Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Friday, 26 August 2011

LINES An exhibition of original hand drawings - only one day left!

An exhibition of original hand drawings

18.08.11 - 27.08.11

1st Floor Gallery, 3 Baltic Street East, London, EC1Y 0UJ

12:00 - 7:00 every day, including weekends

Organised by: Adam Draper, Hugh McEwen, Greg Skinner

here the link to the publication!


LINES is an intimate exhibit of exclusively original hand-drawn
architectural works.

Spanning the course of 20 years in academia and with 20 exhibitors,
LINES aims to take a snapshot of past, current and future use of hand
drawing within architectural academia.

In a reserved and concise manner, it seeks to demonstrate that hand
drawing is as relevant today as it has ever been, and is the most
enduring and direct form of architectural communication.

The exhibition will be opened at 6pm on the 18th of August.

LINES celebrates the relationship between architecture and drawing,
between idea and delivery, and between image and meaning. Hand drawing communicates personality, flair and imagination in a way with which other methods struggle.
Techniques include ink on paper, pencil sketch, traces, and metalwork
to name but a few. Each exhibitor brings something new,
something individual. All of the work shown here is original:
no reproductions, no digital enhancements, no CAD, no Photoshop.
This exhibit does not denounce computer assisted drawing, but highlights the
continued and relevant existence of the older, more direct method.
Given the communicative power of the drawings on show, accompanying text
is kept to a minimum. A catalogue of the event’s
exhibitors is available. LINES could not have happened without the
support of Amin Taha Architects, who also host the exhibit.

Containing works by:

Tim Norman
Yianni Kattirtzis
Thom Ibbitson
Anthony Roberts
Michael Dean
Ka Man Leung
Adam Draper
Omar Ghazal
Hugh McEwen
Dijan Malla
Richard Meddings
Tom Noonan
Richard Cheesman
Amin Taha
Greg Skinner
James Redman

Skeletal Archiporn: 16 Sublime Photos of Scary Scaffolding

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Shaun Usher

Thursday, 25 August 2011

DO NOT PLAY if resubmitting. Otherwise, its lovely

Justine Bell, Bartlett Unit 17

BARTLETT UNIT 17 YEAR 5 2009/2010
In Landfall: The Other Shore year she continued this research, and developed spatial and drawn techniques that would allow more in depth explorations of architectural and urban possibilities, and finally result in a building proposal. With a field trip to Rio de Janeiro, another post-colony, and a truly hybrid city, she looked towards the postcolonial theories of hybridity and literary theories of dialogism to provide clues for new design processes and methodologies. Rigorous historical and anthropological research accessed through specific protagonists provided the foundation for a new public architecture of multiplicity. She wasinterested in how historic, and imagined built forms co-existed with the new, and how they contributed to an imminence of meaning that could be felt by the users. She looked at the creative potential of the liminal and transitional, as well as the encounter with the other or foreign, and one’s a-priori. The specificity of Brazil’s modernism, which was essentially hybrid in its referencing of the past, became an architectural precedent.
The resulting architecture was an architecture of arrival and transition. The programme an international immigration centre sited on the post alluvial landscape of a catastrophic flood. This program questions the nature and importance of borders, both physical and imagined, it mimics the transitional and dialogic nature of culture, and highlights the importance of difference. It references 18th century ship building, as a metaphor for the migration and incorporation of many foreign cultures; and how they contributed to the current contemporary culture of Brazil. The voyage, and spatiality of these vessels, inspire large scale cavernous interiors. The importance of arrival and encounter is articulated by spatial and programmatic adjacencies that appear foreign at first glance, but do indeed inspire new experiential possibilities. The buildings location with the existing urban fabric, and modernist landfill questions previous historic and modernist urban development, as well as becoming a catalyst for new non discriminatory urban development.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Thursday, 18 August 2011

East African skate park, photos by YANN GROSS

Kitintale. 2008-2009. Uganda
Kampala area & the first East African skatepark constructed by local youngsters

 YANN GROSSIf you like what you see, make sure to check out the whole series, here.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Wyckoff Exchange by Andre Kikoski Architect

View from street

Night view

Friday, 5 August 2011

MD Housing by VA Studio in Porto

© Alberto Plácido

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Architects: VA Studio
Photographs: Alberto Plácido

© Alberto Plácido
A controversial process, as usual when involves public institutions, mixed with a lot of politics to help, but despite everything, it was taken to a successful conclusion and it is always rewarding to know that architecture is also an active social instrument. Located in the historic center, it has a privileged perspective on the Douro River, the caves and the port. Sits on an extreme pitched lot, part of a very irregular urban framework, typical to the site. Regarding these aspects, along with sun exposure, the functional program density and the inherent low cost, this whole thing has resulted in the concentration of all housing typologies , “sliced” by the distinct character of the volume to the west, set for low-cost housing for sale, and the east volume to the PER housing.

third floor plan
The primary intention of reducing the impact of the volume height was demonstrated by the maintenance of the existing slopes and retaining walls, which are incorporated in the design to relate the number of floors of each body with the height of the existing roads to provide the rear communication among themselves through outdoor galleries.

© Alberto Plácido
This entire polygon undergoes a twist, and is based on a leveled public platform that will establish a variety of relationships with the surrounding public space, so it becomes embedded in the urban framework. This platform appears as a groundwork, composed of semi-underground garages, which defines the block and supports this contemporary element in the surrounding historical context.