Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Some Posts from last year

Please look back through the blog to find posts from last year that are relevant to you.

After discussions yesterday, some of these will include:

How big are things?
Planning Controls
Building Code of Australia (BCA)
Some info on Planning & Building regulations
A quick note on Lifts
How thick are walls?

The Right to the City - lecture and symposium

An exhibition, keynote lecture and symposium have been organized for the Tin Sheds Gallery very soon. The title, The Right to the City is taken from David Harvey (who you may want to read / listen to - more later). The keynote lecture is by Margaret Crawford who is very worthwhile and the symposium looks interesting. Friends from Bababa International will be participating.

Now, back briefly to David Harvey. Mr Harvey, in addition to his other work, has run a course reading Karl Marx's Capital Volume 1. It's all available on-line. What i've listened to has been very enjoyable and worthwhile.

Cartsen Höller

A few pics of the installation by Carsten Höller at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. These and more pictures and information at Designboom.

Also see video footage of his installation at the Tate Modern at Youtube.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Travel Guides

Caitlin (still trying to remember names) asked yesterday about architecture travel guides. My experience is that the on-line guides are not yet sufficiently comprehensive. There is an understandable emphasis on buildings that were finished 5 minutes ago. Of the on-line guides I've found, I think is perhaps the best. When we travel, what we tend to do is look through history books and note all the buildings we'd like to see in each city. Banister Fletcher is pretty good for pre-modern stuff in the Western World. Spiro Kostof's History of Architecture is good too. Major cities also often have good guides. Jones & Woodward's excellent Guide to the Architecture of London for example, though a new book for each new city would be an expensive option.

Bookshop by Isay Weinfeld

The bookshop I mentioned yesterday is the Livraria da Vila bookshop by Isay Weinfeld in São Paulo. Photos by Leonardo Finotti at Archdaily

Eduardo Souto de Moura

Lovely photos by Pedro Kok of the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego by Eduardo Souto de Moura at Designboom

Monday, March 21, 2011

Borromini, Sant' Ivo

and 2 images of Borromini's Sant' Ivo alla Sapienza. Photograph of the dome mine, photo of the church facade from the courtyard from Wikipedia.

If anyone has more interest in Borromini (who wouldn't!), Anthony Blunt's biography is very good.

Borromini, San Carlo

I have a recollection of mentioning Francesco Borromni last week. Here is my photograph of the dome of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane plus a plan.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tom Kundig

Also worth looking at Tom Kundig's work at Olson Kundig

Steven Holl & Vito Acconci, Storefront for Art & Architecture, NYC

On transformable buildings, have a look at this one. Image from Steven Holl's website.

Sliding House by DRMM

A few of you yesterday pointed out this project by DRMM. There is a movie of the house at the Wallpaper* website and a bit of info at Dezeen (where the following photo is from).

Achille Castiglioni 3

This is the fellow who made an architectural model from Parmigiano (cheese). You can see this model when you are next in Milan by visiting his former office, now a museum (hopefully - it may not get funding to stay open). There is also a good website dedicated to his work at . This is a photo from a visit to the studio last year:

Ensemble Studio / Antón García-Abril 3

I forgot that i had some photos of a model of the Casa Hemerscopium on display at the Venice Biennale last year:

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Miller House

One of the C20's finest houses. By Eero Saarinen with interiors by Alexander Girard and a very very fine garden by Dan Kiley. soon to be part of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. First photo by Balthazar Korab.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Christian Kerez

Studio Banana has conducted an interview with Christian Kerez (also discussed briefly last week):

Villa Savoye

A few of my photos of the Villa Savoye (discussed last week):

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Architecture Bookshops in Sydney

The best are:

Published Art, Shop 2, 23-33 Mary St, Surry Hills - about 16mins walk from UTS
Architext, part of the Australian Institute of Architects Sydney headquarters at Tusculum, 3 Manning St, Potts Point
Kinokuniya, Level 2, The Galleries, 500 George St, Sydney

Ariel Bookshop, Pentimento, Berkelouws, Gleebooks, The MCA Bookshop and The Museum of Sydney Bookshop are also not bad.

A few more possibilities

Following studio conversations Wednesday morning, if any of you wish to examine the work of Paulo Mendes da Rocha, i'd be more than happy.

Other additional options include:

The Miller House by Eero Saarinen, Dan Kiley (landscaping) and Alexander Girard (interiors)
The Paraty House by Marcio Kogan
St Anthony's, Marsfield by Enrico Taglietti

Semester 1, 2011

Those of you who I met last week will know that this is the forum through which I may communicate with you outside of Studio time. Please recognize that I may not be able to respond to any questions you pose, but I will try.

The Images I showed in the morning were of the Villa Savoye from Geoffrey Baker, Le Corbusier, An Analysis of Form (New York, 1983).

The buildings I have included on the list for my group are:

OMA, Ascot Residence
OMA, Vincent Gallo Apartment
OMA, Maison à Bordeaux
Anne Holtrop, Trail House
Atelier Bow Wow, Droog townhouse
Bjarne Mastenbroek & Winy Maas, Double House / Villa KBWW follow links Projects > Housing > Villa KBWW, also extensively published as work of MVRDV (in El Croquis, Issue 86 for example), but I don't think it’s on their website
Adolf Loos, Villa Müller
Jensen & Skodvin, Juvet Landscape Hotel
Louis Kahn, Fisher House
Atelier Bow Wow, House Tower
Abalos Herreros, Mora House, Cádiz
Dorte Mandrup, Read-Nest
Ryue Nishizawa, House A
Angelo Bucci & Alvao Puntoni (SPBR?), Carapicuíba house
Toyo Ito, White U
MMBB, residência no city boaçava
MVRDV, Didden Village
Pezo von Ellrichshausen, Fosc House
Gerrit Rietveld, Schröder House

Herzog & de Meuron, 1111 Lincoln Road
OMA / REX, Wylie Theatre
MVRDV, Expo 2000 NL Pavillion
Tony Fretton, Constantijn Huygensstraat project
Herzog de Meuron, Caixa Forum, Madrid, a few of my photos in the Post below

Antón García- Abril / Ensemble Studio, Casa Hemeroscopium
Gary Cheng, Transformer Apartment
Mies van der Rohe, Villa Tugendhat
Frohn & Rojas, Wall House
Lina Bo Bardi, SESC Fábrica Pompeia
Caruso St John, North London Studio House
Graça Correia e Roberto Ragazzi, House in Gerês
Sou Fujimoto, T House
Lacaton & Vassal, Latapie House, Floirac
Lacaton & Vassal, House, Cap Ferret
Lacaton & Vassal, House, Bordeaux
Lacaton & Vassal, House, Coutras
Pezo von Ellrichshausen, Poli House
Sami Rintala, Element House