Sunday, 27 February 2011

STEINER




Celebrating Rudolf Steiner's 150th birthday, I'm posting a picture of his Goetheanum, the centre of the antroposophical movement. Steiner had ambitions of creating a spiritual and organic architecture, avoiding right angles as much as possible, and using cast concrete to create rounded and expressive (and sometimes perhaps a bit overwhelming) shapes. I think we still may have things to learn from him.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

TREE-COLUMN



Construction and tectonics week at school. I'm doing something having to do with building a tree-shaped column made of stone. Will be back with more.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Sunday, 13 February 2011

EGYPT



For no particular reason (I mean, it's not the prettiest builing I've ever seen, nor the ugliest) , a picture of the Emabassy of Egypt i Ottawa, Canada. I'm actually working on my paper on townhouses in History of Building, but... Yeah, congrats with the overthrowing of Mubarak and everything.

(Are there any books om embassy architecture? Would be interesting to read about how different countries present themselves to different other countries. Oh. Now this blog post made sense after all.)

Saturday, 12 February 2011

SLOW



I especially like parts with the falling liquids. Those sort of shapes have always fascinated me.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

DOING THE WORK


I'm reworking the drawing, and building a new construstion. Let's hope it works this time. At least I'm having fun and learning stuff.

Monday, 7 February 2011

MOSTLY FUNNY IF YOU UNDERSTAND SWEDISH



The woman is yelling "Help, bungalows!", and in the car, someone's thinking "A soulmate!".

Found in a book by the Swedish artist Jan Stenmark.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

UNSUCCESSFUL PROJECT


Today was the first day of crit for the 'Acoustic space' project. It did not go very well.

It seems I have not spent enough time on the project, and the result was much less pleasing than I had thought. The teacher, Sang Lee, gave a rather long oral evaluation which with the dreaded word 'You need to be doing the work', and ended up with him calling my drawing bread with fungus, and my object a pizza oven with rotten manure in, after which he kicked it several times. He also spoke about how he was disappointed my the low quality of the craft of my object, using old ideas, and that I couldn't put together something the last few days and expect that to work for very long. There was also something of him preferring a hard-working dumb-ass over a somewhat talented, but lazy smart-ass any day.

Not quite what I had expected, but he was right about not spending enough time on the project. However, I just quit my work at the bookshop a few days ago, and will probably have much more time to spend on school from now on. I know that most of the things he said were true, and I will improve. A lot.

(The apple? I took the picture after almost being hit by a car when I was crossing the street earlier this winter. I slipped and fell, and many of the things in my bag laded in the street, including this apple. I was very angry, upset and frustrated. However, I thought the apple looked nice where it landed, so I managed to take this picture in between all the feelings.)

Tomorrow I'll know if I pass the course or not. 

EDIT 5th February: I will have to supplement (or remake) my work within next Friday, and will hopefully pass the course. Wish me luck!
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