Great night at private view at University of Greenwich: Works 2018

Great night at the private view at University of Greenwich: Works 2018

Summer Show, Greenwich, 2018

Another year, another superb exhibition at the University of Greenwich, where the twin disciplines of Architecture and Landscape Architecture sit side-by-side. A visit to the exhibit is also an opportunity to enjoy the award-winning building that houses the department.

“In the exhibition, what you see is not what you get.” Behind all the work on display, there are many months of hard work, research, and investigation.

University of Greenwich

Celebrating the Marvellous: Surrealism in Architecture

Celebrating the Marvellous: Surrealism in Architecture /// Neil Spiller (Guest Editor)

In 1924 writer André Breton penned the Surrealist Manifesto, which called to destabilize the divides between dreams and reality, between objectivity and subjectivity. For many architects who had been—and continue to be—interested in the fundamental role of the built environment, Breton’s surrealist thinking provided a rich resource to examine the role architecture plays in forming reality. Since then, from Salvador Dali and Frederick Kiesler to Frank Gehry, Surrealism has profoundly shaped architecture in the 20th century.

We are entering a new era of architecture that is technologically enhanced, virtual and synthetic. Contemporary architects operate in a creative environment that is both real and digital; mixed augmented and hybridised. This world consists of ecstasies, fears, fetishisms and phantoms, processes and spatiality that can best be described as Surrealist. Though too long dormant, Surrealism has been a significant cultural force in modern architecture. Founded by poet André Breton in Paris in 1924 as an artistic, intellectual and literary movement, architects such as Le Corbusier, Diller + Scofidio, Bernard Tschumi and John Hejduk realised its evocative power

Celebrating the Marvellous: Surrealism in Architecture sneak peak

Architects are now reviving the power of Surrealism to inspire and explore the ramifications of advanced technology. Architects’ studios in practices and schools are becoming places where nothing is forbidden. Architectural languages and theories are ‘mashed’ together, approaches are permissively appropriated, and styles are not mutually exclusive. Projects are polemic, postmodern and surreally media savvy.

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Today’s architects must compose space that operates across the spatial spectrum. Surrealism, with its multiple readings of the city, its collage semiotics, its extruded forms and artificial landscapes, is an ideal source for contemporary architectural inspiration.s to propel them to ‘starchitect’ status. Rem Koolhaas most famously illustrated Delirious New York (1978) with Madelon Vriesendorp’s compelling Surrealist images.

Celebrating the Marvellous: Surrealism in Architecture sneak peak
Celebrating the Marvellous: Surrealism in Architecture sneak peak

Contributors include: Bryan Cantley, Nic Clear, James Eagle, Natalie Gall, Mark Morris, Dagmar Motycka Weston, Alberto Perez-Gomez, Shaun Murray, Anthony Vidler, and Elizabeth Anne Williams.

Featured architects: Nigel Coates, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Perry Kulper, and Mark West.

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Anna Boldina’s city above the clouds

Anna Boldina’s city above the clouds

Anna Boldina

Winner of Blueprint and the Royal Academy’s Paper City competition

Anna Boldina created a city made up of artificial hills and towers that rise above the clouds.

Chance Encounters by Bea Martin

‘Chance Encounters’ /// Bea Martin

‘Chance Encounters’ by BG-Martin

Burghal Amalgam

Chance Encounters series,  2018

ink on Mylar, 2018

insitu[ism] #02 by Bea Martin

insitu[ism] #02 /// Bea Martin

Insitu-action-ism on a partial section of the Palazzo Caprarola, Viterbo, 2018

‘Line objects 1’ by Ben Kafton

Line objects 1 by Ben Kafton

‘Line objects 1’ by Ben Kafton

Screen printed with white ink on 80# French black speckletone stock paper, 24 x 36 inches / 61 x 92 cm.

Telework Center by Blaine Brownell

‘Telework Center’ by Blaine Brownell

Nagoya, Japan

‘Telework Center’ by Blaine Brownell

The Telework Center unites and condenses the multiple programs required to conduct international business by an increasingly itinerant workforce. Conferencing, officing, hotel, entertainment venues, and other spaces are combined and fully integrated with multiple infrastructural channels for maximum access to public transportation. A programmatic void unites these programs while increasing access to available sunlight and natural ventilation. The spatial character is indeed to reinforce the hyperactive public milieu of modern urban Japan.

‘The Collapsible House’ by Alice Labourel

‘The Collapsible House’ by Alice Labourel

The Collapsible House by Alice Labourel

Alice Labourel 2012

Ink on Paper.

Surface Topology Experiment by Bryan Cantley

Surface Topology Experiment by Bryan Cantley

Surface Topolgy Experiment by Bryan Cantley, 2010

Form-uLA Dimension LAboratory, 2010

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