Category Archives: Architecture

Mid Point review – reflection

Apart from the direct feedback on my work the clear benefit for me was needing to spend time engaging with everyones work and preparing comments, hearing others comments. It felt encouraging in terms of a broad sense of community as much as anything.

It did feel overall a place for positive comments – if you wanted to raise doubts the other person couldn’t reply so there seems to be an ethical question here.  Perhaps many doubts are really questions so I guess that would be how you would approach it-open questions. Postive comments are good to have but good negative comments are more likely to generate the energy for change.  It’s easier to be positive than negative!

I became aware of my own strategy in presenting the video when looking at the whole range of presentations – I tried to extract a clear narrative for clarity but that left some emerging strands of activity and reading unaccounted for.   I now wish I had provided a complete overview at the risk of  being incomprehensible or incoherent in the time available.  There is always the blog for those who want to explore further.  I also feel that presenting process is as important as presenting content. Possibly also atmosphere by which I mean a broad sense of attitude and feeling around a practice which is not directly stated but which comes across.  I think some presentations were good at atmosphere.  Being analytical but also having an atmosphere is a question of balance perhaps.

Outside the formal presentation how do I create and maintain ‘atmosphere’ as a factor within my practice?  Is this a kind of mental architectural space, or is that notion of space a kind of memory loci – walking through a space and remembering things.   Creating architectural spaces for certain kinds of  thought.  Architectural simulation packages.  Virtual reality – including audio.  3D audio is a great way of generating a sense of space and atmosphere.

Possible collaboration with an architect or architectural practice?



Camera constructs : photography, architecture and the modern city

Camera constructs : photography, architecture and the modern city / edited by Andrew Higgott and Timothy Wray.

Publisher: Farnham, England : Ashgate Publishing, 2014.Description: xxvi, 357 pages : illustrations (chiefly black and white) ; 25 cm.ISBN: 1472445384; 978147244538

Photography and architecture have a uniquely powerful resonance – architectural form provides the camera with the subject for some of its most compelling imagery, while photography profoundly influences how architecture is represented, imagined and produced. Camera Constructs is the first book to reflect critically on the varied interactions of the different practices by which photographers, artists, architects, theorists and historians engage with the relationship of the camera to architecture, the city and the evolution of Modernism. The title thus on the one hand opposes the medium of photography and the materiality of construction – but on the other can be read as saying that the camera invariably constructs what it depicts: the photograph is not a simple representation of an external reality, but constructs its own meanings and reconstructs its subjects. Twenty-three essays by a wide range of historians and theorists are grouped under the themes of ‘Modernism and the Published Photograph’, ‘Architecture and the City Re-imagined’, ‘Interpretative Constructs’ and ‘Photography in Design Practices.’ They are preceded by an Introduction that comprehensively outlines the subject and elaborates on the diverse historical and theoretical contexts of the authors’ approaches. Camera Constructs provides a rich and highly original analysis of the relationship of photography to built form from the early modern period to the present day.

Raimund Abraham [UN]BUILT

Raimund Abraham [UN]BUILT

The Austrian architect Raimund Abraham, born 1933 in Tyrol, Austria, lived, worked and taught in the USA from 1964 to 2010. In march 2010 he died in a car-crash. The book is an updated edition and contains the complete work of the architect Raimund Abraham. It has a three-part structure: 1) imaginary architecture, 2) projects, 3) realizations. Texts are by Raimund Abraham, Kenneth Frampton, John Hejduk, Wieland Schmied and Lebbeus Woods. With an introductory essay by Norbert Miller. The drawing of architecture occupies a central position in the evolution of his work but challenges the predominant notion of built architecture. Drawing demands an autonomous reality, manifestation of his architectural concept. The book also contains his latest realized projects as there are his own house in Mexico and the House for Musicians at the Museumsinsel Hombroich (Germany), which will be completed in 2011.