Wednesday, February 29, 2012

the archigram archival project

The Archigram Archival Project makes the work of the seminal architectural group Archigram available free online for public viewing and academic study. The project was run by EXP, an architectural research group at the University of Westminster. It was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and made possible by the members of Archigram and their heirs, who retain copyright of all images.

Plug-in City : Paddington East, Expendable Place Pads
Hornsey Housing Study

Images and infomationVia The Archigram Archival Project

Apart from the historic interest and the archival value of the collective architectural input of the the Archigram this site contains an object lesson for those don't know how to use a set square or have never heard of an adjustable set square. or for that matter how to sharpen a pencil properly....... and call themselves "students of architecture" (no, I didn't mean 'architecture students' though some of them also may fall in to this category quite easily)  etc.....

Monday, February 20, 2012

R.I.P. Whitney Houston

2012- 1963 = 49 (Whitney Houston)
2011-1955 = 56 (Steve Jobs)
2009 - 1958 = 51 (Michael Jackson)
Nowadays, average life span of a genius = 53 ?

Saturday, February 18, 2012

culture and design

"The function of culture is not to satisfy existing needs, but to create new ones".   Zygmunt Bauman
Zygmunt Bauman is a Polish sociologist who, since 1971, has resided in England after being driven out of Poland. He is the Professor of sociology at the University of Leeds (and since 1990 emeritus professor), 

“That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works” – Steve jobs
Steve jobs was a cofounders and head of Apple Computers

Culture and Design are two issues that we have to deal with, some times on a daily basis when  teaching architecture in Sri Lanka (for that matter may be i other countries as well). The fundamental question of 'how to design' and how culture influences this process or rather how much one has to lean back on culture in the design process. .............. ..............

Sunday, February 12, 2012

world architecture community awards 10th cycle winner - the lake house at bolgoda sri lanka (#52)

20+10+X World Architecture Community Awards 10. Cycle
The Lake House at Bolgoda Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, 2009-2010,
Residential buildings / Country houses by Kumudu s Munasinghe
WA link 
Photos & information via  World Architecture Community

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

"navarangahala", colombo (#51)

Architect - Unknown
Engineer - Unknown
Please comment if you know the person who designed 'Nawarangahala'
Photos - Pathum