Cliff has operated as a freelance consultant since 2004. He does research, authors reports and is a facilitator and trainer. While at Heriot-Watt University he was also involved in contract research.

He has worked on numerous projects:

  • With Spatial Foresight GmbH ( ) to deliver research-based reports for the ESPON Co-ordination Unit on European territorial development and policy.
  • With the Royal Town Planning Institute ( to deliver the UK National Contact Point for the ESPON 2013 programme. 
  • As an external expert for the Royal Town Planning Institute on transnational projects within the ESPON 2013 programme.
  • For the ESPON 2013 Co-ordination Unit as a peer reviewer on Sounding Boards for research projects.
  • On European Union INTERREG projects.
  • On other European projects.
  • On Commonwealth, international and global projects.
  • On UK projects.  
Wednesday, 26 June 2019 11:39

Would you buy a Frank Lloyd Wright house to demolish it?

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The 882 square foot cottage may be tiny, but it sits on a large lot in an affluent Chicago suburb, which I passed through earlier this month. It's a place where magnificent trees line roadsides punctuated with recently installed  "period" lighting, in front of huge mansions that command eye watering amounts of money to buy. The Wall Streeet Journal reports that the Booth Cottage is under threat of demolition, and that local planning and conservation ordinances may not be enough  to save it. The report observes that "People are usually surprised to learn that America’s historic buildings, no matter how significant, go unprotected unless there is a local preservation ordinance. Even those ordinances are typically toothless, since they can be overruled for reasons of 'hardship', a category so elastic that the inability to maximize the profit potential of your property can count." Hardship is not easy to spot in Glencoe. 

In general, Wright's name on a property has added sufficient value to dissuade property owners from demolishing his buildings. Could the fate of the Booth Cottage signify a wider shift in values in Trump's America? 



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