There once lived a girl called Namai who had an unusual dream – to become homeless. She had a polka-dot dress on a blue hanger and a polka-dot house on the 7th Sky. All people in the Sky Kingdom were living happily ever after in their smart and pretty homes levitating in tall skies. Enchanted ladders lured them up and no one ever wanted to return. But Namai was different, she knew her house’s mischievous ways. Continue reading “Homesick”
‘Great architecture has the capacity to adapt to changing functional uses without losing one bit of its dignity or one bit of its original intention’.
Tom Krens, former Guggenheim Director, discussing the S.R Guggenheim Museum by Frank Lloyd Wright
Four months ago I moved into a new flat in Manchester. The place seemed great and I was really happy with my choice until I was woken up by construction noise on Monday morning. It was the first time I noticed the pretty big construction site right under my window. I wondered how I did not see it before I rented the flat and considered buying ear plugs.
The noise kept waking me up every single day, including weekends. It was driving me crazy until I decided to try and think positively about the situation. As an architectural assistant I don’t get to go on site enough and spend most of my time in front of a screen. Therefore, I decided to observe, analyse and learn from the construction outside my window.
Now I regard the construction noise as my alarm in the morning. My morning routine includes gazing through the window for five minutes and taking a picture of the site each day. Here is an animation showing the construction in progress:
P.S.: This post will be updated with new pictures every month.
‘Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book.’
‘Architecture is monstruous in the way each choice leads to the reduction of possibility. ‘
OMA, Moma Charette manifesto, 1997
(as seen during a talk between Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist – Interdependence: We Need to Talk about Community, The Stoller Hall, Manchester, 8th July 2017)
World expos are truly extravagant events. They have been compared to anything from ‘Disneyland’, through ‘vanity fair’ and ‘tourist information show’ to ‘architecture freak show’. Here is a round-up of five bizarre facts about World Fairs and five serious questions they pose to the upcoming Expo in Dubai in 2020: Continue reading “Expo curiosities”
‘Architecture is a profession of an endless explanation.’
Rem Koolhaas, The Factory Panel: Spaces for Culture
Manchester, 8th July 2017, Old Granada Studios
in coversation with Ellen van Loon and Hans Ulrich Obrist
(Thank you #MIF (Manchester International Festival) for bringing Rem Koolhaas to Manchester for not just one but two inspirational talks. Expect more quotes from him in the following weeks.)
‘The North is more than just a direction, it is an identity… Architects in the North are operating in a different context to other parts of the country.’
Suzy Jones, Director of RIBA North
Monocle Section D, Episode 297: New frontiers of design [05:40]
20 June 2017