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Monthly Archives: December 2010

The series of images created by Philipp Schaerer entitled Bildbauten (built pictures in German) includes twenty five rendering of monolithic buildings that seem to have been produced by their environment in some sort of camouflaged bunkers.

The fifth studio Francois Roche has been tutoring at Columbia University since 2006 recently presented its last projects. One of them drove an interesting conversation between the jury and its authors, Brian Buckner & Loukia Tsafoulia. For this year’s studio, Francois Roche was assisted by Ezio Blasetti and Dave Pigram For the second year, this studio was experimenting processes of life and death of an architecture; in this regard, Sadic Apiaries is… Read More

Since September, my friend Sofia Krimizi has been teaching a studio in the first year of the Pratt Institute‘s undergraduate program. The assignment consisted in a series of three projects related to each other which was exploring both the notion of mass/void and the notion of joint. Several projects can be said to have been successful but the two following ones reached a level of intelligence that is rare in this early… Read More

After Interaction Between the Elements, here is another project by Rietveld Landscape I wanted to publish. Bunker 599 + 603 is the story of a Matta Clarkian cut in the middle of a bunker on the Dutch coast. The most massive and close architecture thus becomes permeable and proposes to the viewer, a three dimensional section of this mass of concrete. Here is the official text related to the project: Bunker 599… Read More

Kowloon Walled City can obviously not be literally considered as self-constructed. However, this Hong Kong district acquired a kind of autonomy for years and could not stop densifying itself until it was demolished by Authorities in 1993 (See Ryuji Miyamoto’s photographs of the empty Walled City, ready to be tear down). The Walled City tackles an interesting problem about the connection such autonomous district could have with legality. In fact, there has… Read More

Here is the project that Hans Schabus achieved for the Venice Art Biennale 2005: a monumental piece of rock in the middle of the Giardini. The inside part is as impressive as the outside with numerous wooden beams and posts maintaining the building’s structural integrity.

Thanks to Romaric, my friend who works at French publisher Galaade, I had the chance to meet Raja Shehadeh for an interview he kindly accepted. Raja is a lawyer in Ramallah since the end of the 70’s and has dedicated his carrier to cases of expropriation of Palestinian lands by the Israeli. He wrote several books, including Occupier’s Law and Palestinian walks. Ramallah. 21st July 2010 Leopold Lambert: The particularity of your… Read More

Francesco Cingolani is one of the associate of CTRLZ architectures we already published here; he also works for Hugh Dutton Associes in Paris and take part of the blog Complexitys related to this office. He recently asked me to answer to a short interview concerning the relationship between engineering and architecture. The original version in French follows the translated one. (nb there are four other interviews on Complexitys with people coming from… Read More

Power and powerlessness is the title of Archinect’s interview of Teddy Cruz I recommend you to read for its description of the Estudio Cruz’ s archi-political work on San Diego/Tijuana’s border zone. Teddy Cruz was participating to November conference of Oppositional Architecture and declared that he believe in a long term work to make institutions evolve rather than a resistance based on the non-respect of established rules.

Third and last interview for this SWARM thematic. This one is of Roland Snooks from Kokkugia. Roland speaks about his research about multi-agent strategies in his studio and in the schools he is teaching (Columbia, Pratt, Sci-Arc, UPenn, RMIT…) You are using swarm/network intelligence as a process of creation. Would you say that it is a form of loss of control from the architect ? If it is the case why would… Read More

This is the second interview of the Swarm thematic about R&Sie(n)‘s work and research. Interview Leopold Lambert / september 17th     Short stories from an acephala body / f. Roche       You are using swarm/network intelligence as a process of creation. Would you say that it is a form of loss of control from the architect ? If it is the case why would you think it is relevant… Read More

Valerie Chatelet is the publication director of Interactive Cities, published in 2007 by HYX. You can download her own article from HYX website. You are using swarm/network intelligence as a process of creation. Would you say that it is a form of loss of control from the architect ? If it is the case why would you think it is relevant in our era ? Valerie Chatelet: What is pretty fascinating in… Read More

I recently met Usman Haque in London and got the chance to talk with him about his work and I’ll be trying here to make an article about it. Usman Haque is a Bartlett graduated architect who tries to increase human participation in architecture. Too many people confuse technology and interaction he says, himself always trying to create some human engaging interaction more than determinist technology. The ambiguity consist then in using… Read More

Ron Herron pour Archigram / Tuned suburb Je remarque seulement aujourd’hui que je n’ai jamais diffusé l’interview que Peter Cook m’avait accordé dans le cadre de notre mémoire de diplôme en novembre dernier. Mieux vaut tard que jamais; la voilà ! (il est à noter que grâce à la qualité horrible de mon enregistrement audio, je n’ai plus retranscrire que la seconde partie…) la traduction française est plus bas… Léopold Lambert: When… Read More

Interview réalisée le 6 février 2008 à Paris, dans le cadre de notre diplôme Penser la ville démocratique (Pré-jury le 21 mars prochain) Martin Le Bourgeois : Le pouvoir de l’architecte, plutôt que de le déléguer aux hommes ou aux usagers, vous préférez le déléguer à des machines, ou à la nature (cf : spidernet). Quand vous perdez le contrôle pourquoi ne le remettez vous pas aux usagers plutôt qu’à une altérité… Read More

INTERVIEW DE YONA FRIEDMAN LE 14 NOVEMBRE 2007 (see English version) Léopold Lambert & Martin Le Bourgeois: Quelle est l’utilité de la fiction pour penser la ville ? Yona Friedman: Je ne sais pas. Moi c’est surtout la réalité qui m’intéresse. Beaucoup de mes confrères considéraient mon travail comme fictionnel mais je l’ai réalisé en vrai et si c’est possible une fois, c’est possible plusieurs fois. Je vais commencer par expliquer le… Read More

I’ve been recently interested in camouflage in architecture and I excerpted the following documents from two books: – Camouflage by Tim Newark. Thames and Hudson 2007 – Industrial Camouflage Manual. Pratt Institute 1942 When the first one (fourth first pictures) attempts to explore camouflage as much in military than in the animal world and in art, the second one was developed during the Second World War and was interestingly enough, intended to… Read More

The Palestinian refugee camps which are present in most cities of the West Bank and the Gaza strip are precarious pieces of urbanism similar to slums that host the village population that was living on the territory that was given to Israel in 1948 by the United Nations. Duheisha is one of those camps in Bethlehem hosting currently around 10 000 people. The main problem with refugee camps is that every new… Read More

Arena of Speculation (Critical conjecture on the spatial futures of Israel-Palestine) is a remarkable platform about the Palestinian territorial struggle which include several articles on the topic but also various interviews including two acquaintances, Alessandro Petti (from Decolonizing Architecture) and Yazid Anani (from Birzeit University near Ramallah). This website is also focusing on the Palestinian Right to Return and strategies on its application.  Its authors are : – Ahmad Barclay – Nina… Read More

In April 2010, David Harvey gave a lecture at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (London) about his Marxist reading of Capitalism’s contradiction that inevitably led to the current economical crisis. In the following video, his speech is being illustrated by a great series of drawings by RSA Animate. The result is a vivid and concise discourse that needs to be absolutely watched ! Thanks Nora. See… Read More

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