This is not a magazine about architecture. It is a magazine that will make you question what qualifies as architecture and if that is even a useful or relevant question to ask.
Architecture sits at the meeting place of science and humanity, art and craft, everyday and extraordinary. And yet, architecture students are gradually becoming quite cut off from the world, with absurdly long working hours leaving them increasingly separated both culturally and physically. This magazine was driven by a desire to burst open the doors of this dusty barn, bringing the world streaming into architecture and architecture into the world.
Reflections on Trip to India after winning the Ella McDanial Travel Prize
India is a country of enormous variety, it almost beggars belief that it functions as a single nation. In reality it is a geographical body that contains so much variation in cuisine, religion (Hinduism is a misleading umbrella term), language, climate and more. Within this context, as a visitor, you get a very strong sense of place in moving from one part to the next, even between different neighbourhoods of the same city.
Reflections on Charles and Ray Eames Exhibition at the Barbican Centre, London
Charles and Ray Eames encouraged a way of thinking that shifted the focus from economic gain to creative and intellectual gain. They wanted to encourage a pooling and sharing of knowledge and envisaged a more open world where people weren’t possessive of ideas and would readily try their hand at anything. By seeing everything is a creative influence, then they prompt us to question what we would consider ‘wasted time’. All of these are lessons that remain relatively sidelined today at a time when more than ever, we could really do with taking them on board.
Reflections on podcast of Thomas Heatherwick in ‘Dream Builders’, BBC Worldservice
How is it that in learning a furniture design course, you make furniture, in a glass design course, you make glass, in a fashion course, you make clothes, but in studying architecture, most people never make anything bigger than a small model? This is an issue raised by Thomas Heatherwick in the series ‘Dream Builders’ on the BBC Worldservice:
A discussion using Patrik Schumacher’s Autopoieses of Architecture and Peter Buchanan’s article Empty Gestures.
Arguably the most dominant style of architecture today is parametricism. This is a form of design which uses computer algroithms to generate vast, complex, curving forms and has been made famous by architects such as Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry. Patrik Schumacher proposes this to be the future of architecture and Peter Buchanan disagrees, I will discuss this question through their respective arguments.