This one-day workshop focused on representation in architecture, during which we worked together with Masters thesis students from the School of Architecture at University College Dublin to help analyse and develop the graphic representation of their thesis projects. The aim was for each student to make one piece of work within the 8 hour session, resulting in an intensive, accelerated working process and direct, concise drawings, images and models at the end of the day.
How To Make A Stop-Motion
A short stop-motion video we made about how to make short stop-motion videos.
Produced for our talk on film-making at the School of Architecture, University College Dublin, March 2018
(In collaboration with Stiftung Freizeit and Daniel Hülseweg)
Our role in this project was to co-ordinate and design the Interim Presentation for Internationale Bauausstellung (IBA) Heidelberg in collaboration with Stiftung Freizeit and Daniel Hülseweg. The core of this project was an extensive exhibition located in the Mark-Twain-Center, illustrating 17 different ‘Projects’ and ‘Candidates’ for the city of Heidelberg. The exhibition also expanded on the history and development of IBA as a visionary body for the development of urban planning and architecture in Germany.
The exhibition opened on 27th April and will run until the 8th July 2018
The nature of a highrise can be presumed to restrict those who live in it, forcing all occupants to conform to the same way of living.
This drawing and accompanying film survey one of Berlin’s most famous highrises. The building is part of a complex of 8 towers built by the GDR in 1969, which sought to address the chronic lack of housing in East Berlin. At a distance of only 250 metres from the Wall, the Leipziger Strasse plattenbauten (“plate buildings”) were also a political broadcast aimed at West Berlin. The towers promoted the success and strength of the socialist East and as such were as much a political statement as an architectural proposition.
The intention was of course to create a one-size-fits-all solution, cheap and quick to build with as little variation as possible. The reinforced-concrete frame structure, however, allows the inhabitants to knock through from one unit to the next, to move or remove the flimsy internal partition walls and even to alter the façades by adding more windows. The result is an architecture, uncompromising and relentless when viewed from afar, which is nonetheless slowly being manipulated and overpowered by its inhabitants.
This drawing was made in collaboration with AP+E to describe their newly built Hedge School project located in County Carlow, Ireland. The drawing formed part of the Nine Live(s) exhibition, curated by Emmett Scanlon and presented first in the summer of 2015 at the Design Museum as part of the London Architecture Festival and later as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival.
Size: 700 x 1000mm (drawing) mounted within black steel frame (715 x 1015mm)
Description: This is a study of a bedsit in Dublin city. The room was once the piano noble of a grand Victorian house and from one end to the other it measures 20 square metres. It now includes a hall, living space, dining space, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and storage area. Two people live here (happily).
To make this drawing, every visible object was surveyed, measured and itemised, along with detailed investigations into the workings of the windows and the construction of the walls.
Within this tiny flat, each time a new object is added a space for it needs to be found, or created. It is a constant process of addition and subtraction, assessing what works and rejecting what doesn’t. These objects then affect the way in which this room is interpreted, changing the space day by day while the old brick walls and sash windows stay still.
This drawing is a reaction to the condition of archive, and in particular to the collection of art collector Egidio Marzona. In his archive, the most precious works are contained in row upon row of black lever arch files adorned only with tiny red labels.
Letters, drawings and photographs (being in themselves part of the ordinary, everyday) are given an inflated value by their value to society and to art. Eventually they are housed, permanently, in something as normal as their own beginnings. The drawing attempts to express the sense of accretion, the creation of pattern, and the ordinary, household scale that results from this form of storage.
Scale, in this case, is determined entirely by the container rather than the work itself; furthermore the container gives no clue as to the contents. Watercolour was used as a medium to reproduce the feeling of pattern, system, repetition that arises.
This drawing was exhibited at the Describing Architecture exhibition 2012