The online life of Damian Wines, from Buro Happold, reveals a passion for the beautiful game, a hunger for new ideas and a dilemma over digital books – are they a no-no for advocates of sustainability?

Damian Wines senior engineer, Buro happold

What’s your favourite website?

BBC is my universal source of information for sports and news but I also look up Football365 ( regularly for all the latest footie gossip.

What is your favourite gadget?

The Sony Reader, which is starting to sell in decent numbers although I’m unsure it will ever take over from the paperback. I’m still trying to justify one, mindful of energy use and associated carbon emissions, and have not arrived at a conclusion.

What’s the most useful website for work?

The Construction Information Service has a great selection of literature if you need to catch up on anything technical and, of course, there’s BSD’s website!

What was the last track you downloaded?

“Illegal Attacks” by Ian Brown, a firm favourite of mine since the Stone Roses.

What was the subject of the last email you received?

A discussion about internal lift shaft dimensions, lift car sizes and Disability Discrimination Act requirements.

Social networking or face-to-face?

If you have an issue that needs to be resolved, then face-to-face is the best answer. You can get around many an obstacle by sitting down with people and just talking about it. But social networking can be useful in the right circumstances.

Who is your favourite blogger?

I don’t do blogs.

What’s the best link you’ve been sent?

Wayne Rooney being “nutmegged” by a youngster – and, no, I’m not a Manchester United fan.

What was the last thing you bought online?

Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers. I’ve read several of his books, including The Tipping Point, which looks at trends. We could do with this type of thinking to encourage sustainable design. (

What is the funniest piece of spam you have received?

I receive only the odd email about Viagra, so someone in IT is doing a good job.