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s the years roll by, there is one book that continues to draw me back in time and time again. It has kept me company during lonely moments in lockdown and, more recently, on English beaches as I get into the ‘staycation’ spirit and try to ignore the rest of the general public. In the year that marks the 125th anniversary of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s birth, I continue to read The Great Gatsby with renewed vigour. There is so much packed into those sparse 180 pages but the line that sticks is protagonist Nick Carraway’s famous assertion, delivered to quixotic Jay Gatsby, that he “can’t repeat the past”. As the pandemic rumbles on and vaccination campaigns continue to surge, we can’t simply return to how things were. For some, it might just mean rethinking the office commute – if you have an office to go back to that is – and deciding that cycling into work is a good thing for your BMI and for the planet. Invariably, architecture stands right at the forefront of this drive to build forward. As RIBA Gold Medal winning architect David Adjaye puts it on page 8, the pandemic has “allowed architects to see that we can’t build blindly”. For a man who thinks deeply about the past, Adjaye is committed to designing buildings that anticipate future challenges.


That same sentiment is echoed on page 22 where Abi Miller speaks to architects and designers building in the midst of impending climate disaster. The architectural profession needs to build for a new reality of fires, floods and heat waves. It’s a problem that Tatiana Bilbao knows only too well as she tells me on page 30, Mexican architects have long become accustomed to building around earthquakes. Whether responding to them via redevelopment or building more robust structures, tectonic plates continue to shape Mexican architecture.

On that note, I will leave you to enjoy the latest edition of The LEAF Review. Personally, I will continue to re-read The Great Gatsby and think harder on what I consider to be Fitzgerald’s parting message: that it is better to treat the past as the past, as something lost rather than something reproducible, if only to move on to an extremely uncertain and challenging future.

Will Moffitt, editor LEAF REVIEW / 3 epriprints ints

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