It is that time of a year again when the late nights in studio and long hours modeling pay off, as most of you are walking into your final reviews and crits for the first half of the year. We get a small glimpse into a recent cross-Crit in Diploma Studio 10 on wewanttolearn.wordpress.com, one of our favorite student/professor open run blogs to follow. The studio is run by Arthur Mamou-Mani and Toby Burgess at Westminster University School of Architecture and the Built Environment. The studio brief really shows an excitement to push and expose students and allow them to explore digital tools and natural structural systems outside of the norm. A truly exciting studio, and the students work and shown excitement in their work and design makes it a must follow. Check it out after the jump!
Everybody wants to re-use space, instead of completely starting from scratch to redesign the urban fabrics in which shape our cities today. However there is practical way of looking at this issue, and then there is the totally radical way. Herwig Scherabon certainly went off the deep end in this out there approach to growing buildings from the inside out. The imaginative design approach and language from the drawings to his study models, captures his imaginative initiative and approach to architecture. The project dips into biomimicry, fantasy, and really pushes how we can redevelop and look at architecture as a built form. Check it out after the jump!
What if a cloud was something tangible in which the user could experience and move through. No longer something you look at outside the window from your airplane seat. Andrei Olaru, Anna Gulinska, Elena Romagnoli, Pablo Roman played with the notion originally designed by Diller-Scofidio+Renfro’s project for the Swiss Expo’01. Where space is no longer defined by a solid object, but is in constant flux and the experience is never the same. Check it out after the jump!
The water’s edge is an area we have come to find all too recently is an area that needs to be developed and approached delicately and with smart design, as NYC is still recovering from recent floods and even Rome is dealing with recent high waters. However Dalia Munenzon project deals with the city of Ashdod and its overlapping edge between the city and the sea front. The city’s water edge has not been defined. The design takes an intriguing approach with an understanding of the rising water and changing sand dunes to design a water front that is adaptable with nature. Check it out after the jump.
It is that time of the year, instead of putting hours into studio it is days, as all you push your designs to the limits for final studio critiques. We know what it takes, we have been asleep under our desk, in the same clothes for days, and had piles of coffee cups on our desk. That is why we started F+ so that when all that is done, you can showcase all that hard work to the world!
“What if architecture could be form without form?” Where form is no longer controlled by the confinements and solidarity of a built object, but controlled by the interaction of the user. Cerebral Hut is collective installation between Guvenc Ozel & Alexandr Karaivanov and media artist Jona Hoier & Peter Innerhofer, which brings the gaming interaction to a responsive surface. The surface, in real time, responds to the user’s concentration levels and blinking putting the user in control of the physical boundaries. Check it out after the jump!
X|A is organizing an international workshop of Advanced Architectural Design, part of an ongoing academic research, which introduces participants into contemporary discussions of formal exploration in Architecture and Art, through technical attainment of design and production. The Omni(progra)chromatic by X|A is under the auspices of Benaki Museum, the Hellenic Institute of Architecture and the Athens School of fine Arts. It is an opportunity for architects, students of Architecture and Art, professionals designers and artists.
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!
It’s often rare that we get a glimpse into the inner workings of a architects own personal sketch pad. Chema Pastrana however posted his classical architecture studies for all to see and we couldn’t pass the opportunity to share. There is nothing more personal then the side notes, and quick sketches, and playful thoughts etched in our sketch pads. Professors always push for you to sketch more, and in reality what they should be asking you is to take a break and really just play on the paper. It is through this playful sketching where the most provocative ideas arise.