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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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Radio Blablablarchitecture promotes talking building. To design is to talk and to talk is to design. Yet the history of architecture has failed to recognised the value of speech as a legitimate means of architectural representation.

The podcast below was made in-house by the team at WHAT_architecture. It is a little uneven, the humour a bit clunky. However the podcast does manage to capture ‘in sound’ the spirit of Radio Blablablarchitecture. So: how do architects talk? Let’s hear some. Does it make sense or is architecture, like any language something which needs to be learnt before it can be spoken. 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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276amt_WHAT interns beat architects to win First Prize

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Their efforts can be seen here on Amtico’s website: click here!

 

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

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265cos_ROOF DESIGN ITERATIONS

A number of analogue models were made to test the geometry of the roof (which has a leaning mansard of 60, 72 and 5 degrees) against the existing context.

North point of view.

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000mot_F•CK BREXIT, BREMAIN!

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177mot_BEACH AS PROTEST SPACE

Sand drawings: the beach as a protest canvas: Waikawau Bay in the Coromandel, New Zealand. See also Ship Happens regarding the Rena hitting the Astrolabe Reef off Motiti Island in the Bay of Plenty.
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