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Old 14th Dec 2007, 14:08   #1
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Ahhh, it was inevitable. Here's a thread for discussing architecture - the most important subject ever.

Ahem.

It's Oscar Niemeyer's hundredth birthday tomorrow, and he's still practising - the last remaining member of a generation of heroic modernists whose work and ethics were so terribly perverted by a million governments and cheap developers around the world.

Here are some photos, and here's a radio 4 documentary about the fella*.

*Sorry, Radio 4 - Architecture just doesn't work on the radio.

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Radio 4's Today Programme had Will Alsop and the President of RIBA Sunand Prasad on talking about their designs for bird boxes...

Couldn't post the pictures here, but they look like they'd terrify any tit, great or blue, I've ever seen in a garden!
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Old 15th Feb 2008, 13:25   #3
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Ahhhh, Will Alsop.

Don't get me wrong, I liked the Peckham library, but with the Ontario Crossword on Stilts building I think he went too far. Glad he's around, though - always good to have some characters who can rant entertainingly.
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Hang on. Not that we shouldn't enjoy architecture, have more of it even, but didn't you already start a thread for this? Had photos of that international competition on it?

EDIT: Evidently not...
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Yeah, that was the RIBA Stirling Prize thread, I think.
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The following came from an invitation I received to a lecture this evening. I was scoffing a good deal until the list of possible topics at the end - these guys are great.*

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Sean Griffiths, director of FAT.

6pm lecture room 1 at the architecture department Edinburgh University


Fat was formed in 1993 as an art/architecture collective and is interested in the communicative possibilities of architecture and in the potential for architecture to expand its horizons beyond its present concerns with abstract form and minimalist good taste.

The lecture will comprise of descriptions of a selection of the
practice's projects ranging from small art installations to rather big
buildings. The projects will serve to illustrate a philosophy of
architecture which attempts to incorporate ideas drawn from arenas other than architecture as well as architectural approaches which are
distinctly unfashionable and therefore of great interest to FAT.

Subjects covered may include:
  1. How to do sustainability in a way that is not so earnest and irritating.
  2. How to incorporate popular taste into High Architecture.
  3. The importance of famous architects' head as viewed in side elevation.
  4. How contemporary architecture can successfully accommodate people with large bottoms.
*provided they're prevented from building too much...
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Old 10th Jul 2008, 11:51   #7
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It's old news in the architectural blogging world (yep - there is one) but I rather like the architectural jelly banquet and auction taking place during the 2008 London Architecture Festival. Alsop's entry is - as ever - disappointing, but the wobbly bridge is nice and the jelly eden project by Grimshaw is a perfectly chosen form for jellying.

Also you have to love the word 'jellymonger'.
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Ian Martin writes the last page (or is it first? I forget - I read it online now, anyway) in the Angling Journal every week, and this time he's written a jolly good architectural Christmas Quiz.

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Patrik Schumacher introduced audiences to something new in 2008. What was it?

a) Narcolepsy.
b) Supercalifractionisticexponentialbullshit.
c) Momo the comedy glove puppet, who squirted him with a water pistol every time he said 'paradigm'.

As the credit crunch tightened, senior members of the profession advised British architects to seek new work opportunities. Where?

a) Second Life.
b) Pizza Hut.
c) Wealthier, sunnier parts of the world where women are kept indoors and it's illegal to be gay, but where architectural innovation is highly valued so that's OK then.
...And more in that style.
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So, you applying to Pizza Hut then Dave?
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Mr Glasses - tales of a modernist architect and his quest to help the world through stale, rigourous modernism. I particularly enjoy episode 2, in which Mr Glasses attempts to mend a broken heart with a model of the Farnsworth House. Genius.

It doesn't quite live up to the promise of the opening "My name is Mr Glaahsses, and I'm an aahchitect", but the blank protagonist and general atmosphere is a complete joy. Also the fleeting glimpses of old-school modernist drawings, models, and buildings do bring a certain happiness to my otherwise more chaoticand shambling mindset.

I see it was a failed pilot episode for a TV show originally, so I'm sure glad the internet exists to keep it out there in the world for us to enjoy.
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