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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Brutalism Tour - Oxford

Visited: Wolfson, St Anthonys, Triangle, Beehives, MJP wing
Pics - Ralph Saull

Yo Joe (P)

Theres a project on the presidents medal site that might interest ye... looks to be all recycled and ting.


Monday, 29 November 2010

Eisenman Tectonic Installation

Eisenman exhibit @ Castelvecchio museum

This is from an exhibit at the CastelVecchio museum in 2004 (apparently)


A bit of exciting facade action

The window sills are particularly amusing, not sure about the colour.


Friday, 26 November 2010

CP Likes...


Thursday, 25 November 2010

Exploded Axo

Exploded axonometric only real.
Artist - Damián Ortega

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Monday 29th November - Oxford Tour

Unit A Technology / Design tour - please convene at the Porters Lodge at 9.30am outside Wolfson College.
Bring a camera, sketchbook and drawing equipment - plus dress for cold weather.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Lenticular Urban Art

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Its the Eye you can see on the left... as you go past it changes into something else by use of a ridged surface and angles of view! The buildings called Cordy House



Transformative Architecture

Many areas of India are undergoing an incredible transformation as existing infrastructure is overhauled in favor of more up-to-date systems. Although most construction projects feature an unwelcoming aesthetic, Designboom points us to one design solution where the designers have turned a blight of storm pipes into beautiful works of art. By simply taking colored cellophane and fashioning it to one side of each pipe, the creatives at Urfun Lab have fashioned a makeshift kaleidoscope of colorful forms that transform an unsightly concrete roadside pile into a strikingly beautiful, unexpected public space.

Pedestrian Crossing by Atelier 9.81

Atelier 9.81 of France have inserted a perforated canopy in between a row of houses to create a covered pedestrian walkway in Tourcoing, France.

The structure is made from a composite of aluminium and plastic with a series of folds to create a roof over the passage.

Graphics are applied to this surface, directing visitors between the new bus station on one side, and a tram and subway station on the other.


[This may be of interest to those of you looking at alley ways etc.]

Thursday, 18 November 2010

architecture model tumblr


spitalfield secret gardens



Adam Caruso
OASE (Amsterdam, Netherlands: 1997) Issue 45/46, pp.88–95


Ecstatic surface design


Pudding Mill Pumping Station

The circular shape of the building, generated from the simple yet powerful form of the underground shaft, resulted from the desire to reflect the functional aspects of the engineering. For a positive contribution to the public realm, visual interest was created through the integration of a form of public art into the design. The pre-cast concrete panels of the outer wall are pigmented and some are cast with a relief pattern, inspired by the Victorian engineering drawings of Joseph Bazalgette.


BBC - Beauty of Diagrams


Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Thu 18 Nov Model workshop 10:00

Please bring the following:
Cutter including cutting mat, ruler, scissors?, glue, dressmaking pins, camera,...

Material: white / grey cardboard, not too thick (approx 1-2 mm max) or thick card (recylced from somewhere OK, but no patterns) - quantity approx. 7 x A3s

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Monday, 8 November 2010

Whitechapel & High Street 2012

The High Street 2012 project promises to regenerate the route that connects the City of London to Stratford. But what do local people think of the proposed changes?

LINK to BBC reportage

Friday, 5 November 2010

Coppers on 4

This looks very relevant to our subject area - worth a watch.

"As police budgets, and numbers, come under threat, this hard-hitting series reveals what police officers across England really think about being on the frontline of 21st-century Britain.

With access to police forces across the country - from Kent to West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester to Cambridgeshire - and from inner cities to rural beats, Coppers shows what police officers are up against every day of their working lives.

The series captures the reality of the job: from the riot police who face serious public disorder on our streets, to the seasoned custody sergeants who've seen it all, from the staff facing time-wasters calling 999 to emergency response teams racing to the scene only to find themselves acting as social workers or marriage guidance counsellors, and from traffic cops picking up the pieces after accidents to the thin blue line who face abuse and violence from binge-drinkers every weekend."