Saturday, 31 December 2011

Bernhard Tschumi, Fireworks at the Parc de la Vilette, Paris, 1992

1992 Bernhard Tschumi stageg a firework in the Parc de la Vilette, near Paris. As an architect he planned the event in plan, section, elevation and as a series of perspectives.
Architect Day: Bernard Tschumi
Architect Day: Bernard Tschumi
Architect Day: Bernard Tschumi
Architect Day: Bernard Tschumi

Bernard Tschumi

Fireworks at Parc de la Villette, sequence diagram (1992)
Bernard Tschumi
Fireworks at Parc de la Villette, sequence diagram (1992)
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Friday, 30 December 2011

Black Country Living Museum

Enric Miralles: Drawings of his Calle Mercaders Apartment

from here on DIFFUSIVE ARCHITECTURE thank you

Some notes on a drawing by Enric Miralles of his Calle Mercaders Apartment (1995), previously noted here.
The drawing lacks heirarchy. Miralles has no interest in establishing a clear heirarchical reading of the drawing. There is no variation in line weight (although occasionally, he doubles lines closely enough to approximate a thicker stroke). Mobile objects: tables, doors, etc. are not accorded any status distinct from stationary objects. The swings of doors and cupboards are not given a lighter line. Even the heirarchy of drawings is flattened: this drawing was not one of a set, and in it elevations are projected into the same plane, even the same paper space as the plan. Indoor-outdoor are not accorded any heirarchy: the drawing spills into outdoor spaces.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

The Austerity House

Welcome to our austerity home: Couple completely make over their house with reclaimed goods that cost them next to nothing

  • They snaffled items worth £35,000 new for a fraction of price
  • Bed made from scaffold poles, tiles from fireman's hoses, seatbelts for curtain ties
  • 'We don’t have two knives that are the same and we use old jars for glasses'
Read more:

Book: Neil Denari - Gyroscopic Horizons

Product Description

One of the world's most influential contemporary architects is profiled in this monograph. As third director of the progressive Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and an architect of rich technological imagery and innovative form, Neil Denari has achieved recognition through his designs, writings and installations. A mixture of photography, cultural criticism, graphic imagery and architectural work, the heart of this book contains discussion of 20 architectural projects spanning Denari's career, from his acclaimed "Interrupted Projections" installation at Gallery Ma in Tokyo to the more recent design for the first Microsoft retail store. Denari's trademark computer renderings are displayed in each one, and a comprehensive list of his work includes everything from early urban experiments to mechanical explorations. Just as an aeroplane's gyroscope creates an artificial horizon line for the pilot, Denari eliminates the dictates of the physical earth in favour of cultural, economic and graphic forces. This publication is a celebration - and critique - of the image, function and progress of technology and globalization in the information age. 

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion

via | photo © Klaas Van Ommeren

By appointment of the Norwegian Wild Reindeer Foundation Snøhetta has designed an observation and information pavilion at Hjerkinn in Dovre, Norway. The spectacular site is located on the outskirts of Dovrefjell National Park at around 1250 meters above sea level, overlooking the Snøhetta mountain massif.
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Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Three Cubes Collide

UK-based designers sash reading, heather + ivan morison have created a three dimensional cube kite, 'three cubes collide'.
the kite is formed by 1,700 3D printed connected segments. The modular piece's easily scalable form levitates seamlessly, regardless of its size, due to its lightweight composition of carbon fibre rods and cubenfibre aerospace fabric.

Sash Reading is currently studying in UNit 17 at the Bartlett School of Arhcitecture
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sputnik by pepe heykoop

from here: sputnik lamp

by pepe heykoop
paper mache bubble + metal frame

Monday, 26 December 2011

Saturday, 24 December 2011

in case you are still looking for a present for your tutor..... it comes...... and i want one..... NOW!

2011 Year in Review: Best of Architecture
Architect Barbie
In Barbie’s 50 years, this year is the first she’s explored architecture as a career. Mattel partnered with the American Institute of Architects on architecture workshops  for young girls at the AIA Convention and Design Exposition. They also held a competition  for architects to design the Architect Barbie’s Architect Dream House.


3D scanning of smoke and mist

Source: Scan Lab webpage

Thursday, 22 December 2011


Isometric projection is a method for visually representing three-dimensional objects in two dimensions in technical and engineering drawings. It is an axonometric projection in which the three coordinate axes appear equally foreshortened and the angles between any two of them are 120 degrees. (WIKIPEDIA)

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Cube in 120 degree degree isometric projection
The 30° isometric projection (NEN/ISO)

Isometric apartment design plan

Monday, 19 December 2011

Saturday, 17 December 2011

DIY Flat Pack Pen

The flat pack pen from Fraser Ross; the pen comes on an A6 wooden sheet, post card size to be assembled by it's new owner!!

STUCK IN STUDIO: Bartlett School of Architectural Fiction and Wizardry

one to read....:

"If architecture school had been half as fun as these videos suggests, I’d have coasted straight into an MArch graduate program after finishing my undergraduate studies....."  found here on STUCKINSTUDIO

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Waterways Sound Map

London Waterways Sound Map by London Sound Survey 2011 is worth having a look and listen to:

"An auditory tribute to Harry Beck's Underground map, the skeleton which has long lent shape to the city in the minds of Londoners. Here sounds are being collected from along London's canals and lesser rivers."

Thank you to London Sound Survey 2011

FUTURE PAST exhibition until 15.12

The Future Past
An exhibition of hand drawings by James Church and Tom Reynolds.

December 9th – 15th
Vyner Street Gallery, London, E2 9DG
10:00-5:00 Mon-Fri / 11:00-5:00 Sat-Sun

Private View – December 9th – 6:30 onwards

Symposium – December 11th – 12:00-3:00

Tom and James are interested in a hybrid architecture, produced by a
critical and progressive view of the past and present; imagining
architecture’s lost roles as communication and a spatial record. Their
projects aim to challenge our ideas of the creation of architecture
and the city.

When Piranesi drew the ruins of ancient Rome in the 18th century he
was not merely recording the grandeur of the past but reimagining its
future. Rome was his laboratory and his etchings the forum for
disseminating ideas.

The exhibition discusses this tradition.

In relation to The Future Past exhibition, a seminar will be held in
the gallery space on the Sunday. Five young architectural graduates
have been invited to give presentations that respond and react to the
idea of "The Future Past".

This is followed by an open floor discussion, chaired by Dr Willem de
Brujin, of the ideas raised, hoping to sound out the array of
possibilities a critical review of the past may hold.

The event will be transcribed and published.

Guest Speakers:

Steve Baumann
Omar Ghazal -
Hugh McEwen -
Tom Noonan -
Catrina Stewart -

Bartlett Year 1 Installation Project 2011 at the Soane Museum Pitzhanger Manor House

Breakfast Room - Table - Glass

Pitzhanger Manor House

until 16/12/2011

Pitzhanger Manor House, Ealing, London

Tuesday, 13 December 2011