Monday, 27 November 2017

Inaugural Lecture + Exhibition

Professor Nic Clear
Inaugural Lecture

FUN: Future Urban Networks
Thursday 30th November 2017, 6.30pm
Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003]
University of Greenwich
Stockwell Street
London SE10 9BD


Project Space: Selected Architectural Projects 2017
Matthew Buckley, Iulia Cistelecan, Andrei Ciprian Cojocaru, Vlad Dumitru,
De He, Sofia Kanarelli, Farid Karim, Nic Clear and Hyun Jun Park
27th November to 16th December

Private View
7.30 – 9.30pm
Thursday 30th November 2017
Project Space
University of Greenwich
Stockwell Street
London SE10 9BD

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The Underground Drawings

The Underground Drawings

Conventional technical drawing assumes that the drawing is rational, functional and objective; drawings are produced to communicate an intention, an instruction, or a clarification. These drawings question those conventions and protocols, these drawings are not rational or functional they are gestural and playful and what they communicate is expressive rather than pragmatic. The starting point of the drawings were the five chapter titles of Marko Jobst's text; Object; Space; Interior; Image; Movement, mapping out the themes that the text evoked selecting the station layouts and references that resonated with the ideas that that the text alludes to. The drawings were principally made by overdrawing axonometric projections from London Underground that show the organisation and layout of individual stations, the stations. It should be stressed that the original drawings made by London Underground are themselves a fiction edited to show only principal circulation and abstracted to avoid the complexities of the subterranean system they are part of.  The overdrawing is performed in a loose gestural manner rather than an exact tracing, the ‘inaccuracies’ are further distorted be stretching and rescaling to fit the drawing frame. Different pairs of drawings were then juxtaposed against one another. Against the main drawings other elements are composited within the picture, some taken directly from the text or from my own readings and interests. Specific framing devices are set within the composition as are notational elements from the original LU drawings. The underground drawings clearly refer to a number of other works particularly Guy Debord’s ‘The Naked City’ as well obvious references to Bernard Tschumi’s “Manhattan Transcripts” and Daniel Liebeskind’s ‘Micro-megas”.

The Underground Drawings were produced for Marko Jobst's book 'A Ficto-Historical Theory of the London Underground', published by AADR,

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Great War Island: Desert Fictions

 Magacin u Kraljevića Marka 4-8
1100 Belgrade Serbia

Project concept and curation: Marko Jobst
Consultant and producer: Marijana Cvetković

Catalogue design: Katarina Vukoman

With: Ronnen BenArie, André Bideau, Simone Brott, Nic Clear, Hélène Frichot, Kim Gurney, Catharina Gabrielsson, Katharine Harrison, Lee Hassall, Carl Lavery, Chris L. Smith, Neil Spiller, Jill Stoner, Vesna Trobec, Nicolas Whybrow, Tamir Zadok.



Chthonopolis Installation

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Chthonopolis Exhibition Continues

Chthonopolis - 3D laser scan of exhibition

Chthonopolis model detail

Chthonopolis model

Chthonopolis model - detail

Chthonopolis model detail - central core

Chthonopolis exhibition - installation view


Tuesday 6th June - 18.00 -  20.30
Nic Clear will be talking about his new subterranean project, with a Q&A to follow. The night will play out to a curated 'Gold Mine' soundtrack, with a drinks reception.

The event is free but booking essential

120 London Road, London SE1 6LF

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Michael Hansmeyer Lecture

The Digital Grotesque II project is a human-scale, highly ornamental grotto that was specifically designed to fully exploit the potentials of large-scale binderjet sand printing. It was guided by the search for new design instruments, and by a redefinition of the role of the computer vis-à-vis the architect. A new type of topological subdivision algorithm was devised that allowed not only the deformation and articulation of surfaces, but also the successive refinement of solid volumes. An orientable surface with genus 0 can evolve into a form with a genus of thousands – a single input volume can spawn millions of branches, with hundreds of metres of surface being compressed into a 3.5m high block that forms a landscape between the man-made and the natural.

Michael Hansmeyer is an architect and programmer who explores the use of computation to generate and fabricate architectural form. Recent projects include the Sixth Order’ installation of columns at the Gwangju Design Biennale, the ‘Platonic Solids’ series, and the fabrication of full-scale 3D printed grottos for FRAC’s Archilab exhibition as well as for Centre Pompidou.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Chthonopolis Exhibition


Friday 5th May - Friday 23rd June
Monday - Friday 100.00am -5.30pm

120 London Road London SE1 6LF

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Future Cities 6

Future Cities 6 Exhibition

Future Cities 6 will be the sixth AVATAR (Advanced Virtual And Technological Architectural Research) conference hosted by the Department of Architecture and Landscape held at the University of Greenwich. This year the theme of the conference will centre on The Marvelous and asks what creative opportunities architectural design in the twenty-first Century offer and how it is possible to work with such tensions. It also raises questions about how we may deal with the nature of ecology, urban environments and an increasing global society – which are all composed of many different, often contradictory bodies.
Accompanying the conference is an exhibition in the Stockwell Street Project Space featuring works by five of the participants. Keynote speaker Michael Hansmeyer is exhibiting prints of his dazzling 3D ‘Digital Grotesques’ that are currently part of the ‘Printing the World’ exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Hansmeyer is also exhibiting a video specially commissioned for the Pompidou show. ‘You and Pea’ are a young London based architectural design practice of Sandra Youkhana and Luke Casper Pearson who are showing their highly exuberant Tokyo IRTBBC project. Dr Shaun Murray is showing some of the extraordinary drawings that were recently part of an exhibition at the Lightroom Gallery at Carleton University in Ottawa Canada. Professor Neil Spiller will be exhibiting more staggering works from the ‘Communicating Vessels’ project and Nic Clear will be showing a series of new works, ‘Dreamspaces’, studies for his Chthonopolis Project that will shortly be featured at the ‘The Factory’ gallery London..
Friday 21st April 10.30am - 5.00pm

Monday, 21 November 2016

Jan Kaplický drawings

All photographs Robbie Munn

Photographs of the Jan Kaplický exhibition currently on in the Stephen Lawrence Gallery. Last week I had the pleasure of showing David Nixon, Eva Jiricna and Ivan Margolius around the exhibition they seemed to enjoy it - which was a real relief.
Many thanks to everyone who helped install it - unit 15, my third year dissertation group, the gallery staff and especially Hyun.

Exhibition continues until 16th December, see previous post for details.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Jan Kaplický drawings

This exhibition commemorates Jan Kaplický, who was one of the most gifted and visionary architects working at the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century. His death in 2009 at the age of 71 robbed the world of a designer whose virtuosity was only just coming to wider public attention, having been a benchmark in the world of architecture for nearly three decades.
His trademark ‘futuristic’ style was formed from the intersection of the bold elegance of Czech modernism, the sweeping lines of the Baroque and intricacy of the exploded technical diagram. His work moved beyond a simple categorisation as High Tech into a realm where technology was both a utopian image and absolute fact.
Kaplický always felt that drawings were the epitome of the ‘decisive creative act’ and the care and intricacy of his drawings show the workings of a man who was passionate in the pursuit of precision. Produced before the rise of computer aided drafting (CAD), the complexity of form and the delicacy of line are astonishing, and coupled with a wit and originality around programme and a genuine commitment to an ethical use of technology and materials. Kaplický’s works represent a liberating and joyful approach to architecture.
The exhibition re-presents material from a book published last year by Circa Press, featuring Kaplický’s most iconic projects produced on his own and in collaboration with Future Systems partners David Nixon and Amanda Levete. The book is an exquistive testimonial to a man whose quest for a synthesis between technology and form was manifest in the detail and care that are apparent in every line. The drawings are presented at various scales to communicate Kaplický’s obsessions and to demonstrate to a generation brought up on CAD that the complexity of an idea may be found in the economy of lines and not solely in their abundance.

The exhibition has been designed and curated by Nic Clear, Head of Architecture and Landscape at the University of Greenwich and a long time Kaplický fan.

University of Greenwich Galleries
Stephen Lawrence Gallery
11 Stockwell Street
London SE10 9BD