Live Blogging #2
Before we get the show on the road, I'm pretty excited to see the recent work of Benedetta Tagliabue. I must say, probably similar to most architecture students, I am most familiar with the work of EMBT, an office which greatly effected us as students [at Florida International University at the time]. Should be great!
Monica Ponce de Leon introducing Tagliabue as Dinkeloo lecturer
Focus on the Italian, Spanish, Catalan cultures
Her work shows special dedication to context.
Tonight, we're taking you around a little tour of buildings most significant to us, with a focus on how we do them.
Office is a playful place where we try to involve the creativity of everybody
::plays video of Disney project with scenes from EMBT studio::
Trying to get the situation, the material [characters, cartoons], and transform it, to get an answer
Wish to make a space joyous
[Santa Caterina Market]
We did this because we were very egoistic
Making the market the new market, changing the situation of the surroundings
This part of Barcelona was always really dense, really complicated
Site was previously burial ground, church, monastery
We were the first ones to dig in the site
The application of the roof was as if we were continuing a project that started many years ago
[Gas company project, Barcelona]
Project attempts to mingle with the surroundings
Tried our best to make the building part of the context, the geometry breaks so much because of its echoing of the surroundings
Building is very much grounded on the floor, always changing because of its complex geometry
35 meter cantilever helps the volume seem fragmented
Building is not excluding, usually highrises have trouble relating to the city around it, here, we're trying to make the city go through, no fence, division, between private and public space. This project is very "Barcelona."
[Barcelona Park Project]
At the time, Barcelona wanted to develop a very industrial area.
Mix between private operation and, as a result of the project, a very large public space given to its neighbors
Sometimes, architecture is public space in itself
[Academic campus in Vigo, Spain]
Buildings acting as though they are part of the topography
Mountain is a hostile place, but moving through, under the mountain, we have possibility to change the shape of the mountain, creating places for people to meet and come together
We thought first to make a movement of the landscape, then on top, we could have another movement of the building itself
Inside each of the buildings is a new piazza.
New building not dedicated to the politician, but to the people
Very complex geometry as a means to limit hierarchy
Inside:chambers, Outside:New public space, confrontation of history, with public feeling of accessing the building freely, participating in the decisions of the politicians
Wanted to show that this was not a specific place to Scotland
We are symbolically in a boat, where they [politicians] can feel that no one side is winning
Did not want to make it an institutional space
[Project in Hamburg, still in progress]
Public space project
Hamburg has second biggest harbor in Europe
Old harbor was to become part of the city again
Water is a fantastic thing to watch when at a harbor, at the same time, very dangerous
Remove the image of danger, replacing it with image of friendship, through steps becoming benches, lights, different pavings,
Harbors have many things going on
We wanted a lot of materials, a lot of shapes, shadows, in a space dedicated to the people
This place is part of the city that is not very well known, therefore you have to teach, you have to attract
::showing images of people sleeping on platforms:: "This is Barcelona" ::laughs:
Sometimes, we have the feeling we are "tourist architects"
With cultural exchange, we try to have a richness with what we design
[Winning competition entry for New School of Music in Hamburg]
Building wraps around one large tree on site, making a playful game of making places, making music visible
Project at a time when PM Merkel wanted to give energy to the people with fast projects
New, large auditorium took the place of original plaza
We were destroying the old building with something new
Named the building Miralles Saal
[Project for Merce Cunningham, artist, choreographer]
Dance was to open at his 90th birthday.
My present to him was a crystal, has lots of symbols, changes light, is eternal
Volume had to sustain 10 people
Piece would move around like a clock, heavy structure, which we wished looked light
Building was a big effort, Cunningham was collaborating with fantastic artists
At his age, he wanted to collaborate with people he didn't know
On top of this new structure, there would be ten musicians, with dancer dancing on top
Cunningham wanted a last play with all of the arts working together, he named the piece "Nearly 90," I think he was looking at the end of his life, for something concrete.
[Spanish Pavilion in Shanghai]
We won the competition unexpectedly
Our proposal was not literally explaining anything about Spain, What can you explain about Spain?! ::laughter::
Project uses very special material not usually used in architecture (wicker)
Expo was called, "better city, better life."
Technique of handmade basket is the same, similar process all over teh world. We felt the langage wi=as communivated
Japanese collaborator asks, "How can we make a project out of wicker." I respond, I don't know! But when we get the project, we will think about it when we win the project.
We needed the wicker panel to be transportable [2x1], and needed to find 3 dimensional possibility within the panel
Top of pavilion has hidden wit
Furniture trying not to break fluidity of the space.
Photographs of the finished project mimic an animal with a mind of its own
[Project Zhang Da Cian]
Project is 3,000 sm dedicated to him on the site where he was born
Pavilions allow you to look at the art inside at the same time as the surroundings, great site on a mountain with much vegetation
Pavilion has to be a place where you can invent, explain the life of the painter, and the beauty of the landscape
He was in love with gardening, loved to work on gardens of his houses
We are trying to give soehting, but we get a lot back.
[project for park in an expo]
Lines of a painting of Zhang Da Cian become the lines in plan for the project
Park was missing the flowers of Cian's painting, this was a different type of garden
We thought maybe the geometry had to be special, but not too difficult to build
Used bamboo as a starting point for its geometry
Building changes shape from every point of view, is a monolithic volume, but constantly changing
Podium space is primarily used for shopping, where ground of building becomes more public
From one view, looks like a stiff person, from up close looks rather different
Though we did renderings, we much prefer to work with physical models, with materiality, process
[Rudan University Project]
Soft limit to space dedicated to students, and space used by the city
Bridge become public space, both underneath, and on top
[Project, Interior in Milan, to portray my Domesticity]
Collage of my life in a room, transforming my life into portable
Merging of one thing into the next
Nice experiment in making my family transportable
We try to make our family more familiar to those who are using our projects
Now that I'm post-graduate-school, and [for the time being] post-architectural-practice, I'm using this blog as an outlet to generate meaningful conversation on the limitations as well as latent opportunities in architectural practice. Co-Founder @anewyorkagency