265cos_from Le Corb to Corbeling

The slightly odd form of our proposal for Peckham is derived from its context: we call it a leaning mansard. It’s a mansard in deference to the adjoining property yet rather than lose headroom, our mansard leans towards the mature trees on the boundary. This has produced a technical issue whereby the brick work will also lean, rendering the entire facade as an over-scaled corbel. Whilst our structural engineers are worried about the induced lateral stresses created by the brick ties pulling on the CLT walls, I wondered if the corbel facade was to be self supporting, how far could lean? Welcome to the Mathematics of the Ideal Villa.Corbel

blablablarchitectureB05-Kuifje-Rotterdam-by-NL-Architects_dezeen_32Data Genetics asks: how far can you overhang blocks? The rules of this game are: 1. No glue! Blocks have to be placed and supported entirely by their own weights. 2. Only one block per level. We’re making a skewed tower. 3. All blocks are of the same shape, weight, and are of uniform density. The answer relates to defining the Centre of Mass and keeping this within the line of the foundation to avoid overturning…

Data Genetcis3dModling House Corbel

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179prs_STRATEGY: THE UNDERCUT

The Game of Architecture asks what could architectural practice learn from, games1?  What could, for example, architecture learn from something as seemingly remote as the sport of Formula 1? Having watched the climax to the F1 season which is the Abu Dhabi 2016 GP,  I pondered whether:

  • the reigning Champion Hamilton Lewis was actually performing “dirty tricks”, as another driver Sebastian Vettel later alleged, or  was Hamilton merely undertaking professional gamesmanship strategies that even most viewers understood before the race (meaning it was neither dirty nor a trick)?
  • the strategy having not worked however wasn’t the disappointment: Hamilton’s lack of chivalry in defeat mean he came of looking like twice the loser.

During the race I heard the commentator refer to a technical sporting term which I didn’t understand but was intrigued: the undercut. Having Googled the term I marvelled at the clarity of explanation and thought we must play architecture with more game playing metric precision.

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What we learnt from talking design during the Pacific Opera Hut.

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Mixtape 4 is the forth try-out tape for Radio Blablablarchitecture’s podcast!

Radio Blablablarchitecture is about talking architecture. Because to design is to talk and to talk is to design.

But how do architects talk? Evidence of architects talking in various occasions, be it interviews, archi-lectures, conversations, presentations to clients are presented and commented upon! What does talking have to offer compared to the other mediums of architectural expression: drawing, writing and building?

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In her choice of amtico floor tiles, Ms Barclay is inspired by Polynesia.

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ANGLE VARIATION OF ROOF DESIGN (I)

North point of view.

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ANGLE VARIATION OF ROOF DESIGN (II)

West point of view.

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ANGLE VARIATION OF ROOF DESIGN (III)

South point of view.

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ANGLE VARIATION OF ROOF DESIGN (IV)

East point of view.

 

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