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.

Friday, 26 September 2008

1 comment:

Atelier Peter Cook / Caroline Rabourdin said...

In drawing attention to the phenomenon of the Jubilee River I am
Attracted by the notion of the serviceable element that is nonetheless DELIBERATELY given a mannerism that is not to do with service or operation I.e it is made to ‘look like a real river’. Extrapolating this characteristic : that it is comfortable/friendly/deceptively normal/fake ….? But only fake if we expect the ‘new’ and ‘servicable’ to be, somehow harsh ???verie on this point this approach might of course lead to ‘Price Charles’ architecture or the American ‘New Urbanism “……..HELP !!!