Our fellow Cornell Architecture grad Ben Uyeda started HomeMade Modern and can guide you in making DIY (like the Blocktagons above) stuff that doesn’t involve crochet work, doilies, or pictures of cats. Check out more videos to get started.
Nature Trail is an amazing project by Jason Burges Studio to help distract children on their way to the operating theater at the Great Ormond Street Hospital.
The brief was to design and install a distraction artwork helping to create a calming yet engaging route that culminates in the patient’s arrival at the anaesthetic room. Inspiration came from the idea of viewing the patient journey as a ‘Nature Trail’, where the hospital walls become the natural canvas, with digital look out points that reveal the various ‘forest creatures’, including horses, deer, hedgehogs, birds and frogs, to the passerby.
The work has been installed in the theatres floor within the hospital’s new Morgan Stanley Clinical Building, the first part of the Mittal Children’s Medical Centre.
The work, which covers the corridor walls, has essentially two main elements; integrated LED panels and bespoke graphic wallpaper. The LED panels are embedded into the wall surface at various heights in order to be accessible to the eye levels and positions of patients travelling along the corridors. Across these digital surfaces abstracted ‘animal movements’ are recreated as interactive animated patterns of light which reveal themselves through the trees & foliage of the forest. The artwork consists of 70 LED panels, with a total of 72,000 LED’s.
While their design work is not exactly my cup of tea, the analysis and writings of Denise Scott brown and Robert Venturi are some of the most influential of the last half-century. Venturi was awarded a Pritzker more than 20 years ago for their collaborative work, which Scott Brown was excluded from. The issue was big then and it has resurfaced recently. Be sure to read DSB’s interview in Architect. The Pritzker, is given to only one recipient, even though the work invariably is the work of more than one person. And especially in this case, where the two are partners, is the exclusion of one (regardless of gender) a severe injustice to the actual workings of the profession. DSB’s interview is straight and to the point – architects are turds.
When Philadelphia architect Robert Venturi, FAIA, received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1991, the award generated a good deal of grumbling from many in the architectural community for the person who wasn’t named: his wife and architectural partner of roughly three decades, Denise Scott Brown, FAIA. Venturi and Scott Brown met in 1960, married in 1967, and became architectural partners in 1969. They collaborated on buildings and books—including the widely influential (and controversial) urban study, Learning From Las Vegas, published in 1972. The fact that Scott Brown wasn’t also named a Pritzker recipient has been variously described as an “injustice” and a “blunder” by the architectural press. In March, the debate was reignited when Scott Brown was quoted by the Architects’ Journal as saying, “They owe me not a Pritzker Prize but a Pritzker inclusion ceremony.”
That statement ignited a flurry of debate—and inspired the Harvard University Graduate School of Design Women in Design Group to launch a petition demanding that the Pritzker Prize committee recognize Scott Brown’s contributions to the field of architecture. As of this writing, the petition contains more than 4,000 signatures, including those of architect Zaha Hadid, Hon. FAIA; Rem Koolhaas, Hon. FAIA; and Museum of Modern Art design curator Paola Antonelli. Plus Venturi himself. (In a short note attached to his signature on the petition, Venturi wrote: “Denise Scott Brown is my inspiring and equal partner.”)
Scott Brown told ARCHITECT that the attention has been “like a tidal wave.” She says that she never imagined that the comments that she gave for the Journal’s women’s architecture luncheon would generate so many headlines. Earlier this week, she took time to talk with ARCHITECT about the Pritzker, her role in the firm she ran with her husband, and the ways she has been treated as a woman architect in a profession that she has described as a “19th-century upper-middle-class men’s club.”
I have a strange fascination with A-frame diagrams for buildings. The Kuokkala Church by Lassila Hirvilammi in Finland combines a symmetrical/axial worship space plan with a series of slight angle twists to the form to create auxiliary spaces.
Studio Weave’s art/music installation Lullaby Factory transforms a neglected space in the rear of a few buildings at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children into a fantastical machine that makes songs for the children who are patients there. Amazing and inspiring.