Construction works for the 10th Gwangju Biennale are nearing completion and installation of artworks has started. Photos taken this week showing the specially comissioned graphic contribution by London designers El Ultimo Grito, drawing together the exhibition architecture designed by Delvendahl Martin Architects.
The British Council’s Architecture Design Fashion blog has published a summary of outcomes of its 2014 International Residency programme, including our contribution in collaboration with GAISS.
The full process of the residency is documented in the publication Possible Futures: 7 Days in Poplar. The newspaper will be available from libraries and community organisations in and around Poplar. View and download a PDF version of the newspaper here.
Cambridge show review in AJ by Meredith Bowles
Standout unit & students
Studio 2, run by Nikolai Delvendahl and Eric Martin, had the greatest ambition. A collective masterplan of an urban block in east London allowed individual students to design buildings in the context of another student’s work. A working method that uses models at varying scales to explore different aspects of the programme, as well as the spatial and formal aspects of design, gives the work a vitality that sets it apart; Joaquín García Calderón Mendoza del Solar’s models are beautifully made and demonstrate a bold inventiveness.
Image: Joaquin Garcia Calderon
Our work with GAISS for the International Architecture Showcase featured in Domus
Cambridge Summer Show 2014.
The work of the students of our 3rd year Studio will be on display as part of the Cambridge Summer show from Friday 11th of July to Wednesday 16th July at Testbed1. The opening will take place on Thursday 10th of July.
New Perspectives: A Celebration at Balfron
During the culmination event of the International Architecture Showcase hosted at Erno Goldfinger’s iconic Balfron Tower, we invited visitors to create an exemplar float from 300 biodegradable latex balloons. The float created flew as a symbol of the Limehouse Cut Parade and visitors could tie messages of their own to the balloons with reflections on the Limehouse Cut. The balloons were released as a final celebratory gesture, sharing the collected ideas with the rest of the city.
Photos: Mike Massaro and Agnese Sanvito
The Limehouse Cut Parade
Our proposal for the British Council’s International Architecture Showcase for the London Festival of Architecture 2014 in collaboration with GAISS, centered on the Limehouse Cut, a segment of London’s canal network built in the 18c as a means of distributing goods efficiently before the advent of the locomotive. Built as a piece of infrastructure, the relationship these spaces have to the surrounding city is often schismatic. Their status has changed in the last decades however to that of sought-after linear parks, mostly overlooked by private developments. We re-imagined the Limehouse Cut as the venue of an annual float parade, with origins dating back to a pre-industrial era, where groups of people share their skills at balloon making. On parade day the floats would be seen from afar marking the place beyond the locality, thus making a wider connection to the rest of the city. A family of small interventions to facilitate the use of the space during the event would also make the area generally more accessible.
Working session with Arnita Melzoba of GAISS for the British Council’s International Architecture Showcase for the London Festival of Architecture 2014. Photos by Agnese Sanvito
Bow Arts has been shortlisted for the NLA Awards in the Conservation & Retrofit category!