Hold No Hostage
Futura hit GPSI made a small pilgrimage to the gherkin, but this fucker blew it out of the water close up.Michael Cross & Julie Mathias at the Design Museum, plunging bulbs into water. I'd seen a smaller installation in Liverpool last week - this was a treat.As you descend into the crypt at St. Pauls, check the plaster details. That's what happens to people who slip in through the exit without paying... ;)
Now recovering from a fine weekend in London. I went down to catch the Futura opening. He's a long-time hero of mine. Also managed to catch a few other exhibitions too.
In my tutor's words "every holiday is now an architectural holiday", and this was no exception. The Cedric Price retrospective at the Design Museum, and the Herzog & de Meuron model show were two of the more obvious examples of this, thoroughly perused and absorbed as they were. Perhaps I'll write more about the CP exhibition at greater length in the future. It made a great impression on me and its analysis fills two pages of the journal which I write each weekend as I travel to work in Manchester - not that I'd subject you to that in its entirity!
H+dM was impressive too, featuring many tables of process models and materials samples which, despite lengthy descriptions in the most part, spoke well of the creative process at that practice. They couldn't fail to give the young architecture student a few ideas.
Work has been going well. Before starting I barely trusted myself to 'keep on top of things'. Last time I had a full time job in an office environment was four years ago, and then I struggled to some extent with those background monotonous tasks which must be done daily. I sought fresh challenges, often to the detriment of essential tasks which I knew that I was capable of, such that I would occasionally amass terrifying backlogs.
This time round I'm rocking it! The mundane sorting, filing, printing and letter opening, etc., is truly ticking over. Perhaps due to the architectural interest which it all has, and definitely due to hindsight...
As a consequence I'm actually receiving design tasks at this early stage. I've been assisting one architect with a new building containing several apartments, and the other architect with an exercise in furniture design. At least ninety percent of the work I've produced has failed to make the cut - client or co-worker opinions, or changes in the project itself making work redundant, but I'm prepared to accept every minute of this as part of my education.
Big thanks to
for hospitality, and to all the people who make me feel at home in London, even though I doubt that I could ever live there!