Unit 14 work in progress blog


It is basically just Olli posting on that blog, but he posted some interesting videos/links.

Have a look through all the pages,  concerning what we were doing last week I find for example the “Wooden Mirror” link inspiring. As well always again fascinating: Johnny Lees “Wii remote control hack”.



Group Meeting – 1030 Thursday 7th Jan


  • study schedule
  • reading list: Phil to present, supported by all
  • environmental response workshop – aalborg: Isak Wore Foged to discuss
  • 8-bit Behaviours workshop
  • arrival of Bartlett students and arranging of accommodation
  • tino’s white sausages and jens’ bavarian beer!
  • aob

The Well Conceptualised Detail

As we discussed at the end of the pin-up on the 16th of last year, the practice of detailing provides a critical opportunity to explore and communicate your architectural intentions and concepts at a different magnitude of scale. We have now posted a couple of texts related to this topic – they are posted in Pages>Reading List>texts.

The first text relates to the design and detailing of the strange construct known as the ‘Orgone Accumulator’ – invented by Wilhelm Reich (see the Wikipedia entry here). This has been chosen not because of its tectonic refinement, but because it highlights the important notion that the physical material constructs we design and produce are born out of, and are implicitly related to the ideas that we construct about the worlds that we inhabit. It also discusses the notion that material assemblages construct and affect dynamic physical flows.

The second presents a range of working details catagorised through clearly articulated architectural concepts. This insightful mix reinforces the important understanding that the scale of tactile engagement with architecture, the moments of material junction and transition, present significant sites that ought to be conceptually charged.

Read, absorb and begin to consider how the realm of detailing offers you an opportunity to re-examine what you have already produced. Post the January workshops we will be asking you to work through drawings and 1:1 physical constructs to explore a critical detail within your current architectural proposition.

– phil

Environmental Response Workshop – Aalborg

Further to the annoucement and discussion of this workshop some weeks ago, here is the official invitation.
Beyond the pedagogical aims, this workshop will be a great opportunity to:

  • further enhace the skills you will have acquired  in the preceeding ‘8-bit behaviours’ workshop
  • get to explore some interesting modes of actuation (sponsored by FESTO – see their site if you’re unfamiliar)
  • expand your inter-disciplinary network  

Places on this workshop are limited to 10 students from KA and must be applied for. See the attached poster for details. Although the official deadline for applications has passed, the organisers have agreed to extend this. Therefore, if you wish to participate, send an application as a matter of URGENCY. I thoroughly recommend that you do.

You will have to pay for your own travel, but it looks as though accommodation can be organised.

If you have any questions drop me an email.

– phil