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Saturday, 27 February 2010


"Through the eyes of Diploma Unit 10, the London +10 exhibition concentrates on London over the last 20 years and speculates on the relationship between the live realm of the city and its urban fabric. The exhibition includes 40 speculative projects that tackle topics such as politics, crime, sex and terrorism, overlays them on the reality of London and highlights ten key portfolios from 1989 to 2009."


Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Bartlett Lecture - Model Agency

Mark Morris - Cornell University
6.30pm Wednesday 3 March 2010
Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, Gower Street, London, WC1
Bartlett School of Architecture International Lecture Series

"A brief history of model types will culminate is a survey of select contemporary examples from notable architects, students and
professional model makers. Five essential characteristics of models will be unpacked to aid students as they embark on
their own final model projects. This lecture will seek out the model’s capacity to act in the world."


digital - some UNIT A preferred links

image: Neil Denari

Diller Scofidio
cityscape digital
Neil Denari Architects
Foreign Office Architects

Think about your 3 specific views... and the multiscaled and active/animated views of One Hundred Famous Views of Edo by Hiroshige in the design of narrative images... THESE ARE HIROSHIGE...

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Friday, 12 February 2010

lecture review...

BD on JanDeVylder


See outcome from the material hybrid workshop with Amanda Li Hope. (pdf e-mailed to you)

Thursday, 11 February 2010

material currency...

"Called Mint, the series of ‘coins’ have been given values according to the amount of time invested in extracting the material and fabricating each object."

Wednesday, 10 February 2010


See shared catalogue of field-trip sketches for reference.
(download link e-mailed to you)


Thinking bricks?
Olympic sub station, Stratford by Nord Architecture LINK
and more commercial information here (to be treated with care!) LINK


Have a look at this issue (on the magazines' shelf in the library) if you are thinking timber in terms of materiality and/or structure...

Tuesday, 9 February 2010


"This project is a urban renovation project, rebuilding the historic ceramic market that used to inhabit this street in Osaka, Japan. The ceramics street prospered in the Edo era 300 years ago, and ceramics Festival was held several years ago, but do not now. This project aims to revive the street and the prosperity of the stores."

Monday, 8 February 2010

Roger Hiorns @ OBU


Roger Hiorns
Tues 9 Feb 12.15
Willow 10, Headington Hill Hall Campus

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Authoring processes...

"Joshua Prince-Ramus believes that if architects re-engineer their design process, the results can be spectacular. Speaking at TEDxSMU, Dallas, he walks us through his fantastic re-creation of the local Wyly Theater as a giant "theatrical machine" that reconfigures itself at the touch of a button."

Tuesday, 2 February 2010


See charrette summary (e-mailed to you) for reference.

Construction Material Reference

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.