Sunday, 29 January 2012

Current Project

At the moment we are looking at the primitive hut. This is the notion of taking the main parts of architecture to be the base, overhead and vertical planes.
We've gone into all the tecnicalities of this, but i'll save you your sanity.
The most looked at image of the primitive
 hut, as drawn by Laugier 

So, our current brief is to come up with a walker's resting shelter/bird-watching hut/ lover's retreat.
I have chosen the walker's resting hut.

This is all I really want to say on the matter at the present time. I will, of course, keep this blog updated, but right now, my patience runs thin.
Check out my post full of random interesting shizzle on my other blog.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

It was late, late in the evening,
The lovers they were gone;
The clocks had ceased their chiming,
And the deep river ran on. 

I am writing this whilst writing my 'narative' for my Calstock site. The brief is still vague, but at the moment my idea is that this area is a place for a walker to stop briefly and rest.
The verse above is from WH Auden's "As I Walked Out One Evening". It could just be my favourite poem of all time. It is beautiful, so I thought I would share. If you have the time to feel moved, have a look at the full version.

Much love
Recent Trip with coursemates to Wembury beach

Friday, 13 January 2012

Black Framed Glasses

The Architect Stereotype is becoming more and more obvious to me now. Our lecturer said a while back that the architecture course will lead us to become intrinsically part of an elitist group formed of 4am working people who "wear black polo-necks and drive around in Audis."  Though I thought it was an exaggeration initially, I am beginning to see the 'cult's' look when I am researching architects.

When we arrived at uni, one of the first things we found was a 'instant architect kit' which consisted of a cut out pair of round, thick black framed glasses. Now this is a funny joke once you start to become one of 'them'. The most famous architects  to wear these funny things are as follows:
(I've also noted their most famous buildings too)

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Le Corbusier - Villa Savoye, which inspired
 those white box houses we see today

Peter Eisenman - Parc de la villette, Paris
 ( I actually went there on our study trip !)

File:Peter in Kyoto Dec2010.jpg
Peter Cook - the Archigram* daddy - Kunsthaus,
Graz (austria)

Eero Saarinen - TWA terminal at JFK airport

Daniel Libeskind - London Metropolitan University.

Admittedly, Libeskind does not have rounded glasses, but you see the pattern here? Some of the greatest architects of all time are on this page.

I think this means that I need to lose my sight promptly and get myself a pair of these glasses in order to have fantastic sucess.  

* Archigram is a movement which looks like it could have been thought up whilst HEAVILY under the influence. It is a concept that thinks of the city as a movable beast, which can be added onto, changed around and then can just get up and go at will. 
Very yellow-submarine-on-a-big-trip, isn't it?