Every two years we hear and see a city being consumed with new construction for either the winter or summer Olympic Games. In Beijing China we heard about the massive evictions and destruction in order to make way for Olympic buildings. In London we got to see the same developments in London’s East side, and in Russia we are hearing how the Sochi mayor is promising snow. What if the necessary Olympic buildings were only temporary,where the impact wouldn’t be permanent? We came across Ione Braddick take on the Rio Summer Games on Instagram. The project explores creating a new legacy for the Olympic Games through creating temporary structures for the Olympic Games. Truly an exciting and fun project to check out after the jump!
STUDENT: Ione Braddick SCHOOL: Bartlett School of Architecture PROFESSORS: Johan Berglund and Josep Mias YEAR: 5th Year
We are back from the holidays and looking at a project that was fostered out of the studio of Abigail Ashton and Andrew Porter, who have been teaching at the Bartlett School of Architecture since 1996. The work that has come out of their studios from their students is extremely intriguing and provocative. Ye Hui’s ‘Mechanical City’ is based in Beijing, but the design concept is a play on the story of Atlantis, taking a cultural look at the decline of Old China in lieu of New China. The project looks at the city of as a machine that is constantly in a state of flux between decay and rebirth. Check it out after the jump!
When we look at today’s efficient and leading “green” design’s we don’t necessarily understand, why they are eco-friendly and efficient. Wendy Teo’s project explores the redesign of Taipei Main Station, which experiences high levels of pollution and acts as an urban heat island. The exoskeleton design explores the use and integrated design of thermometric energy and bio-reactors into the skin of the building. The building itself has an ephemeral experience, where the building shows the user it is working and living machine. Check it out after the jump!
Check out this awesome project from Kacper, a surfer’s retreat on Venice Beach, CA. Although for most of us the summer is almost a distant memory, we are loving this project, giving us day dreams of relaxing on a beach and surfing all day. The energy and catalysts of wave, wind and ocean, influenced the design, giving it an ephemeral feeling. We’d love to find a cheap hotel near an awesome surf spot that looked anything like this!
The Olympics are starting at the end of the month and again we are finding more and more student designed pavilions to be showcased around London. The pavilions are to be spread throughout the city, and are not designed as architectural feats, but as conversational pieces to passerbies. So if you find yourself walking through London this summer, you may find some interesting projects constructed in some unlikely places outside of the Olympic Park. Check them out after the jump!
Today we bring you another interesting project from The Bartlett School of Architecture. Performative Architecture, as Stephen Borregaard-Clarke calls this project, deals with the issue of Form in Architecture; More specifically how form in and of itself can be manipulated/generated to create a desired Effect. With so many computer generated modular “sculptures” being designed almost on a daily basis in architecture school (a trend we here at F+ like call Rhino-rrhea for lack of a better word), it is interesting to note that Stephen accounted for more than just the impact of Visual Effect on his project, but also attempted to incorporate the other senses, e.g. the Auditory Effect.
We’re not sure what’s in the water over there, but the kids at The Bartlett certainly know how to create some very well presented, conceptual projects. This one posits a DIY mining operation under the buildings of the lower east side of Manhattan, which slowly builds over decades, as the raw bedrock of the island becomes more valuable than the real estate prices. Amazingly well presented, but we doubt that real estate in NYC will ever be low enough to make this a possible solution.
Today we are kicking it old school with a project from a few years back, with yet another investigation into the Baroque style. However Yousef Al-Mehdari exploration into the ornamentation of the Baroque style is haunting, grotesque and amazing. Check it out after the jump!
At F+ we are strong believers when it comes to over the edge and outside the box thesis proposals and designs. Pascal Bronner truly does this in his “New Malacovia: The Portable City”, where he not only pushes the boundaries but makes his own story and world. The real architecture comes through in his creative architectural drawings. Enjoy after the jump!