Last year, architect and designer Nigel Coates retired as head of architecture at the Royal College of Art after 16 years in the post. Before he officially stepped down, Crane.tv catched up with Coates to talk about what makes for good architecture and what’s the one advice he gives all of his students.
Filmed in 1921, Manhatta reveals a typical day in Lower Manhattan in the early part of the 20th century. Painter Charles Sheeler and photographer Paul Strand created this silent film to discover the relationship between film and photography, while exploring their love to the City. Just as it is today, the City is amidst endless chaos.
Koen Olthuis’s Dutch practice, Waterstudio, has been preparing for the environmental impacts on architecture for ten years now – building a practice on the assumption that a new solution for inhabitation is on the water. Having lived in Amsterdam, Olthuis has intimate experience with the battle against water that people have posed for themselves. In an interview with Jill Fehrenbacher for Inhabitat, Olthuis describes how Amsterdam was settled, what it means to have a city built upon water and the maintenance required. Olthuis’ desire to colonize the oceans is not new, but his techniques, which he touches upon in this TEDx Talk in Warwick, focus on a refined and innovative way of approaching this strategy that is progressive in that it requires far less maintenance.
Critically acclaimed architects Pernilla Ohrstedt and Asif Khan are a duo that take innovation to the next level. Despite having known each other for years and having collaborated on various projects in the past, their partnership was only recently made official with the launch of their London-based practice Pernilla & Asif. Crane.tv met with the charming duo at their studio in Hackney before heading over to their most recent installation, Cloud, in Bethnal Green’s York Hall where we see the two in action, learn why they work so well together, and their plans for the future including an exciting new project at next year’s Olympics. Photo Credit: James Harris.
Professors, students and practitioners such as Peter Orborn at AEDAS participated in the above video to give a perspective on a reality for the practice of bridging entrepreneurship and architecture on the Master in Architectural Management and Design at the Architecture Venture Lab at IE University.
Interesting facts of the class of 2012 include 28% entrepreneurs, practitioners starting their own practice and 80% of architects are entrepreneurs but very few of them receive any management training. The Architecture Venture Lab allows students to conceptualize their own architectural practices or improve on their existing one, through the creation of a business proposal integrating all acquired management and design skills.
While Seoul celebrates cutting-edge architecture modelled after Western aesthetics, Seoul-based architecture firm AND promotes traditional housing with a twist. In a quest to remain true to its roots, AND combines traditional elements with eco-sustainable design. Founder Yeob Jeong and researcher Tae Lee whisk us away to view Villa Topoject, one of the firm’s most renowned projects located in rural Gyeonggido, just an hour away from the city.
Oyler Wu Collaborative, in collaboration with Michael Kalish, shared with us their video, reALIze, which documents the development and fabrication of the 2011 reALIze installation, a tribute to the life and cultural significance of Muhammad Ali. The project is aimed at exposing a new generation to this larger than life character by building an appreciation for the nuanced emotional, aesthetic, and technical principles that collectively form experience – a concept that holds true as much for human persona as it does for architecture.
Jonathan Segal, an architect and developer from San Diego, California, is nearing completion on his latest project, the Cresta. Our friends from Breadtruck films have compiled this short construction video as a teaser until the final project is fully finished. Check out the clip, and we’ll keep you updated on the project.
Inspired by the local materials and culture of Mahabalipuram, an Indian fishing village famous for sculpture, American Artist Janet Echelman stumbled upon a material that would change her art, and life, forever. One evening, while observing the fishermen’s nightly routine of bundling their nets, Echelman imagined a new type of sculpture – a volumetric form that could be the scale of a large building but remain light enough to ripple in the wind, constantly reshaping the net and creating ever-changing patterns.
With a sophisticated mixture of ancient craft and modern technology, Echelman collaborates with a range of professionals including aeronautical and mechanical engineers, architects, lighting designers, landscape architects, and fabricators to transform urban environments world-wide with her net sculptures.
Continue after the break to view some of Echelman’s most famous projects.
In this TEDx Talk, Jason Roberts – known as the “The Bike Guy” in his Oak Cliff community outside of Dallas, Texas – gives his audience a how-to guide in improving a community one block at a time as part of a project called “The Better Block“. The project did not start off as an organization with vast goals and strong following; instead it started off with Roberts’ interest and desire to develop his community into one that had a legacy apart from the highways and overpasses that dominate the landscape. Inspired by the rich history and existing street life of European cities with their historic buildings and monuments, plazas, and vistas; Roberts started small and eventually built a foundation and organization that is now nationally recognized and used as a tool to develop cities across the country.
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Yesterday, we announced the WTTW premier of the new 30-minute documentary, Architect Michael Graves: A Grand Tour. If you missed it, there is no need to worry. You can watch the documentary right here on ArchDaily! Host Geoffrey Baer takes you on a fascinating tour through Graves’ life and legacy, with in-depth tours inside some his famous works and commentary from many of his good friends, such as Peter Eisenman and Denise Scott Brown. Learn about the influences that shaped each chapter of Graves’ life, from the boy who aspired to be an artist, to modernism and The New York Five, then onto post modernism, product design and his most recent focus on health care.
Want more? You can watch exclusive web clips here. Enjoy!
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Crane.tv visits renowned British Architect and AA graduate John Pawson at his studio in North London. Known for his minimalist and sleek approach, Pawson has designed everything from stores for Calvin Klein to monasteries in the Czech Republic. Earlier this year, Pawson was commissioned to redesign the old Commonwealth Institute building in South-Kensington, which will serve as the new home of the Design Museum in 2014. Here, he talks to us about the ideas behind his minimalist style, the international nature of his office and what he learned from legendary Japanese architect Shiro Kuramata.
Today the world celebrates its most precious resource: water. Countries world-wide suffer from water shortages so extreme that they cannot produce enough food to support their basic needs. In an effort to protect the World’s largest source of surface fresh water, the City Design Practice of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) is gaining international support in their pro bono pursuit to create a 100-year vision that will environmentally protect and economically revitalize the entire U.S. and Canada Great Lakes region, a vision known as The Great Lakes Century.
“The availability and quality of fresh water to sustain a radically urbanizing world is unquestionably a core issue of our time and requires holistic environmental thinking at an unprecedented scale,” said Philip Enquist, SOM partner in charge of urban design worldwide.
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Two days before lecturing at Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Wang Shu was announced as the recipient of the 2012 Pritzker Prize. In this interview, Wang Shu discusses his work with architectural historian Robert McCarter, the Sam Fox School’s Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture, and Seng Kuan, assistant professor of architecture. The interview takes place in the University’s Mildred Land Kemper Art Museum, designed by Pritzker laureate and former WUSTL professor, Fumihiko Maki.
A laboratory for ideas, collective Plan01 consists of four architectural groups in Paris: Atelier du Pont, BP, Koz and Phileas. Sharing a common space and questioning common sense, the collective works on several projects together, from the architectural through to producing exhibitions and books. It’s our latest from Crane.tv.
During the 2011 AIA Arkansas Convention I had the chance to meet one of the most influential architects in the state: Marlon Blackwell.
A Distinguished Professor and Department Head in the School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas, Marlon Blackwell, FAIA runs the internationally recognized practice Marlon Blackwell Architect in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Blackwell’s portfolio consists of pristine architecture inspired by the vernaculars, seeking to transgress conventional boundaries of architecture. This design strategy has attracted national and international recognition, numerous AIA design awards and significant publications in prestigious books, architectural journals and magazines.
I was also very impressed by how he inspires young architects, many of whom once worked at his studio, to succeed with their own independent practices.
Published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2005, the monograph of his work entitled, “An Architecture of the Ozarks: The Works of Marlon Blackwell” is a testament to the significant contributions Blackwell has provided the profession. Blackwell was also selected by The International Design Magazine, in 2006, as one of the ID Forty: Undersung Heroes and as an “Emerging Voice” in 1998 by the Architectural League of New York.
He has co-taught design studios with Peter Eisenman (1997 & 1998), Christopher Risher (2000) and Julie Snow (2003) at the University of Arkansas. Most recently, Blackwell served as Elliel Saarinen Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan. His resume includes a growing list of visiting professorships, including the Ivan Smith Distinguished Professor at the University of Florida (Spring 2009), the Paul Rudolph Visiting Professor at Auburn University (Spring 2008), the Cameron Visiting Professor at Middlebury College (Fall 2007), the Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor at Washington University in St. Louis (Spring 2003), visiting professor at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts (Spring, 2001 and 2002) and Syracuse University (1991-92).
In 1994, he co-founded the University of Arkansas Mexico Summer Urban Studio, and has coordinated and taught in the program at the Casa Luis Barragan in Mexico City since 1996.
He received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University in 1980 and a M. Arch II degree from Syracuse University in Florence in 1991.
Marlon Blackwell Architect projects at ArchDaily:
- St Nicholas Church
- The Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion (construction video)
- L-Stack House
- Gentry Public Library
- Fulbright Building Addition
- Srygley Office Building
- Porchdog House
- Arkansas House
- Blessings Golf House and Guard House
Video edited by JP Barrera F.