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Bike & Sketching Tour / ‘Hythe Bay Spectacular’ - 22 June 2019

Fiona Mckay

Folkestone Triennial Public Art / Small things matter… Photo Credit:     B Hamilton, AIA

Folkestone Triennial Public Art / Small things matter… Photo Credit: B Hamilton, AIA

This year’s Bike & Sketching Tour started out – obscurely enough – in Pluckley and ended up – more spectacularly – at Folkestone Harbour, with a large swathe of Kent countryside and Romney Marsh in between.  

But the selling point of our tour guide – Ben O’Looney, RIBA – is to treat the inauspicious and the well-known with equal respect and admiration, and thereby draw our attention to history, context, materials and details that might otherwise be ignored. 

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So – starting from the rustic design of the Pluckley train station (it actually has its own minor role in architectural history), the tour easily progressed to multiple splendours - ecclesiastical, domestic, local, militaristic and idiosyncratic... On an AIA Bike Trip anything is possible; everything is educational…

Highlights included inter alia (and in no particular order): 

Mediaeval and renaissance English architecture; materials and geology of Hythe Bay and SE England; Georgian architecture; military defences; Saga Group Headquarters (high tech/low energy project – Hopkins); public art (Folkestone Triennial); Folkestone Harbour Railway Station; Rocksalt Restaurant/Bar (Guy Holloway Architects).

It is not all that easy to concentrate on buildings and bike riding at the same time, so the tour’s photo history is a bit hit and miss.  Still the photos (and sketch) hint at the day’s scope.

Sketching….

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Sketch Credit: B O’Looney, RIBA

Sketch Credit: B O’Looney, RIBA

Looking at things ecclesiastical… 

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Looking in more detail…

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Looking at things domestic, local, militaristic, idiosyncratic...

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Just looking…

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Team Building…

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The AIA Bike Trips are prone to camaraderie and team building.  There was – of course – some inevitable adversity (on the map that track looked viable? / 2 flat tires in one day?).   It was a long day, but a good one worth 6 Continuing Education Credits, earned by total immersion!

A long, often beautiful day… Photo Credit: B Hamilton, AIA

A long, often beautiful day… Photo Credit: B Hamilton, AIA

Written by: Lorraine D King, AIA

Photo Credits: B Hamilton, AIA / B Spring, AIA / A Pohl, AIA / E Fitzpatrick, AIA / L King, AIA

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