The Funambulist

The book The Architecture of Failure (Winchester: Zero Books, 2012) written by Douglas Murphy is a reading of architecture history from Crystal Palace (1851) to our contemporary ‘parametricism’ through a very...

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Prairie House – Fibrous strand chunk / Kokkugia | Roland Snooks with Texas A&M Today is Roland Snooks‘ turn to be a guest writer for the Funambulist as he generously accepted...

Excerpt from Safe Area Goražde by Joe Sacco (2000) During the Bosnian war (1992-1995), the small city of Goražde was surrounded by territories under the Serbian army’s control and had to...

Whether or not we like Björk‘s music (I personally do a lot !), we are obliged to recognize that she always knows who to work with in order to continuously push...

Two very interesting symposiums are coming up respectively at Columbia University and Yale School of Architecture. Registrations are open for the very expected Permanent Change Symposium about Plastics in Architecture and...

The New Non Standard is the thesis project of Jonathan Enns at Princeton University‘s Graduate School of Architecture (tutor: Axel Killian) in 2010. This project introduces a workshop building whose structure...

I very recently bought Farshid Moussavi‘s (FOA) very interesting book The Function of Form (edited with Daniel Lopez, Garrick Ambrose, Ben Fortunato, Ryan Ludwig and Ahmadreza Schricker for Actar & Harvard...

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...

The Basento Viaduct is a bridge built in 1969 in Potenza (Italy) whose structure is assured by a continuous surface that minimize its area while maximizing its structural function. Its engineer,...

Our friend Daniel Fernandez Pascual from Deconcrete recently published two very interesting articles involving very cheap processes of construction. The first one introduces La Havana’s Barbacoas (unformal mezzanine added illegally to...

Those who know me, may understand why I like so much those concrete tetrapods used for japanese reefs. Their shapes allow them to constitute an aggregate structure without any binding and...

Few more pictures of K.Wacshsmann work about structure network that show his amazing skillz to create beautiful structure jonction, I discovered that six month ago thanks to Ed Keller. Wacshsmann as...

Project by Konrad Wachsmann in the 50’s for an universal structure system which does not use any joint.

Look what Marksor and Delpolo found in Rochechouart (Haute-Vienne / France) ! This church owns one of the hundred crooked spires (Clocher tors in French) in Europe. You can find a...

Si vous connaissez quelque peu le Loiret, vous avez peut être aperçu cet ouvrage quelque peu surprenant traverser les champs en ligne droite. Il s’agit en fait des ruines d’un projet...

La Carte Dymaxion (DYnamic MAXimum tensION) est une invention de Richard Buckminster Fuller possédant la particularité d’être une carte (en 2D donc) patron du globe terrestre. En gros, les distances mesurées...

Here is a poetical monument to engineering. Brandon Morse creates videos of structures submitted to a series of forces which deforms them and make them collapse for some of them. It...

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