By Ai Weiwei

Millions of porcelain sunflower seeds underfoot at the Tate

making of here

On Rotundas and Oculi

James Turrell new and permanent at The National Gallery, Canberra

Rome, the Pantheon

By Mark Gerada

more info here

Interior Urbanism Exhibition Opening

Come to the opening of the interior urbanism exhibition tonight at 6 by Charles Rice and Alina McConnochie.  Many of you heard the fantastic opening talk by Charles for our Interior Lecture Series, here you can see the research he’s been doing on the American architecture of John Portman, along with some incredible 3D drawings by Alina that expose the complex networks and spaces that make up these urban interiors.  The exhibition is a unique opportunity to engage with this scale of interiority, and demands some time to interrogate the photos and drawings – enjoy.

Metamorphosis Exhibition

Metamorphoses

Part of Sydney Design Expo
University of Sydney
Tin Shed Gallery
148 City Road

I have to say it was a very intriguing afternoon when I went to see this show that was put together by the Masters of Architecture students at USYD. Curiosity on what they were producing was my main incentive to go and see this work that was described as being completely avant-guard and innovative. One of the main things that I really loved about it was that I, being a student myself could completely relate to the work that was being displayed, as it wasn’t just these amazing models that were being shown but for each work was a wall covered from ceiling to floor height in A1 presentation boards, visually communicating the individual groups ideas and ‘Metamorphoses.’ That itself completes this idea of transformation that the exhibit is based upon. There are 15 amazing laser cut models that were derived from the ‘mystic stories of Ovid’s Metamorphoses- A song to transformation and change.’ The challenge these students faced was to generate 15 different architectural models based on the 15 books that make up this novel, tracking and representing this idea of transformation of simple objects such as the “Transformation of a plant.” What I think is great about this exhibition is that it really resinates with us ( us I mean 4th year) and the stage we are presently at. We all have such amazing ideas where we are in this process of transformation: making our ‘stories’ into a reality- interpreting it three dimensionally!

The utilisation of materials in these models also amazed me, glass, metal, timber, all laser cut and put together so well! It was very evocative and inspirational!

Jeanette Del Zio

Maison Martin Margiela

Perhaps it’s my current infatuation with white after having to choose the exact shade for my own house recently (if you haven’t explored the fabulous world of interior white paint finishes, that joy remains ahead) (my choice is Whisper White Dulux for the record).

However I loved this installation by Maison Martin Margiela from last year exploring materiality and texture in their evocative and stylish way. They are environments that are more like still lifes than actual spaces.

http://www.yatzer.com/1648_%E2%80%98mat,_satine,_brillant%E2%80%99_by_maison_martin_margiela

The Bower Event Space Elective

I’m excited to be able to launch another interior elective option.   This is a fabulous opportunity to explore ideas and creativity around event, exhibition and sustainable design in a real project.

The design and construct of a sustainable event space for The Bower during the Newtown Festival in 2010 will be run as a 6cp elective in bloc intensive mode over the September break and leading up to the festival in November.

The Bower is focused on diverting waste from landfill through;

Extending the lifecycle of products –
Practicing and promoting Reuse & Repair culture
Collecting and referring preloved goods to new homes
Selling reusable and repaired goods at accessible prices to the community

Educating the public about sustainable practice and considerate purchasing & disposal.

Please have a look at the attachment if you’re interested and get back to me asap.  The subject will be open to all programs but I want first go for interior students.

Below are some of the links Maaike from the Bower has sent through to get the inspiration flowing.

Get Excited – Big scale ideas to inspire a clever, manageable design.
Great Ideas around the world – http://www.springwise.com
People Working in Reuse/Upcycling
Joost Bakker (innovative Reuse/Upcycling)
http://www.joost.com.au/
Super Potato
http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2007/6/10/lifeliving/17944509&sec=lifeliving
http://www.superpotato.jp/en/works

Pop Ups
The GreenHouse (Joost Bakker)
http://springwise.com/eco_sustainability/pop-up_cafe_is_a_straw_monumen/
http://www.cityofsound.com/blog/2009/01/joost-greenhous.html

Joost Greenhouse, Melbourne

Pedal Powered Coffee Cart
http://kickstandbrooklyn.com/
Orange wind powered mobile charging Tent
http://digital-lifestyles.info/2008/06/17/orange-mobile-recharging-tent-for-glastonbury/

Space Definition
Kvrad Cloud
http://www.asaltulis.com/unique-art-of-textile-called-kvadrad-cloud/2009/08/13/
Archi-Textile Shelter Workshop Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture
http://www.loop.ph/bin/view/Loop/CopehagenArchiTextilesWorkshop
The Opera (Caravan/tent)
http://www.ysin.co.uk/
Origami Shipping Container
http://www.superuse.org/story.php?title=Re-morph-that-container
Tensile Architecture
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Tensile_architecture

Materials
The Bower
http://www.bower.org.au – building materials, furniture, scrap metal, bric-a-brac, vinyl etc
Reverse Garbage
http://www.reversegarbage.org.au/ – foam, fabric, street banners, billboards, evaskins, perspecs, industrial offcuts

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