128bar_WHAT BAR IN BRICK LANE

012hil_THE THIN ARCHITECTURE OF PAINT

The discipline of architecture believes in the ideology of depth / meaningfulness not surface / superficiality. Yet unlike art which admires the expressionism of painting, architecture has always detested paint as being cosmetic. Upon being awarded the RIBA National Award, the Rooftop Nursery was offered a building lifetime’s supply of free paint. This meant the building could change appearance… according to popular demand or seasonal taste.

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130pod_FILM TRAILER

The Film Trailer is an optic event both internally and externally. In this way, the poetic vision projected by the narrator inside and the brute ‘razzle dazzle’ camouflage on the outside combine to conceal, misinform, render ambiguous and open the observer to speculation and invention.

093cor_ANIMAL ARCHITECTURE

Given that blablablarchitecture was inspired by a talking horse, it is only natural that we given credence to ‘animal architecture’, where the building users are animals. In the case of Agnes Riley, the natural pond has been endorsed by ducks. Se also animalarchitecture where “Animal Architecture is an ongoing investigation into the performative role of biology in design. The project operates on the edge between humans and our surrounding “others” — illuminating alternative ways of living with nonhuman animals, discussing cross-species collaborations, and defining new frameworks through which to discuss biologic design. Animal Architecture imagines a state of architecture no longer separate from the world around us.”

129fil_relevé (remix)

127sho_site guitar

You sit on the tube with an iPod reconciling the visual field in front of you with the audible experience. In this case, travelling to site. A site visit could transcend beyond the weekly routine and become something more exceptional, something more rock’n roll: WHAT_architecture uses citizen journalism techniques to revisit Michel Gondry’s Star Guitar

127sho_acq_ANTI-GOOGLE STREET VIEW BUILDING PROPOSAL

129fil_relevé

000off_CITIZEN JOURNALISM + VIDEO EDITS

129fil_FLITCH PLATE REPAIRS TO HANGING TRUSS

1. Retain existing temporary props 2. cut away and square up buttresses 3. fabricate and install ‘flitch plates’ to end of hanging trusses to struct eng specification 4. pack bearings using high compressive strength mortar 5. remove temporary props 6. Voila… crack open a 1664!