515a_Royal Academy of Arts Courtyard as an Oceania Marae

WHAT_architecture speculates as to the Courtyard of the Royal Academy of Arts being temporarily reconfigured as a ‘Oceania Marae’: in London, this September 2018. A Marae (Māori), or Mala’e (Tongan) is a sacred social space framed by carved buildings. The Courtyard at the RAA / Burlington House could be a wonderful entry into Britain’s first art review of Oceania: #RAOceaniaMarae

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240val_NEW VALLANCE

New Vallance is a project partnership with Vallance Community Sports Association (VSCA). This project demonstrates Football as Architecture: more than a game. More than a club, it provides for a small East London community that embraces football as an impetus to transformation. ‘Premiership cities’ like London can learn from apparently ‘lower league cities’ like Bangkok: AP Thailand and CJ Worx worked wonders by creating space. As Pirlo would do.  

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283off_ GDP v GDPR

An unconfigured thought. Today I got a personalised letter from Google. I looked to see where it was sent from. Junk mail as posted spam? Since Google is owned by Alphabet, the world’s 29th biggest company (Fortune5oo 2016), I anticipated a foreign post mark. Google knows enough about me to personalise the approach: global behemoth writes to me: stormy ego whilst I am sitting in a shipping container. I took the office dog, Chiba, for a walk to reflect… GDPR in E2 9EZ.

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072hin_Innovative Heritage: Hinemihi is Britain being Great in its partnership with NZ

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000off_WHAT_trainer: “ADIDAS X NIKE”

Designing buildings takes a long time. An architect studies for say 6 years. A Doctor maybe a year longer. But it does it need to take so long given the multiple career paths that architecture splinters into? After years of studying followed by decades of designing, seize any opportunity to design anything that might get built. Or produced. Taking our lead from Virgil Abloh’s posturing, WHAT_architecture presents the ultimate in corporate trainer competition: the Adidas x Nike mash-up basket basketball boot. WHAT_Air-Jordan-4-600x412

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252car_Furniture as Architecture

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289acc_HOW THE 36TH AMERICA’S CUP SHOULD BE STAGED IN AUCKLAND!? THE ACC36 PLATFORM

The America’s Cup is the pre-eminent international spectacle of boatmanship, so why should the attendant architecture remain landlocked and ground-based? Urban regeneration doesn’t happen through a pair of binoculars. OO. Embracing the same desire for radical innovation as that evident in the Emirates Team NZ boat, our stage for watching sailing refreshes nautical spectatorship. This is the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron leading the development of naval architecture. By re-cycling an offshore platform, NZ once again demonstrates global innovation through a sustainable yet memorable ‘grandstand-on-the sea’ experience! Fuller ferries dock onto Pirelli pontoons, leading you to glazed elevators that rise up through hotel panoramas, liquid bars, kiwi seafood eateries, and, of course, a helipad for those that come in ‘heels’. The location of the #ACC36 Platform is floated. Anchor nearer the Rangitoto or closer to the City of Sails? Either way we can triangulate the televised backdrop. Gin palaces frame the course. NZ, oil well and truly, on the world map. After ACC is Auckland City Council in the American Cup Class. 

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284abh_EUREKA MOMENTS IN DESIGN

Eureka! The moment in a creative process when you realise your onto something good (but also recognise the epiphany is attendant with may problems)… and realise you need to get the idea down. Speed of design thought is best done with a sketch but sometimes lines are just not enough. The 8 bit weak render allows one to forego resolution for conceptualisation. In architecture, unlike say mathematics, there is no absolute answer. Sqm x £ = 🙂 But the conditions remain: geographic, physical, social, economic, environmental, aesthetic. If an architectural project could be so exquisitely defined as a polynomial defining these indeterminates, who knows what the implcations could be for living? 170622_design review 18Screen Shot 2017-06-22 at 22.42.05Roof CottageFloating Furniture

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265cos_FAKE NEWS: PLANNERS NO LONGER GIVEN THE SLIP.

Fake News is not only about the click bait of deliberate misinformation. Fake News, in Architecture, can be truthful News about Fake Things. The RIBA’s Code of Professional Conduct first principle relates to Integrity: Members shall act with honesty and integrity at all times. This professional requirement for honesty has transformed into a desire for material expression also not to tell porkies. The truth to materials is a tenet of modern architecture and holds that any material should be used where it is most appropriate and its nature should not be hidden. With this in mind the ‘brick slip’ is a fake brick upheld by manufacturers and, therefore increasingly, architects as it gives the material illusion of brick but not the ‘hassle’ of weight or need for detailing knowledge. This has lead to modern brick wallpaper facades, the currency of contemporary London housing. Planners, after all, loved brick. Easy on the eye, brick offers a non-confrontational public consultation. If correctly chosen and detailed, brick degrades arguably better than other other material. The brick slip is, as leading brick manufacturer Vandersanden declare, fake: the Fake News here is that its use is no longer giving the planners the slip but is being increasingly written out of planning consents. Brick Slips2 ACE-Hotel-Londonpba_website_project_colville_banner2_20165397007134117_03cBrick SlipsFake-Club

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265cos_MOODY BOARD

Mood Board 3_ah

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