Saturday, 27 February 2010

Model Visions...

Some links for images of architects models...
Mixtacity -everyday objects and bespoke artifacts... NIGEL COATES Supercity - Will Alsop for Manchester - ALSOPARCHITECTS
Venice Biennale 2004 - Arsenale - DESIGNBOOM
Venice Biennale 2006 - British Pavilion - DESIGNBOOM
Venice Biennale 2008 - Chilean Pavilion - DESIGNBOOM

architectural disorder - OVADA Gallery, Oxford

"The pending redevelopment and architectural alterations of OVADA art gallery in Oxford city centre yielded the conception of a group exhibition of works by artists who take their inspiration from architectural concepts, and notions of changing space in order to provide multiple ways for viewers to relate to, use, enjoy, and occupy space through varying levels of consciousness. "


Wednesday, 17 February 2010

09/10 - Plaster casting workshop

Relief, texture, pattern.....

OBU - Sonic Arts Festival

25th-27th February 2010
"An eclectic mix of contemporary and experimental music, including performances from ensembles Okeanos & [rout], pianist Catherine Laws, Dutch composer and flute virtuoso Jos Zwaanenburg, Diego Garro and improvising duo exquisite corpse. The event also features installation work from Stephen Cornford, alongside a sonic tuck shop and disfunctional disco.

There's a call for short electroacoustic, computer music, and sound art works too."


Saturday, 13 February 2010

09/10 - the ORDOS project

100 Architects were invited to propose 100 villas by Herzog De Meuron architects in the inner Mongolian landscapes of China... here is one example by Sou Fujimoto. Check the website for models, drawings and project descriptions.


09/10 - MOMA In-Situ Exhibition

Superstudio’s The Continuous Monument: On the Rocky Coast, project perspective (1969).
Image: the Museum of Modern Art

"In recent decades "landscape" has taken on an expanded definition in architecture. In the first half of the twentieth century, the architectural avant-garde celebrated autonomy from nature, and architects devised utopian schemes for creating urban realms ex novo, with little consideration for their surroundings. More recently, however, the challenges of a threatened environment and rapidly expanding cities have fostered a revised understanding of landscape. Harmony between the spatial, social, and environmental aspects of human life has become a priority in political thought, and this has had profound reverberations in both architecture and landscape design."

Some interesting drawings in the MOMA archive as well as featured in this link.

09/10 - Landscape Workshop

Everyday materials for extra-ordinary landscapes...

09/10 - Gaetano Pesce Drawings


09/10 - Paul Rudolph Drawings

"Aside from his built works, Paul Rudolph was also a master renderer known for his dynamic graphic presentations drawn with incredible precision much like a Victorian etching; from the building elements to the texture of the materials realistically amplified with light and shadows. His trademark presentation technique involves a black-and-white rendering of a building’s cross-section which is drawn to a large scale on a single-point perspective. Such accuracy enabled him to illustrate and investigate the realities of his buildings and their spaces, and thus allowing his designs to evolve as he further refined his rendering techniques."


Wednesday, 10 February 2010

09/10 - BFI online / mediatheque


09/10 - William Kentridge - Motion Drawings

"Kentridge is perhaps best known for his animated films. These are constructed by filming a drawing, making erasures and changes, and filming it again. He continues this process meticulously, giving each change to the drawing a quarter of a second to two seconds' screen time. A single drawing will be altered and filmed this way until the end of a scene. These drawings are later displayed along with the films as finished pieces of art."

09/10 - De Stijl at Tate Modern

4 February – 16 May 2010

"Over 350 works (many unseen in the UK before) by key artists as Jean Arp, Constantin Brancusi, László Moholy-Nagy, Piet Mondrian, Francis Picabia, Gerrit Rietveld, Kurt Schwitters and Sophie Taeuber, the exhibition features van Doesburg's rarely-seen Counter-Composition paintings and designs for the Café Aubette in Stasbourg, furniture such as Rietveld's iconic Red-Blue chair, as well as typography, magazines, stained glass, film, music, sculpture and more."


09/10 - Gorky at Tate

10 February – 3 May 2010

These works - particularly the drawings - talk about the 'space between objects as well as the objects".

"Works such as Waterfall 1943 are evocative, layered, and translucent, with a liquid glowing quality. Gorky's characteristic paintings of this final period include biomorphic forms in strong colours, shifting abstract elements and the energetic line that he developed in his drawings. They capture a sensual enjoyment of landscape as well as the mood and memories that the subjects can evoke."


Sunday, 7 February 2010

09/10 - Modern Times: responding to chaos

"16 January - 14 March 2010

Modern Times is a new series of exhibitions where we invite creative people to trace pathways through the 20th and 21st centuries. Exhibition by exhibition, the series will build an informal, accumulative history of the art of our times.

Lutz Becker is a film-maker, painter and curator of exhibitions. Born in East Berlin, he came to London to study at the Slade and stayed on. For this exhibition he combined drawing, the oldest and most fundamental medium, with film, one of the most modern. Both, in their own ways, embody time and a sense of the transient."


09/10 - DAVID ROCK // From 50's Architectural drawings to recent paintings

"A world away from computers, they prefigure the skills of the young designer who became a key player in the Basil Spence studio, and the 60s development of multi-disciplinary Building Design Partnership; founded the 1970’s workspace movement and his own practice; and became President RIBA. His early, painterly fascination with colour, texture and weathering of materials has been constant throughout later painting - where observation and presentation of buildings and the urban scene celebrate the romantic overtones of even the most quirky, messy, layers of history and modern intrusions."

5. Feb - 25. Feb 10


09/10 - Inscription: drawing, making, thinking

"‘It is often the act of drawing itself, the deep engagement in the act of unconscious thinking through making, that gives rise to an image or idea…the hand feels the invisible and formless stimulus, pulls it into the world of space and matter and gives it form' - Juhani Pallasmaa, The Thinking Hand

An exhibition of work by three contemporary artists, all previous winners of Jerwood awards, who each use mark making as a way of recording, developing and communicating ideas: David Connearn, Philip Eglin and Charlotte Hodes. The exhibition shows a selection of finished works as well installations and working samples that give insight into the thinking and working processes of the artists involved. " 13. Jan - 21. Feb 10


Saturday, 6 February 2010

09/10 - Stuff as Architectural Rhetoric

Peter Cook lecture - talking about the value and use of drawing as a tool of spatial depiction... loose thoughts, precise actions... part of a series about 'Stuff'.

Image: Kurt Schwitters - Mertzbau


09/10 - MOMA Oxford

"Miroslaw Balka uses video as a repository of visual and thematic material, extending a sculptural language that is rich in associations with history and his native Poland. The body and its limitations, memory, and the space between looking and knowing are recurring themes."

"Coinciding with his monumental How It Is installation for the Tate’s Turbine Hall, this exhibition explores a different region of Balka’s art – his video works. Violent gesture and real sites of WWII atrocity are presented, all shot through with the artist’s usual poeticism."


Thursday, 4 February 2010

Stratford - High Street 2010 - LMU

From Thursday 4 February 2010, 6:31pm, Forum and Warehouse

The students on the First Year BA Architecture and BA Interior Architecture and Design courses invite you to view their study models and first propositions exploring High Street 2012 – a place of pleasure. We will be taking part in the London International Student Architecture Festival in June 2010.


Tuesday, 2 February 2010

09/10 - Construction Ref Material

Ray has organised a comprehensive catalogue of reference building materials for the BE Dept.
This resource is invaluable when thinking about materials, finishes etc.

Check it out - next to the Workshop.

09/10 - OB1 LIVE 06 - Info_Bench Launch

OB1 LIVE has started - check this link for London Festival Architecture 2010 links and activities.
Sign up and get event info etc.


IASF link

0910 - Semester 2 - Site Visit

Headington Hill Park, Oxford
It rained - but this did not stop play.