Behaviour and the build environment – seminar at dac

This Thursday there will be a seminar called “Behaviour and the build environment” at DAC.

It sounds quite interesting and it is in English and free, but you have to sign up.

In the description it says:

“At the seminar leading international and Danish experts will share their knowledge and present different perspectives on the relationship between architecture and behaviour.

How are we shaped by our context, and why should architecture, which is a significant cause of context, be especially attentive towards existing conditions? How do we avoid that the 21 century architecture will be International Style 2.0 or regional open-air museums?

How do we build rooms for the changing work habits and a change of sociality?

How can architects behavior in the construction process change what we build?

How does the built environment affect a country’s culture and development?

How do new materials behave, and what does it means for our buildings?”

Website in danish and link to sign up here

For the English program click here and scroll down to the seminar on 4th of March and then on “see program”. But there is no link to sign up.

Hope to see some of  you there!

– Alina


Vila Saló

For anyone interested in theatre and performance, there is a very interesting and rare event going on in Copenhagen right now. A villa in Østerbro has been transformed into a universe of terror, violence, sex, shit, blood and tears, inspired by Pasolinis film Saló or 120 Days of Sodomy. The public is invited inside as guests of the different groups of the house, in which you walk around freely, and witness or take part in the events that occur. It is pretty intense, but also beyond any theatrical experience I have had, as it redefines the form of the theatre: the concepts of stage, interaction between actors and audience, reality and illusion, involvement of actors and audience, and duration of a piece of perfomance. The subject matter is also rich, exploring power relations and the responsibilities we have towards other people.

See the link, or ask me or Frederik about it if you want to know more.


Bricks of Enlightenment

Due to the theme how to notate architecture, I find this “opposite” attempt quite interesting.

Here the artist Ismar Cirkinagic tries to visualize an architecture described in the fictional novel “1984” by George Orwell. The model shown in the exhibition is a visualization of the “Ministry of Truth” . For the first short description of the building in the book, have a look at page 4 in the Novel.

It is a very small exhibition by the bosnian-danish artist Ismar Cirkinagic at Kunsthallen Nikolai:

Ismar Cirkinagic in collaboration with A-LAB:
Bricks of Enlightenment – ML2090 First Phase
Upper Gallery – and Nikolaj Plads
January 23 – March 14 2010

“Based on thorough artistic research, Cirkinagic, in co-operation with the architectural drawing office A-LAB, has created an imposing visualization of a building which normally exists only in the reader´s imagination. The exhibition presents the opportunity to walk around in a scale 1:1 section of the building, assisted by an audio track for directions, as well as a smaller model of the whole building.”

“The motivation behind ML2090 is Ismar Cirkinagic´own personal experiences with life under two different political systems. Born in Bosnia in 1973 under Tito´s moderate totalitarianism, he escaped to Denmark in 1992 because of the war in the former Yugoslavia.”

(text from the web page of Kunsthallen Nikolai – see the web page for the full description)


notation//synchronous objects

Hello EK Blog, are you lonely?  Well, here’s a little something something that will turn that frown upside down.  There was an interesting reading this week by Stan Allen that, once you peeled back the myriad layers of pretentious archispeak and latent scholarly penis envy that many old male architects seem to harbour, had some thoughtful insights into the changing nature of architectural notation and representation.  Now this got me to thinking about other forms of notation with possible links to architecture such as Labanotation which is used by dance choreographers.  I started looking for some examples of this and in the process stumbled upon this amazing project and its related website:

Basically the group involved in the project have rigorously analyzed a modern dance performance, One Flat Thing, and created a series of visual interpretations, or objects, using computer animation that seek to illuminate the organizational structure of the dance.  I think it goes beyond the flat, straightforward interpretation of Labanotation and offers a new way of reading and understanding a dance.  I suspect the project offers numerous potential connections to architectural analysis and representation.  It’s also just a really nice piece of art.  Please check it out, I would love to hear your ideas on how this could or could not be related to an architectural context!


Hack+Game Workshop

Two-day workshop on the making of interaction based game controllers/hacking at the IT University, Copenhagen. No experience needed. Arduino, sensors, multitouch displays. Bring your own laptop. Materials provided. 100 kr. 13+14/2, 10.00-20.00.

Read more here. Text only in Danish, unfortunately. Google translate is your friend!


Recommended Lecture

I would like to invite everyone to a short lecture tomorrow afternoon (Fri Feb 4, 1-1:30 pm, Dep 6’s Auditorium). Jana Leo, my friend and former teacher and colleague at the Cooper Union is doing a workshop at Dep. 6 this week. As a part of that, she will present her own work tomorrow.

Jana is a Spanish architect and writer. She has a PhD in Philosophy and a Masters Degree in Architecture
Previously, she was a professor at Cooper Union in New York and is now the director of MOSIS Foundation-Models and System: Art and City, in Madrid.
Her work is very inspiring, important and provocative.