Tag Archive: RIBA

Oct 26 2011

RIBA Insight Days

On Tuesday last week and yesterday I spoke at the RIBA Insight consultancy days, held in Manchester and London respectively. These events are aimed at manufacturers and suppliers and are intended to help them deliver effective continuous professional development (CPD) information to practising architects. As well as providing information about CPD, the days also provided …

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Jun 30 2011

Architects’ Journal Twitter 100 published – but where’s Su?

The Twitter tussle within the UK architectural publishing world took a step forward yesterday with the publication of The Architects’ Journal/tCn Twitter 100. This is about two weeks earlier than originally scheduled – presumably so AJ could publish its list ahead of the one being produced by UBM weekly Building Design (and AJ editor Christine Murray almost …

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Oct 11 2010

Corporate social responsibility, facilities management, Web 2.0 … and bikes

When working as an in-house PR professional, I regularly used to commute to work in central London on my bike. Now I work for myself, this pleasure is denied me, but I often have to travel into town to visit clients’ offices for meetings or meet up with contacts at convenient locations like the Building …

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May 17 2010

Are property people more ‘social’ then construction people?

Preparing a talk for the South London Society of Architects last week, I updated some slides from a previous presentation covering online communities for the architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) and property sectors. I had a quick look at the the number of members of  some of the groups, and noticed that the property groupings on …

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Mar 24 2010

Ada Lovelace Day: saluting Su Butcher

“Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging (videologging, podcasting, comic drawing etc.!) to draw attention to the achievements of women in technology and science. Women’s contributions often go unacknowledged, their innovations seldom mentioned, their faces rarely recognised. We want you to tell the world about these unsung heroines, whatever they do. It doesn’t …

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Nov 12 2009

Not invented here

Large parts of the UK architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) sector have proved resistant to ideas of partnering, knowledge-sharing and integrated collaborative working (despite the efforts of Latham and Egan, while only time will tell if Wolstenholme‘s Never Waste a Good Crisis fares any better). The IT departments of many AEC organisations similarly adopt a …

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Oct 29 2009

Going to the toilet puts UK economy down the toilet

Watercooler conversations undermine UK plc Crosswords and Sudoko waste UK businesses £2bn a year These are just made-up headline, of course, but I expect if you commissioned a survey into the time individuals spend not working, but chatting with their mates, reading personal emails, etc, etc, you would soon come up with some tasty headlines …

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Oct 28 2009

Reflecting on RIBAforum09

For the second day running, I yesterday visited the London headquarters of the Royal Institute of British Architects for a social media event. While Monday’s Media140 event (see preceding posts) was thronged with social media-savvy marketing types, the audience at RIBAforum09 (see post) was, I think, altogether more conservative and cautious. The demographic complexion of …

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Oct 27 2009

Creative crowdsourcing – a technique for AEC clients?

Creative crowdsourcing was discussed at yesterday’s Media140, where it was defined as: a process that expands the creative resources of an agency by utilising the creative capacity of thousands of other individuals to respond to a problem or challenge. The speakers, Nic Ray of Quirk and Noam Buchalter, manager of the Peperami campaign at Unilever, …

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Oct 26 2009

Who’s your brand?

Do brands need an online personality? Does it have a single voice, or multiple voices? Can you mix the personal and the professional? Does the conversation need to be unique to a social media platform? These are some of the observations from this afternoon’s Media140 panel debate. “All brands have a personality“. (Kuss) “Social media …

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