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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Images to Add to My Collection: "Movement"

Cebu table

Maria Blaisse- a piece from the "Bamboo-Moving Meshes" exhibit

 Maria Blaisse's work is about "inciting the flow of continuous creation." I decided to include her work in my "Movement" Collection because I feel that the continuation of line and curvature of form represent dynamics and therefore inspire feelings and thoughts of movement. I am also interested in the impact that one form/element has on another. Even in this static image, I think that the impression that the dancer is making on the bamboo mesh is loaded with the insinuation of movement.

Convexities House was designed by Antonino Cardillo Architects in Spain and was inspired by Flamenco dance
Antonio Cardillo says, “If architecture is music in stone can its “limbs” dance? Architecture only remains still in pictures. In real life its natural state is one of transition. Both man and light move within it."

I see movement in this work through the usage of line, depth of material, shadow, and direction of the grain of the wood ceiling element. When you look at this image, your eye follows the lines of the slats of wood on the walls from one end to the other, and is even continuous when the linearity of one element is interrupted by another. Not only is the above image a great representation of movement, but it could also be justified as a great example of implied "pulsation" in still elements-As your position in the space changes, so does your perspective of the slatted linear elements-and as that perspective shifts, the space between the slats (shadows) appears to change (get smaller or larger), and I think that this tricks the eye in to sensing pulsation or movement within the space.

Zaha Hadid-The Opus, Dubai Building

We are all aware of the fluidity and implied movement of the building forms and facades that Zaha Hadid's studio creates, and with that said, I think that the interior of this project was appropriate to include in my collection of items/images exhibiting "Movement" because it serves as an example of movement through extruded lines that become layered planes as opposed to thin continuous linear elements as seen in the Convexities House. From this perspective these layered planes (stairs) draw the occupant into the space as if it were pulling you in to continue your experience.

Static Movement 2d image by "We Are Not You"

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Beginning my Lineage and Collection: Gradient and Movement

I began to gather images to compile my first lineage as well as my overall collection. and I came across the following images that were a result of my search for "architectural designs and gradient." I think these images are really great examples of different interpretations of the concept of gradient; in regards to:

1.) gradient  in surface texture and color
2.) gradient as seen in converging and diverging lines 
3.) gradient in perspective
4.) gradient revealed through positive/negative spatial relationships
5.) and  gradient as it appears in 3 dimensional surface components

These images are also great examples of implied movement through patterns of lines, colors, and lights.

Law firm by PSA (images from Dezeen)

Student project (Image from Architizer)

(Image from Picasa)

XTen Architecture: Saphire Gallery (Image from Dezeen)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Notes and Reactions to "Machine Language" by Greg Lynn


-"How does one work in a visionary way today that is neither utopian nor avant-garde, but in the present?"-GL

-"Participating in the moment is the toughest task for architecture."-GL

-The film industry is restless to get into architecture


-Greg Lynn says that "architecture defines the contemporary more than any other field..." and that "architecture has never been stronger in the public realm and the cultural imagination than it is right now, but the discourse that architects provide for their discipline has probably never been weaker."
     -If "participating in the moment is the toughest task for architecture," then how can architecture "define the contemporary" more than any other field? Is it the images/renderings that are the most influential in contemporary culture, or is it the architectural space itself that defines the contemporary?

-I like that Lynn talks about his experience with crossing over into other design related professions or endeavors. I'm attracted to this idea because hybridizing adapting techniques ultimately leads to fresh design generating or fabricating ideas. Intermingling these tools and techniques also helps architects and designers convey their message much more clearly to a wider range of audiences.

Notes and Reactions to "Hair and Makeup" by Jason Payne



-The "superficial" contains power

-Technique to tactics is an important shift

-"The 'superficial' is not superfluous."
     -if the superficial is fundamentally instrumental to its project's success.
     -tactical device to move project forward
     -operative device which plays a role in the life of a form

-Hairstyles suggest a "palatability" and "appeal"
     -design decision

-"Emotive Evocations"


-I like the comparison of rock and roll hair and makeup to architecture

-I also like the fact that it's ok to think of a design or elements of a design because we like it. Using the superficial as a tactical device is an interesting one because the "superficial" appeals to human senses and it seems to make sense to want to harness this type of influence in a design profession where we aim to influence an occupant's experience or perception of a space. But, I also think that the "superficial" has the potential to become an out-dated.

-As students we are taught to never design based on just what we like, so does this mean that a designer can start with a form they like or even add details simple because we like the way it makes the project look vs. what it does or what it means for the project's concept?

-At what point in the design process is the "superficial" allowed to show up?

Friday, February 11, 2011

My Collection

I'm interested in the provocative and engaging notions of design and will be curating a Collection which will explore themes of "movement" within architectural design and other design related fields. I'm excited about the possibility to research this theme and look forward to compiling an interesting series of media that displays it either as an "implied" or "actual" condition. My inspiration for this investigation of dynamics is rooted in music videos and their cinematic techniques which are used to capture a viewer's interest with a series of quick, provocative images that coincide with sound, lighting, proportion, color, texture, etc.

2 Lineages

I will be tracing the lineage of two separate topics which have had an influence on architectural design: 

I'd like to trace the lineage of living walls and organic elements in architecture as well as examples of the notion of "gradient" and its impact on architectural design.