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Photographing the final model

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June 4, 2011 at 12:28 am

the a4 paper festival

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Yesterday, I went to the THE.A4.PAPER.FESTIVAL and it was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. All the works that were showcased in the exhibition were incredible. I found myself perusing through the exhibition, basically admiring the works, thinking that they were some of the ‘coolest’ things I have seen in a while. I have recently found that I have a great appreciation for anyone who can make a model out of paper, and actually make it look good… Kait Burrows, you are one of these people. The intricacy of the folds in each piece of paper added to the entirety of her work- swan or no swan. The nature of these folds that were showcased in the sculpture were almost obsessive, but ultimately each piece enhanced the structural nature of the work. The work ultimately was sectioned into two parts- one piece sitting on a stool and the other suspended from the ceiling. These distances and layouts of these two structures and elements added a depth and structural nature to the work, ultimately enhancing its overall spatiality and materiality.

You’re incredibly talented. Solid work.

This image was sourced from blogspot. Thanks for the ripper photo.

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June 2, 2011 at 1:26 pm

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thomas heatherwick: TED talks

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Thomas Heatherwick’s TED talks showcased this architects studio work, and how he uses organic line structures in order to create builds and designs that have some sort of a soulfulness. He opened his sixteen-minute TED talks lecture highlighting how he saw precedent published architecture to be completely soulless and cold. He wanted to focus on a materiality and soulfulness that was not previously embedded into buildings, but was embedded into other designs such as earrings, ceramic pots and even musical instruments. I guess he looked at these designs, and thought that if these simple, yet intricate designs have a materialistic and soulful quality, why cant buildings? This therefore stemmed his main inspiration for his studio work, as seen in the Seed Cathedral, window displays, a temple built in Japan and all other projects that have been completed by Heatherwick and his studio.

Heatherwick and his studio were commissioned by the UK Government to build the UK Pavillion at the Shang-Hai exhibition. The main goal of the construction was to be placed in the top 5 (as stated by the UK Government). The main goal for the designers was to stand out from the rest, and make a design that impacted the millions of viewers that would see and interact with this space. Heatherwick stated that the easiest and simplest way to do this was to do ‘one thing instead of trying to do everything’. The following further notates their overall intentions- “The theme of the Expo is “Better City, Better Life” and a key client objective is for the UK Pavilion to be one of the five most popular attractions. The studio’s design has three main aims: the first is to be a pavilion whose architecture is a direct manifestation of the content it exhibits; the second is to provide significant public open space in which visitors can relax; the third is to find a simple idea that is strong enough to stand out amidst the busy-ness of the hundreds of competing pavilions.”-Heatherwick StudiosThe concept of this exhibition was the future of cities, and where modernisation would take the cities of the world. The designers looked back into the history of the London as a city, and how they were the first to create a public park, and then later to create the first botanical gardens. The concept of the cathedral then stemmed from this nature, the concept of what these spaces housed- and that is ultimately trees and flowers. They further looked into this concept of peoples interactions with these things, and how each member of the public liked to be in these public spaces, and to be surrounded by these aspects of nature. The designers further questioned this nature, and looked into the concept of the tree of a flower, and looked into its origins- as in how do trees and flowers grow, and I guess, what do they grow from? A seed. Seeds mark the beginning. They thus pushed this concept into the main focus of a public building and the centralised point of a public space. This notion challenged the original nature of the seed, as seeds are never shown to the public, and only the result of them is only showcased. “The Seed Cathedral is a 20-metre high building, constructed from 60,000 transparent 7.5-metre long optical strands, each of which has embedded within its tip a seed. The interior is silent and illuminated only by the daylight that has filtered past each seed through each optical hair”- Heatherwick Studios. The Cathedral focused on light and exposure. The building moved with the wind, thus creating a completely emanate structure. The building was a space, which did not showcase anything in particular, but silence. It allowed the viewing audience to be a spectator of this visual atmospheric and somewhat cool space. The Seed Cathedral was the centre of the allotted space given to Heatherwick and his crew. He challenged the concept of filling his entire allotted space, instead he made this cathedral structure the centralized point, and then allowed the rest of the site to be public space. The one element, which is the cathedral, was the one focus, the standout from the rest of the pack.

The TED talks lecture conducted by Heatherwick was entirely interesting. I was captivated by his designs and innovative nature that he brings to these designs.

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June 2, 2011 at 11:37 am

art&design

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I feel this question has been lingering around for a while. The difference between art and design, and then I guess the difference between fashion design and another sector of design such as interior and spatial. I don’t ever think this question will be answered, and nor do I really want it to. There is something about this concept that allows personal opinion to be formed. The below quote by Wouter Stokkel somewhat helps and yields a discovery into the difference between the fields. There’s something special and almost witty about the way he simply categorises these forms of art and design. Cheers, quotes on design

“It’s art if it can’t be explained. It’s fashion if no one asks for an explanation. It’s design if it doesn’t need explanation.”

— WOUTER STOKKEL

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May 31, 2011 at 12:58 pm

anthony gill architects

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The final All Program Lecture was conducted by Anthony Gill Architects (AGA). Ultimately, I’ve got to say that I did not attend the final lecture series, but I looked through the designs that were showcased on AGA’s website, and they were amazing. The structures that are created by these designers simply fit into the natural surroundings, whilst creating somewhat groundbreaking ideas and architecture. The following image showcases a Surry Hills House. When I first looked at the webpage, I was trying to find the design that was created on the street. I then saw this amazing terrace, which is hosued between two traditional structures, that you would normally see in Surry Hills. I think the main reason I did not initially realise the difference and variation which is seen in the image below between the structures is because of the materiality of the build. The colour palette and also the structural nature of the building are much the same of the ones that it is housed next to. The tonal and almost greyscale colour palette allows this revolutionary and very modern build to seamlessly fit into the street-scape. Ultimately there is a strong juxtaposition that lies within the structures. Your comparing a completely new build to a federation stylised terrace, but they have built this cleverly enough for a seamless and almost un-noticable transition to be made when looking at the varying facades.


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May 29, 2011 at 3:03 pm

paul rudolph

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Paul Rudolph- an amazing architect who mastered visualisations and architectural drawing.

In a lecture series on architectural drawing and presentation, an example of Paul Rudolph’s visualisations were shown. This architect communicated the structure and the formal nature of his buildings through simple yet intricate hand drawings, which detailed both the interior and exterior spatiality and materiality of the potential structure.

The following exert was taken from the UMASSD website, the quote has been taken from Rudolph when he received the Landmark Awkward for the residency of Beekham Place in New York. “The juxtaposition of modern and traditional forms creates a dialogue between the old and the new, and makes this building one of the most provocative landmarks in New York City.” Ultimately, the main reason of selecting and integrating this quote into this blog post, was not because it was just a Paul Rudolph exert, but it was because there was something about the nature in what he stating, and how it relates to the intervention in Kensington Street. Ultimately, I am embedding a new structure into a building, but the new structure isn’t really hiding any of the old building, it is enhancing and maintaining the structural quality of the rundown facade. This intervention thus allows a dialogue to be created between the old and the new, as the new is basically reiterating and re-representing what was already there.

Conversely, I’m not going to go as far as Rudolph and say that this design will be one of the most provocative landmarks in Sydney.

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May 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm

drawing machines to parasitic structures

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The above slideshow showcases some images from my intrim modular representation. By creating an actual model helped me understand the structural and spatial qualities of the building and the site intervention.

 

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May 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm