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Our strategy was therefore to clean the concrete with a steam system and treat it with a water repelling cream to help retain the lighter colour. Concrete repairs have been undertaken and left exposed, again to retain the character of the material. The work produced during the year has been collated into a publication edited by Cathy, the document available online sets out to record these findings and offer an insight in how bringing together real world, contemporary planning policy with studio based design sessions can benefit students and offer new visions with a range of possibilities explored.

Candidates with over 10 years experience would be preferred. The posts would initially involve supporting and coordinating the delivery of major residential and civic buildings. The role would involve working collaboratively with the architectural leads to produce and deliver information. An interest in broader office IT issues would also be an advantage. Opportunity to join Collective Architecture Benefit Trust after 12 months of permanent employment.

The much loved Anderston Hippos, the last residents to leave the site of the final phase of the regeneration project, were carefully persuaded onto the back of a lorry this morning, to be taken away to their temporary home. In the mean time they will be having a well deserved rest and some TLC to tidy them up after over 50 years on site.

Collective Architecture are helping to deliver a series of workshops to plan and shape the future of East Pollokshields and Port Eglinton. If you have an interest in the area, please drop in. This will develop a 12, sq ft area that is as yet undeveloped, which includes the remaining parts of the and halls, along with a gap site on Clyde Street, directly facing the river. Creation Centres are relatively common in Europe but not the UK. They are spaces for multi- disciplinary art making, often focusing on outdoor performance but mixing visual art, performance, circus and other art forms.

It will provide a creative hub for professional artists, physical performers and dancers. This in turn will help retain and develop talented artists of all abilities in Scotland, nurturing their skills from entry level to international professional. The project aspires to provide a modern, visionary and innovative design solution which will deliver the functional requirements identified within the project brief, in a manner sensitive to the buildings heritage and within the tight budget available.

Our newly transformed office was wheeled away to create a large open plan space to host the event. As usual, the adults were upstaged by very talented youngsters, highlights included a flute recital of Auld Lang Syne by Ingrid Imrie and a reading of Crocodile performed by Nieve Byrne. The night ended with Adam Cooper performing a self penned poem inspired by Architects and their love of eating Muesli at their desks. Phillipe visited our studio last year as part of a group of architects from all over France who we were very pleased to welcome to Glasgow to talk about the city and our work.

It is a local landmark for the area: grand in appearance with feature bays, intricate ornamentation and beautifully carved statues. The design strategy involved an informal reading area and open plan mezzanine area, with lift access, within the former Main Reading Room. A new strong room archive has been designed over two levels at the rear of the gallery, housing the permanent collection and special pieces of display which required to be climatically controlled to ensure their survival.

A new feature artwork liftshaft, fully clad with CNC cut feature cladding, has been designed to provide accessibility to the First Floor Level. The lift shaft on the gable fronting James Street, whilst providing a contrasting beacon against the existing Grade B Listed sandstone facade, provides a new accessible entrance to that of the existing first floor and new gallery space which in turn makes the building more accessible to the public and wider user groups.

The key challenge at the very early stages was to establish the client brief and how the existing library could be flexible enough to cater for an organisation with a national reputation, and one which would be hosting major events, screenings, talks, exhibitions and offering support services for people across Glasgow. Their reputation extends nationally with a growing membership and volunteer team. Their archive collection has steadily expanded with items on display for public view and has gained growing importance through its accredited museum status. The mural attempts to capture the pride evident in each generation.

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The Architecture students worked with school pupils and community groups to develop the ideas and design for the mural which has tapped into the rich history of the area. Collective Architecture are delighted to announce that plans have been submitted to Fife Council for a new community hub facility in Tayport. The proposed facility is designed to have light flexible spaces to cater for a range of uses including Sports, Arts, Business and Tourism.

The building should offer something for everyone. It will create jobs, enhance health, attract visitors, foster sustainability, and bring renewed interest to this often forgotten corner of the North of Fife. The site has a unique setting located at the southern edge of Tayport next to three Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Inspired by agricultural forms, the project consists of 2 pitched blocks with regular forms. The dual form massing and material selection reflect the internal organisation of the building. The benefits of maximising the pitched roof forms were recognised to create additional accommodation on an upper floor whilst keeping massing to a minimum.

Materials have been carefully selected to reflect and enhance the evocative and peaceful nature of the surrounding landscape. Vertical timber cladding envelopes the community and tourist strand of the building. The selected silvery grey Scottish Larch alludes to maturity and quality, whilst the silver corrugated roof enhances the tone of the timber and provides a solidity and stillness. In the larger sports block, uniform metal cladding has.

Whilst contrasting with the earthiness of the adjacent block, the metal cladding will glisten when wet, reflecting dappled woodland light. This development has had a boost recently with the approval from Fife Council to begin the process of transferring ownership of the former Abertay Works site in Tayport to the Trust at a discounted price. This transfer, and the design and planning work by Collective, will enable a piece of land that has fallen into increasing state of dereliction over the last 20 years to be regenerated and developed over the next few years into a vibrant and sustainable resource for the local community and visitors to the area.

Trustees are continuing to work closely with Collective to ensure that the first phase is affordable and sustainable whilst delivering what is needed for the local community. This positive step is a huge milestone in a project that has been at the heart of local people for many years and represents the faithful diligence of trustees in continuing to move this forward. Now, with a planning application submitted, and some key funding milestones approaching, this project is the closest it has been to becoming a reality.

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More information on the latest plans can be found at www. Published on Monday 9th November the book features case studies focusing on research within architectural practice. The book can be purchased here. Collective Architecture are very excited to be leading a team of designers developing a feasibility project as part of the Cumbernauld Living Landscape Programme.

Cumbernauld Green Routes investigates the quality of existing routes and how they can be improved for both people and wildlife. The aim of the project is to create links through the town centre and to surrounding communities by creating green routes that are accessible, safe and enjoyable. A launch event will be held on 27th October at Cumbernauld Town Hall pm where there will be creative workshops for all ages.

Collective Architecture are delighted to announce that the practice has been selected by City of Edinburgh Council for their framework that champions a variety of projects in the capital. Collective Architecture, on behalf of Queens Cross Housing Association, has developed proposals for the refurbishment of 3 blocks of flats, originally built in the late s, and located in the Woodside area of Glasgow.

The refurbishment questions the current practice of demolishing many high-rise residential building, and argues that some are well suited to providing sustainable communities for the future. Currently targeting the Passivehouse EnerPHit standard for retrofit, the proposals are a significant improvement over current building regulations, with the intention of mitigating fuel poverty for the homes within. Whilst residents will benefit from reduced heating and hot water bills, the proposals also seek to improve access and amenity within the blocks, with new communal entrances providing dual sided approaches as well as new lifts.

In addition external balconies are to be enclosed, to allow them to be used all year round. To help fragment the elevational proportions, tonal variations have been designed, in association with Graphical House. These also suggest a graphical interpretation of the duplex apartments layouts that lie behind the facade. Metal surfaces have been employed to lift out key elements from the elevations. The metal finishes capture diffuse light from within providing incidental illumination to the elevations. At ground level glazed brick and precast concrete entrance canopies have been used to ensure a robust material palette to heavily trafficked areas.

The proposed Partnership Centre will bring together the currently dispersed services in East Calder into a centrally located hub building. Building proposals have been developed in parallel with a masterplanning strategy which aims to establish a green link through the town centre site and across Main Street. The green link is proposed as a shared space which will create a new civic centre for East Calder, connecting the playing fields in the east and the River Almond to the west.

The two primary building uses of a library and community multi purpose halls provided the opportunity to create a distinct building form of two volumes which have been arranged around a south facing entrance garden and play area. The community library has been located to overlook the Main Street whilst the multi purpose halls have been orientated to overlook and open out to the playing fields.

Green roofs have been proposed to the two building volumes to further establish the concept of the green link. A controlled palette of materials has been chosen in response to the predominately stone context of the Main Street. Precast concrete panels coloured to reference the local stone is proposed alongside restricted areas of corten metal on the south facing public elevations whilst a grey multi facing brick has been selected to the north facing elevations. Marah has been an invaluable part of Collective for the past year, working on a number of high profile projects within the office and generally being an all round superstar.

We wish her success in her studies and look forward to seeing her 4th year work. As we welcome back Nick from his expedition to Cambodia, we say goodbye to Lizzie, who is leaving Collective after 5 years to start a PhD at Edinburgh University. Lizzie will be continue to be involved in the Trails and Tales Project , a 3 year arts and heritage learning programme which will engage artists with communities to explore their local history and heritage. During the Past 5 years Lizzie has been involved in a number of projects, ranging from housing to smaller arts strategy work.

Carrying on the Collective tradition of architectural cake building, she produced a cake inspired by her Maryhill Arts Trail project, which comprises a series of cast concrete boulders inlaid with brass detailing. Lizzie has been a pleasure to work with and we look forward to hearing more from her research!

The existing classrooms are formed around central sunroom clusters, with the central spine knitting together each level and activity zone. The proposed development interlocks with this inner street and in turn provides a new accessible main entrance to the school. The development comprises of a new monolithic textured precast concrete Games Hall that opens up to the school playing fields. The textured concrete band is punctured only at high level by way of glazed Reglit apertures.

External landscaping and a re-routed vehicular and pedestrian entrance provides full accessibility into the new school entrance, which acts as the heart of the new development. The practice took a trip out of the office at lunchtime today to see 2 of our projects on site. Our team of bakers constructed a chocolate clad replica of our proposals for the retrofit of 3 tower blocks at Woodside, which will be one of the largest passivhaus standard retrofit projects in the UK. Photos by Ross Campbell. Today Collective Architecture are celebrating Employee Ownership day!

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Collective became a co-operatively run practice in , and are now one of a growing number of employee owned design practices in Glasgow. Collective Architecture recently completed the second phase of renovations to the Fuse Youth Cafe in Shettleston. The extension provides a new activity hall and reception area for the charity which provides an alcohol free venue for young people in the East End of Glasgow.

We had a fantastic time, some great discussions on social housing and architecture in Brixton, London, Glasgow and further afield. Thank you to everyone who popped by to say hello! Our Open Studio at Pop Brixton is now open! The exhibition will have a particular focus on residential and community projects and will demonstrate how the approach taken on these projects is contributing to the wider work in progress in these regeneration neighbourhoods. Our office renovations are starting to take shape, we were very pleased to discover this fantastic wooden floor under the old linoleum floor tiles!

Progress photos of bespoke joinery work for the refurbishment project at Aspire Church Hall, a grade B listed building owned by Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust. The refurbishment project is due to complete in July to provide a new community hub for Rutherglen, including a fit for purpose broadcast studio for CamGlen Radio, cafe and multi purpose community space. A big thank you to everyone involved in the project! We were pleased to see so many fantastic projects across Scotland being celebrated at the awards, congratulations to all the winners!

He is learning fast on the job, keeping up with our busy pace and has a keen eye for details! We will be exhibiting at Pop Brixton from 18 - 21st June. Photos from the recently completed Linked by Light , a collaborative project to light a defect railway bridge over the River Clyde that links Carmyle and Westburn. Collective Architecture worked with local young people to develop a lighting scheme for the viaduct, creating a positive landmark for the two communities.

We are familiar with the wonderful Briggait building, which involves many exciting opportunities and challenges. To have the opportunity to develop a major cultural centre within such a splendid historical setting overlooking the River Clyde is incredibly special. Our practice has all the necessary skills and expertise and this firmly establishes us in the arts and cultural sector. Want to learn about interaction design or coding to write creative and fun applications?

If you are interested in learning skills for careers in digital design, graphics and technology then this short workshop series over 3 Saturdays could give you a great start or further your knowledge. Led by experienced Graphic and Interaction Design agency After the News, in collaboration with Collective Architecture these workshops will give you a chance to explore interaction design and produce ideas to for a phone application which helps users explore and access the environment and local historical information about people, places and events in East Dunbartonshire.

The workshops will look at how to design and visualise a mobile application related to the art trails and how we might map the local stories they are connected with. To enquire for more information and how to book a place: Please call: or email: info trailsandtales. To find out more about the build and other Orkidstudio projects, check out their current exhibition at The lighthouse. If you would like to donate towards the school project, please click the link below.

Their efforts extend locally providing a range of support services, including adult literacy classes and one to one learning. A new archive room and storage area will be provided over two levels at the rear of the gallery, housing the permanent collection and special pieces of display within a secure environment. Externally, a feature artwork lift shaft will be installed on the gable fronting James Street, whilst providing a contrasting beacon against the existing beautiful sandstone facade.

Access between the ground and first floor level has been provided via this feature lift tower, making the building more accessible to the public and wider user groups. Collective Architecture are looking forward to working with the contractor and the design team as they enter into this eagerly anticipated phase of the programme. Marah and Jonita recently completed their third years at Strathclyde University, both spending a year abroad at Seville and Weimar Universities. Marta recently completed a year of studies at the Mackintosh School of Architecture and plans to return to Porto University to complete her studies next year.

Stephen has been a fantastic year out student, impressing us with his amazing image making skills and design work. Collective Architecture were commissioned by a private client, whose primary residence is directly across the access lane, to adapt the building to provide sleeping and simple kitchen accommodation on the ground floor with a dramatic vaulted ceilinged studio, conservatory and terrace on the upper floor.

Collective Architecture recently completed a development of 27 homes in Whitehaven, Cumbria for Home Group. More information can be found on our website. Artist Toby Paterson, in collaboration with Collective Architecture, has completed a series of artwork installations as part of Dunfermline Arts Strategy. The permanent installations follow on from 2 temporary installations and a publication produced in December More information will be available on our website soon.

Artist - Toby Paterson. Project managers - Ginkgo Projects. Principal Contractor - Kelsen. Fabricators - Scott Associates. The Empire Cafe team are looking for enthusiastic and engaged volunteers to assist with the setting up and running of the Empire Cafe between 21st July and the 3rd August Please email your expressions of interest to: empire collectivearchitecture.

Information relating to the event can be found at www. Full programme available at - www. Super talented Sandy Morrison sketched these beautiful watercolour studies of two of our projects while visiting with judges for the Saltire Housing Awards. In an episode due to be screened next Wednesday, the program follows Project Architect Gerry Hogan as he oversees the conversion of an A-listed Mews cottage in the West End of Glasgow pictured above prior to renovation. The project, which occupies a sloping site in the East end of Glasgow, provides mainstream accommodation and a secure care home for sufferers of Alcohol Related Brain Disease.

The awards celebrate excellence in Scottish housing design and place-making and we are honoured to have two projects selected for judging. Full details of the shortlist can be found here. The m2 community facility provides space for use by community groups and permanent office space for the newly formed Bellsmyre Community Trust. More information about this opportunity is available to download as a pdf.

The site and current Community Facility are located within Cumbernauld town centre, locally bounded by residential properties and mature woodland. The proposed building seeks to create a strong presence within Cumbernauld Town Centre. It forms a new civic realm and parkland that aim to serve the wider Cumbernauld community and enhance the town centre. The building form is therefore deliberately powerful and robust. This hopes to convey the importance of the uses that are held within the building and bring these together within one coherent form.

A controlled palette of materials has been chosen to reflect this. The bottom two storeys are formed in brickwork with deep window reveals and colonnades at ground level. The landscaping strategy is simple and clear. A network of well-lit paths are formed to adoptable standards to link with existing pathways, roads and underpasses. These form triangulated areas that are mounded and angular. Key routes are lined with indigenous trees. The areas immediately in front of the building are provided with enhanced ground cover, planting and seating to reinforce the main entrance and civic nature of the building.

To see all nominations, click here. The new premises will include 3 halls, two meeting rooms, a recording studio, a soft play area, a kitchen and state of the art projection equipment. Fiona has been a dedicated and enthusiastic member of collective for seven years, as Project Architect on several project teams including the recently completed Tollcross Road. Her interest in Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems has informed a number of master planning and infrastructure projects. Fiona is currently Project Architect for the redevelopment of Sighthill , a development of units due to be completed in July The glorious sunshine in Glasgow today provided an opportunity for a final visit to our recently completed housing project on Argyle Street, Glasgow, before residents move in.

The 6 and 5 storey development of flats, and 3 storey town houses forms part of the 3rd phase of the regeneration of Anderston, reinstating the original tenemental scale of the area. More information on the project can be found on our website. The refurbishment of a dilapidated 60s structure was awarded Urban Regeneration Project of the Year. For more photos of the project visit our website. The final touches are now being made to the internals and external landscaping works ahead of completion in March.

The project is due to complete in the next few weeks. Designed by Collective Architecture, the scheme will provide homes for residents of Sighthill, with a mixture of 3 and 4 storey flats and houses. Collective Architecture are running a community event this Saturday with the young people of Carmyle and Westburn for the Linked Via Light project. A presentation from the 5 shortlisted teams and an exhibition of all entries will take place on Wednesday 13th November at 6pm, at DNA Glasgow South Frederick St. It was a fantastic day, with some people taking on the challenge for the first time and a few personal bests for our seasoned runners!

The development comprises of 20 one and two bedroom flats for social rent. Locally sourced materials have been chosen to be robust and sympathetic to the surrounding buildings. A textured, multi hued facing brick has been chosen to create a sculptural quality with contrasting white precast surrounds introduced to key windows provide a distinct feature.

We look forward to working with Home Group to deliver the project in PARKing Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spaces into temporary public parks. Our crazy golf parking space, built by Jan and Stephen, attracted a lot of attention, with lots of happy putters and a winner from Burundi!

The talk takes place at 2pm at The Bridge, Easterhouse and booking is recommended. Following the talk there will be an opportunity to go on a guided tour of the park. Tours of the park will be taking place throughout the day and can be booked here. The event will be taking place on Candleriggs on Saturday from 10 - 4pm. Collective Architecture are project architects for the forthcoming refurbishment of the listed sandstone property.

As our project starts to take shape the adjacent sites are being cleared for the next phases of the master plan. The pile of rubble bottom right is the remains of the 18 storey tower block demolished 2 weeks ago. The specially commissioned columns have arrived from Germany and are now installed with the switch-on due take place within the next few weeks.

Collective Architecture developed the patterns through a community workshop exploring the layering of colour and shadow with the natural silhouettes visible in trees and leaf patterns. This is the final phase of a public realm project including work by Pidgin Perfect , Wave and several other designers and artists. The outcome of the workshop was a series of models designed by the children: replica high rise blocks along side miniature gardens each making great use of trees, water and pathways to create wonderful spaces for the community.

These ideas are being taken forward to the next stage of design; with plans for improved green spaces linked to parkland nearby and creating a focus for the community with a new village green centred around the local train station. Steelwork is going up fast at our community centre site in Bellsmyre, and as our building goes up more high rises are coming down.

Collective Architecture were asked by the Edinburgh Fringe Street Event team to create a fresh new design for their market stall covers. Working with a standard off-the-shelf frame, Collective used a repeating geometric design to create a striking pattern when the market stalls are assembled together.

The market stalls form a backdrop to the performance space adjacent to the Scottish National Gallery and are also located in front of St Giles cathedral on the Royal Mile. Collective Architecture worked with Alex to install the artwork which was commissioned by Platform, an arts organisation located in The Bridge, Easterhouse.

The works we carried out by the Leslie street Greenspace Group on behalf of the residents of Pollokshields. The totem pole was designed with local primary school children and is made from charred timber with laser cut surface patterns depicting the different species that will inhabit the boxes. There was also success in the housing categories, with Florence House commended in the affordable housing category, and Garscube road received a commendation in the Sustainable Design Award.

Collective Architecture is looking for a Part I architectural assistant to join its team. Special Requirement: All Graduates applying for this position must be pre-registered to the Commonwealth Graduate Fund. For more information on the scheme phone or email commonwealthgraduatefund glasgow. Job Description - Collective Architecture is an award winning practice providing architecture, urban design, exhibition and lighting design services to an diverse client base.

We are seeking an enthusiastic Part I architectural assistant to join our friendly and ambitious practice. We believe in providing a solid all-round Part I experience, which gives a good foundation for Part II and beyond. We also offer the opportunity for our Part Is to work across all project stages. As such, we are looking for an applicant who is creative and highly motivated with a range of skills, including excellent design ability, technical aptitude and a fluent knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite.

The ability to hand-draw and make models, as well as an existing knowledge of PowerCADD, would be advantageous. Collective Architecture encourages all members to take part in broader office meetings, presentations and social events, which will be of benefit to both the successful applicant and the Company. The workshop is part of an investigative process to develop proposals for lighting the waterfront. Jude, Jane, Mairi, Emma and Cathy who managed to avoid the camera joined over 20 women running for the charity who are raising money to fund their work and the refurbishment of their new home in the former Bridgeton Library building.

The exhibition is scheduled to visit a number of venues in Glasgow, details will be on our news page when available. Local regeneration agency Clyde Gateway are project managing this transition and recognise the importance of changing perceptions and fortunes of the local community. Their efforts extend locally providing a range of support services including adult literacy classes and one to one learning. A new archive and storage area will house the permanent collection with workshops space and office areas to ground and first floor.

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Access between levels has been provided via a new glass and metal encased lift tower etched with text. A full list of the nominations can be found here. Matt Mckenna from Dress for the Weather and Michael Holliday from Roots Design Workshop discussed how ecological design had influenced the ethos of their practices, one urban and one rural. Topics discussed ranged from tenement energy typologies to traditional building techniques on Tiree. Districts of Creativity is a short film by Michael Thomas Jones discussing the creative districts of Glasgow; King Street, Merchant City, Finneston and Speirs Wharf, that have seen a rise in creative industries over the past 10 years.

Today a small group from the office had an opportunity to look around the Red Tree Business Centre, due for full completion in the next few weeks. The centre is a radical refurbishment of a s concrete structure on Dalmarnock Road that was partially damaged by fire. Some great shots of Anderston on a sunny day from Nick who was visiting site yesterday. Our scheme of 49 residential units for Sanctuary HA has commenced on site this month.

Our latest project for homegroup in Cumbria has been granted planning permission, Powbeck Court and Calder Club housing will start construction at the end of March. The day was a fantastic success, with a great turnout despite the frosty weather! The artworks will remain in place for the next two weeks, and the walking tour booklet featuring illustrations by Toby is available to buy from a number of galleries and bookshops soon. Please contact us if you are interested.

The project was also shortlisted for a brick award, you can find the article on page The project will be launched on Sunday 9th December, join us and Toby for a tour of the artworks. Sculptural structures created by Toby and Collective Architecture are located at the points where the walk begins and ends in Pittencrieff Park and Public Park. This event is the first stage in a bigger project and it will be followed by the creation of a series of permanent artworks by Toby Paterson and Collective Architecture, integrated into the city in The permanent work, which will also focus on the experience of walking around Dunfermline is funded by Tesco Ltd as part of a Section 75 contribution to public art.

I greatly welcome this exciting development which will raise the profile of Dunfermline both locally and nationally. A guide to the walk has been produced with drawings by Toby Paterson and his own response to each landmark. Toby Paterson will be leading walks along the route and talking about his work on Sunday 9th December. Please come and join him on the guided walk or get a copy of the guide and to follow it at leisure. The programme on 9th December is as follows:. Limited places are available for the guided walks. Each walk will be ticketed via free tokens distributed on a first-come-first served basis at each temporary structure.

A number of tokens will be available for reservation prior to the event by emailing sophie ginkgoprojects. The sculptural structures will be in place in the park for a two week period from the 9th to 23rd December. Guides will be available after this time by contacting Ginkgo Projects at sophie ginkgoprojects. Please email sophie ginkgoprojects. Connect with the event on Facebook here , and reserve tickets here , or by emailing; information.

An early start for Cathy, Andy C and Chris this morning who are in Newcastle today presenting two schemes to the Home Group design panel; a young persons residential care facility in Lancashire and a metal health residential care centre in Solihull. Some more photos from Bridgeton Business Centre, due to be completed Spring Florence house, our latest project to be completed for the Home group northern framework was officially opened today, project architect Alan Smith went down to Egremont to join in the celebrations and chat to residents.

It was amongst some fantastic housing projects on the shortlist from across the UK. Florence house is one of our recent completed projects for the Home Group northern , the award was picked up by Andy G who was part of the design team alongside Alan Smith for Florence House and Bowflatts. Collective Architecture were at Maryhill Burgh Halls this Saturday running workshops with local residents as part of the Maryhill public artworks project.

A mini exhibition showcased designs produced by students of Cleveden Secondary School and John Paul Academy during workshops held over the past 4 weeks. Collective are working with artist Rachel Mimiec to produce designs for the public art trail that will form part of the ongoing Maryhill locks regeneration.

Nice walk round this morning to see all the final structures designed and built by stratharch Y1 architecture design construction daydreamer toshelter. This week Michael has been working with 1st year architecture students from Strathclyde University to build a series of shelters at Wiston lodge, South Lanarkshire. Collective Architecture are working on community engagement and proposals for public artworks to be situated in the new housing development at Maryhill Locks, Glasgow Phase 2.

As part of our ongoing workshop programme, Collective Architecture organised a canal boat trip for local residents. We invited residents who had been involved in our engagement process to join us on the trip along the Forth and Clyde canal to share a view of their area from a different perspective.

On board we explored maps of the local area, shared stories of the area and children created postcards of the trip. Working with Glasgow based artist Rachel Mimiec we are going to use the photographs, stories and information gathered to inform our ongoing engagement and development of proposals for Maryhill Locks Public Artworks. For more information on the project, click the photo. Collective Architecture were commissioned by Cadder Housing Association to produce a colour study for a recently over-clad housing estate in North Glasgow. A spectrum of colour gives increases the legibility of the previously monotonous blocks and adds definition to the balconies.

Dont miss the final week of bsigoingviral exhibition at Glasgow Science Centre ends 21 Oct! The exhibition is on display until November 5th. The cathedral was designed by Pugin and features a stunning painted timber ceiling. The boxes are located throughout the area on a number of buildings that are open this weekend 15th - 16th September , including the Tobacco Merchants House.

A map of all the site can be downloaded here: twitdoc. Each of the buildings and sites where the soundscapes are located were built with wealth generated by forced labour or associated with abolitionism. The seven pieces were written by Louise Welsh. The project was set up as part of the Merchant City Public Art Programme, The project was commissioned by Glasgow City Council and has been recorded with the help of professional actors, and students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Technical design and installation was carried out by sound and light company Northern Light.

The A listed former bank was re-erected in , and now functions as a resource for the local community. Collective Architecture have been asked to develop options for the long term use of the building, identifying ways of adapting spaces to better suit users needs and help establish the halls as a community hub.

Collective Architecture were commissioned to design a travelling exhibition that forms part of a major research project by Dr Robert Proctor, Lecturer in History of Architecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, funded by the Arts and Humanities Council. The exhibition shines a light on a period of extraordinary change in church architecture, through case studies of churches built between to Touring a number of unconventional venues, mainly churches throughout the UK, the brief demanded a freestanding lightweight structure that could be transported and constructed easily, and responds to the themes of the exhibition.

Collective Architecture developed a bespoke system using recycled honeycomb cardboard, a material that evokes the raw materiality of brutalist architecture. Interlocking panels create a modular structure, inspired by folding religious iconographic screens and principles of modernist design that emerged during the mid 20th Century. The case studies are presented through photographs, drawings and archive material, in a graphic style influenced by architectural magazines of the era. Collective Architecture were commissioned to design the exhibition, which will travel around churches in the UK, by the glasgow School of Art.

The exhibition also opens at Liverpool Metropolitan cathedral on 6th September. For more information on the venues please visit www. Nine key buildings are illustrated in depth using new and original photographs, archive documents and significant texts from the period. The subject of post-war Roman Catholic church architecture is articulated through three themes: Tradition and Modernity; Devotion and Liturgy; Church and City. Other work includes articles and talks and a book, due out in Collective Architecture have been commissioned to develop options for the future use of Langside Halls, an A listed building on the South Side of Glasgow as a community hub.

It is the culmination of a collaborative programme of work undertaken by 6 artists and 4 immunologists. Through their joint exploration of key functions of our immune system - and the daily battles it fights - the Going Viral artists have produced artworks that consider, question, interpret and present the immunology they have researched.

Going Viral begins as an exhibition comprising stories, film, sculpture, images and music. The experiences and encounters of those who visit it will spread, virus like, across real and virtual networks and will continue to grow beyond the life of the exhibition. The scaffolding is coming down on the rear facade of Bridgeton business centre, designed in collaboration with artist Toby Paterson. The sound installations draw on writings by Frederick Douglas - a freed slave, and also imagine the viewpoints of the city merchants, slaves and abolitionists. The project was commissioned by Glasgow City Council and has been recorded with the help of professional actors, and students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Technical design and installation was carried out by sounds and light company Northern Light. A map can viewed online here twitdoc. Collective Architecture and Queens Cross Housing Association were very pleased to pick up a commendation for environmental excellence at the Scottish home Awards for Hopehill Sheltered Housing, Glasgow.

Introducing an improved standard of housing to an area suffering from access problems and limited housing mix, the new accommodation provides 8no. Built upon a severe sloping site, these units have been designed to have level access to the primary entrance and have been positioned to create external private areas for each dwelling. The bungalows have been designed for less mobile elderly or wheelchair users, rooms are spacious to allow for less mobile tenants and wheelchair turning circles.

All homes will have level access to front entrances, the bungalows also have large canopies and an external bench. The building was imagined as two mono-pitched blocks, the larger of which is to have a rendered finish and the smaller to be clad in facing brick. These blocks step both in plan and elevation to create a distinctive aesthetic for the new development. The bungalows share a communal garden with drying areas for each house. This is accessed from a pathway to the west of the terrace. The family house is designed with the main living space and second bedroom on the ground floor with level access from the street.

The kitchen, master bed and family bathroom are upstairs with level access to the garden. This layout would allow for the possible future conversion of the first floor into an enhanced apartment with level access off the main road through the garden. Each house has large corner windows on the large render finished block, these will allow morning light to enter the master bedroom and living room as well as affording the residents views over the street and onto the hills beyond. The design features pre-cast panels designed in collaboration with Graphical House.

The new build flats at Ehen Court will provide a unique and iconic building within the heart of Egremont designed exclusively for elderly residents for Home Group North West. This is achieved by providing large open stairwells, seating spaces at each flat entrance space, open south facing communal gardens with landscaping and external benches to allow residents to socialise with their neighbours and enjoy retirement in the company of others.

Preparations for our lighting workshop tomorrow at Pollokshaws community carnival at Greenbank Park just off Auldhouse Road glasgow. Following an invited competition, Collective Architecture were chosen to work alongside the Gallus Games team, City Design Co-op and James Johnson from Getmade Design on a design for the temporary use of a stalled site in Govan, opposite the Riverside Museum.

Workshops to develop the design are currently underway…. This is the second award for the project, which also won Silver in the Placemaking and Masterplanning Category at the Roses Design Awards. The Seven Lochs Wetland Park masterplan and visioning study puts forward proposals for a new wetland park of national significance to the east of Glasgow. The site of the proposed wetland park is a The Seven Lochs Wetland Park offers an innovative model for a park, with its unique combination of habitat and wildlife preservation, opportunities for recreation, and the integration of new housing.

As a result of its size and location, the proposed park is ideally placed to create a countryside experience for visitors from urban areas to participate in activities that engage with nature. Tolcross Rd, Glasgow. The design makes the most of every opportunity for enhanced amenity and the use of generous-sized windows means the rooms are filled with light and a sense of space. Collective Architecture celebrated their 5th birthday on Friday 4th May, the party also marked the launch of the new website and the International year of Co-operatives.

Thanks to everyone who came along and danced until the wee hours, we all had a great time! Collective Architecture delivers for Northern England. Collective Architecture have taken their first bold steps into the Northern English new build social housing market with the completion of the project at Bowflatts, Great Clifton in November last year and the flatted development at Ehen Court, Egremont complete March of this year.

The new build Housing and Wheelchair Accessible Bungalows at Bowflatts , Great Clifton provide an improved standard of housing to an area suffering from access problems and limited housing mix. Constructed on a severe sloping site, these units have all been designed to have level access and have been positioned to create welcoming private front entrance.

The roof forms and stepped building lines accentuate the site topology providing a very unique street frontage. The distinctive character of the completed development contrast and compliment the surrounding existing house types and help provide a vibrant new mix of dwellings. The New Easterhouse Mosaic is a 25m long artwork which has been created by Alex and will welcome visitors to Platform. This project revolves loosely around the iconic Easterhouse Mosaic, a world-famous identifier within the area in the s that was created by the local community and located in Lochend.

Collective Architecture have overseen the remedial and preparation works to the wall and surrounding site as well as the installation of the artwork. Each of the mosaic panels were fabricated off site and installed using an innovative mix of old and new mosaic techniques, this process required Collective Architecture to work in close collaboration throughout with Alex and the project contractor KELSEN.

He contradicts the over familiarity of logos and brand identities of consumer products related to technology by using them as repeated motifs rendered in low-fi materials. Preparations have started for our 5th birthday celebrations…! Brand new website for the excellent Collective Architecture. More here. More information on all four schemes will be available on our new website which is launching this week, the awards are announced on May 25th, our finger are crossed!

However, most importantly Cathy has a manner which allows her to communicate with and gain respect from everyone connected with a project, starting from her clients, residents, other design team members, construction professionals and tradesmen. It was a major achievement to make sure that everyone involved had the same goal - to create a quaity product that everyone could be proud of.

Despite all the pressures of such a large, difficult development and the pressures of the current financial climate, Cathy kept everyone focussed on the task at hand. She was extremely methodical in examining each problematic issue that arose and she was determined to find a solution. A sneaky peek of the rear facade of Bridgeton Business Centre, designed in collaboration with Toby Paterson glasgow pink.

Working closely with engineers, design studies have been developed for various sites where water management is a big issue, using SUDS creatively as the principle driver of the layout and to create biodiverse public space. Working with several local authorities and key stakeholders, a co-ordinated open-space network plan has been developed to connect and open up the large swathe of wetlands between Gartcosh and Gartloch.

Displaying 1 entry tagged with "GIA-awards":. This is because the predominant language and methods of documentation within the architectural landscape are still typically geared towards accrediting sole typically male architects for the realisation of any project; this has never, and will never, be the case. So, VoE wanted to explore this reality — through stories and informal conversations — in a way that was convivial, intergenerational and work-focused. As the project grows and evolves, we hope to provide more people with a stronger voice, a greater opportunity to be heard and a positive landscape within which to tell the story of their working life.

Welcoming our new employee elected trustees Posted on May 22, Exciting times at Collective Architecture with the appointment of the new trust board as elected by the employees. For more information on Employee Ownership. Mental Health Awareness in the Workplace Posted on May 17, For Bake the World a Better Place, we encouraged members of our office to take some time out from their working day to eat cake and chat about mental health, with a particular focus on supporting mentally ill, anxious and stressed employees in the workplace.

Her first post discusses 'Design for Disaster'; Climate change and its increasingly apparent effects are being discussed now more than ever. Victor Departs on Parental Leave! Posted on March 08, Last day of work for Victoria before she heads off for some feet up time before her new arrival in early April. Well done to our new Architects! Posted on March 01, Triple celebrations this afternoon for our newly qualified Architects. Well done Neal, Cat and Carl! Letter of congratulations from the Scottish Government Posted on January 28, We are recruiting!

Posted on January 23, Happy New Year! Wishing everyone health and happiness in Well done to everyone involved, a great team effort at the end of ! Thank You Posted on December 11, Last week demonstrated the incredible strength of our creative community. AJ Architect of the Year ! Will Hurst for the Architects Journal. A fantastic night was had been all! She is now returning to the Mac to continue her studies in Architecture.

Vaarwel Freya! Posted on August 28, Freya joined Collective Architecture in June for a summer placement to help out on several projects. A very big thanks to all the staff that took part in this challenge and to everyone who contributed to the charity. Farvel Minty!

Posted on August 17, Cake baking has reached a new level at Collective Architecture! The whole office is waiting for someone to make the first cut as its far too beautiful to eat. Adios Natalia! Posted on July 18, Today we say a fond farewell to Natalia who has been working as an Architectural Assistant Part 1 in our Glasgow office. Celebrating Employee Ownership Day Posted on June 29, Collective Architecture is celebrating 11 years of employee ownership today.

For more information on the Sculpture Placement Group; www. Invitation to our Sculpture Adoption Posted on May 16, BBC Scotland visit Collective Architecture Posted on May 11, Collective Architecture are delighted to be taking part in the Scuplture Placement Project which is exploring ways of prolonging the life span of sculptures via adoption of artworks into workplaces and other public environments.

Wanted: Enthusiastic Studio Administrator Posted on October 30, Were looking for an Enthusiastic Studio Administrator Our friendly and creative architectural practice is currently on the lookout for an ambitious and enthusiastic studio administrator to join our team. The closing date for applications is Sunday 27th November - 5pm. A 6 STAR fav that gave me all the feels! Again, so complex. So overwhelming. So powerful. So incredibly good. An absolute must read! View all 7 comments.

Feb 07, Amy Foxy Blogs rated it it was amazing Shelves: arc-or-netgalley , books , 5-star , february I loved this book. Brilliant, extraordinary, heart touching … those are just a few words to describe The Smallest Part and yet there are still so much more that I could use to describe this magnificence story and still not do it justice. Harmon reached through the pages and grabbed my heart and kept it long after the story was done.

Who you are, who your friends are. Harmon dealt with three too. It had three characters and the one with the smallest part secondary character stole the show for me in Making Faces. In The Smallest Part there are three characters too, yes, there are more characters than three but three that are the main focus of the story. In the end, I love how number three played a role throughout this story.

Each chapter began with a little piece of their childhood and the reader gets a glimpse into how the past played a role in the present. It tied everything in the story and gave us more insight into the situation. The Smallest Part was an emotional experience for me. Reading the acknowledgment at the end of the book made me shed tears.

That experience has touched my life so knowing Ms. Harmon felt that too - hit me in the heart. The whole story reflects a deeper meaning of what family and friendship have in bonding to one another. View all 12 comments. This transgressions between 'Past' and 'Present' but it's done effortlessly and just adds more depth to the characters.

In the end only three things matter; how much you loved How gently you lived. And Mercedes always thought Noah was best suited for Cora and hid her feelings for him for a decade. And with that lie she let him go. Even though she loved him from the very bottom of her soul. So in letting him go she became the best friend, the bridesmaid, the godmother and the glue that kept them all together. Cora wanted to do it too? Mercedes and Noah have been best friends since they were 8 years old living in the same apartment complex then Cora is introduced to this duo and they became a trio, Cora from the outset seemed a little unhinged a little bit broken, wanting everything that Mercedes had, nothing was out of bounds, not even the guy.

This was such a complex story, so beautifully executed and it's no secret that I love stories like this one, a close knit friendship between three unlikely characters reeled me in as soon as I started reading and I found myself completely captivated by the storyline, pulled into the heartbreak, the angst, the suspense, the slow burn love that always simmered away in the background between Noah and Mercedes which stood the test of time and made me believe that love can conquer all.

View all 24 comments. Feb 13, NMmomof4 rated it liked it Shelves: 3-star , kids-baby , medical-personnel , taboo , friends-to-lovers , family-aspect , safe-with-exception , pnr , suspense , scribd. Not to say that it was a big disappointment or anything -- just different from what I was expecting. I completely wasn't expecting the PNR aspects it has in it! This book has one of the mcs in The Law of Moses in it as one of Noah's patients.

While I haven't read that book, I caught on right away with what the author was doing. I'm slowly easing myself out of my box every once in a while I think I was also wanting more explanation or grovel about why Noah ended up with Cora instead of fighting for Mercedes from his side of the situation. We understand Mercedes and Cora's reasoning, but Noah not so much. I felt like Mercedes deserved to know that from him! Some of the other things that happened just seemed a little too far fetched and a little eye-roll inducing for me but, again, it might just be that it was the PNR aspects that threw me off.

While I don't necessarily dislike this author, I am always a little bummed that I don't love her works like many of my GR friends seem to. The story begins when tragedy has stuck the pair when their best friend and wife has died. They both grieve the girl who had been with them since they were young children while trying to carry on living for the sake of each other and Noah's daughter. With this big new life change there are some secrets revealed, and they struggle to navigate their new reality along with the strong attraction and connection that they've always denied.

There are some sad moments, some cute moments, and some suspenseful moments Overall Pace of Story: Good until the rushed ending see below closure section. I never skimmed and I thought it flowed well otherwise. It does include a good bit of flashback scenes, but I thought the author did well in incorporating them. Instalove: No, they've known each other since they were kids. H rating: 4 stars. I liked him. I did, however, want him to be a little more alpha especially when it came to Mercedes. I liked her, but her martyrdom got a little old at times even though I understood where she was coming from.

The H is the main pursuer of the relationship. They have some scenes that are pretty low heat and come later in the story -- and not so many scenes that it takes away from the story at all. Descriptive sex: Kind of. I would say that it is more about the emotional connection rather than the physical act, and it's not all that descriptive but not fade to black either. I guess it is emotional cheating with the h and H while the H was married to their friend, but I didn't feel like they ever crossed the line into that and the OW was completely aware of their feelings all along.

They are never technically "together" to where I would classify it as a separation. I did want more of their future though with maybe more of a glimpse into their future than the rushed and jammed packed feeling epilogue we got. After many books by Amy Harmon, one thing is crystal clear, she has a way with words. Her words enchant, thrill and evoke feelings that refuse to be ignored. She digs deep, emotionally and personally.

The Smallest Part was thought provoking, emotionally heart-wrenching and beautiful. After reading the blurb I was immediately fascinated and intrigued. I felt emotionally charged just from reading what it was about. Her stories make you believe in more. In possibilities, fate, and relationships that are meant to be. The Smallest Part is an amazing example of that fact. From the very beginning I was enthralled and emotionally invested. Not only by the characters, but also their backstories, their lives, and their decisions.

With each chapter the author added another layer to the story. Her signature style of writing emotional and heartfelt beautiful stories, as well as three dimensional characters, that are relatable. Every single cast member is relatable, real, and flawed. These characters dig deep, and make the reader feel every nuance of what they are going through. Noah and Mercedes had the most wonderful friendship. Lots of teasing and good natured flirting happened between those two. The back and forth was evidence of how well they knew each other.

And their chemistry was undeniable. The level of commitment, and willingness to take care of each other was heartwarming. There aren't many authors who write such beautiful stories that make me feel good but also make me want to cry. The Smallest Part was a beautiful message, wrapped in an engaging and thoroughly captivating tale. It touched my heart and I shed few tears along the way. This book was a love story between two people that were meant to be together.

Noah and Mercedes had the most touching relationship. From children to adults, their friendship endured, grew, and was a thing of beauty. Both loved unconditionally, completely and selflessly.

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Their story was epic, heart achingly real, and touching. If you love second chance romances, a story that draws you in from the very beginning, writing that is excellent and characters that are genuine and authentic. Her stories are highly recommended, and should be on anyone's tbr. View all 4 comments. I love Amy Harmon's poetic writing, especially her fantasy books. This read was no different for me - I was living inside this book for while and found myself waking up during the night just so I could read it. I know what you're thinking, a love triangle?

Not quite. Without giving much away I will say that their situation is very complicated. The heroine of this novel has to step aside when her best friend stakes a claim on a guy she loves. She loves them both, in fact, and thus she wants nothing but for them to be happy. They are very human and they are flawed.

You can't help but sympathize with those characters who've messed up and done questionable things. This book speaks of suicide awareness and it was very interesting but at the same time haunting to read these stories. But that's totally on me, I know a lot of people love those parts dearly. But I'm always this way with my romances, either pnr all the way or nothing. Be prepared for an angsty ride!!! View all 8 comments. Read this review and many more at: Miles Book Blog. Authors like Amy Harmon are the reason I read. Her beautiful heart bleeds onto the pages of every book she writes. After I finish reading each book I'm left in awe of her writing, the soul of her books, and just how deeply my heart was captured by her stories.

The Smallest Part was no exception. It quickly made it to the top of my "favorite books" list, like the major Read this review and many more at: Miles Book Blog. It quickly made it to the top of my "favorite books" list, like the majority of Amy's books. At this point, I can't even choose a favorite from Amy's collection of works. All of her books speak to me in different ways, but the common denominator is how much each one made me feel. The Smallest Part is the story of Dr. I'm so happy we were given his story, because like everyone else, I was completely captivated by his gentle heart and eager to know more about how he became a widower at such a young age.

Though this book picks up with a character from previous novels, it reads perfectly as a standalone. I'm still sitting here with the sticky remnants of dried tears on my face after finishing this beautiful novel. I cried periodically throughout this entire story, which to me, means it is simply incredible and unputdownable. Though one of the main themes of this novel is death, including suicide, making the bulk of the story feel melancholy, it didn't in any way detract from how much I loved it.

If anything, the sad parts of the story made it all the more alluring in the end. As always, my heart was broken and sewed up bigger and more hardy than it was to begin with. If you're afraid to feel the heaviness, take comfort in knowing the characters' witty banter had me laughing too. There's a fine balance of hard and soft that was perfectly achieved, making this an all-around masterpiece. I loved the tie-ins with Amy's previous books, allowing readers to get a fuller description and feel for the characters in all three stories. I also couldn't help but love nearly all of the new characters in this book.

Mercedes was stellar - strong and vulnerable, steady and patient, and a true friend in every sense of the word. I don't know if I've ever loved one of Amy's heroines as much as her. I can't help but root for the altruistic characters, those who always love others more than themselves. The real world needs more of these characters! Life was hard from the get-go for her and she simply couldn't seem to rise above her circumstances, despite the love she was given.

It was truly heartbreaking to read, but such an important element to this story, especially after reading the author's note at the conclusion. My hands were literally trembling as I read about Amy's experiences with the subject matter, and my heart goes out to her and her family. Without giving too much away, I will say she has personally dealt with my biggest fear as a mother. I'm so thankful she used her terrible experiences for the benefit of others who may be struggling. Noah was everything. I can't even form a coherent thought about how much I loved him.

He was good and kind and everything a man should be. To feel so safe and so certain of a person that you are able - able - to take them for granted? Most people go their whole lives afraid to be who they are, afraid to be real and vulnerable and human, because they are sure the people they care about will walk away. As usual, my words cannot convey the depth of love I have for yet another book from Amy. I just hope that my inadequate thoughts encourage you to pick up this book.

My heart soars with the privilege of having been able to read it. View all 9 comments. This may be an ARC given by the author it has no influence whatsoever in my always honest opinion. She does not write about superheroes saving the world in epic ways. She writes about small people being quietly extraordinary. In a lifelong silent, constant and discreet support. It's a daunting review to write as this book had another "feel" to it than other books written by Amy. Not any This may be an ARC given by the author it has no influence whatsoever in my always honest opinion.

Not any less good but the writing is different. It's concrete. It's real and beautiful. I would say it does not fly so high you seem to be in Heaven but rather it walks right alongside you holding your hand like an old constant friend. The heart of the book is about the power of true friendship. Friendship which is a variation of love. It is perfect and powerful in this story. Mercedes knew Noah first. They have been best friends since she was eight years old. Mercedes loves Noah, always have. But she did not claim him before their other friend Cora did.

She could have said that. She could have called dibs. Why did she let him go? For the boy who was so obviously perfect for her? Why did she have to be so.. When Cora gets the prize what do you think Mercedes tells her? Is she petty? Love him. You know that. He might be the easiest man in the universe to love, because he expects so little.

He expects nothing and is grateful for everything. With a man like that, how could you worry about being enough? He is an extraordinary next-door man. A miracle. He gave so much and expected so little. When tragedy will hit Mercedes will be the backbone, the strength. These are two selfless characters and I thought that Cora was a very selfish girl. I have very ambivalent feelings toward Cora. Maybe Amy will be saddened by this but I did not love Cora. I know she had reasons to be selfish. To trump Mercedes. She had bad cards dealt in life. But not everyone with problems is turning selfish like she did!

She was jealous and insecure. Mercedes is MY underdog and she should never have been one to begin with. She should have been the main character of this love story. I was angry with Mercedes even if I loved her to pieces at the same time. That was until she explained her reason about the most important part by the end. Then I grasped the endless extent of Mercedes wisdom. But you loved me because I was strong. I was steady. And having your love and your affection was too important to ruin it with sex and jealousy and childish love triangles.

I knew that if I gave up all claim on your body, I could keep your heart. That was the part that mattered most to me. Parting notes: first I love how this story is intricately linked to Moses story another favorite of mine. Second read her acknowledgement. Oh yes! Have you read any Amy Harmon's books? Do you plan to? Thanks for reading and Happy Sunday!

She's created such a beautiful breathtaking story with such amazing characters that will forever live in your heart. If you are new to Amy Harmon Amy Harmon writes novels that make us believe in a better world. Novels that give us hope in humanity, and reminds us that kindness, love, and friendship matter. Shared fear. Shared uncertainty. Shared childhood. Whatever it was, it had cemented them. Three children that become fast best friends. Forced to mature quickly because of their trials and tribulations, our trio form a solid bond that carries them long into their adulthood.

We get glimpses into that past while watching the present unfold. Which keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. When the unimaginable happens we have to sit back and watch with broken hearts, as the characters we instantly fell in love with, struggle to put their lives back together as best they can. This trio will be engraved in your heart. The way they love and protect each other.

The funny banter they have. They are everything you look for in real life and in our favorite novels we read again and again. A warning to the reader You don't know what's going to happen. Of course, the author is going to deliver a perfectly beautiful romance I mean come on! It's Amy Harmon!

There are twists you won't see coming and hurdles to overcome before you can get to that perfect blissfull exhale that comes with the happily ever after. This book does deal with a very serious issue. An issue that plagues so many people all over the world. Without spoiling anything the only thing I will say is that the author delivers a powerful message about depression and how it affects the ones you love.

It's tragic, gripping and eye-opening. Once again the author has taken my breath away with her amazing characters and original breathtaking story. Her books always have a beautiful romance. Like omg I think steam was coming off my kindle!! It was epic and so unexpected!! Not that her other books are ever missing anything at all.

But the raw passion she delivers in this story so perfectly placed to really grasp the beauty and power of love these two people have. I think Amy pulled it off flawlessly. It was beautifully romantic and I felt their all-consuming love for each other gripping my heart right from the pages. This book only serves to confirm why she is not only a favorite author of mine but also an instant click!!

View all 23 comments. Feb 14, Wil Loves Books! Her ability to tell stories is like no other. And this book, this book, man, is just amazing. She writes real stories, stories that make you feel, stories that make you think, and both things I sure did. They stood in the darkened alcove, kissing like they would never get another chance, like kissing was life itself, and the moment they stopped, the world would stop too.

Noah Andelin. But anyway, Dr. Noah has a small, intriguing but important part on The Law of Moses. Ever since Moses, I was totally intrigued, so I was definitely looking forward to this. A friendship that spans over 20 years and even transcend death. A friendship between two girls and a boy, about choices and fate and the consequences of your decisions. It also dabbles into some difficult themes like death, suicide, depression, war and mental illness. I definitely think this is one you should experience for yourself without spoilers.

I will say that I loved Mercedes and I loved Noah dearly, together and separately. I also want to say, that this is not a love triangle and can totally be read as standalone. So, do I recommend this? There was now. Here I am, her thoughts screamed. But I felt it. It's a friends to lovers romance surrounding a single dad and his best friend. It's a tragic story of loss. It's a testament to friendship and it's a slow burning love story that spans "You three are all tangled up like. It's a testament to friendship and it's a slow burning love story that spans decades.

It's a spiritual story of hope and forgiveness, an otherworldly account of what might exist beyond what we know for sure. And it's another unputdownable gem of a storyline to add to the lengthy list of my Amy Harmon favorites. I was pleasantly stunned more than once by Amy Harmon's choices in this book. Everything from the edgy dialogue, the angsty dynamic between these characters, and the unexpectedly sexy scenes came as a complete surprise to me. Harmon consistently delivers stories that are richly layered, that pack so much depth, that never lack romantic complexity or sensuality even if they're subdued.

This trio of friends make for one of the most angsty dynamics Harmon has written. Noah Andelin just about killed me. I never expected to fall in love with the good doctor, but I'm gone. Totally and completely gone. I can't lie, Cora infuriated me in this book.

But her character also resonated with me in a profound way. She adds a layer of desperation and desolation to this story. She's the wind, a character that changes and moves, never knowing who she is or where she belongs. Mercedes Lopez might be the most refreshingly colorful character I've read in recent memory. She's fiery. She's sweet and sassy and she's a rock for a man that's otherwise been left to flow aimlessly through his life. Their story is messy and it certainly tugs at the heart strings, but it still manages to feel light and sensual and so perfectly right in the end.

The more I think back on this book, the more brilliant I think it is. It's the kind of story that sneaks up on you. It's a slow fall, a subtle shift, a natural progression that kind of knocks you on your ass by the time it's all said and done. It's beautifully romantic, this story of a woman stepping in to help her recently widowed best friend take care of his daughter when all her life she's remained his constant, dependable, easily taken for granted, friend-zoned confidant.

Of course this isn't just a romance. It's a solid story of friendship and family but it's knotted with unpredictable twists and turns, with bombshell revelations, with mesmerizing characters, with soul shattering emotional uncertainty. There are moments in this book that make me want to weep as I think back on them. There are words exchanged that literally take my breath away. With every book she publishes, I'm reminded of why Amy Harmon is one of my favorite authors. This book was simply magnificent.

It turns out the smallest part often steals the show and that's what just happened here with this story. Noah was a relatively obscure character in The Law of Moses, a character I didn't think much of if I'm being honest. But here with his own storyline, with his best friends and his heartache and his little girl, Dr Noah Andelin came out of nowhere and blew me away. It toggles between the past and present time frame with a third person penmanship that slowly and certainly builds the layers of the narrative and drew me into a story that illustrates the perspective of both the male and female protagonist.

It delves into the unknown and explores the ties of love. Every single element of the story is beautiful, a word I'll try not to overuse in my passion for this novel but it's a word that is so apt in explaining the nature, story and characters of, 'The Smallest Part.


Having said that, each and every character within the writing canvas are important to the telling, including the sweetest little girl and the dashing, sexy, charming and downright beautiful human being that is Noah, the hero at the heart of the story arc. The Smallest Part has a cast of characters who all leave their mark and have a solid relevance to the development of this gorgeous story. Although this is most definitely a standalone novel, Moses, a well-loved character from a previous Harmon novel makes several appearances. I very much appreciated his significance and the way the author weaved his character into the narrative.

It really is very clever and super special. The Smallest Part showcases this authors talent for portraying a compelling story packed full of emotion and engaging characters. Heartfelt and heart-warming. There's sadness and hope, second chances and most of all there's love. It completely captured my heart and took me along on the most romantic journey.

We have souls. We have purpose. The love triangle trope is one that I stay far, far away from, and this one promised to be the mother of all love triangles. It's not that I shy away from angst in general, but triangles have just never been a favorite of mine. It wasn't until I found out that this story was about Dr.

That was one of the few books that made me ugly cry It hurt so good , and there was no doubt in my mind that I needed to read Noah's own journey to happiness. The Smallest Part is about the strength and power of friendship first and foremost. It's about a love that you sacrifice for, an unselfish love that withstands time and tribulations. It has the feel of a second chance romance with a slow, unhurried burn between Noah and Mercedes. These two were straddling the friendship line when they were younger, but she quietly took a step back.

Her heart was bruised ever since. They never got the chance to explore what could have been, but the years they spent together as children built a core of loyalty and love that could never be broken. We learn about the relationship between Cora, Noah, and Mer through short flashbacks. When they were the Three Amigos. Three kids who didn't have much at all, except for each other. Mercedes is the tiny friend, but don't let her size fool you. When she loved you, it was freely and fiercely. There were no half measures with her. His mother was indifferent and neglectful, and his father could have been any face in a crowd.

When he found Mer, and then Cora, the affection he found with them was an oasis for a boy who was desperately thirsty for love. He had no parental guidance to speak of. Yet there was a wisdom and substance to him from the beginning that ripened so sweetly as he matured into a man. Cora was the fragile one. When she was a child, she witnessed something horribly traumatic and something broke inside of her. To be completely honest, I can't say that I really understood Cora.

The more the book wore on, I felt like the less I knew her. Her behavior, motivations and thought processes were a mystery to me, and I could have really used some chapters or segments from her POV. I understood that she was always protected by the other two, and that's understandable considering the type of love they had for her.

But her actions were not those of a true friend, I just could not accept many of the selfish things she had done. If Cora was wind, Mer was rock. In the present time, Noah and Mercedes' relationship faces its most difficult test yet. Like everything else in their life, they do it side by side.

Until secrets start to become unearthed and their choices in dealing with them have alarming consequences. Personally, I was pretty angry at Mercedes for a little while, more so than Noah. I don't feel as if their failure to communicate canceled each other out, because what she was concealing had a direct and monumental effect on him. It was something that he needed to know.

He wasn't right either, but it wasn't as much of a betrayal for him to keep quiet in my opinion. I'm attempting to stay nonspecific here to avoid spoilers, so my apologies on my vagueness. At times, I was frustrated with Mercedes for resembling a martyr. I wanted her to stand up, demand the things in life that she deserved unapologetically. She was such a giving person, with a beautiful loving soul, but she didn't know how to ask for love and respect in return.

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