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Architecture Misfit #2: Irving John Gill

Architecture Misfit #2: Irving John Gill
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Irving John Gill [1870–1936] Irving Gill had no formal education in architecture and never attended college. His father was a builder who, according to William Curtis’s “Modern Architecture Since 1900”, “had a knack for finding short cuts in construction”.  Curtis goes on to say that Gill himself was an early advocate of reinforced concrete in domestic […]

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Misfits’ “English for Architects” Awards

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The Misfits’ “English for Architects” Awards are designed to highlight groundbreaking examples of the English language being used to make shitty buildings and ideas seem not only better than they are, but fucking amazing! The Rem Koolhaas Prize: This prize is awarded as a tribute to Rem Koolhaas when he hasn’t had time to prepare […]

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Architectural Dogma

Architectural Dogma
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In Rotterdam, some architects called Dogma have been serving up reheated Superstudio as their ticket to their day job at The Berlage Institute, but this post has nothing to do with them. Rather, it was this house which, as it happens,  is also in The Netherlands, got me thinking about dogma and its meaning for architecture. The architects claim to have […]

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The New Architecture of Austerity

The New Architecture of Austerity
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First, a quick look of what The New Architecture of Austerity is not. Even before the worst of the current economic “downturn” became evident, there had been murmurs that, considering the amount of steel it took to build, the Beijing National Stadium wasn’t perhaps the most economical or sustainable of buildings. It’s old news that the […]

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BURJ!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BURJ!!
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Twelve aready! Doesn’t time fly? etc. Born rich and in the Middle East, it’s never really had much to do apart from indicate a destination. It’s easy to criticise and it’s easy to disapprove but it’s actually quite an amazing building. This gets forgotten. I’ve seen many articles about the building as a hotel – its […]

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Architecture Myths #2: The Artist

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Q. What links Love, Architecture and Religion? A. The answer could only be Antoni Gaudí (1852 – 1926), couldn’t it? Here’s a pic of him looking dapper, before he stopped caring about this-worldy things like appearance. Gaudí’s always been a bit of a strange one. In a 20th century history lecture or book, he usually […]

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Structural Engineering as Art?

Structural Engineering as Art?
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One of our earlier posts was titled “What’s the point of architecture?” and it’s true that  many of our posts have mentioned shit shapes and stuff. Recently however, I’ve been wondering what’s the point of engineering. I’ll set out my thinking first. The Statue of Liberty is a good example of what I’ll call the “traditional” relationship […]

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Assorted Architecture Myths

Assorted Architecture Myths
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1) The Chicago School architects invented Modern Architecture by “expressing” the steel frame and by “getting rid” of ornament. NOT TRUE! The Chicago School architects were designing department stores and office buildings – both new types of buildings for new types of commercially-driven clients. By that time, steel frame construction had become cheaper and quicker. […]

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An Integrative Design Approach

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Another problem with today’s architecture is the lack of an integrative approach towards designing buildings. What’s happening is that parts of a building component are designed without taking into account any other parts it may affect, thereby possibly affecting those parts in a negative way. I especially sensed this during my education at architecture school, […]

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Prefab Parametric!

Prefab Parametric!
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In this post I’d like to talk about an exciting new possibility – the impending death of parametric architecture!  When it happens, we’ll have Povilas Cepaitis, Luis Enrique, Diego Ordoñez and Carlos Piles of the AA School of Architecture to thank as they’ve developed an Efficient fabrication system for geometrically complex building elements. It was […]

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Misfit Table Quiz

Misfit Table Quiz
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Q: Which one of these four tables is the misfit? Is it Table 1, designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand, in 1928? This table is called the LC6 but it’s usually known (unfairly to its co-designers) as “the Corbusier table”. You can download lots of nice photos of it from the Cassina website, […]