2012 has been a momentous year in the publishing life of HDG magazine. We have seen the launch of a brand new design, the emergence of an iPad version (available on the Apple App store) and a change of editor. I hope you agree that this has led to a more interesting and pleasurable read.
Although the economic climate continues to provide a gloomy outlook, it is heartening to see that the creativity and ingenuity of our designers continues to shine through. This is wonderfully expressed by “The Cube” in Birmingham, our first article. The jewel-like structure has helped to open up the heart of the city centre and features a fretwork screen that amazingly spans the outer edge of the building.
A new studio complex for the BBC displays a more playful form of design. The 300m clip-on, neo-gothic façade for the outer skin of the building attempts to create a link with the theatrical nature of its intended use; filming of Doctor Who and Casualty.
Much is said about the value of art within the public realm. “Rise” in Belfast sets itself a very high bar of achievement; that of creating community cohesion. Even if this is not reached you have to admire the engineering that has been part of its creation.
Surely it’s only a matter of time before the gloom is blown away.