia, Canada. and builders. They say in a sand storm could easily reveal Not far from here, I have packed a few things carved from another Skara Brae like it did two decades or so ago. The this to perfection by a lone turner on a lone island, with a Knap is just that, revealed by a storm and too off the beaten wife for company, who uses all this to make a few pennies. track giving me the peace to contemplate it all. As I check the time on my phone, something hits me then. I know as I stand here that the place not touched will haunt For the first time ever, I am completely alone. No one, no me forever. Just the way the animals live by humans without noise of the cities, no gossip or chat behind me, no cars, no the risk of pellet shot or hunts. This is where crofts so small machines, no annoying buzz of a mobile phone to interrupt suffer when cattle prices fall as it literally means a loaf of me and my thoughts. On this island, I am alone far from the bread. I have no access to email, to even a newspaper, and

boring too familiar places and free to take in all this, once of it is the best feeling as it means not only am I physically the few pieces of land not even touched by telegraph poles. alone but my thoughts are uncluttered by news of places I do not know, of people I do not know or need to know about, The heather stretches over, touching the middens that go of a bigger world which society makes me think about back many ages and vanish with every hard winter. These unnecessarily. show me how cold it was thousands of years ago and what the diet of these people were, the diet of fish and whatever I think of the past, the tons of exams I have worked hard at else gathered up from the coast. It is one of the only to pass that have meant I have managed to get three paid perfect records in the world today as there is no pollution weeks in such an amazing place learning about a people I here, nothing to change it or affect it or alter the valuable never knew and seeing for real the past I have studied is my information (or stratigraphy to use the "proper" term). The great reward. middens are as perfect now as they were thousands of years ago, apart from where nature has decided to strip them here I think of the now, the respect, the welcome we have received in the one pub on the island by these people due to the light and there through a few heavy winters. we shine on their past, the heavy work occupying my days, Not far from where I am is the Knap of Howar, a risky boat the beer well deserved bought at the end of the day, the ride way with a fisherman that can't swim, that you can smiles when we find something, the disappointments when explore and is not surrounded by fences or camera flashes. all we have done it move soil. I think of the future, unsure what it will hold but hoping it will take me away to many more places where man has not yet extended its reach. I am unsure of where I am going but know it should be interesting if this is where I am now. From the now the future holds many uncertainties to look forward to. But deep down, I feel alive as I see the beach, sea, scrub, history of my ancestors around me and of the people quite far from me, and feel isolated in a good way. I am isolated and feel happy, happy in my beautiful isolation.

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UN Studio Design models Architecture Urbanism Infrastructure

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ISBN 0500342229 ISBN-13 978-0500342220 27.0 x 21.5 cm 400pp £36 www.thamesandhudson.com UN Studio is the studio of the extremely talented Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos. Based in Amsterdam the duo work across the world creating stunning and functional buildings whilst pushing the boundaries of contemporary architectural practices. As well continuing to run UN Studio both Ben and Caroline have been visiting lecturers at Princeton University, UCLA, Columbia University, the Architectural Association, London, the Academy of Fine Arts,Vienna and the Berlage Institute, Rotterdam. Van Berkel is dean of the post-graduate programme of architecture at the Städelschule, in Frankfurt. A busy pair indeed.

UN Studio have become very well respected for their innovative additions to the world of modern architecture which will be further uplifted with the opening of the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. The massive double helix building (shown left) contains 16,500 square meters of exhibition space with over 160 vehicles on display You can see more of the museum online at www.mercedes-benz.com It is only fitting that Thames & Hudson have chosen now to publish a complete monograph of UN Studio's output from the past seventeen years to coincide with what could well be the pinnacle of their career. The heavyweight 400 page hard-backed book is stuffed full of great imagery of the various projects from the studio. Opening the book you are presented with an essay that examines the concept of `design models' and how architects can carry these `models' from one project to another. It provides a rare insight into the thought process behind their work especially the more radical projects. The book ends with a second essay examining the function of contemporary architecture in today's society as well as offering new ways to generate interesting and meaningful forms of architecture. With over 700 colour illustrations made up from concepts, digital models and detailed photography of completed buildings architects and students of architecture and design will find the images a great source of inspiration.

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