Monday, 30 November 2009


Please have a look at Lebbeus Woods blog. He writes about Daniel Libeskind's machines: the writing, the reading, the memory machine. 


Sunday, 29 November 2009

Ilkka Halso - Museum of Nature

An ongoing project of ilkka halso, thinking about landscape futures, very interesting, you might enjoy.

"Museum of Nature is next step in continuum of imaginative nature restoring project, which started year 2000 as Restoration exhibition. Restoration series was about restoring single nature objects in means of technology and building skills.

Museum project takes one step further. I make plans and construct visually buildings, which protect nature from treaths of pollution and and what is more important from actions of man himself.

... While putting nature into a museum you have to take under consideration aspect of audience/ consumer. Nature becomes joyride for turists or beautyfull landscape turns into a meditative theatre show."

Rest of article: click here

Funny and Strange Japanese Inventions

Some weird stuff by Kenji Kawasaki including panoramic head camera, finger brush and cat duster.

interview with kenji

ten in one gardening tool and some more

subway chin rest and more
you can find out more about history of useless inventions here

Helicopter Boyz

A couple of children + a load of Nikon cameras (which also have projectors) and a ton technical coordination (by that I mean all the cables - not the kids dancing) =

Dogville comedies

Some interesting old dogville comedies from the 1930s:

A few more:

The Lonesome Stranger - All Monkey Western
(Some interesting props and scene, monkeys as humans and dogs as horses)

The Two Barks Brothers - Part 1 | Part 2

The Big Doghouse

Sandra Backlund; Architectural forms

Backlund approaches her work as a sculptor, rather than a tailor. With lashings of improvisation and freedom of expression, Backlund explores the way the body and silhouette can be so easily distorted through forms and structural compositions. Her recent work is heavily occupied by wool, and the results are so interesting. It says on her website; "It is through heavy wool knitting I have found the ultimate way to express myself. It is the freedom to make your own material while working, the absolute challenge, the real thing, and everything that the modern fashion industry is not"

Take a look at her website, some really beautiful designs Sarah Backlund

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Ecological Activity and Education Center, Koh Kood, Thailand by 24H Architecture

Photography credits Boris Zeisser (24harchitecture) and Kiattipong Panchee
Thank you Architecture Review

Turning dunes into architecture

Architecture student Magnus Larsson details his bold plan to transform the harsh Sahara desert using bacteria and a surprising construction material: the sand itself. 

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Cardboard banquet, Cambridge, UK by Studio 2, University of Cambridge + Rentaro Nishimura

First and third-year students from Tom Emerson (of practice 6a), Ingrid Schröder and Max Beckenbauer’s Studio 2 from the Department of Architecture at The University of Cambridge designed this cardboard structure for a banquet on the 23 October to celebrate the new term.

(text from ARPLUS)

LINK to ARplus

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

HOW to retrieve your homework/sketchbook

Shorpy archives

A really great website with old stock photography donated and taken from national archives, especially the Library of Congress research archive. Nice high quality web images, really worth taking a look! It's a trip to another world.

visit Shorpy;

Building with recycled shipping containers

Some contemporary building uses of recycled shipping containers:

Keetwonen, Amsterdam is the name of the biggest container city in the world and one of many such developments now inhabited primarily by students in Amsterdam:
Top 3 pictures above

On the approach road to the Blackwall Tunnel, London, office blocks:

In the 2012 Olympic Park, the ‘View Tube’ offers views of the venues for the Games currently being built:
The Freitag Shop, Zurich, a design inkeeping with their stock: unisex bags made from recycled truck tarpaulins, bicycle inner tubes and seat belts, with no two alike. The genius of the idea was that, like the building’s containers, the bags were utilitarian and environmentally responsible yet individual at the same time.
Bottom picture above-Christophe Margot for The New York Times


Gustav Metzger Project Stockholm, planned 1972, realised 2007 June

The project placed 120 cars around a rectangular, clear polyetene construction two and a-half to four-meters high. ‘The engines of these 120 cars run from morning to night, producing exhaust gases that are piped into the interior of the structure, so that it increasingly becomes a grey, acrid nightmare’.


Pak Sheung Chuen’s Breathing in a House, 2006

Hong Kong artist Pak Sheung Chuen’s installation is the outcome of his stay in an average two person flat (6.7m x 2.7m x 2.2m) in Busan, Korea. He carried on living his normal daily routine there, but in the meantime collected all of his breath in transparent plastic bags until they consumed the entire living space. The work is a performative investigation into the everyday living situation of the place as well as a sculpturally investigation into the air-space which is defined as the negative space of the place. After completion he felt as if part of his life had been absorbed by the apartment.


Michael Rakowitz’s Parasite, 2000

An inflatable shelter for homeless people produced from plastic bags and attached to the air vents on buildings. It is heated from the warm air expelled.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009


Philippe Rahm Architects, Pulmonary Space, 2009

‘is a form made to inflate when 5 musicians blow into their wind instrument. In his statement about Pulmonary Space, Rahm refers to Hegel who considered music the most beautiful art form and architecture the lowest art form. According to the philosopher, the more an art form goes beyond its materiality, the less it is constrained by the natural world and the closest it is to pure spirit, the more elevated and transcendent it became. Today we know that sound or voice are not abstract nor dematerialized. They possess a physical, biological and chemical dimension. Pulmonary Space gives a visible, physical presence to music’.

Kerridge and Stott, Biojewellery, 2004

'Biojewellery’ started out by looking for couples who wanted to donate their bone cells. Subsequently bioengineered bone tissue was taken to a studio at the Royal College of Art to be made into a pair of rings. The bone was combined with traditional precious metals so that each partner has a ring made with the tissue of their partner. The rings were exchanged in a ceremony that saw the two people literally giving a piece of themselves to their cherished partner.

David Byrne ‘Playing the Building’ at the Roundhouse

Playing the Building is a sound installation in which the physical infrastructure of the Roundhouse, Camden, is converted into a giant musical instrument.

Marcos Cruz

Architect/ Co-founder of Marcosandmarjan/ Lecturer for Unit 20.

His individual research is dedicated to a future vision of the body in architecture, questioning the contemporary relationship between the human flesh and the architectural flesh. ‘In a time when a pervasive discourse about the impact of digital technologies risks turning the architectural ‘skin’ ever more disembodied, his aim is to put forward the notion of a Thick Embodied Flesh by exploring architectural interfaces that are truly inhabitable’.

Haque Design and Research

Architectural collective that create responsive environments, interactive installations, digital interface devices and mass-participation performances. To include the ‘Reconfigurable House’- an environment constructed from thousands of low tech components (sensors and actuators), a space that can be reconfigured consciously and unconsciously by its occupants.

Monday, 23 November 2009

MADE FROM PIG by Christien Meindertsma

PIG 05049
Christien Meindertsma has spent three years researching all the products made from a single pig. Amongst some of the more unexpected results were: Ammunition, medicine, photo paper, heart valves, brakes, chewing gum, porcelain, cosmetics, cigarettes, conditioner and even bio diesel.
Meindertsma makes the subject more approachable by reducing everything to the scale of one animal. After it's death, Pig number 05049 was shipped in parts throughout the world. Some products remain close to their original form and function while others diverge dramatically. In an almost surgical way a pig is dissected in the pages of the book - resulting in a startling photo book where all the products are shown at their true scale (1:1).
Initial credits: Julie Joliat
The project was exhibited in the Kunsthal in Rotterdam in 2008.
Images of Kunsthal exhibition : Kenji Masunaga
PIG 05049 won the Index Award 2009 in the category play.

thank you Laura Allen!

Friday, 20 November 2009

HOW TO ARCHITECT - How to design

Have fun!

Unfortunately a scary voice, and even scarier sketches.... actually really really scary. And his french accent is really really really scary.

Design is certainly not like that.


Most architects who build do not make buildings; they make information that makes buildings. Making buildings requires acquiring knowledge not only of the world of information exchange, but also of the world of making things. It is an expertise that goes beyond the architectural drawing and an expertise that many designers cannot claim to fully possess or practice.
Design through Making is not only directed at architects, but engineers, educators, fabricators, machine operators, and anyone with an interest in the manifestation of ideas. It seeks to challenge outmoded notions that building production is preceded by design, and making is merely the cooking of the raw, or the end game where no further design ideas are explored. Here, a hybrid mode is recognised where the investigation of ideas is fully engaged with the tactile, physical nature of architecture and building processes. It is an issue that celebrates the re-emergence of making, not merely as an immense resource for ideas, experimentation and customisation, but as a critical resource that will redefine architectural practices.
This title includes the work of Block Architecture, Mark Burry, Thomas Heatherwick Studios and Walter Pichler; there is also a special feature on Japanese traditions in architecture. Contributors include: Iain Borden, Sarah Chaplin, David Dunster, Jonathan Hill and Mark Prizeman.

Bob Sheil is a lecturer, researcher and practising architect based in London, UK. He runs diploma unit 23 at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, where he also teaches material-forming techniques and is Director of web information systems. He has been a guest lecturer at Edinburgh University Faculty of Architecture, University of Cambridge School of Architecture, Slade School of Art and Tulane University, New Orleans, USA. He is also a founding partner in sixteen*(makers), a workshop-based architectural practice.

LINK to Wiley Publisher
LINK to sixteen* (makers)


118 WallyPower

118 WallyPower is a luxury, high performance superyacht which brings technology and design together in perfect harmony. It won the MYDA (Millennium Yacht Design Award). vertical bow, lateral air inlets, and angular deck superstructure are the main features of interest, but the whole thing is pretty awesome! It really is a beautifully crafted vessel, but at a lofty $33million i don't think we'll ever be mooring one up, unless it's on the wall with a poster of one.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009


Please have a look to last nights film on Anish Kapoor.

Anish Kapoor is one of the most influential sculptors of his generation, known for works of staggering complexity and scale. He now faces his biggest challenge yet as the first living British artist to have a solo show occupying the entire Royal Academy gallery. His response is a series of audacious installations.
With exclusive access to his studio, Alan Yentob follows him through a period of intense productivity. Kapoor talks candidly about his childhood in India, his early years as an artist and his creative process.
An insight into one of Britain's most accomplished and popular sculptors. (BBC)

LINK to Anish Kapoor Website