Sunday, 28 February 2010

Guardian Disappearing Acts - SADDLE MAKING

Hastilow is one of the few saddleries left in the UK. The job of saddle maker is a disappearing one. Here we look at just how intricate the craft is.



If you need to enlarge or reduce some drawings, plans etc, you can download a program for windows.

TOWER OF SILENCE - Steven Holl Architects

Manchester, WA, United States, 1992-1992
PROGRAM: architectural retreat

Sited next to three 150-foot-tall Douglas fir trees, which form a vertical, cathedral-like void, this wood-frame studio for painting and writing is sheathed in local natural cedar boards. The 16-square-foot plan is stacked in two rooms of 256 square feet each. The cantilevered porch faces east with Puget Sound, Blake Island, and Seattle in the distance.
LINK to Steven Holl
Steven Holl on WIKIPEDIA

Bartlett Year 1 Students explaining their project - Rachel

Here is the first video of last years students explaining their building project. This is Rachel.

Alan Wexler Studio - A building for water collection with buckets



Highline by Floto+Warner

"The High Line is a park with a difference: it runs along a former elevated goods railway built in the 1930s. The park is designed by landscape architect James Corner Field Operations and architect Diller, Scofidio + Renfro and it opened in June.

It runs for nine blocks between the Meatpacking District and Chelsea, passing through several buildings along 10th Avenue and stopping abruptly at 20th Street. Phase two, which landscapes another ten blocks of line, opens next year."

Johanna Agerman, Icon Magazine

more photos of the highline

studio-kg: scenter

"one particular scent can bring back more memories than a thousand pictures. with this
in mind, madrid based architecture and design studio studio-kg created 'scenter', a depository
that captures scents helping to evoke personal memories. concentrated personal fragrances
are stored inside compact cartridges, their scent being released through a nozzle upon
pressing the bellows."

small catridges storing various objects

Saturday, 27 February 2010

How to get a hip into a bottle - with a strong german accent....

If you have ever wondered how a ship gets into a bottle - Here you will find the answer! Have a look how professionals are doig this delicate job. Your hands are too big for that? No problem!

i sink sis is a koot iteeea, or wat do ju sink....

my favourite is the rooster in the background noise.... a classic...


Seoul, Korea, 2007
LINK to Steven Holl
PROGRAM: mixed-use complex with offices, retail, cafe, sky bar, exhibition space, and double level vertical park.

The "weave" concept for this project refers to four different meanings: a double level and Vertical Park in the form of a weave; the old historic morphology of Seoul's Kangbuk district with its intricate weave of streets, historic structures and gardens; the new role of the surrounding fashion district and textiles; and a 21st century aspiration to fuse landscape, urbanism and architecture.

The site's historic trace of the ancient castle wall is envisioned to be reconstructed in cast glass blocks which are the same size and dimensions of the original stones. At night, these glass blocks will glow and add a special quality to the new landscape.

The basic morphology of the macro scale "weave" is based on a tri-axial fabric which yields six-sided voids. These spaces take on various configurations-skylights, gardens, water ponds, fountains¬-as the phase change of the "weave" responds to variations over the landscape.

At the site's southwest corner, the "weave" suddenly turns vertical, forming an open porous framework for the relocation of a vertical section of the Park. The tri-axial structure is open with an open air carbon fiber weave curtain. On the upper level, elevators serve a sky bar and café, public observation deck and visitors information centre, while a large below grade public lobby joins all public circulation to the subway stations and underground shopping malls.

Terunobu Fujimori Tree House in Nagano Video

Roland Hagenberg interviews Japanese architect Terunobu Fujimori in his treehouse in Nagano.
one to watch.

Modern Mechanix Archive

This blog has loads of newspaper articles from the 30s and 40s with some interesting diagrams and illustrations. This link is to the music section but I'm pretty sure there are plenty of others.


How to cook pancakes danish style...

Danish pancakes, norwegian waffles.... sound all like finnish scrambled eggs to me, sorry Nadia! But it reminded me of something....

Guardian Disappearing Acts - BOOKBINDING

 Binding books LINK to FILM

At Shepherds' Sangorski & Sutcliffe bookbindery in London, a team of craftsmen and women headed by Ali Strachan hand-produce books in a process essentially unchanged for hundreds of years. Photographs by Graeme Robertson

Maggie Nichols, traditional craft bookbinder, at work at Shepherd's Bookbinder. Photograph: Graeme Robertson
You could write a book about how to bind a book, and over the last 500 or so years quite a few people have. It is a process of 36 stages, each requiring a distinct skill. And as the battered board hanging on the wall of Shepherds' Sangorski & Sutcliffe bookbindery in Victoria, London, proclaims: "No machine has yet been invented which is able to do any of these operations as well as can be done by hand." Read more here

Thank you Guardian

BBC Mastercraft - BLACKSMITH

Monty Don celebrates six of the traditional crafts that built our nation and its heritage, ranging from thatching to stonemasonry. Under Monty's watchful eye three hopefuls who are passionate about learning crafts are put through their paces by the country's leading practitioners

The humble village smithy was, for centuries, the most important place in the village and it was the craft of the blacksmith, more than any other, that during the industrial revolution transformed Britain into the great workshop of the world.

Market trader Dominic Branch, 37, museum educator Gill Fewings, 47, and architectural illustrator Hugh Gallagher, 40, take up their places as enthusiastic beginners in a three-hundred-year-old forge in Humberside to learn this ancient craft.

It takes four to five years to train properly as a blacksmith. During their six-week course, our trainees learn the foundations of the craft - from how to forge precision decorative panels to making their own tools.

They are be instructed by Don Barker, the first working blacksmith in 200 years to be appointed to the court of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths. He has made ironwork for the royal family, Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral.

While Monty explores the importance of blacksmithing in history and joins in an experiment to test the same method the Romans would have used to smelt iron ore, the trainees learn how to make everything from nails to scrolls and snubs; finally putting all they have learnt into practice to design and forge decorative front gates, unassisted, for local Ferriby residents.

Can they pull it off and impress not only their clientele but the only living Gold Medal holder of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, Bob Hobbes?
Broadcast on: BBC Two, 9:00pm Friday 26th February 2010
Available until: 9:59pm Friday 26th March 2010     
Go to Mastercrafts site

Memorial for Tree of Knowledge by m3architecture and Brian Hooper

Full article at Dezeen



With an unprecedented number of architectural exhibitions, talks, debates, tours and events taking place across the city, London has proven that it treats architecture seriously. The London Architecture Diary is the one place that has full daily listings to keep you up to date with the architectural circuit.
You should all sign up for the newsletter to know what is going on in London. Most lectures, exhibitions, talks, events etc are on there.


The Paper Architects

The Princeton Architectural Press published In 2003 the book Brodsky & Utkin: The Complete Works and catch up our attention over the group known as the Paper Architects.
In 1957 Kruschev declared that the socialist realist architecture was an “over-decorated” style and abolished the academy of architecture. In that years, from the 60s to the 80s, modern technology and especially prefabrication, was developed worldwide to satisfy the urgence of mass housing, but especially in Russia it was exploited to produce an aesthetic communist discourse to promote the idea that of any kind of decoration and creative ideas were considered unnecessary and immoral. The group Paper Architects was created in Moscow to protest against all this ideas in a moment where the architectural practice was corrupted by the tedious standardized production, and a barren ideological legacy in the late 1980s.

We can read in the essay Alternative Identities: Conceptual Transformations in Soviet and Post-Soviet Architecture by Anna Sokolina:
While the generation of the 1960s used architecture to improve reality, the paper architects of the first decade after perestroika withdrew into the beautiful, magic world of paper architecture, opposing official Soviet architecture through their neo-constructivist designs, deconstructive or historicist replicas, and postmodern contextualizations.
The most representative works of this period was the designs made by Alexander Brodsky and Ilya Utkinamong others, so here are some of their art-works-designs-architecture-schemes:

Friday, 26 February 2010

Charlie Chaplin - Modern Times

please see all the other films as well!

Tactile Maps and Imaginary Geographies - Inuit Maps of the Greenland Coastline

Inuit Carved Wooden Maps
Peter Whitridge wrote a brilliant article titled Landscapes, Houses, Bodies, Things: “Place” and the Archaeology of Inuit Imaginaries that queried the binary set up between space and place wherein space is portrayed as empty, scientific, geometrical, and place is embodied, historical, culturally-constructed. To do this, he demonstrated Inuit placemaking in songs, myths, legends, even tongue-twisters where Unalakleet place names are strung together–mnemonics of places along travel routes. Personhood encorporates place, and every personal name corresponds with a place name; both people and places are signified as important by the very fact of being given specific names.

thank you!

Corrugated Cardboard House, Rural Studio

Corrugated Cardboard Pod // Newbern, AL // 2001 Thesis Project
Typically thousands of tons of wax-impregnated corrugated cardboard material are consigned to landfills each week: simply because the wax content prevents recycling. Because the material had never been used in construction applications, a pod was built to house Rural Studio students while testing the material's structural capabilities, thermal mass, and insulation values.
LINK here

Knut Hamsun Center by Steven Holl Architects

Norway’s long awaited first museum dedicated to Nobel Laureate Knut Hamsun has opened, designed by American architect Steven Holl. The design won the progressive architecture award in 1996, but was delayed over a 15 year planning period, over arguments regarding Hamsun’s Nazi sympathies.
[images courtesy Steven Holl Architects]

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Public Library Enric Miralles - Lecture on the 18.03.2010

At the Geological Society, Piccadilly
Public Library Enric Miralles, Palafolls, Spain 1997 – 2007
Public Library Enric Miralles, Palafolls, Spain 1997 – 2007 © Enric Miralles - Benedetta Tagliabue | EMBT

Benedetta Tagliabue reflects upon the gestation of the Public Library Enric Miralles in Palafolls, Spain, describing how the practice’s buildings embody both a local and a universal cultural ethos, with reference to this and other projects.
6.30–7.30pm; £10/£5 reductions* (includes a drink)
Booking options
2. Telephone 020 7300 5839 (open Monday–Friday, 9.30am–5.30pm) 
3. Visit the RA Ticket Office (open daily 10am–5.30pm, Fridays until 9.30pm)

Juanita's House Time Lapse


Lucy/Carpet/House - Rural Studio

Lucy/Carpet House // Mason's Bend, AL // 2002 Outreach Project
Sponsored by Interface, the world's largest manufacturer of carpet tiles, the challenge was to use worn carpet tiles in the construction of a house for the Harris family. The house walls contain 72,000 individual stacked tiles held in compression by a heavy wooden ring-beam. The tiles were held in storage for 7 years to ensure they no longer off-gassed. The tower form contains a bedroom above and tornado shelter below.
LINK to RURAL STUDIO here thank you!

Herzog & de Meuron Natural History

A building is a building. It cannot be read like a book; it doesn't have any credits, subtitles or labels like pictures in a gallery. In that sense, we are absolutely anti-representational. The strength of our buildings is the immediate, visceral impact they have on a visitor. --Jacques Herzog.
More than any of their contemporaries, Architects Herzog and de Meuron are challenging the boundaries between architecture and art. Natural History explores that challenge, examining how the work of this formidable pair has drawn upon the art of both past and present, and brought architecture into dialogue with the art of our time. Projects are structured around six thematic portfolios: Appropriation & Reconstruction, Transformation & Alienation, Stacking & Compression, Imprints & Moulds, Interlocking Spaces, and Beauty & Atmosphere. ©

Link here to the Bartlett Library page

20.000 Pageloads!

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

space buster- Raumlabor architects

kyle mentioned about this, its an inflatable structure that holds all types of events

Optical Telegraphs: an early Internet.

From London to Portsmouth is about 60 miles. The year is 1796. What was the shortest time in which you could send a message and get a reply between the two towns? The answer is fifteen minutes. Not three or four days, with relays of mounted messengers, but fifteen minutes. It was done with the shutter telegraph apparatus shown below:
more here..... thank you