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

http://www.greenwichunigalleries.co.uk/jan-kaplicky-drawings


Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Post – Continuity Architectures: 21st Century Follies and Fun Palaces


The sequence becomes a jagged collage of fragments of explosions, crashes, physical lunges, and violently accelerated motions. There is no sense of spatiotemporal continuity; all that matters is delivering a continual series of shocks to the audience.
Steven Shaviro
(Note to architects: You thought that you could ignore Junkspace, visit it surreptitiously, treat it with condescending contempt or enjoy it vicariously . . . because you could not understand it, you’ve thrown away the keys . . . But now your own architecture is infected, has become equally smooth, all-inclusive, continuous, warped, busy, atrium-ridden . . . )
Rem Koolhaas
A form of spatial disjunction has occurred within the built environment under the rubric of neo-liberalism, physical space has become absorbed as part of a wider set of informational and economic networks and relations that combine virtual, augmented and mixed realities.
This new spatial regime requires new forms of measurement, calibration and notation, traditional forms of orthography need to be questioned in terms of their ability to generate, develop and represent architectural possibilities for these mutated spaces of late capitalism.
In film, space is no longer organised around the relationships of classical mis-en-scene, through the use of unconventional cinematography, c.g.i and non-linear editing techniques the type of coherent, contiguous and consistent spatial narrative is eclipsed, this has been described as post-continuity cinema.
In his essay “Junkspace,” which reads like a frenzied stream-of-consciousness SF story, Rem Koolhaas creates a vivid indictment of a culture trapped by its own hubris, technological addiction, and vapidity. Junkspace is both fragmented and homogeneous, it is lacks continuity and is at the same time ubiquitous and in it we are completely surrounded and yet totally alone. Junkspace describes a form of post-continuity architecture.
To combat the totalities of Junkspace, and to immerse ourselves in it, Unit 15 will be engaging with a landscape of flows and spaces of desire through the deployment of multiple vectors, exemplified by the nefarious world of the Architectural Folly and the scurrilously irreverent Fun Palace. These vectors will be organised and curated into an exhibition to be part of next years London Festival of Architecture located in and around the Old Royal Naval College and the Queens House.

Stage 1: 21st Century Follies
Unit 15 will create 21st Century Architectural Follies based on the literal interpretation of their own drawings.
Stage 2: 21st Century Fun Palace
Unit 15 has agreed to take part in PolyArk 4 run by the RIBA and linking over 30 International Schools of Architecture.
Stage 3: 21st Century Representations
Unit 15 will curate and exhibit their work in the University of Greenwich Heritage Gallery next June as part of the London Festival of Architecture

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Collabocracy: Films and Drawings for Visionary Cities Curated by Nic Clear

Collabocracy: Films and Drawings for Visionary Cities
Curated by Nic Clear

Films and Drawings By:
Clemens Anser, Anna Götte, Pia Grobner, Cenk Güzelis, Valentin Heutwieser, Niklas Jakobson, Cathy Leung, Daniela Mehlich, Dominik Schwab, Veronika Susching, Benjamin Softic, Rumena Trendafilova

With support from
Daniela Herold and Eva Sommeregger

Exhibition 22nd June > 2nd July
Open Monday to Friday 11.00am to 5pm, Sat 11.00am to 4.00pm


The fundamental categories of economic analysis ceased to be, as they had for two hundred years, land, labour and capital. This most elementary classification was supplanted by people, ideas and things…..
David Warsh, Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations

Someone once said that it is easier to imagine the end of the world than to imagine the end of capitalism
Frederic Jameson

Collabocracy: Films and Drawings for Visionary Cities
The last few years have seen the rise of alternative ways of organising within society, where networks replace hierarchies and collaboration replaces competition. This new epoch will have a profound impact on how we live, learn, work and socialise; it is an era that will require new forms of individual and collective agency and will require new types of space. Crucially, it will require new attitudes to making and inhabiting spaces. We are entering the era of the ‘collabocracy’.
This exhibition is the result of a year long collaboration between the University of Greenwich Department of Architecture and Landscape and The Academy of Fine Arts, Institute for Art and Architecture where Nic Clear has been Professor of Visionary Cities and has run a design studio titled ‘Collabocracy’.
The design research of the films and animations in this exhibition address issues around forms of collaborative and open source ways of working and learning, their effects on identity, agency and subjectivity and on the physical, social, technological and spatial transformations that are taking place.
The effects of these transformations is discussed in terms of their impact on the spaces used by individuals, groups and organisations, and read through the lens of developments in contemporary theory, economics, speculative fiction and the moving image, where such ideas have become a key issues in the reframing of these discourses.
The focus is the City of Vienna, drawing on its rich history in avant-garde and social activist design and intervention. Through an engagement with radical practice the studio has looked at how the city might reclaim an open system of action and organisation and speculate on what type of architectures might take place there.
The studio has worked with film and animation to generate, develop and represent its spatial propositions. It has also looked at cinema, computer games, music and speculative literature as genres to help imagine new futures and new spatial possibilities.


Nic Clear is Head of the Department of Architecture and Landscape at the University of Greenwich and Professor of Visionary Cities at the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Negative Equity: House Projects by Neil Spiller and Nic Clear

Negative Equity: House Projects by Neil Spiller and Nic Clear

An AVATAR Exhibition

Private View Thursday 14th April 6-9pm

Open 15th April - 14th May

Address:
Project Space
Ground Floor
11 Stockwell Street
Greenwich
London SE10 9BD

Monday, 21 March 2016

Future Cities 5: Surreal Mythologies

Future Cities 5: Surreal Mythologies

An AVATAR Conference at the University of Greenwich Department of Architecture and Landscape

Friday 1st April
10.30am start
Drinks reception at 5pm

Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre 0003

11 Stockwell Street, Greenwich, London SE10 8EY

FREE ENTRY AND OPEN TO ALL

Keynote Speaker: Paul Gorman (Journalist, Author, Visual Culture Commentator)

Wolfgang Tschapeller (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)

Tim Waterman (University of Greenwich)

Neil Spiller (University of Greenwich)

Mark Morris (Cornell University)

Nic Clear (University of Greenwich)

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Where is My Mind? The Work of Vaughan Oliver and The Pixies

Exhibition now on at the University of Greenwich Stockwell Street building, designed by unit fifteen-Research.

Design and Curation by Nic Clear, graphic space design by Mike Aling.

The exhibition is the first retrospective of the (almost) 30 year collaboration between graphic designer Vaughan Oliver and the cult US alternative rock band Pixies.

The exhibition is arranged in the 2 galleries at Stockwell street - Selected works, processes and rarities in the Gallery, and the Minotaurs Labyrinth (a spatialisation of the 2009 Pixies Minotaur book boxset) in the Project space.

Photos by Robbie Munn and Mike Aling.

Exhibition open until 8th April.






Friday, 26 February 2016

Vaughan Oliver Hawksmoor lecture

Hawksmoor lecture last night - Vaughan Oliver lecture and exhibition - an amazing night. More on the exhibition to follow...

Mike Aling - Spatial Codices Hawksmoor Lecture

Apologies for the belated post. Hoping it was enjoyed by all.

Monday, 14 December 2015

OpenAI

Silicon Valley back Open Artificial Intelligence Hub
(from The Drum News)

Leading Silicon Valley pioneers have pledged in excess of $1bn into a recently unveiled Open Artificial Intelligence foundation geared towards promoting research in the field of AI on a not-for-profit basis.

http://www.thedrum.com/news/2015/12/13/silicon-valley-pioneers-back-open-artificial-intelligence-hub-1bn-push