10 Dec 2010
This is my most recent purchase in a new resolution to create a mini "library" of Landscape Architecture & Design books, in order to help my progression as a designer.
This book contains all the major topics from soft & hard landscaping to planning, legislation & British Standards. As I progress it is important my professional knowledge does too. Small & handy book to keep at hand at all times!
8 Dec 2010
Will it work??
"Plant a tree, change the future and the future will thank you for it” Griff Rhys Jones, President of Civic Voice
“Form follows function - that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.” (Frank Lloyd Wright)
“Space and Light and Order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.” (Le Corbusier)
“God is in the details.” (Mies van Der Rohe)
“More is more.” (Robert Venturi)
“When I’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.” (Richard Buckminster Fuller)
”When you look on one of your contemporary ‘good copies’ of historical remains, ask yourself the question: Not what style, but in what civilization is this building? And the absurdity, vulgarity, anachronism and solecism of the modern structure will be revealed to you in a most startling fashion.” (Louis H. Sullivan)
“Society needs a good image of itself. That is the job of the architect.” (Walter Gropius)
“Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context - a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan.” (Eero Saarinen)
Read more: Researchers Developing Coral-Like Living Skin for Buildings
The Studio was founded in 2001, "We create interactive spaces and surfaces that sit between the worlds of architecture, interaction design and site-specific installation art" (JBS)
The latest installation from JBS is the virtual wall at Sunderland Station. The piece is a 144 metre virtual platform with moving travellers within a glass block wall. The wall has been transformed into a low resolution (755x15 pixels) video matrix. Behind the wall is a disused track & platform, hidden from view for several years, the wall has now become a virtual platform opposite the fully function platform on which travellers stand & watch the ghost-like figures moving behind the glass.
(images sourced from Jason Bruges Studio)
2 Dec 2010
Banksy is the pseudonym of a unknown British Graffiti artist from Bristol. Banksy's work is often very controversial & satirical, pointing towards current political issues & controversies. His work reflects a variety of social & political themes, including; anti-war, anti-fascism, anti-capitalism, anti-authoritarianism, & anarchism. The locations of his work are also controversial, including inside the penguin enclosure at London Zoo, on the walls of sexual health clinics, the Berlin Wall, the West Bank barrier in Israel & many more. The following three images are works on canvas of his at this exhibition.
A lot of his pencil drawn work is canvassed on cardboard boxes; the images drawn always relate to the text already on the box
The exhibition allowed visitors to commit their own "graffiti" acts by providing pens around the space for people to use & make their mark
The most controversial of all the pieces at this exhibition was by Mark Sinckler, a former 'tube graffiti vandal' . The artist has created a painting, titled 'The Age of Shiva', which incorporates renaissance-style angels flying out of the wreckage of the bus blown up in the London 7/7 bombings. Obviously this image has drawn a huge amount of attention, mainly negative, due to the hugely controversial issues that lie within it. Sinckler made these comments about his painting: "What I'm trying to do is to make anyone that has a faith, a belief, or an idea they hold close to their heart to think about the impact of these ideas when they leave their heads. I wanted to jolt people into seeing the results of these thoughts put into action." (BBC News article) Banksy, who is not adverse to a little controversy himself, has made comment on the painting also: "People enjoy shopping more than they enjoy art. So it makes sense to try and disguise your gallery as a home furnishings store. It is a chance for the public to see some less-refined culture after they’ve finished browsing Soho’s adult bookshops". (Sky News article)All in all this was a very interesting exhibition; set in a derelict former shop in Soho, adding further character to the already intriguing & controversial exhibition.
Here is a video of the exhibition's Private Viewing evening: