‘‘Life should be lived on the edge of life. You have to exercise rebellion: to refuse to tape yourself to rules, to refuse your own success, to refuse to repeat yourself, to see every day, every year, every idea as a true challenge – and then you are going to live your life on a tightrope’’
The Funambulist is one year old since it replaced the boiteaoutils. The following project, Highlines of New York; Chelsea School of Aerial Arts by Adam Shapland (University of Greenwich) provides a good imaginary in order to celebrate this anniversary. Indeed this project is a well built-up building for a school of tight-rope walking also known as. funambulism.
Of course, in my own interpretation I see in this project, both as a metaphor and as a real project in which the body’s action is celebrated. Just like in Zarathustra (see previous article), living on a line cannot be a mistake.
The following text is Adam’s own interpretation:
Jame Walker‘s project for the renovation of Robin Hood Gardens (London) in the frame of the studio tutored by Ed Frith at the University of Greenwich is a appropriation of the building originally designed by Alison and Peter Smithson in 1972. The assumed monstrosity of his project is beautifully expressed by a series of hand drawings which illustrate the intelligence of this design.
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Here is James Walker’s text about his project
Meat and 2 Veg
is a pretty peculiar project designed by Ali Qureshi & Muhammad Zulfiker Enayet
in the University of Greenwich
in London. In fact, this project proposes a very poetic re-interpretation of the Cyprus conflict between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. Bullets trajectories are replaced by food trajectories and space ends up serving a big banquet for both sides.
The project itself is a sort of slaughterhouse (which is not without recalling Martin Byrne’s
to some extent). whose main characters are the reconverted US Army “big dogs
“. Continue reading
The 2008 Royal Institute of British Architects’ awards has been announced and here is one of them: the Invisible University Library by Wynne Leung from the University of Greenwich (London)