Ecole Speciale d'Architecture
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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...

The metaphysics of detachment lead to a troublesome issue in the direction of 'design'. In my view, since you are naturally non-contextual, your diagrams indicate that you are (in parallel) intellectually disinterested in 'function' or 'material' ....but until I meet you, i might have got this wrong ?
An approach that may appeal to you lies in making the proposition (and
thus its development) even more extreme : the vessel becomes analogous to that of a spaceship : the inhabitant (pilot) is in hostile/unknown/ unexplored territory until he/she decides to make the probe. the interior set-up must therefore go far beyond any reminiscences of
normal domesticity.
Then you have the 'landing'.....can your vessel miraculously fragment , or do you just 'pop out' from it ?
An end-game start....moving forward as design process ?