aberrant architecture: Architecture Residents (2010)

The aberrant posts were a forum for an exchange of ideas plugged directly into our studio inside of the V&A to read about their research and find out about special events and studio openings.

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Week 16 | Style Counselling: 26.04.10

“aberrant are always keen to impress a visiting supermodel…” The Model Workshop Preparations are well underway for our ‘Design for Life’ workshop next week, during which our school-age participants will be asked to supercharge a typical residential suburb to cater for the needs of a growing population of home-workers. The big news is that the international fashion model, Erin O’Conner, will be sharing the stage with us, as she has volunteered to present the awards to the winning exhibitors. aberrant are always keen to impress a visiting supermodel and we are proud to say that no one goes away from …

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Week 15 | Seven Days: 19.04.10

“In the pitch black, we tiptoed through the galleries, bearing torches like art thieves…”The Weekender: A less than grand national

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Week 14 | Career Day: 12.04.10

“Aside from the waterfalls, avatars and labyrinths, their space has its similarities to our studio…” Hands up who wants to be an architect when they grow up… Committee meetings are, as one American comedian put it, conferences made up of a gathering of people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done. So with that in mind, we spent the majority of the week in committee meetings intent of proving this received wisdom to be wrong. First it was the brief for the ‘Design for Life’ workshop that we are running at the V&A …

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Week 13 | Temperance, Hospital Clubs & How to Make The Perfect Cup of Coffee: 05.04.10

“In other words, Shoreditch House without the booze or the rooftop swimming pool…” Coffee Palaces Our research into 19th century public houses continued this week with a visit to the British Architectural Library at RIBA HQ, where we read a few books, of all things, one of which was called ‘Victorian Pubs’ by the architectural writer and historian Mark Girouard. Though we wouldn’t recommend it for light bedtime reading, the book about public houses does contain a chapter on the rise and subsequent decline of ‘the Coffee Palace and Coffee Tavern’, a fascinating read not least because no one at …

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Week 12 | Britain’s Next Top Designer: 29.03.10

“A feather room is exactly the kind of leftfield proposal that would get a young architect noticed!” First up: Langley Grammar School This week, we welcomed back the year 9 students from Langley Grammar School for the second part of the schools workshop. As you will surely remember from our Week 2 blog post, we gave the kids a brief to design a stage set for their school canteen that would allow lunch to be served during the day and a show to be performed in the evening. What do you mean, you don’t remember? What about in Week 8, …

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Week 11 | Booze & Schmooze: 22.03.10

“There should be an app that churns out interesting chat to have with celebrities.” Tracey’s World: If You Sow Them, They Will Come According to an old Spanish proverb, under a tattered cloak you will generally find a good drinker, wise words for the launch of the V&A’s quilts exhibition on Wednesday evening, where we found ourselves elbow-deep in champagne listening to Tracey Emin introduce the exhibition. Some elderly Spaniards also say that you should not check the teeth of a horse given as a present, but who knows what that means – I don’t speak Spanish – and after …

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Week 10 | Let’s Get Ready to Rumble: 15.03.10

“Our idea for the summer exhibition is so bloody uncooked it could be steak tartare!” Summer Lovin’ Citizens of New York and Paris are notorious for fleeing their host cities in the summer months whilst we Londoners prefer to stick it out, sweating through July heat waves or dampened by the August downpours and complaining about whichever weather system we are given in equal measure. But whatever happens to the sky above London this summer, aberrant intends to make the experience of staying in the capital more pleasant for everyone. To this end, we spent the majority of the week …

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Week 9 | East is East: 08.03.10

“The dome-shaped acoustic amplifier sounded as dubious as the super loud Spinal Tap amps that go all the way up to eleven.” The Man from Del Monte Looming deadlines have kept us chained to our desks for most of the week and we don’t expect to shake off the shackles until late next week. Nevertheless, we did manage to attend a lecture at the Bishopsgate Institute on Thursday evening. The lecture kicked-off ‘Building East London’, a series of architectural events curated by the BBC television personality Dan Cruickshank, who introduced the evening dressed like the man from Del Monte. The …

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Week 8 | The Knives Are Out! 01.03.10

“The only rule was that they handed back the booze before we passed around the scalpels…” You call that a knife? Who said cutting-edge architecture is not dangerous? On Tuesday evening, the knives were out at the gala event we hosted as part of the ‘V&A Connects’ programme – in a good way, and later in the week we ran our first schools’ workshop. Yep, you guessed it, more knives. But before all that, we had our interview with ABC Australia to get through. Fortunately, we managed to avoid any reference to Crocodile Dundee’s infamous tool and we promptly skipped …

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Week 7 | The Building Works: 22.02.10

“The guy is over sixty yet he announced he was stepping down as an MP at the next election via twitter.” Old King Cole Remember we told you about the inspiring cityscape we can see out of our studio windows…? You know, the view we have over Exhibition Road and the yonder snow-covered rooftop of the Science Museum. Well, now it’s all gone! The windows through which we spotted the prancing builders last week have been blocked up. It might be an act of revenge to teach us a lesson for the scurrilous remarks we made about builders in our …

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