Friday, 22 October 2010

Ashley Vale Self Build Community

Ashley Vale in Bristol is the first self build community to win a Building for Life award. Brave of the HBF to acknowledge that different development models and business plans can create communities.

Dymaxion Car 4

Been impressed by Sir Norman Foster rebuilding Buckminister Fuller's Dymaxion car. It stills looks futuristic now but look at the impact it has on the streets of Detroit in the 1930's in the video below.

Habitat Walls

From the people who brought you green roofs for the masses comes some creative thinking around habitat wall and recycled walls. So far only used on shelters and small outbuildings but we think the idea has architectural potential - even in supporting landscape. Lots of interesting ideas and links from Dusty Gedge and Living roofs.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Soil power lighting

A piece of well designed technology that is crying out for a public realm application to make people literally think about the power of the earth. The soil lamp seems to have potential to fit well into any form of pixel based art in the public realm. Will go away and think about this ...

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Blueprint walls

Painted walls by Ou Architecture with a little bit of old furniture shouldn't be so cool - my worry is that it only appeals to other architects and designers - but nice and simple and transferable to other locations with the ability to fit to the site.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Robot penguins... do we need to say anything more?


Originally screened on BBC2, now thankfully posted in six parts on YouTube, one of the best things about 'Why Beauty Matters' is reading the comments it provokes - the number of people who wear their 20th century prejudices on their sleeves is quite amazing. Artistic creatives and architects are renowned for their desire to provoke and challenge, what is illuminating is how uncomfortable and threatened many seem to feel with being either provoked or challenged themselves... Why Beauty Matters effectively reminds us of the transcendent qualities and possibilities of art and architecture, when one is free to respond with honest emotion, rather than self-conscious intellectual rectitude.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Portmeirion, Wales


A visit to Portmeirion in Wales is a master class in placemaking - the successful realisation of the attempt by its architect Clough Williams-Ellis to demonstrate that development can take place in a beautiful location without damaging or destroying that beauty. The playful architecture makes it easy to overlook or miss the sophistication of the underlying urban form and layout, which to my mind presages, at least in part, many of the theories advanced by Christopher Alexander regarding the creation of living places. Testament to its success is the fact that it has remained a popular destination for generations, surviving through wartime, the depression, and dramatically changed holidaying and travel habits over the years. Quite simply, this is a place people love.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Blyth Battery

Sensitive and appropriate [and probably cost effective] approach taken by White Light to the creative lighting of Blyth Battery, a world war 1 outpost that remains on the coast of south Northumberland.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Contour Crafting


Not sure if these guys are for real or not at the moment - it would be very impressive if it actually develops into something practical. I remember thinking the same thing when I first heard about three dimensional printers so would love to see a building printed in 3D straight from a CAD or Sketchup file.

Porcelain Pistol

Impressed by the postmodern crafts of Yvonne Lee Schiltz and the take on afternoon tea. Not sure where you could actually use this in any domestic setting but would like to try. Reminds me of the old fashioned cigarette lighters based on the same Walther PPK.

Naked Radio

Have been thinking about the roots of radio and the attractive nature of sound making machines where the form is an expression of the technology needed. This naked radio is a simple look at industrial design as a form of sculpture using basic materials and intuitive controls.

Record Lifestyles

My record cover lifestyle group on Flickr helping to revitalise the long lost art of record covers.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Found Sounds

A nice example of fusion art exploring the overlapping worlds of archeology, anthropology and art, the Found Sounds project is an exhibition that links places and sounds with a mix of photographs and rescued digital tapes - in effect creating an online mix tape of sounds that no one wants.