Preparing for The Bartlett Summer Show 2013


Although we tossed this up on as a post on our Facebook wall today, we thought we should highlight it a bit more.  The UCL puts on annual showcase of the students works, and the event has grown with each year.  When most students are tossing their models out and clearing out their desks, the Bartlett School of Architecture is in full on design and construction phase.  The projects are not simply hung on the wall, but each space is designed and tailored to each studio.  The presentations themselves become an architectural exploration, beyond the projects.  The students collaborate and design the installation locations.  If only F+ was located in England we would be checking it out ourselves, but maybe you are and you should!   Get inspired by seeing what other student designers are doing!  Check it out after the jump!

SCHOOL: UCL – Bartlett 
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Rio Olympic Kit – Ione Braddick


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
Bartlett School of Architecture
PROFESSORS: Johan Berglund and Josep Mias
YEAR: 5th Year

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The Reincarnation of Atlantis -Ye Hui


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!

Bartlett School of Architecture
PROFESSORS: Abigail Ashton and Andrew Porter –
COURSE: MArch GAD – Awarded Distinction in Design
YEAR: 2011

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Reforming Taipei Main Station – Wendy Teo

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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!

STUDENT: Wendy Teo
Bartlett School of Architecture
PROFESSORS: Marjan Colletti 
YEAR: 2011

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Surfer’s Retreat – Kacper Chmielewski

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!

STUDENT: Kacper Chmielewski
SCHOOL: Bartlett School of Architecture
COURSE: 2nd Year – Unit 8
Year: 2012

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Futures + Design – Top Posts

Today we are checking out some of the all time top projects from the past year.    Check them out after the jump!

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Student Olympic Pavilions – London Architecture Schools

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!

SCHOOL: Bartlett School of ArchitectureLondon Met’s school of ArchitectureUniversity of Westminster
COURSE: Olympic Pavilions
YEAR: 2012

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Performative Architecture – Stephen Borregaard-Clarke

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.

SCHOOL: Bartlett School of Architecture
STUDENTS: Stephen Borregaard-Clarke
YEAR: 2010

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Mining the Lower East Side

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.

STUDENT: Rebecca Fode
SCHOOL: Bartlett School of Architecture
CLASS: Unit 11
PROFESSOR:  Mark Smout, Laura Allen, and Kyle Buchanan
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BODY BAROQUE – Yousef Al-Mehdari

Today we are kicking it old school with a project from a few years back, with yet another investigation into the .  However Yousef Al-Mehdari exploration into the ornamentation of the Baroque style is haunting, grotesque and amazing.  Check it out after the jump!

SCHOOL: Bartlett School of Architecture
STUDENT: Yousef Al-Mehdari
YEAR: 2009

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