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Monetising Architectural Fame

Monetising Architectural Fame
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1. Not many architects get jobs by word-of-mouth anymore. In the past, an architect would design a building, some visitor would admire it, ask who the architect was and commission them. The architect would oblige with a design and a few other services and the client would pay the architect. It was simple and direct. […]

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Not All Photographs Lie

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I learned to distrust architectural photographs at a very early age. The first photograph I thought looked a bit odd was the one below. It looked like something had been airbrushed out from behind the house. This was back when “airbrush” actually meant an airbrush. This version of the same image has been ‘retouched’ better but the […]

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The Money Shot

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“Originally, in general film-making usage, the “money shot” was simply the scene that cost the most money to produce. In general, a money shot is a provocative, sensational, or memorable sequence in a film, on which the film’s commercial performance is perceived to depend.” We arrive at a much the same truth if we substitute the […]

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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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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, […]

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The Things Architects Do #2: Ornament

The Things Architects Do #2: Ornament
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Hello again. I’d like to talk about ornament. But first, I have a friend who’d like to say something. You can find Adolf Loos saying the same thing in more words here but he did make two important points. The first is that ornament is unnecessary – he believed that ornament on buildings was the sign of […]

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YES MAN

YES MAN
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This post started life as an Amazon book review but, with BIG, it’s not easy to write a book review without writing an architectural review since book and buildings are both exercises in brand-building. The “brilliance” of this book is how it reduces architecture to easily comprehensible images. The “brilliance” of their architecture is how […]

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The Things Architects Do #1: Compromise

The Things Architects Do #1: Compromise
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As an architecture student, I remember reading or being told about the planning of the apartments in Corbusier’s 1945 Unité d’Habitations in Marseilles and how they had windows on both sides ensuring a healthy cross-ventilation. I forgot about this for years and never really thought about it much more. Having all the main windows facing […]