INTRODUCTION Despite designing a range of high-profile, iconic buildings, Rem Koolhaas is outspoken in his dislike of a specific typology and the concept of the “starchitect” – a successful architect who is hired to design a building in their own signature style. Becoming defensive over the idea of working as a “starchitect” on the CCTV… Read More A NEW URBAN
While speaking to a group of architectural students at Columbia University in 1961, Le Corbusier once said “I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies.” Like most students of architecture, I take this position as gospel and will always opt to draw an idea, rather than describe it. And… Read More I PREFER FILMING TO DRAWING. FILMING IS SLOWER, BUT LEAVES MORE ROOM FOR LIES.
I currently have a form for my building. A rough layout has been decided and most rooms have been assigned. The overall massing of the building seems to work on the site and has a certain logic. There are just a few things to clear up at 1:200 scale, before moving into the intricacy of… Read More CARVE THE LIGHT. SHAPE THE DARK
“BE MORE ARCHITECTURAL” This quote summarises my exact issue in design. I get far too interested in theory thinking that I always delay the task of trying to design a building cleverly and holistically. In the interim review, I was advised to think about the project more architecturally, instead of focusing on the narrative. If I… Read More BE MORE ARCHITECTURAL!
It was supposed to stand for hundreds of years, but alas, my fortress lasted less than a week before being torn to shreds on Wednesday. Despite being a very functional form for the idea of a ‘stronghold’, it was agreed that the fortress would not provide comfortable space for the inhabitants to dwell. For the environmentally-conscious,… Read More AN ARTIFICIAL FOREST
The cave has transformed into a fortress. After a discussion with Robert, I have decided that the building is not as much of a cave as it is a fortress.The fortress still offers impenetrability and privacy, but holds a stronger street presence. This week, I watched Garbage Warriors; the story of Mike Reynold’s conception of the… Read More A DELICATE GARBAGE FORTRESS
Today we received our design brief. After two weeks of analysis, without any hint of a direction towards design, it was a relief to finally discover what my final project of undergraduate was going to be. Before being assigned to the specific projects, I too was laughing with the rest of the class when “A… Read More HOUSE FOR A NOMAD