Thames Salmon Rehab

An impressive film by Jonathan Schofield from the University of Westminster in the UK. The Thames Salmon Rehab project is a type of mechanical architecture that responds to the kinetic energy of the moving tides and creates an interesting synergy between the natural and the artifice. 

Thames Salmon Rehab from Jonathan Schofield on Vimeo.

ScanLAB

ScanLAB Projects has revealed this ‘millimetre perfect’ visualization made from 3D scans of last year’s summer exhibition at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London.
The research project by Bartlett students Matthew Shaw and William Trossell was explained: ‘Our current exhibition of drawings and animations records last year’s Bartlett School of Architecture Summer Show not through video or photography but solely through the 3D Scanning.  48 hours of colour 3D scanning produced 64 scans of the entire exhibition space using a Faro Photon 120 laser scanner.

Bartlett Summer Show 2010 3D Scan from ScanLAB on Vimeo.


‘The scans were then aligned to create a millimetre perfect 3D model of the entire exhibition space and all of the thousands of drawings, prototypes, models, sketches, films and installation within.  A series of ‘standard’ architectural drawings are taken from this data set and exhibited on bespoke light boxes. 
‘These drawings represent the closest record to an “as built” drawing set for the entire exhibition and an “as was” representation of the Bartlett’s year.
‘The exhibition and all research work was supported by Faro Laser Scanning, Pointools and CEGE at UCL.  The exhibition was launched as part of the recent Fabricate Conference at the Bartlett which discussed the progressive integration of digital design with manufacturing processes.
‘The conference brought together pioneers in design and making within architecture, construction, engineering, manufacturing, materials technology and computation.
More information and photos can be found here.

Glass Tower II

Why does a man build a Tower?
To fight off enemies? To transmit TV pro-
grams? To house more inhabitants and to
economize high costly earth? No, no [and] no!
That's a lie and the masking of the real [and]
the only true function of a Tower [-] to shout
as loud as possible: "here I am! Look how st-
rong and mighty I am!" All the rest - the ele-
vators, the floors and the countless clercks
filling the Tower [-] exist only to put on a mask.
Let us build at last the Real Tower - "A Glass
Tower for a Little Man." It will be a gigantic
glass cylinder standin[g] in the very
center of a town. There will be nothing in-
side but a glass staircase leading to it.
A man can go upstairs [,] and at the moment
he enters the room, his Old Dream comes true:
Due to the newest technical inventions and
wonderful nature of glass[,] a little Man will
fill in by himself the gigantic Tower. And
all the town will see him[,] and every tremen-
dously enlarged spot on his nice face will
shout: "look, here I am!" Afterwards the
Man will disappear t give place to the next
one... so welcome to the Glass Tower!!!
(Works day and night)

Ionisation

An awesome short film by Flat-e. The project began life as a film to accompany a performance by the London Sinfonietta of Edgard Vareses Ionisation. An inspiring 20th century composer who pioneered works that cross over into the electronic scene of today.
The piece shows what you can achieve when people collaborate in an unventilated environment where superglue fumes outweigh the oxygen 6:1.



Ionisation from Flat-e on Vimeo.

Pruitt Igoe

I think my whole perspective of architecture changed when I watched the destruction of the Pruitt Igoe,  St. Louis housing complex that was demolished in 1972 and is considered one of the touchstones in the 'death' of modernism. The site is typical of the towers in the park ideal most notably ascribed to public housing and derived from version of Le Corbusier's Radiant City designs.  In this case, bars of housing were interwoven with roads, parking, and open space within immense superblocks as seen in the aerial and plan of the original development.


The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: an Urban History – Film Trailer from the Pruitt-Igoe Myth on Vimeo.


A new competition has just been launched that seeks the ideas of the creative community worldwide: individuals and teams of professional, academic, and student architects, landscape architects, designers, writers and artists of every discipline have been invited to re-imagine the 57 acres on which the Pruitt-Igoe housing project was once located."   What could the site be today?

Under Limassol's pier

Bricks

Its funny brick is a really Australian building product and recently I have noticed a lot of good local architects have been using it in interesting ways. Its kinda cheap, robust and familiar to all builders so it makes it a good product without creating awkward details or joinery.


Using it to bring life to this simple two box addition with a courtyard that is currently under construction.

The Black Market

If the factory represents the highest possibility in terms of production and the lowest possibility in terms of wages, then the black market represents the lowest possibility in terms of production for the highest possibility of gain.

Jason de Caires Taylor

Wow, these underwater sculptures by Jason de Caires Taylor are life size figures that rest on the Cancun seabed in Mexico. The aging process of the sculpture becomes interesting as they develop into artificial reefs and attract marine life and the shifting sands. The unique experience is as if a modern day Pompeii, we seem to glimpse into a moment when time is frozen and the sea levels have risen, perhaps a timely reminder of the destruction we are committing to our own place of habitation.