Lecture

I hope to see all of you at this (please see attached jpg) lecture today. Mersiha Veledar is a guest teacher in 2nd year this week. This afternoon she will give a lecture which both touches on her personal experience of staying in Bosnia during the war and her professional career as an architect in New York. Please come and help make it an inspiring lecture for all of us by asking Mersiha lots of questions.

Mr. Jule Hygge and Sara W is inviting

Everyone is invited to jule hygge at Saras place sunday the 29th. from 13/1pm. People can pop by during the afternoon. There will be cookies and glögg (alcohol)

Bring a pair of scissors (one or as many as you can carry) and your jule-mood

The adress is

Prinsessegade 5b, 3th (3rd to the right)

Christianshavn

Love, Sara (20210892)

just some thoughts…

After last weeks text I’ve been thinking about this exhibition I saw in Liechtenstein last month called “Die Moderne als Ruin”

(Modernism as a Ruin. An Archaeology of the Present)

The exhibition is an invitation to explore the theme of a better society looking at sustainability in technical/practical ways as well as at an intellectual/artistic level.

Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein:

http://www.kunstmuseum.li/?page=2&lan=en&aid=338&bid=2&jahr=&monat=

About the exhibition:

http://www.frieze.com/shows/review/modernism_as_a_ruin/

 

This leads me to my (at the moment) favourite internet Magazine Triple Canopy

http://www.canopycanopycanopy.com/

Issue #6 and #7 deals with the current urban living situation; looking back to give solutions to move forward. All in all dealing with many of the same issues as last weeks texts, Modernism as a Ruin and also our experiences from Sarajevo.

 

Pernille

 

CITA in MARK magazine

Browsing magazines on my way to Norway this weekend, I spotted Mette Ramsgård Thomsens name on the cover of MARK. The article inside is a good introduction to her work at CITA, and can provide some useful background to our workshop this week. I am pretty sure they will have a copy at the school library, and it does not take long to read. Perfect for you next coffee break.

– Nicola

Robin Hood Gardens

Christian Skovgaard Petersen

by Christian Skovgaard Petersen

I’d read about Brutalism in connection with architecture projects at school sponsored by MI5, but by the time I’d abandoned the project, the style, the ideas it built on and the issues around it had captivated me, especially the demolition of Pimlico School and debate about the fate of Robin Hood gardens. So when I was commissioned to do a comic by publisher ‘Aben Maler’ I decided to use the opportunity to do an integration of the place and document a debate around it where is was hard to delineate what is fact and fiction.

In order to succeed in these two respects I felt I had to disentangle myself from the biases of the very opinionated debate. To do this I set up my own parameters to judge the merits of the architecture, these were based my own observations on living in London.

An example of an observation that informed the comic would be the short hand I used to determine how livable the flats were and was to make a note of how people made use of there balconies. In many London estates they’re used like spare rooms: packed with old clothes, bikes, storage boxes or the washing machine.
In Robin Hood gardens you only saw the occasional line with washing. You could conclude that the flats there are spacious and not overcrowded.

This strategy plus trying to deal with both the architecture itself and the debate around it resulted in the comic becoming an interesting but slightly confusing read.

If asked to extend beyond the findings put to paper in the comic I’d say that doing well in comparison with an average council flat is hardly an argument for being great architecture worth saving.

One of the new ideas Robin Hood gardens brought with it was the ‘streets in the sky’ -a board walk way that extends the length of buildings on every floor and which were conceived to mimic the terrace house street and inspire a sense of community.
Having a front door on street level is not desirable in the today’s East-end, on two occasions friends of mine have had their door kicked in and their flats robbed. That said there is a sense of community in Robin Hood gardens, you feel it the minute your there and that can do a lot to remedy potential down sides of this design.

Most of all Robin Hood gardens leaves me with an impression of being built on visionary ideas conceived along time ago about a future that never materialised. This is nevertheless perhaps it’s most redeeming feature and the best argument for listing it so it can inspire others.

In June at the same time as the comic came out, Robin Hood gardens was the object in a exhibition at RIBA organised by the 20. century who advocates the listing of RHG. James Goggin, representative of the vanguard of London graphic designers did the exhibition design and set the catalogue in his in vogue, sans serif version of courier underlining that RHG is now very much a cause célèbre, so a listing by popular demand isn’t unrealistic.

More pictures at Christians Flickr

– Cameline