aberrant architecture: Architecture Residents (2010)

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Week 25 | The End Has No End:

“One thing we will really miss about the architecture residency is the Friday afternoon tea and cakes…” Monday The beginning of the end of our V&A architecture residency started at Paddington railway station with a V&A film team trailing our 30-minute train ride to Langley Grammar School. We were travelling west to see how our school group had finished their stage set models. When we arrived, each group took it in turns to present their schemes for redesigning the school cafeteria. In a surreal twist, one group presented their entire scheme using voices from the TV show ‘fonejacker’. The gleeful …

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Week 24 | Welcome to Your City: 21.06.10

“More interesting than Devon!” The New Digs It is surprising how quickly we got used to working on the busiest shopping street in Europe. After pulling two all-nighters in Selfridges – operating under the cover of darkness to facilitate the changeover from the previous occupants of the Wonder Room Windows to our own ‘Welcome to Your City’ installation – the aberrant/house of jonn coalition was revealed to the public on Wednesday morning. In The Public Interest Sitting in our temporary studio, gazing out at the shoppers walking up and down Oxford Street, we spotted Sarah Brown, the ex-Prime Ministers wife, …

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Week 23 | Window Dressing: 14.06.10

“The t-shirts have been designed for our street team, the vinyl graphics for the windows have been ordered, and the press releases sent out…” The Shop Plan All week we have been laser-cutting materials in preparation for our upcoming pop-up residency in Selfridges. From Wednesday 15th June, part of the team will be occupying the inside of the window display, constructing the giant cityscape, pouting and throwing out some model shapes, whilst the other part of the team will be outside on the pavement, canvassing ideas from the general public, reveling in the midsummer rain showers and fighting for shoppers’ …

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Week 22 | Skids Row: 07.07.10

“Any sane person could be excused for thinking that a rap star had taken up a trainer-design residency at the V&A…” ‘Cardboard Constructions’ Imagine the poor security guard’s face when a thousand shoeboxes were delivered to the Sackler Centre… Any sane person could be excused for thinking that a rap star had taken up a trainer-design residency at the V&A and he was using the entire materials budget to ship in a trolley load of box-fresh Nikes. Except that person would be wrong. The shoeboxes were completely empty and they were destined for the children taking part in our ‘Cardboard …

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Week 21 | Bright Lights, Big Cityscape: 31.05.10

“Mrs S is already proving her hipster credentials…” A Two-Week Shopping Spree London shoppers can forget about Charlotte, Carrie, Samantha and the redheaded one for two weeks, because later this June, the four guys from aberrant architecture and the House of Jonn will be bringing the collaborative noise to Oxford Street! In preparation for the aforementioned ‘noise’, we have been meeting with the production team at Selfridges to discuss the ins and outs of our upcoming pop-up residency at the department store. Basically, we will be decamping to the Selfridges’ Wonder Room Windows on the 16th June, where we will …

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Week 20 | Anti-Social Networking: 24.05.10

“Once these animals are turned loose, they will revert to type and waddle off into the night in search of beer and curry.” They Say A Day Is A Long Time In Politics… On Tuesday night, we headed to the RIBA’s headquarters in Portland Place for the RIBA Trust’s annual lecture, industry get together, back slapping bonanza, business card swap-meet and all around networking event. As director of the RIBA Trust, our good friend Charles Knevitt opened this year’s event, which had suddenly gained unexpected political significance for being the swansong for Tory MP Mr Ed Vaizey, the outgoing government …

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Week 19 | State of the E-Nation: 17.05.10

“Instead of…blaming online espionage and underhanded tricks by our competitors courtesy of mercenary Chinese computer hackers, we at aberrant are willing to take some of the blame…” The aberrant Appeal There must be something rotten in the online state of Internet search engines. Type “V&A” and “aberrant” into Google and aberrant architecture occupies every search result on the first page bar the final entry – an obituary in The Times for Barbara Morris, a former curator at the museum. However, just type in “V&A” and aberrant architecture doesn’t feature anywhere in the sixty pages of results that our Google search …

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Week 18 | Out of Office: 10.05.10

“Unlike many a would-be politician, our entry hopefully looks a lot better than it sounds…” The aberrant team has been all over the map this week. Much like an electioneering MP, we visited an Italian enclave in central London, we knocked on doors in our local community and we even addressed an audience in the regions. The Circle Line The aberrant tour began on Wednesday morning when we called in on Nigel Coates, our former professor at the RCA, who has recently opened up his new studio around the corner from the V&A. Later that day we went to a …

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Week 17 | Design for Life: 03.05.10

“She likened the Styrofoam coffee cups cut in half to a design by David Adjaye” Manic Street Pre-fabrication “Libraries gave us power,” sings James Dean Bradfield on the Manic Street Preachers’ track ‘Design for Life’. “Then work came and made us free,” he continues. “What price now for a shallow piece of dignity?” The song goes on, and on, before it begins to repeats itself, but the point is that our ‘Design for Life’ workshop began at 1.30pm on Monday with similar revolutionary zeal, challenging our school-aged participants to design a new suburban neighbourhood for a community of flexible workers. …

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