The Abstract And The Exuberant Body Of Ornamentation

In the last few years, the introduction of new digital software has enabled the exuberant articulation of ornate surfaces and volumes. Marjan Colletti looks beyond technical innovation and observes a two-fold conceptual tendency that he labels the 'ornaMental' and the 'pOrnamentation', differentiating between the first's inclination to create form through abstraction and the latter's potential for the figural through sensation. Marjan Colletti, 3& 1 2D The POrnaMental One, 2009 Misshapen,...

Interactive

Valentina Croci profiles the work of entertainment design office Area Code which foregrounds urban locations in its games. As Croci explains the approach of this NewYork-based partnership, which delivers sat nav-inspired gaming to the mobile phone, demonstrates an inherent understanding of the importance of the physical in enhancing the imaginary. The New York-based entertainment design office Area Code transforms the urban context into a space of community-centric gaming. Using smart phones or...

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Jisuk Lee (Rahim Research Studio, University of Pennsylvania), Migrating Formations Mixed-Use Complex, Moscow, 2008 Seduction is about visually enticing someone with a certain kind of aesthetic expression. The aesthetic expression here is defined as 'voluptuousness', conveyed by undulating lines and surfaces the aesthetic is expressed by transformations between each component and the behaviours of their arrangements. Accumulation of smaller components creates an intricacy that transforms as a...

Practice Profile

The output of FJMT varies greatly in scale and location. The practice has completed community schemes in Sydney's suburbs as well as accommodation for prestigious institutions in the city centre. It has adapted existing structures on heritage sites as well as producing high-tech newbuilds. As Fleur Watson and Martyn Hook explain, what FJMT's projects have in common is an unwavering commitment to the enhancement of the public realm. The firm embraces the full responsibility of building in the...

Launch Issue Of 3 Redesign

EXUBERANCE NEW VIRTUOSITY IN CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE Includes the work of seminal figures such as Peter Cook Wolf D Prix Hernan Diaz Alonso CJ Lim Ali Rahim Neil Spiller Kjetil Thorsen Tom Wiscombe This title of 2 heralds a new era of exuberance in digital design. Having overcome the alienation and otherness of the cyber, having mastered the virtual qualities and protocols of the parametric, having achieved the intricacy and elegance of the digital, and having fully embraced the potential of...

Digitalia The Other Digital Practice

Hannes Mayer (Unit 20, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL), Lichonic Architecture, 2007-08 The design is driven by image-based vector fields that break with the convention of the line as a border. Binary space is replaced by gradients of enclosure. Reference image layers are stacked on top of each other to create a three-dimensional colour cloud. Architecture emerges in these fields as a result of discreetly interpolated forces. Despite the exuberance of the final product, the whole design is...

Exuberant Couture

Miley Cyrus Ass

Exuberance is the X factor of millinery whether the swoop of a feather or a flash of red taffeta, exuberance will express and celebrate your Gina Lollobrigida trying to get out and suppress any internal Margaret Rutherford. In my work with John Galliano at Christian Dior exuberance of line is key and we are constantly inspired by Rene Gruau's illustrations of Monsieur Dior's finest silhouettes of the fifties. Here glamour, fashion and sex were blended into pure excitement, fulfilling the dreams...

Emergence And The Forms Of Metabolism

Earlier this year, Michael Weinstock published a seminal book, The Architecture of Emergence The Evolution of Form in Nature and Civilisation, which challenges established cultural and architectural histories. The conventional worldview is expanded by placing human development alongside ecological development the history of cultural evolution and the production of cities are set in the context of processes and forms of the natural world. As well as providing a far-reaching thesis, Weinstock's...

About The Guesteditor Marjan Colletti

Dr Marjan Colletti is co-founder of the studio marcosandmarjan in London, and currently a lecturer in architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (Unit Master, Unit 20), and the University of Westminster (Unit Master, DS10) with Marcos Cruz. He has been a guest professor at ucla and Innsbruck University, Austria and design instructor at various institutions in Europe and Asia. His projects and texts attempt to bridge the gap between architectural theory and...

New York

Thom Mayne and his colleagues have packed a lot of architecture and a number of very practical spaces into one small city block in the firm's first major New York building. Jayne Merkel describes the dramatic skylighted central staircase that sweeps through the new academic building for the prestigious Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, surrounded by efficient classroom, office and studio space with exciting views of the city all around. From the street, the new Cooper Union...

Exuberance And Digital Virtuosity

Unit Bartlett School Architecture

In the history of civilisation there have been regular waves of various manifestations of exuberance - in architecture, in the arts, in politics, in religion, in philosophy, in economics and so on - preceded and followed by more austere, spartan, strict periods. In architecture alone there have been too many styles, movements and individual architects that have pursued an exuberant, expressive, expansive vocabulary to possibly give an introductory historic account of exuberance. Thus it seems...

Sn0hetta In The Middle East

Kjetil Tradal Thorsen and Robert Greenwood of Sn0hetta describe how opportunities to build multicultural programmed buildings in the Middle East have opened up the possibilities of developing a new iconography for a new building type, embedded in the emotional translation of a rich iconographic and decorative tradition an ongoing dialogue with the clients and users and a Middle Eastern preference to define the present by looking to the future. Sn0hetta, King Adbulaziz Center for Knowledge and...

Cultivating Smartcities

Maquette Avion Design

CJ Lim Studio 8 Architects, Guangming Smartcity, Shenzhen, China, 2007 A new urban typology commissioned by the Shenzhen Municipal Planning Bureau, covering 8 square kilometres (3 square miles) of Shenzhen to house 200,000 inhabitants combining agricultural tradition and 21st-century living. Farming suburbs in the form of self-sufficient towers and craters augment the natural landscape to exploit the climatic context, and are linked by sky buses and funiculars. On 9 April 2009, Michelle Obama...

Xtreme Ntegration

Tom Wiscombe advances an argument for an architecture of 'extreme integration', where the sanctity of the single surface responsible solely for affect is challenged by multilayered and multidimensional built surfaces. The new species of architecture is 'robust enough to be both formally and technologically innovative', replacing a mechanistic model with a biological jungle ecology of messiness and excess. In Terry Gilliam's 1985 film Brazil, there is an unforgettable scene where Robert De Niro,...