December 31, 2005

design in kind

My Japanese co-worker a resident UNV Architect (United Nations Voluteneer) is reknown on island for her use of colour. She and I quote,"[was] interested in bringing back colour & vibrance back to the island" - rather important since 90% of the country's architecture was either destroyed or had to be abandoned after the Souffeire Hills volcano began eruption after 300 years of dormancy.

Anyhow I digress...

Because her use of colour on the buildings she designed is so well appreciated, many locals have asked her "advice" on the painting of their homes & businesses. I would say that there are at least 50 examples of such on island - all remarkable. Now this isn't colour for the light of heart but she manages with each example to win over the more conservative. I previously showed the Nursery School in Brades, as well as the Mortuary at the St Johns hospital with palettes quite unusual for their typologies.

More remarkable is that she takes her role as a volunteer very seriously, taking no compensation for her advice, aside from a "thank you" and a possibility of a generous act in the future. Hence the title of this post, "design in kind." Of course this has extended to other works, redesigning someone's kitchen, working drawings, it varies - but done for nothing more than a kind gesture. It also manages to be infectious as I've extended my talents designing a small extension, a pool house, etc with gifts ranging from a box of Cohibas, a bottle of wine, the best of Nina Simone cd, etc.

I know those out there worried about the erosion of the profession into nothing more than pencil pushing will probably hiss at this notion. But are there any other stories out there of design in kind - let me know, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. With 2006 dawning on us all is it time to rethink architecture as more than a service industry and perhaps as a gesture of kindness & the committment to quality design at no cost?

Happy New Year

December 28, 2005

December 25, 2005

Seasons Greetings

Merry Christmas to all the fetish fans out there. Hope you all have a great one.

December 23, 2005

Natural Space

Online magazine celebrating sustainable design and architecture throughout the world.

December 22, 2005

ARCHTEAM, Czech Republic

designbuild practice MEDIUM.

And because its the season for it...

And something for the eyes... Eyecandy

On and another; terra non firma - the neon green is so 80s, i love it

fixing "the fix"

Many apologies the previous post by SANAA's Museum of Comtemporary Art is actually in Bowery, not Brooklyn.

December 20, 2005

what am I pimping today...

End of the year with thoughts of misletoe, the blog seems to be the furhtest from my mind...or is it?

I start by welcoming another site, the agora

and this....

Hotel Saratz by architects Hans-Jorg Ruch. The Swiss architect is known for his intelligently designed, exquisitely crafted conversions and extensions of existing alpine buildings.

December 19, 2005

more on SANAA, interview at DesignBoom, "Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishiwaza have been working collaboratively under the name ‘sanaa’ since 1995. Sejima studied architecture at the Japan Women's University before collaborating with architect Toyo Ito. She launched her own practice in 1987 and was named ‘young architect of the year’ in japan in 1992. Nishizawa studied architecture at Yokohama National University and, in addition to his work with sejima, has also maintained an independent practice since 1997."

Love the box - be the box!!

100 concrete boxes

Land art will always have a place on "the fetish"
Error on that previous post regarding Zaha Hadid at the Lourve, the winner of the competition was in fact Mario Bellini. Images to come.

thanks Javier for the correction

get your fix

SANAA's (Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa) New Museum of Comptemporary Art in NYC, an array of staggered cubes balancing over the streets of Brooklyn, is the past feature on Archidose.

December 16, 2005

this is so me

CAD FlĂșnk·y
n. Arch. Slang pl. -kies or -keys
CAD Monkey (see IV) who never got around to learning CAD, therefore does the colouring-in, either by hand or with Photoshop. Often progresses through the company quicker then the CAD Monkey due to more of an interest in reality and inability/disinterest in making software tools work.

Picked this one up from Archidose, Zaha Hadid to construct a Department of Islamic Art at the Louvre in Paris.

Very trippy

a simply beautiful option to the aweful grey & black boxes usually seen on desks everywhere

December 15, 2005

Phaeno by Zaha Hadid

December 14, 2005

Emilio Ambasz is constantly attempting what he calls a 'reconciliation of the man-made with the organic;' this manifests itself with structures embedded into the landscape as if growing themselves.

December 13, 2005

The Green TreeFrog's two-layered structure consists of an upper and a lower skin of green translucent corrugated polyester. Squashed between the glass skins lies a lighting system of fluorescent tubes giving off the luminous glow.

via Fabrica

December 12, 2005

Trahan Architects wins an Emerging Architecture award for the Catholic Church complex in Louisiana

see the other winners published in the Architectural Review

December 10, 2005

I'm an unhappy camper. My badass camera is on the fritz and this seems to be a trend with me - own a camera for a bit and then boom, it dies. This makes 4th camera (and second digital) that has died in the last 8 years.

Anyhow I've sent off for a new one. More comact similar features.

anyone knows how to get my sony repaired


Originally uploaded by stillthedudeabides.
I dunno what this is..but I found it on flickr and I like it. Seems like a modern interpretation of Sea Ranch

December 9, 2005

Cantilevering out to the ocean, the Holman residence found precedent in the paintings of Picasso. The layout curves as if dancing with the coast line, offering dramatic vistas along its ridge. Durbach Block architects where commended with two nominations from the RAIA for this residence in 2005.
Two iPods and a microphone. Party entertainment takes one a new form

Keeping up the jones's
RAIA awards

more from the RAIA awards

December 8, 2005

Troppos Architects

Historically, the phrase going troppo came into prominence during World War II. It meant to be heat affected, one went off, a little mad in the heat of the tropics. This is the story of two architects who went troppo, but in doing so, found another state. For them it meant becoming acclimatised, not going off at all, but understanding the place. Going troppo was revealing—even enlightening—and it would provide the basis for a new practice of architecture in Australia’s Northern Territory.

see monograph

Koolhaas to design 2006 Serpentine Pavillion

Pritzker Prize-winner Rem Koolhaas will design next year’s Serpentine Gallery pavilion.

see bdonline for more

December 6, 2005

Swedish Architects & designers Claessen-Koivisto-Rune

December 5, 2005

living legend...

Jamaican born Bridgette Shim of Shim-Sutcliffe

apologies on the late post - I'm a little under the weather today

December 2, 2005

previous link to Alexander Wong

December 1, 2005

Foster Lomas Architects

With a style and inspiration that is eclectic and changing with each project, projects seem obsessed with getting materials right.

ps. happy brithday mum
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