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ESA crit at the Bartlett

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End of year École Spéciale d’Architecture (ESA) crit, at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, on 01 June 2013.

Visiting professors: Sir Peter Cook and Yael Reisner.
Critics: Alice Labourel, Maria Knutsson-Hall, Carlos Jimenez, Ricardo DeOstos and Stefan Lengen.

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The Shed at the National Theatre

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The Shed is a temporary stage grafted on to the National Theatre. It will give the NT a third auditorium while the Cottesloe is closed for a year during the NT Future redevelopment.

The inside/outside space that will act as the bar and foyer for the Shed for next 12 months is a wonderfully cosy in-between space. Howarth Tompkins have managed to interact with Sir Denys Lasdun’s outstanding building with an admirable lightness of touch.

But nothing can quite match the magnificent play of solidity/transparency of Lasdun’s masterpiece.

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Arduino

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Just received our first Arduino microcontroller board here at felt and we are really exited! By all accounts, it’s a lot more powerful and easy to programme, compared to the Parallax BASIC Stamp microcontroller which I used last time I built a responsive device.

I can’t wait to start tinkering with responsive / interactive stuff once again!

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Bergen School of Architecture

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Despite being delightfully situated between fjords and rolling landscapes BAS Bergen School of Architecture is described by their locals as the ugliest building in town.
Opinion about this Brutalist architecture may be split but the internal ambiance really rocks and provides a great platform for fulfilling ideas and the making of stuff.

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Ho ho ho

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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Best of Tent London 2012

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Before the memory of this year’s Tent London fades, I would like to share my personal highlights. Adaptability and re-use were the common thread linking all my favourite exhibits this year.

In no particular order, my top three were:

Zoe Murphy – Zoe is a remarkably talented designer from Margate, who breathes new life to previously discarded pieces of mid-century furniture. She screen-prints colourful patterns directly onto the recycled furniture, making them tactile and cheerful.

 

International-Studio – I thought their ‘Apollo’ light was brilliant!

 

MAMIKIM & Co. – I have to admit to a personal connection here, as I used to work with Mami, but I would have enjoyed the playfulness of her exquisite ‘ADAPTable’ regardless.

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Hang On A Minute Lads…

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Last chance to see the amazing installation Hang On A Minute Lads, I’ve Got A Great Idea…  by the artist Richard Wilson at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill On Sea – it’s on until Sunday 14 October.

Based on the iconic final scene of the film The Italian Job, this feat of engineering sees a full-sized replica coach balanced on the DLWP’s rooftop. Our friend and collaborator, Brian Constant, is the structural engineer responsible for helping Richard Wilson and DLWP realise “the Pavilion’s most ambitious commission to date”.

photos ©  Constant Structural Design

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The Tanks at Tate Modern

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The Tanks at Tate Modern should become the new mecca for London’s concrete lovers. Herzog & de Meuron have given Tate Modern its best exhibition space yet; a concrete temple to rival the tactile attractions of the Barbican and the National Theatre. While the main galleries at Tate Modern could be seen as clinical and devoid of any clues that betray the building’s history, the Tanks are full of traces of their past life as the underground oil storage vessels of Bankside Power Station.

The oil-stained concrete with its ‘as-found’ lettering is delightfully evocative of the building’s past life. The sharp new concrete provides the perfect counterbalance.

The Tanks are reminiscent of the galleries of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris but with the advantage of Bankside’s industrial heritage.

As at the entrance to the Tanks, the ‘as-found’ lettering is left undisturbed while new signage is projected. The play of old and new is deftly handled.

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