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ARPA Journal Issue 03 Performance is Out Now

  • Friday, July 10, 2015 - 3:21:10 PM
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image: Cedric Price, Fun Palace: typical plan, 1963. Cedric Price fonds, Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montr&e’al.

Issue 03 Performance

ARPA Journal releases its latest issue.

Issue 03 Performance asks how criteria are established and enforced in architectural research practice. How do designers and researchers define, evaluate and communicate performance and its attendant value system? To what degree can we determine or guarantee performance? How do we acknowledge image and perception as a function of effectiveness? Who is performing? In a ‘demo or die’ culture, how and where is performance tested?
Contributors: Emanuel Admassu, Neeraj Bhatia, Travis Jared Marmarellis Bunt, Lluis Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Patrick Craine, Gabriel Fries-Briggs, Kersten Geers, Tanya Gershon, Orit Halpern, Juan Herreros, Andr&e’s Jaque, Wolfgang Kessling, Isabelle Kirkham-Lewitt, Tat Lam, Hod Lipson, Forrest Meggers, Brendan Moran, Christian Oberdorf, Nicholas Pajerski, Chris Perry, Mahadev Raman, Craig Schwitter, Brendan Shea, Michael Sorkin, Mathew Staudt, Timmie King Hong Tsang, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Neyran Turan.
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A new Surrealist Game:’’The Tender Cut’’

  • Monday, April 27, 2015 - 3:23:49 PM
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Scene from ‘The Tender Cut’:image:screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic

The startling 1929 surrealist silent film Un Chien Andalou made by Luis Buñuel in collaboration with Salvador Dal&i’ is now a deeply unsettling video game. If the infamous eye slicing scene makes you recoil at its memory, wait until a digital moon soundtracked by hideous stretching noises morphs into a gaping oculus, and your only release from its revolting gaze is to slash it down the pupil.

Scene from ‘The Tender Cut'; still from ‘Un Chien Andalou’ image:screenshots by the author for Hyperallergic

The Tender Cut by No, Thanks Games was released for free this month for Mac and Windows. Developed by the Russian team of Ilya Kononenko and Yuliya Kozhemyako,The Tender Cut was started at a game jam last year built around the theme of phobias. Now with music by Shawn Claude Jones inspired by the original Richard Wagner accompaniment, the game takes eerie elements from the claustrophobic apartment and balcony “il &e’tait un fois” scenes in the film and turns them into an adventure into the odd. A death’s-head moth flutters out from a checkered box, ants crawl from a hole in the wall, and a rotting severed hand appears where you least want it......Continue Reading

Open lecture course on the history of Finnish architecture starts at MFA

  • Monday, March 16, 2015 - 4:20:20 PM
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Netta Böök, architect (M.Sc.).image via

The Museum of Finnish Architecture and Aalto University, Department of Architecture, invite you to come and learn about the history of Finnish architecture with architect, lecturer Netta Böök at their free but intensive 2-week course starting at the museum (Kasarmikatu 24, Helsinki) on Monday 16th March, 2015, at 16:15.

The English-speaking lectures provide an introduction to the special features of Finnish architecture and the relationships between architecture, landscape, resources and history. The time line is from the Middle Ages to the end of 20th century, with a focus on the 20th century.

The course is part of the lecture series Finnish Society and Culture organised by the University of Helsinki.The course code is ARK-C1005 and yields 1-3 credit points for university students.

Programme (Subject To Changes):

Monday 16.3.2015, 16:15–18
Main characteristics of historical Finnish architecture. Vernacular building. Periods and monuments till 1809.

Wednesday 18.3.2015, 16:15–18
The Finnish wooden town. Finnish 19th century architecture. Helsinki from the 17th to 20th century.

Friday 20.3.2015, 14:00–16:00
Walking tour in the historical centre of Helsinki. Meeting at Senate Square.

Monday 23.3.2015, 16:15–18
Finnish architecture from around 1900 to the 1940 ’s. National Romanticism, the Classicism of the 1920 ’s, Finnish Functionalism

Wednesday 25.3.2015, 16:15–18
Finnish architecture after World War II. The Golden Age of the 1950 ’s, the Boom of the 1960 ’s; tendencies by the turn of the century

Friday 27.3.2015, 12:00–16.00
Aalto excursion in Helsinki. The meeting point will be specified later.

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Oscar Winner ’’Birdman’’ film analysis in terms of Space&Design

  • Monday, February 23, 2015 - 2:32:17 PM
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image courtesy of Interiors

87th Academy Awards Oscar 2015 has been announced Sunday and ''Birdman'' has received 4 awards in 4 categories;Best Picture,Original Screenplay,Cinematography and Director.Interiors,is a film and architecture publication,analysed the film interms of a space and design and evaluates the film through film techniques,stage,actors and their effects on a film.

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There has been much said and written about the use of the long take in Alejandro Gonz&a’lez Iñ&a’rritu’s Birdman (2014), and how its filmmakers stitched together numerous long shots in an attempt to make the majority of the film feel like a continuous scene. The film follows (literally) its protagonist, Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), an actor past his prime, as he plans his career comeback with a stage production.

Emmanuel Lubezki seems the ideal collaborator for the director’s vision. The cinematographer, known for his extended takes in films such as Y Tu Mam&a’ Tambi&e’n (2001), Children of Men (2006) and Gravity (2013), has made use of the technique as a way of bringing audiences closer to the action. Birdman is the culmination of his experimentation with the form, bringing together these ideas and creating an immersive experience with a sense of urgency.

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The film, despite its structure, is still broken down into scenes. In our floor plan, we examined the scene in which Riggan finds out about the cover story in the newspaper, in which Mike (Edward Norton) seemingly takes credit for the production (00:53:37 - 01:04:53). The scene begins outside Riggan’s dressing room with an impossible shot that moves through steel bars and into the interior space. In addition to the two characters in this scene, Riggan and Laura (Andrea Riseborough), we also hear the voice of Birdman mocking Riggan......Continue Reading

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Concept Cars by OKOLO

  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 4:06:05 PM
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This series of illustrations presents selected history of the experimental car concepts from the early 20th century to the 1980s in context of the period modern architecture and created by Czech design collective OKOLO.

A.L.F.A. 40/60 HP Aerodinamica, 1914 x Antonio Sant'Elia and his futurist architecture visions, 1914

Schlörwagen, 1939 Hans Scharoun, Schminke House, 1933

Tasco, 1948 -Edward Durell Stone, MAD, New York, 1958
Ghia Gilda Streamline X Coup&e’, 1955 -Enzo Venturelli, Church design,1955
Dodge Deora, 1967-John Lautner, Chemosphere, 1960
Citroen Karin, 1980 -I. M. Pei, Louvre pyramide, 1989

Humanism on a Grand Scale

  • Monday, January 26, 2015 - 1:51:43 PM
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photography by Thomas Struth

‘Thomas Struth: Photographs’ at the Metropolitan Museum

Although it has come late to contemporary photography, the Met has a few favorites in the field. One of them is the German photographer Thomas Struth, whose midcareer survey in 2003 had the rare distinction of spilling out into the museum’s Great Hall.

His current show at the Met, “Thomas Struth: Photographs,” is a much smaller affair, with just 25 images from the late 1970s to 2013, all but two of them from the museum’s collection. But if it is a modest display, it is one with a compelling humanist undercurrent that defines both Mr. Struth and the Met.

That through-line also helps to distinguish Mr. Struth from his large-format peer Andreas Gursky and from an earlier, more skeptical generation of German artists working with photography (Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke come to mind, as do Mr. Struth’s mentors Bernd and Hilla Becher). The Bechers’ influence is still apparent here in Mr. Struth’s early series “The Streets of New York,” from 1978. These rigorous black-and-white cityscapes were shot precisely from the middle of the street, with what is neither a car-centric perspective nor a pedestrian one. They have an eerie kind of blandness, emphasizing conformity to the grid over neighborhood character......Continue Reading

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Meet the Finalists of Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition

  • Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 12:03:34 PM
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Stage Two of the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition Brings Finalists to Helsinki and Presents Full Submission Materials to the Public

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation today announced that the six architectural teams whose concepts were shortlisted in the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition will visit the city from January 14–16, 2015, to view the site of the proposed new museum, receive further briefing on the building program and feedback on their initial designs, and present their previous work in a free public lecture. The visit is intended to provide the architects with information and insights to help them develop their ideas for final submission in April 2015 and to give Helsinki residents an opportunity to hear directly from the shortlisted teams.

Events planned include a visit to the South Harbor site, followed by briefings with representatives of the City of Helsinki, the State of Finland, and other stakeholders on topics including the art, culture, economy, and urban fabric of Helsinki, and with representatives from the Guggenheim on the history, collections, programs, and exhibitions of the foundation. The teams also will receive in-depth critiques of their shortlisted design proposals from the jury along with additional feedback from key leadership at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. On January 16, at the Scandic Grand Marina hotel, the finalist teams will participate in a free public lecture about their philosophy and practice, beginning at 2 pm.

In alphabetical order, the finalists are:

-AGPS Architecture Ltd. (Zurich, Switzerland, and Los Angeles, United States of America)

-Asif Khan Ltd. (London, United Kingdom)

-Fake Industries Architectural Agonism (New York, United States of America; Barcelona, Spain; and Sydney, Australia)

-Haas Cook Zemmrich STUDIO2050 (Stuttgart, Germany)

-Moreau Kusunoki Architectes (Paris, France)

-SMAR Architecture Studio (Madrid, Spain, and Western Australia)

While the names of the six teams are now public, the designs have not been matched to the teams, nor will the jurors or public know which team is responsible for which design until the winner has been announced in June 2015.

Ari Wiseman, Deputy Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, will co-host the team visit with Helsinki Deputy Mayor Ritva Viljanen. Wiseman stated, “We are delighted to bring together all six of the competition finalists in Helsinki. We hope the Helsinki community will be as excited as we are by the opportunity to meet these extraordinary designers and to hear more about their work. We regard this public engagement as an indispensable element not only of the design competition but of everything we would expect to do in a Guggenheim museum in Helsinki.”

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Architecture on Film:Bernardes + Q&A

  • Thursday, January 08, 2015 - 1:54:51 PM
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Sergio Bernardes. Courtesy Arquivo S&e’rgio Bernardes

Tues 13 January 2015, 7pm

The Architecture Foundation is delighted to announce that the screening will be introduced by Pedro Campos Costa; a Lisbon-based architect and the curator of Homeland, which saw the Portuguese Pavilion manifested as a newspaper for the 14th Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia (2014). Following the screening, Pedro will host a Skype Q&A with the directors of Bernardes, Paulo de Barros and Gustavo Gama Rodrigues.

Bernardes (UK Premiere)

A documentary tracing the life and work of iconic Brazilian architect Sergio Bernardes (1919 - 2002), through an incredible story of architecture, family, history and politics. Grandson Thiago traces Sergio’s path from a playboy design star of the jet set to a controversial radical futurist innovator, whose idiosyncratic ideas and approach would eventually leave him bankrupt and erased from architectural history.
Beginning as a contemporary of Oscar Niemayer – designing luxurious houses for the rich and swinging with Brigitte Bardot – after a key meeting with Buckminster Fuller Bernardes would go on to ascetically shun high society, his family, and his wealth in favour of establishing a progressive architectural research studio, ambitiously devoted to solving the problems of urban life and the future. But despite his efforts to effect change and even become mayor of Rio, his pragmatic approach to politics would in the end be his undoing.

Through candid interviews, visits to architectural projects and archival footage, Bernardes tells an amazing story about an amazing man and his innovative, long forgotten, ideas and work, allowing the outside world to learn of this important yet virtually unknown star of 20th century design.
Winner of the Lusofonia Prize at Arquiteturas Film Festival Lisbon 2014.

Brazil 2014, Dirs. Paulo de Barros, Gustavo Gama Rodrigues, 92 min.
In Portuguese with English subtitles.

Sergio Bernardes. Courtesy Arquivo S&e’rgio Bernardes

Still from the film Bernardes

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  • ARPA Journal Issue 03 Performance is Out Now
  • A new Surrealist Game:’’The Tender Cut’’
  • Open lecture course on the history of Finnish architecture starts at MFA
  • Oscar Winner ’’Birdman’’ film analysis in terms of Space&Design
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