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Architects, where are we now, and what is the future?
A provocative question posed by the ‘What Now?’ collaborative, the team behind ‘The Architect: What Now’ an exhibition and debate that checks the health of the Architect at a point of great upheavals from the university design studios to the boardrooms. The architect is the sick man in need of radical surgery and maybe just a few therapists. Does the collaborative – Alison Coutinho, a part 2 graduate from London Metropolitan, Dan Slavinsky, a part 3 student at Westminster, and Wai Shin Li, head of sales and marketing for Dezeen – offer a diagnosis? They may not be at the RIBA churning trend surveys, nor are they big journal penning soul searching articles, but these are the voices of the grassroots with a mind to prompt conversation. Archi-cynics may argue about what these young upstarts know. Surely they lack the experience to comment on such issues. The team will say that they are simply providing a platform for a debate. “Just send us a postcard!”
The students of the school of architecture at the University of Nottingham are currently into week 3 of Project Limpopo, which will see a nursery school and social infrastruture built in Calais, Limpopo in South Africa on behalf of humanitarian charity Education Africa.
You can follow the project here http://www.projectlimpopo.org/Project_Limpopo/Home.html
Also follow the ups and downs of the project on the blog of Helen Jones who is a tutor working with the students, and is part of K2 Consultancy. http://k2consultancy.blogspot.com/
Images below are by Joshua Jones, a second year degree student involved in the project. Text excerpts from the blog by Helen Jones.
“We also got a chance to visit the children that will be using the school once it is built. They’re so cute and they really need the facility. Currently they borrow the local Catholic Church during the week that is dark, hot and there’s only enough room for about 20 of the 60 children who attend the school. They have significant amount of play equipment but its rusting and needs replacing. The kitchen is located outdoors, under a tree – literally just a pot over a fire. The school will really benefit these children and you can really see how the money everyone has donated will help”
Above: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011 by Peter Zumthor
© Peter Zumthor
At heart of Peter Zumthor’s Pavilion is a garden that the architect hopes will inspire visitors to become observers…
and aim to help its audience take the time to relax,
to observe and then,
perhaps, start to talk again – maybe not.
Since Peter Zumthor was announced as the chosen designer of the 2011 Serpentine Pavilion, it has stimulated much speculation, excitement and intrigue about how the Pritzker Prize-winning Swiss architect would interpret this annual brief. Now the Serpentine Gallery has announced details and released impressions of how the 11th pavilion in the series will reveal itself on the lawns of the Gallery, in this corner of Kensington Gardens within London’s Hyde Park – and that will be with the concept of Hortus Conclusus.
On Monday we introduced you to young and up and coming designer Victoria Eggs, and her new company CMYK London. In part 2 we find out a about Victoria’s background and her inspirations.
Victoria Eggs has been has been on a long, inspiring and creative journey that has provided the education for her to take the big step of setting up on her own and bringing to life her new company CMYK London. For Victoria today sees the launch of the new CMYK website featuring her fantastic new designs ready for a wider audience.
In the first of a two part interview we feature CMYK london and discuss with Victoria the launch, her designs and her journey.
Hello and welcome to the new category – “Featured Artist”.
This week we are proud to showcase some work by 3D Visualiser – Nick Smith.
Coming from a design and technical drawing background, and working in the construction sector for a number of years in both Spain and the UK, Nick has supplied visuals of proposed renovations, extensions and landscape designs for client approval before work commenced.
Since then he has discovered the power of Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) and developed the necessary skills to provide scaled, photorealistic visuals and animation incorporating the correct textures, lighting and background scenes to give the client a detailed and accurate vision of the finished project.
Nick is willing and able to travel to provide a service which can be essential for architects, interior and exterior designers, property developers and even home owners to aid with planning applications or sales and marketing requirements before your developments are even completed.
Nick can be contacted through his website.
In the center of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, the Re.evolution lounge+bar is a project that you’d most probably be seeing in Miami or LA than in a touristy Mexican beach resort; it provides some fresh air to the city nightlife, and has also unintentionally triggered a micro urban renewal in the neighborhood.
Cabo San Lucas, a popular vacation spot and one of the places in Mexico with the highest density of high-end resorts, faces two public images; on one side, a place of highest luxury and style, visible trough resort catalogues and sponsored promotions, while creating a ‘vision’ of ‘traditional’ Mexico with palapas, colorful taco stands and mariachis. On the other side the town of Cabo San Lucas in its mere heart reveals dusty streets, poverty, cheep local labor and poor urban image due to the negligence of urban planners.
The “Re.evolution lounge+bar” project called for the remodeling of two different commercial spaces, joining them together into a restaurant and a lounge bar in downtown Cabo San Lucas. a10 studio saw in this project the opportunity to comply to the clients needs and transform the two existing ‘rough’ spaces into a comfortable and contemporary space for a restaurant and a lounge bar, seeking to stand out from the expensive palapa-like bar that seems to be the general aesthetic for businesses in the area.
One of the most internationally recognized emblems of Mexico, and particularly of the State of Sinaloa, is its agricultural production. The state of Sinaloa is known as the “granary of Mexico” because it is the producer of a big variety of food. Its efficient fields have become national leaders in their yields.
Because the economy of Sinaloa is sustained by its agricultural activities, the project seeks to recognize it and promote it, through a project that displays objects related to branches of technology, history of agriculture and agronomy as well as agricultural ways which sustain the economy of Sinaloa.
Through the creation of the Museum of Agriculture the city government tries to allow the public to learn more about the forms of production in the locality, while recognizing both the agricultural practice as such, and those who make possible such a noble activity.
Three ecologies: a founder thought for the constitution of a new urbanity
Montpelier Campus states a double problem. On one hand, the Campus doesn’t establish a place of urbanity as far as its split character reports a multiplicity of archipelagoes uninhabited and become depopulated outside time and university functioning. On the other hand, that connected to the new environmental preoccupations in the day of the sustainable development. To answer these specificities of the Campus for the University Montpelier South of France engaged from then on a clear stand, asserting the necessity of repositioning the Man in the center of the constitution of the city and of working at a constituent sensory town planning of a contemporary urbanity.