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Fall semester 2008 : The LONDON PROGRAMME

Paris and London are nowadays so close and similar in certain fundamental ways (size and national role) but quite different in attitude and habit. The River Seine has a very different dimension to the Thames and the role played by ‘locality’ is more ambiguous and complex in London. The architectural community in London is more international and the student there tends to respond to a wider set of parameters and design more thoroughly - and this is what we want you to do in our Studio. We hope also that the drawings of Lim and Woods can act as an inspiration.
The medieval London Bridge carried houses on it and in 1996 the Royal Academy held the exhibition ‘Living Bridges’ in which many projects from known architects, including Zaha Hadid and Future Systems, were shown. The subject offers scope for the exploration of dynamics, structures, form and a way of re-thinking the city.

Saturday, 6 September 2008


1 comment:

Atelier Peter Cook / Caroline Rabourdin said...

My conclusion (or is it an assumption) from your work is that you have several CO-INCIDENT strands of approach but the task now is twofold :
1. To evaluate just which parts of which ideas are COMPATIBLE with each other : this may mean that you will
need to JETTISON some of them (Jettison : get rid of/ take away). The act of discriminating : taking a hard anfd not
romantic approach to what is useful or CENTRAL to the project : THIS IN ITSELF IS A VERY IMPORTANT LEARNING
Having done this
2. To refine : the parts will need to be developed from the sketch/vision/general icon/ diagram state to the INTEGRATED DESIGN STAGE
Can we live within the lotus or did you leave it behind in favour of the 'Germs and Parasite' for instance ?
I like your approach : keep up the hard work.