Apparatus by Roxy Paine, a life-size fast food restaurant fully constructed out of wood
Inspired by spaces and environments designed to be activated via human interaction, a fast-food restaurant and a control room, the dioramas present spaces and objects which are hand carved from birch and maple wood and formed from steel, encased and frozen in time, void of human presence, making their inherent function obsolete. Rooted in the Greek language, diorama translates to “through that which is seen”, a definition that has evolved throughout time as dioramas became conventionally known as physical windowed and encased rooms used as educational tools. Paine transforms the environments on display by using the diorama’s traditional experience as a tool to create a contemplative experience where what we see behind the glass transitions between being real and being a mere shell of something real.
via Present & Correct
John G. Pickles - Ideas for Future Cities: 1 Tree City
1953 British Shopping Street (by smallritual) (click to see details!)
Inspired by draw-a-city, here’s an imaginary row of Lewes (East Sussex) houses made of real Lewes (East Sussex) houses that I drew for my BA.
Le Corbusier, Book Dummy for “Une Petite Maison”, (1954)
In 1954, Le Corbusier published the book, “Une Petite Maison”. In it, he describes the house that he built for his aging parents on the shores of Lake Geneva. It is above all about the act of dwelling, an essay on the poetics of space. As Gaston Bachelard explains in his book of the same name, “The act of dwelling arises infallibly as soon as one has the impression of being sheltered.” Le Corbusier’s book is a series of lessons on the poetics of shelter. They begin with the title and dust jacket. “Une Petite Maison” means not simply a quantitatively small house but especially a quantitatively small house. We sleep more soundly”, observes Bachelard in a “little house” than in a large one. The “little house” calls for reveries of coziness associated with miniatures. This cozy seclusion is even suggested in the cover where Le Corbusier has drawn a broad black band around it’s surface, thereby placing it in it’s own sheltered nest.
Underground by David Macaulay
"Through the act of building…marginalized people can come back into the community and reassert their role, their position, their political right."
- Sergio Palleroni
"This quote is found in the last of 30 essays on architects and architecture devoted to a broader public not typically considered in the profession and in schools: the poor, the homeless, the disabled, the individuals, families and organizations not affected by architecture and its upper-class private clients and exclusive institutions. By the time the reader confronts these words by Palleroni, one of the founders of the BaSiC Initiative, there is little doubt in his or her mind that something is at fault with a profession limited in its scope but apparently unlimited in its talent and impact.
"The reasons for this misalignment run deep, from public funding and design education to the media’s continued emphasis on photogenic designs for rich clients. Much has to do with how the term "the public" is defined, if it excludes certain groups or if it embraces all walks of life. In many cases, which way the pendulum swings is a matter of who wields the power, who makes the decisions and who defines the public in a certain manner. So in a collection focusing on the designer’s role in "architecture for the other 98%," an incomplete picture is painted.
"Regardless, it should be acknowledged that design work for marginalized populations is not usually a money-making operation, it is done with strong intentions to help those excluded from consideration. Surely commendation must be given to designers willing to reverse a deeply-rooted trend, but more importantly it is the lessons learned from architects dealing with these sorts of projects that is of value, spreading their experience to others not sure how to take that leap into activist design."
(via Archidose, in a review of Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism)
thoughts for your thoughts
i’ve been rather disillusion with architecture lately. my experience of it, having only a degree in it, is that it benefits the most privileged people. like the dream projects are mostly largely pointless things like art galleries, theatres and other such pubic buildings, or wildly expensive houses for people with too much money.
meanwhile we’re living in dire economic times, population is rising, there’s a massive housing crisis, schools are failing, the high street is failing, and here we are drawing pictures of fantastical nonsense when we should be designing better schools, sustainable and affordable housing, and environmental responsible buildings.
i feel like i’ve had a privileged education leading to a privileged profession (albeit not particularly well paid) designing dream grand designs for the most privileged people. i’m sure i want to be part of this tbh
or maybe this is just a false image i have of architects. my friends who have worked in practices have experienced better than this, working on buildings that matter.
i should probably read every one of these but they would be really expensive wouldn’t they
Staufer & Hasler // Training Center Fire House II, Zurich