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Chris Daniel (Unit 22)



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    Peer Review 2006 - 10 weeks to go...

    By Christopher Daniel
    Mar 10, '06 10:48 AM EST

    Right. Time to use this blog the way it's supposed to be used...

    Last night we had a peer review. It wasn't a crit because Peter & John (our tutors) didn't say anything. They just sat there, listened and enjoyed the break from talking (and had a beer).

    Everyone pinned up a small selection of their work and had 5 minutes to explain where their project is at right now. I manage to keep track of a few people's stuff normally, but there are some that I just never get a chance to hear about so it was good for everyone to get a glimpse of the work with just 10 weeks to go.

    What follows are some dodgy cameraphone photos of each student presenting their work. The pictures are rubbish, so please don't judge the standard of presentation on these images! I'll put their year in brackets (4th or 5th) and include a little note on each project. They're in the order they presented in, which was pretty much random. If I get the facts wrong I'm sure they'll comment and correct me...

    Caspar Rodgers (4th): Caspar has taken an architypal Hungarian village and is fitting all of it's functions, social hierachy and spacial requirements into a communist era towerblock in the suburbs of Budapest. Brutal.

    Marcus White (5th): Marcus is designing a small winery and vineyard in rural Hungary. He's getting involved in all kinds of landscape stuff and I think trying to link the characteristics of the architecture to the characteristics of the wine types produced. It'll be interesting what direction he goes in with this technically.

    Lyn Ang (5th): Lyn is doing a real narrative-driven project about the relationship between a Hungarian man and his Venetian wife and how this informs the nature of the places they inhabit. It's all about gendered space, apparently.

    Harriet Comben (5th): Harriet has somehow ended up designing an industrial laundry to cater for every hotel bed in central Venice. It's actually damned interesting stuff and you'd be amazed what inspiration can come from taking apart household appliances (get the owner's permission first).

    Amy Poulsom (4th): Amy's project is sort of a combination of a respite/nursing home and garden allotments. It's scary what dark ideas about death and old age can come from someone who seems like such a NICE girl.
    [Note the large quantities of beer on the table in the foreground. Thy disappeared quickly. Maybe that's why the whole affair was so relaxed.]

    Noor Abdul Aziz (5th): Noor is designing a silk farm on one of the islands in the Venetian lagoon. She has a habit of turning up every few days with some new little model of mind-bending intricacy. It actually hurts my head to imagine how some of them were made.

    Jane Middlehurst (4th): Jane is designing a salami and paprika factory for a site near mine in Jozsefvaros. I still don't quite understand how a commited vegetarian has ended up doing such a carnivorous project.

    Chris Daniel (5th): I took this pic, which is why I'm not in it. My project was an artisan-scale animation studio in the Jozsefvaros district of Budapest. It's changed focus SLIGHTLY in the last few weeks. I'll explain fully in a later post.

    Tristan Wigfall (4th): Tristan is working on a sort of natural remedy and superstition clinic in rural Hungary. The idea is that he's treating all the folk remedies and herbal cures in a very serious and clinical manner. It's a really good idea conceptually and he's doing some cool things with it.

    Yeo Jin Choi (4th): Jin's project is on a small island in the Venice lagoon with a long tradition of lace-making and fishing. The brief is a combined facility for lace-makers and fishermen making their nets. There's a really good contrast between the women and men doing their very different types of sewing...

    Hazel Levine (4th): Hazel's site is also near mine in the Budapest Roma (gypsy) ghetto of Jozsefvaros. She's designing a new Roma Parliament which includes facilities for horse-trading and selling lacework. Politically-sensitive stuff, but she seems to be treading the line carefully.

    Irene Yeung (4th): Irene's project is actually not in Hungary or near Venice, it's in a comparatively rural area of Hong Kong where she spent her early childhood. The brief is for a cricket farm and all kinds of different facilities for "cricket-fanciers". Apparently there are more of them than you'd think. She's doing some very specific stuff (e.g. a cricket operating table).

    Konstantinos Karabatakis (5th): Koni is working on a gondola-repair centre in Venice. He's one of the most Architectural people I know (with a capital A) and has come up with a very cool design that is so far managing to be very Venice, but also just a little bit Koni. He's having some very amusing arguments with his engineer right now over how to avoid having any columns at all in the building. Very Koni.
    [The umbrella in the middle of the table is nothing to do with us. Some kind of wierd experiment by a undergrad unit, I think. We didn't feel we should move it]

    Serena Croxson (5th): Serena (like Lyn) is doing a narrative project about gendered space. Her story involves two women and their relationships with one man. The wife is very much mired in society and convention, the lover lives on a boat and is all about creativity and freedom. I think the idea is to define the man through descriptions of the women. Really nice CAD drawings too.

    Jeanie Chang (5th): Jeanie had to arrive late after a meeting so didn't pin up. Her design has no site other than "somewhere in the south of England". It is a walled garden containing a small apiary (bee-keeping house) run by a single man. The whole thing is just damned elegantly done and the drawings and models really need to be seen to be believed. Really beautiful.

    Right, well, that's everyone other than Pereen d'Avoine (5th), who couldn't make it cos she's ill (get well soon, P). Her project is an underground Turkish bath housed in a disused public toilet complex in Central London. Sounds gross, I know, but it's actually very pretty.

    I'll now throw in a couple more pics of the evening in general, then that's your lot. Comments please, but remember that all these project descriptions are from my memory and therefore far less eloquent than anything their designers might write.

    Everyone standing in judgement. Beer makes the comments flow more freely.

    Everyone checking out Jeanie's drawings at the end of a long evening.

    Marcus casting a closer eye over one of Jeanie's plans. He's damned critical after a few beers, that boy (but in a good way, of course).

    You can see larger versions of all of these photos here.


    • AP

      great post.

      Mar 10, 06 2:53 pm

      yeah chris i think u're doing a great job at keeping us updated. good stuff there.

      Mar 11, 06 1:12 am
      the silent observer

      I'm intrigued by your comments about the apiary project...would love to see more close up photos of that project and all the other work from your classmates (including you) if they allow you to...Or, seeing that I am in the Masters Program, if you guys have your stuff out any where...please let me know

      Mar 12, 06 8:40 am
      Christopher Daniel

      Glad you like the post. I'm pleasantly surprised to have no backlash over the nature of some of the briefs. Being at the Bartlett I usually avoid mentioning project content to people from other schools for fear of having to battle their preconceptions about how unrealistic and pointless our output is (or at least, how unrealistic and pointless they THINK our output is until they're shown a full portfolio of work). I think that impression often comes from only having seen the Bartlett show (Bartfest) at which most people show off their prettiest images (coupled with a bit of pretentious archi-waffle jargon text) at the expense of actually explaining the architectural aims of their projects.

      Dyee: What's so intriguing about the apiary in particular? I'm afraid there's no real chance of this year's work being on show until the actual Bartfest in June. Our final crits will be around the 25th of May, I think, so feel free to poke your head around the door then.

      In the meantime, there are some tasters of last year's work on our unit website at In the summer one of Dan Welham's renders ended up on the front page of Archinect, which pleased him greatly. The traffic in the first few days of the site being up caused my friend's server to crash, which was strangely flattering.

      Mar 12, 06 1:20 pm
      Christopher Daniel

      There's more of Dan's work at a small online portfolio I made for him at (I was feeling altruistic at the time).

      The layout is a little over-simplified, but you can scroll through some pictures using the small arrows on the right-hand side.

      Mar 12, 06 1:59 pm
      Alexander Jack

      Great Idea, I'll try to do the same from my school.

      Mar 15, 06 8:38 am
      Christopher Daniel

      AlexanderJack: I'll look forward to seeing it!
      By the way, I'm a big fan of your photos of London on Flickr. It's really interesting to see London through the eyes of a tourist. I've always been amazed by the way we often go to other countries and see all the famous sights but never see the corresponding landmarks of our home cities!

      I've realised that I signed up for this blogging idea because I wanted to share the pains (and occasional pleasures) of the Bartlett experience, not because I'm particularly enamoured with my own work or opinions. Our unit have very different projects but there's a real sense that "we're all in this together". It's a bit late now, but I had hoped to get other people from the unit to post some of their work/thoughts here. It might still happen, but the end of the year is looming and most heads are down and working.

      Before I started my diploma I'd heard a hell of a lot of rumours about the Bartlett, but luckily i knew a few people who were already there and could offer some explanations and counterarguments. Hopefully by maintaining a presence here on Archinect I can shed a LITTLE light on a small corner of what goes on here. That's the idea anyway. It would help if I posted more regularly!

      Right. Back to my pesky 3D model...

      Mar 15, 06 11:09 am
      the silent observer

      Chris...I was intrigued by the apriary project only because you said the model had to be seen to be believed :) Thanks for letting me know about the other sites to check out...I was just there, and I have to say, the work form your unit is really impressive...some of the models and drawings are really blowing my mind...really beautiful.

      Mar 16, 06 7:50 am

      Great to see that some budding architect has taken up the beauty of the bees. [Jeanie Chang (5th)]......Look forward to seeing more.......
      Karl (Architect and Apiarist)

      Apr 1, 06 4:20 am

      Ditto, really good post - just what the (best) blogs are great for - gaining an insight into what 'life' (or lack of lol) is like at the other schools.

      I'll still retain some scepticism of the barlett, but that's probably just because I'm jealous that I don't get to make bonkers projects and (really) cool videos.

      Maybe I'll do a blog for least at somewhere pap it's easy to stand out!


      Apr 2, 06 3:08 pm

      oh and the beer! what an inspired idea - it would make crits run so much...smoother.

      Apr 2, 06 3:09 pm

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