Week #3

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Hello again,

Wasn't quite sure if I'd make this post, but I think it was a good escape.

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You never know what's around the corner and sometimes its tricky to keep things in perspective. Compassion and tolerance is key, as something small and trivial might be a huge leap in the eyes of another. 

As per usual, shenanigans are at the bottom.


 

1. classical music to accompany your reading, press play.

This week we have the Praeludium and Sarabande from Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg's, Holberg Suite.

It's fast, free spirited pace makes me think of a potential opener to a BBC Planet episode where a low angled shot of a fawn steps in a puddle and sets off a flock geese and then Attenborough's voice comes in...

2. the good

Parish church of santa monica architect: vicens ramos

Location: Calle Libertad 17, 28523 Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Madrid, Spain

 

The unusual exterior elevations for this small church in Spain are made up for on the interior. The light shafts bring in a beautifully diffused light into the space, which has an added glow from the gold leaf. 

 

 

3. the BAD

5 BEEKMAN RESIDENCES (not the beekman hotel)

ARCHITECT: GKV Architects

Location: 123 Nassau St, New York, NY 10038, USA

 

Whilst I don't relish on giving buildings negative critique, this tower really is a blight on the downtown skyline. Two garish, white, painted steel triangular pyramids crown the tower, in some cheesy ode to mimic the roofline of the historical piece it neighbours and connects to. Everything, down to the awkward, and poorly thought out mechanical penetrations around the shear walls (with cross bracing) screams of "wannabe progressive" but is a total disorganised flop with no attention to detail.

"These architects should be de-registered." - said by an architect friend. 
The North and West elevations on the new residential tower. In front of the tower is the historical hotel that has been restored. 

The North and West elevations on the new residential tower. In front of the tower is the historical hotel that has been restored. 

 

4. the UGLY (open architect link with caution)

The Swiss-Belhotel

Architects: JCY Architects

Location: 206 Victoria Street West, Auckland, New zealand

A down right travesty. And these people call themselves architects. This building has conjured up many nicknames among different friend circles, including, digital clock and dogs breakfast. About 10 different facade coverings attempt to revive a carpark. The residences above glimmer the most heinous shade of bright blue glass, and if you visit the building in real life, you will notice the numerous transitions and junctions that complicate and contribute to this disaster. It's even worse on the South elevation.

Click here for the thoughts of Chris Barton who describes it as a "badly sewn patchwork quilt." 

So here we have it, a perfect case of an irresponsible money hungry developer (Mansons) putting up some cheap rubbish that does not enhance the city. Let's think for a moment, when was the last time Mansons put up an acceptable development? Maybe never. Shame on you and shame on the council for letting this piece of trash get by, it probably looked better as a carpark. 

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5. what is bim? (in a nutshell)

BIM = Building Information Modeling

is a form of smart modeling where architects, engineers, contractors, consultants are able to communicate and coordinate their systems and designs with each other. In theory, BIM should help professionals understand clashes between their scopes of work and troubleshoot issues before a project gets taken to site. i.e architects, structural, mechanical engineers etc can feed their 3D models into one combined model.

BIM can also be used by clients and building managers for building maintenance once the project is handed over and occupied.

Depending on the LOD (Level of Detail) that is contracturally bought BIM models have the ability to be super detailed and can assist the bidding phases. Two common software products that are used by architects is Revit (developed by Autodesk) and ArchiCAD (developed by Graphisoft).

Designers can draw and model different components in 2D or 3D enabling them to see their designs in real time. 

Designers can draw and model different components in 2D or 3D enabling them to see their designs in real time. 

Clash detection software by a program called Navisworks (Autodesk) here we can see an interior wall that is clashing with a structural beam. 

Clash detection software by a program called Navisworks (Autodesk) here we can see an interior wall that is clashing with a structural beam. 

 

6. urban legends

Venice Part II

Continued from Week #2

As we already know, Venice was constructed within a lagoon and the present shape of Venice largely took place in the 7th Century. The geographical morphology played a significant role towards the shaping of the city through its ebbing and flowing tides and its hierarchy defined the earliest settlements. The city is unique in the way that it evolved from a series of nuclei, as opposed to a single nuclei like most cities. The city has six centres that each have their own characteristics. As each of these centres grew, the space between them was gradually "filled in". The "filling in" process occurred over a short period of time so the architectural style is relatively consistent. 

There are 6 boroughs in the city of Venice:  Cannaregio, Castello, Dorsoduro, San Marco, San Polo, Santa Croce.

There are 6 boroughs in the city of Venice:  Cannaregio, Castello, Dorsoduro, San Marco, San Polo, Santa Croce.

Between 5th-9th Centuries, Venice relied on their salt production, fishing and craftsmanship as their main economic activities. Wood and gold was traded with the Middle East and had trade agreements with settlements along the Po river to passageway to the mainland and to obtain forest commodities. 

Venice was its own separate state and elected its own leader, known as the Doge. The power of the Doge and the political system of Venice is made known to its visitors by its location on the waters edge.

Note that the water's edge is located on the South, visitors see the Doge's palace as they enter the city first. St Mark's Basilica is located behind the Doge's palace.

Note that the water's edge is located on the South, visitors see the Doge's palace as they enter the city first. St Mark's Basilica is located behind the Doge's palace.

so how do they get fresh water?

The Venetians devised a very complex system to collect rainwater from their sloping roofs. Stone funnels take rainwater from the roof, to funnels located within the walls and down to the base of the building where wells are located. 

They engineered their own type of rainwater collection tanks that were located 5-6m (16-20ft) underground as the traditional way using bricks would be subject to cracking. 

The base of the tanks consisted of one thick layer of high quality clay to act as a waterproofing shell. In the centre a brick funnel was built, the tank was then filled with sand to help purify the water and sealed with clay to protect it from outside contaminants. A well curb was then built around the rim of the well.

 

7. (Over classical music? Enjoy Some Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - who loves you?)

 

8. An Architectural Model

Flashback to Herzog and de Meuron's 2005 exhibition at the Tate Modern. 

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9. is this real life?

Interior photorealistic render titled: TriBeCa by Bertrand Benoit.

 

10. architectural Spotlight - This is...

LINA BO BARDI 

(December 4th, 1914 - March 20, 1992)

Italian born, as Lina Achillina Bo, Lina Bo Bardi was one of the most significant architects for Brazilian Architecture in the 20th Century. After her office was destroyed in World War II she moved permanently to Brazil. 

Bo Bardi was extremely interested in the Brazilian culture and the confluence of art and culture and its contribution to architecture and design.

One of her most famous buildings is the Museum of Art São Paulo (MASP) (1957).

Home of Lina and her husband (Pietro Maria Bardi). Bo Bardi wanted to maintain the building's relationship with nature, hence the building is raised on steel tubes from the original landscape. 

Home of Lina and her husband (Pietro Maria Bardi). Bo Bardi wanted to maintain the building's relationship with nature, hence the building is raised on steel tubes from the original landscape. 

Aside from her architectural interests, Bo Bardi also dabbled in scenery production, art, furniture and graphic design. 

Many projects were left unfinished after her passing in 1992. 

The SESC Pompéia in São Paulo (1982) is a leisure centre that was built on the site of a n old Drums factory. It consists of two five storey vertical buildings that are connected by a series of walkways.    

The SESC Pompéia in São Paulo (1982) is a leisure centre that was built on the site of a n old Drums factory. It consists of two five storey vertical buildings that are connected by a series of walkways. 

 


shenanigans

1. A Canine friend

This is Django, taken by @thedogist 

Not only is he repping a pretty cool name, he's got some swag to him. 

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2. Babe

I woke up like this.

 

3. Space invader of Alvaro siza's national pavilion of portugal

Potentially one of my favourite buildings. Period. Fullstop.

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This image doesn't quite do it justice. But the feeling and acoustics underneath the suspended piece of concrete is truly surreal. 

This image doesn't quite do it justice. But the feeling and acoustics underneath the suspended piece of concrete is truly surreal. 

 

4. Boy

Wentworth Miller in his Prisonbreak days.

 

5. stair porn

Put simply, an orgasmic flight of stairs.

Designed by Isay Weinfeld, and featured in the Casa Cubo home. The stairs are made from Brazilian Ironwood. 

The way the grain is aligned and descends, *ough* just chilling. 

 

6. Art

The first time I was lucky enough to see the work of Roni Horn was at the Punta Della Dogana in Venice. The glass was so perfect, it looked like it was liquid. We may have done some empirical testing to find out...

 

7. object

And here we thought water bottles couldn't get any more bougey (bourgeois) than Swell (another swanky drink bottle), well YES THEY CAN. Check this find from copperh2o who claim their artisan crafted drinking vessel has ayeurvedic benefits from the copper which helps to alkalise your body. 

Seriously... 

But it's 100% copper! With no alloys.

Get one of these and I may de-friend you. 

8. Wanderlust

Desert Tombstones, photographed by Carsten Witte. 

 

9. Lost in Translation

Tramping (NZ) = Hiking (everywhere else)

If a kiwi ever says they're going hiking on the weekend, it doesn't mean they'll be roaming the streets soliciting offers from strangers. Rather, they'll be roaming mother nature. Not to mention tramping is only used for a 5+ hour 'hike'. Yes, that's right your 3 hour pussyfoot "hike" is just a "walk" to us.

 

10. harsh realities

Thoughts go out to the people who have lost everything in a burning furnace. The Northern California Fires have taken out nearly 191,000 acres of land, which is almost the size of New York City.

 

11. And in the land down under...

 

 

11. doodle

The other day I was coerced into a Yum Cha lunch. Due to prior experience I knew this would not bode well with a scheduled afternoon long run. 

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12. LOL

Back in the day on C-Cresc in the Mish. 

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13. NOM NOM NOM

An advantage on being back in the motherland is the chance to try out new food places. The other night I went to Happy Boy Eatery in Royal Oak and was nicely surprised!

This fusion hamburger place uses chinese bao dough for their buns and has asian inspired fillings. Although not cheap I will say I got bang for my buck, after ordering the coconut crumbed fish burger and shared chicken nibbles totalling to $18.50. I managed to grab a taste of the veggie and lamb burgers too. Sauce-wise the veggie burger trumps all.

They also have blacklight bathrooms... I guess it means they'll have to keep them super clean!

Value for money: 3.5/5
Price $$ (expendy but not too expendy)

14. and that's a wrap! here's some 'new' music.

Catchy, cheesy, cute.

I Like Me Better by Lauv.

My advice, don't watch the video clip.

 

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Till next week my friends. #dab-out.

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