“houses are arranged in a loose group with restricted access for the car and an entry on one side; the other side opens to a pond, a slope, or some other aspect of a very picturesque setting. a more or less random grouping results, but the impression is of repetitive units.”

27/08/2012 § 1 Comment

jorn utzon, kingohusene 1956-60


although there are several different plans, each house has a courtyard about 50 feet square that is defined by a brick wall.  attached to two walls of the court and opening onto it is an l-shaped house; a tile roof slopes from the top of the wall down to the house’s inside edge.  entry is usually into the intersection of the legs of the l, with dining and living spaces in one direction, bedrooms in the other…

although the plan of each house is clear, the organization of the site seems random; relationships to other buildings do not seem specific, and it is probably significant that the later project at fredensborg incorporated a community center – a gesture to community life that the kingo houses could not claim.

-modern housing prototypes


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[title + text]     Sherwood, Roger. Modern Housing Prototypes. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1978. 45-48. Print.

[images]     via arquitectures 234.

[more modern housing prototypes]     for another interesting project mentioned on ayh check out this post on atelier 5.

“mimetizando la estrategia del coreógrafo john tiller quien sincronizaba los movimientos de las bailarinas de teatro mediante la unión física de sus cuerpos a finales del siglo XIX, numerosos arquitectos de posguerra buscaron una alianza entre cálculo, estandarización, estética y producción cuyos efectos totales, al igual que sucede con la teoría de la gestalt, fueron superiores a la suma de las partes. los trabajos de arquitectos como edward durrell stone, marcel breuer o egon eierman ejemplifican este método compositivo y constructivo. la repetición estandarizada se convertía en la retórica de la industria, garantizando bajo el mismo paradigma exactitud calculada y variación expresiva.”

22/08/2012 § 4 Comments

egon eiermann, merkur department store (1958-60)


can’t seem to find anything about this building.  nor have i found it on google streetview.  bummer.  would be interesting to see how its held up over time.


reproduce and repeat

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[title]     comes from circo 163, reproducir y repetir by pep aviles.  this happens to be were i first came across the merkur department store by egon eiermann.

[image]     comes from architecture de cartes postales, which asks the same question: where is this building?!

“rem koolhaas wanted a ‘view filter’ on each side of the hall. the term ‘view filter’ felt totally obvious yet also very vague: a view filter to what degree, with what purpose? to filter out, to tone down, spread light, obscure, fade, bluer what is visible behind it? or to envelope the room, create an aesthetic backdrop for the orchestra, allowing the gaze to sense the outside, to see sky, trees, sculpture and city?”

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petra blaisse / inside outside, curtain for casa da musica  (2005)


structural curtains by petra blaisse for oma’s casa da musica.


open structures

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[title]     Blaisse, Petra. “Curtain as Architecture.” Inside Outside. Rotterdam: NAi, 2007. 374. Print.

[image]     can’t remember exactly where i came across this image, but i would highly recommend looking at all the amazing projects by petra and the folks at inside outside.

“when we start a project, we study the general situation first: the country, the region, the city, the area, the site. it’s important for us to understand as much as possible about the conditions that surround the project …. these conditions can be political, cultural, economic or social, but they are also about issues such as climate, light, sound, planting, local fashion, music, traffic behaviour, architecture or language.”

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marieke vanden heuvel, surging garden (2008)

inside outside’s curtain design for the de singel addition.


invisible presence

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[title]     Blaisse, Petra. “Curtain as Architecture.” Inside Outside. Rotterdam: NAi, 2007. 18. Print.

[image]      comes from the de singel website.

[more blaisse]     for more of petra blaisse and inside outside’s work check out this old ayh post.

“the theoretical basis of stynen’s work is on the same line with the ideas of le corbusier. his apartment building in wilrijk (1932) was a modest, but well conceived residential unit, long before le corbusier built unité d’habitation in marseille. stynen’s proposal for urban development on the ‘linkeroever’ in antwerp (1932) – a competition that le corbusier also participated in – is totally in line with the ideas of c.i.a.m.”

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gerrit op de beeck, trap (1990)


leon stynen’s de singel.  i should also note he worked closely on the project with his assistant paul de meyer.


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[title]     comes from the kind folks at de singel.  for more on the history of the institution, the architect and the buildings (new and old) click here.

[image]      also from the de singel website.

“due to political reasons he left the country in l976 and settled down in sao paulo, brazil. there he once again took up his work with metal sculptures and made different experiences involving photocopies, mail art, heliography, microchips, video texts, books of artists, etc. during l980/82 he made big maps, using letraset-letters – a system used by architects – which were reproduced in heliographies.”

30/07/2012 § Leave a comment

leon ferrari, heliogravures (c 1980)


this is worth repeating:

i felt it was a kind of provocation, recently, to run into a phrase from valery: ‘we must always apologize for talking about painting.’ indeed, there is something in painting that does not let itself be reduced to words, but it also true that we no longer believe in the purity of media or of languages, and so we keep on trying.”

– graciela speranza

this quote comes from another tumblr-esque post similar to the shades of blue which covered plan drawings.  leon ferrari’s heliogravures would definitely be a perfect addition to that series of images.


keep on trying

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[title]     the above title comes from leon ferrari’s own bio on his website.  i highly recommend perusing his work.

[images]     unfortunately i can’t give credit for where i came across these various images.  it was done while trolling google images for leon ferrari.

“during the summer of 2012, wendy will clean the air to an equivalent of taking 260 cars off the road. wendy’s boundary is defined by tools like shade, wind, rain, music, and visual identity to reach past the confines of physical limits. wendy crafts an environment, not just a space. spiky arms made of the nylon fabric mentioned above will reach out with micro-programs like blasts of cool air, music, water cannons and mists to create social zones throughout the courtyard.”

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photographer: loren wohl
installation: hwkn, wendy (2012)


originally via atelier.  reminds me of an old mel chin project where mel utilized phytoremediation to remove toxins from a particular patch of land on a brownfield site.


art as environmental improvement

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[title + image]     today’s title and image come from the wendy project description available in full on the ps1 website.  definitely check it out.

[more blue]     that giant blue sea urchin reminds me of a recent post about several shades of blue.


“the oldest bricks date back to around 7500 BC, these were sun dried mud bricks, around the third milliennium, fired bricks were invented. with the invention of the steam engine early brick-making machines used stiff mud which was forced out in long ribbons on a conveyor belt, transferred to moulds and cut by a revolving cutter. today, as we march into the 21st century armed with new computer aided design (cad) and computer automated manufacturing (cam) technologies we can liberate ourselves from the traditional form of the brick without sacrificing any of the functionality of the brick.”

25/07/2012 § 1 Comment

rael san fratello, planter brick (2009)


since monday’s post post about the tai ping bridge in rural china being built with triangular pavers hollowed out to be filled with soil and plants, i started to think about an old rael san fratello project involving 3-d printed bricks.   in the tai ping bridge post, there were images of the students and locals producing bricks the traditional way, building a form work and casting the paver.

which brings me to the planter brick.  it is essentially the same product (a building component capable of housing soil and plant), but the manufacturing process is so wildly different and fascinating.  i’m not interested in the idea of a green path or wall, as i am fascinated by the idea of casting without form work.  simply put, we build things twice in the casting process.  first as a negative space (form work), then as a positive space (the product).  3d printing eliminates the need for form work, which means a reduction in material and thus waste.

as for plants growing out of walls, i imagine that in two hundred years, people will say that during the baroque period architects designed walls covered in fat babies (putti) and at the turn of the millennium architects covered walls in plants.


build once

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[title + imagery]     today’s title comes from rael san fratello’s planter brick project description.  the first image comes from the emerging objects website.  the next two images also come from rael san fratello’s project description.

[more brick making]     the down side of 3d printing is that it won’t take a village to produce a brick anymore.  see a community in action in this ayh post.

“giving identity to the whole area through this “forgotten” space, giving it presence, providing it with the required functions and reflecting the complexity of the environment – these are the goals of the intervention. presence. the space was a residual area, without access to the market building. a new access door on this side was later formed, which through time became the main entrance to the market.”

25/07/2012 § Leave a comment

vora arquitectura, la salut market square – badalona, spain (2010)


i wonder what this project looks like when its full of people and market stalls.  it reminds me a little of the dutch camouflaged landscapes greg allen has written about on several occasions.


triangulated positions

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[title]     the title comes from the la salut project description available on archdaily.

[images]     images come in part from vora arquitectos’ own website and the archdaily post.

[more vora]     for a previous pattern by vora chech out this ayh post about a sports complex in barcelona.

“the venetian chair is a remembrance of childhood, when building fortresses, hideouts and our own world with pieces of furniture was our utmost pleasure. a chair is the archetype of furniture, an object that assists us as we work, relax, or gather for a meal or discussion. with the generator it is endowed with a further function: the “stacking chair” becomes an assembly part to construct spaces.”

24/07/2012 § 1 Comment

raumlabor, the generator – sedia veneziana (2010)


the generator is an experimental building laboratory for instant, participatory building practices in public space.  central issues of the research include: construction principles, new geometries for furniture and lightweight construction buildings, as well as new use possiblities and multiple programs for people to meet and interact in public.

– raumlabor, the generator – sedia veneziana


assembly space

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[title + text + images]     today’s title, text and imagery comes from raumlabor’s the generator project description.  i highly recommend perusing through raumlabor’s many interventions and narratives.  great stuff.

[more places to sit + more participation]     this project came to mind after yesterday’s post on the community assisted tai ping bridge project.  for more on chairs as space see the previous ayh post on doris salcedo.  for more on chairs as politics see this previous post comparing ai wei wei and gianni pettena.

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