Oct 31, 2010

Buy an Archipelago

Another story I meant to link here long ago is this real estate listing for an entire Scottish archipelago.

For £250,000—approximately $398,000—you can be the owner of "a wonderful and remote island group... a small archipelego centred around two main islands 25 miles north east of Lerwick, Shetland and extending to about 600 acres in all." It comes complete with a "private airstrip" and seasonal wild flowers.

Perhaps you want to establish a writers' residence. Perhaps you're fed up. Perhaps you want to declare a private city-state. Or perhaps you simply want to reinvigorate the struggling private island market.

Whatever the case may be, "a charter flight can also be arranged from Tinwall just to the north of Lerwick."

[Image: Earlier on BLDGBLOG: Buy a Map, Buy a Torpedo-Testing Facility, Buy a Fort, Buy a Church, and Buy a Silk Mill].


Please follow Foster´s argumentation. Next Friday you will need to articulate a similar argument of what you are doing, taking me through your building with drawings and models.

En palabras de Norman Foster, «Portia es nuestra primera bodega, así que no teníamos ideas preconcebidas sobre cómo debía funcionar. Ha sido una oportunidad para empezar desde cero, examinar las diferentes etapas en la producción de vino para intentar crear las mejores condiciones para su desarrollo».
El edificio, de 12.500 metros cuadrados, tiene una capacidad de producción de un millón de botellas al año. Su diseño en forma de trébol representa las tres principales fases de producción: la fermentación en depósitos de acero, la crianza en barricas de roble y, finalmente, el envejecimiento en botellas. Todo el proceso se controla desde un centro de operaciones situado en el núcleo. Las alas que contienen las barricas y los botelleros están parcialmente enterradas para favorecer el envejecimiento del vino, mientras que el ala de fermentación se encuentra expuesta para favorecer la liberación de dióxido de carbono. Un camino sube hasta el techo del edificio, de manera que se puedan liberar las uvas recolectadas directamente en las tolvas.
El diseño de la bodega aprovecha la inclinación del terreno, utilizando la gravedad para favorecer el movimiento del vino en su interior, maximizando la eficiencia y minimizando el daño que sufre la uva. La estructura de hormigón está revestida con láminas de acero cortén. Los materiales usados para su construcción son el hormigón, acero y cristal y el edificio está revestido de azulejos en tonos de tierra. El equipo de Norman Foster participó en dos vendimias del Grupo Faustino para conocer de manera exhaustiva el proceso de la elaboración del vino

Oct 30, 2010

update blog

I have done a few changes in the blogs so you can send me stuff to publish directly without editing.
The only rules are:
1.It has to be interesting.
2. You have to follow the conventional rules (no sexism, racism, apology of terror, apology of dicatatorships or open call to thanatos).
3. It has to be related to your colleagues projects, so it is actually to help them out OR it is related to your own project and collateral interests OR it is related to you research topics.
For that I need all of you to send me ONE LINE OF TEXT (MAXIMUM TWO) describing what you are doing:
123 responda otra vez for example: I AM DOING A BUILDING WHICH WILL TAKE ACCOUNT OF SLOW, MEDIUM AND FAST CHANGES INCLUDING HYBRID PROGRAMS: DISCO-BALLET, ETC...(you finish it off) WITH A PARTICULAR INTEREST IN MOVING PARTS, DEPLOYABLE STRUCTURES, COLLAPSIBLE WALLS, AND THINGS IN SLOW, MEDIUM AND FAST TRANSFORMATION. So how can we help this student? Publishing in the blog photos, mechanisms, patents, ideas, parts of toys, catalogue of hinges, ... that have to do with movement, or photos, ideas, memories about disco clubs, dancing halls, ballet movements,... and then interensting ways of representation ie. drawings of things moving, photos of movement of Edward Muybridge or Etienne L. Marey, ...
Once I have received all your short lines I will give you an email address in which you can send emails that I will look and then publish online.Sometimes I will ask to provide more info, or the links, or will suggest something.
Also please give me your reflection wether we should open the blog for other students to send stuff or not.It is up to you. Just give me your vote.

narrative architecture

The Migration of Mel and Judith

[Image: From "The Migration of Mel and Judith" by Thomas Hillier].

Thomas Hillier, of Emperor's Castle fame, has sent in a newly documented but chronologically older project of his called "The Migration of Mel and Judith."

"The Migration of Mel and Judith," Hillier writes, "was the pre-cursor to The Emperor’s Castle and my first real exploration into using narrative as the vehicle for generating and scrutinizing my architectural ideas. It was also where I began using craft-based techniques and 2/3-dimensional assemblage to illustrate the design process."

The Migration, though, is not only an entire storyline packaged inside a beautifully realized, miniature architectural world—it's also told inside a lampshade.

[Images: From "The Migration of Mel and Judith" by Thomas Hillier].

Mel and Judith, Hillier explains, are "a recently retired couple from Croydon who have decided to give up on their life in London’s third City and travel Europe," looking for a place to touch down for a while (and for better weather).

[Images: From "The Migration of Mel and Judith" by Thomas Hillier].

Soon enough, though, they get homesick—and the architectural transformation of their caravan-home begins:
    To combat thier longing they slowly adapt and customise their caravan-house to feel a little more like home. Walls of the caravan become aroma filled bricks of white bread, especially made by Mel & Judith themselves. Other adaptations include the pebbledash façade reminiscent of their Croydon abode. A green lawn-carpet that is much cooler underfoot than the hot Marbella sand and when it gets too hot there's always the sprinkler system and snow-chimney.
The couple's mobile slice of English domesticity becomes all but entombed beneath the ornament of personal nostalgia.

[Images: From "The Migration of Mel and Judith" by Thomas Hillier].

This, too, steeped in English nostalgia, becomes too staid for them, and the couple decides to leave Europe altogether, alighting for the more exotic climes of Luxor, Egypt.

[Image: From "The Migration of Mel and Judith" by Thomas Hillier].

There, they settle "on a small, uninhabited island situated on the River Nile, where in their weird and wonderful ‘Do-It-Yourself’ English manor Mel brews beer in his bathtub-brewery whilst Judith bakes rose-bread in the bread-garden."
    Their island comes alive during the holiday season creating an English retreat in the middle of Luxor, a retreat that lures in English tourists with the opportunity to be surrounded by the sights, sounds and smells of home. The smell of roses and freshly baked bread drift through the air whilst the temptation to drink beer (which is illegal in Luxor) is impossible to resist.
Maps of riverine estuaries have thus been sewn into the lampshade alongside windfarms, fishing boats, photo-collages, and even a portrait of Princess Diana.

[Images: From "The Migration of Mel and Judith" by Thomas Hillier].

If you pull back, though, and look at the whole project within its physical and visual frame, the self-enclosed curling world of the lampshade adds a wonderfully anti-perspectival, frilly concavity to the couple's journey. These latter scenes become both explosive and disorienting.

Like the spaceships in Stanley Kubrick's film 2001, the walls of their representational frame simply turn and turn, bringing us over and over again back through the same space, as if unwilling to let go of what's come before. Here, that space is asprawl with tidal flats and marshlands, fishing spots and coves. The couple, living now in Luxor, welcome visitors, dry their clothes aboard the boat deck, catch some afternoon sunlight, and grow old together, retired into this deliberately over-nostalgic world of their own making, constantly cycling back in memory through their shared past.

They have built a frame to fit themselves within, as if to give their lives narrative completion.

[Images: From "The Migration of Mel and Judith" by Thomas Hillier].

Check out The Emperor's Castle, meanwhile, if you haven't seen it already, and then click through to Hillier's website.

Car Prints from 3d to 2d


October 7th, 2010
Sarah Illenberger, a Berlin based creative, covered some cars with fingerpaint and then made huge prints with them. To be honest, it looks very familiar, but nice none the less. Apparently she was inspired by an idea by the artstudent Stacey Chapman, unfortenately I couldn’t find any information on her.
If you speak some German you read an article about it here.

Mini Clubman

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