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 6 | School Report: 15.02.10

“The Government paid a visit to the studio on Tuesday morning…” Morning Bell The V&A has been over-run by school children hopped up on half-term holiday fever. At first, we assumed the long lines of mini-human-caterpillars blocking the corridors and taking over the toilets had taken a wrong turn in the tunnel on their way to the dinosaur museum. We only keep a few old clothes and some even older earthenware on the east side of Exhibition Road. But to our surprise, their little faces lit up at the sight of the 15th century blue and white Chinese porcelain exhibited …

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Week 5 | Outer This World: 08.02.10

“Nightclub, top ten beach, liberated bed-hopping local population and ultra-fast broadband…give it a few years and perhaps the Outer Hebrides will be the new Prague or Vegas.” Gonzo Architecture Our trip to the Outer Hebrides began at 5.30am in the departure lounge of Luton airport: two teachers, one twenty-something groupie and the students of ‘Studio 10’ from London Met University. Each of us expected to learn about the remote working practices of companies like Harris Tweed, a few of us knew we would be meeting two London émigrés and ‘wabi-sabi’ devotes running a pottery and photography studio in a converted …

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Week 4 | Silk Press: 01.02.10

“After spitting and grunting and talking about warfare, prison, robbery and death, we felt man enough to get back to researching silk dresses.” Full Court Press The design press have been all over us this week…or more accurately all over Gordon Wu. We have no idea how he deals with all the intrusion and still manages to avoid being photographed. Perhaps being a figment of our imagination helps him with his camera-shyness? Wu knows how he does it, but thanks to his LunchBook concept for a mobile dining vehicle, aberrant made its debut on Dezeen, an influential online design blog. …

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Week 3 | Wish you were here: 25.01.10

“Expect Hollywood spotlights next time, so wear something nice!” Open Sesame Where were you on Wednesday afternoon? You missed the open studio. We cooked, we cleaned, we decorated the walls… It turns out an open studio day is a bit like taking part in ‘Come Dine With Me’. We slave away on our MacBook Pros and behave like the perfect hosts whilst our guests snoop around in our drawers, critique our interior design, badmouth our family photographs and examine our architectural…err…briefs. Then we are scored on our hospitality afterwards. We intended to serve beer and wine in the studio, but …

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Week 2 | Upstairs, Downstairs: 18.01.10

“We don’t want Jamie Oliver picketing the studio!” What are we doing here? Our MO is flexible living and working practices. The office 9-to-5 is increasingly out-of-date. Workplaces are moving closer to home, working practices are growing increasingly disparate. At aberrant we research and design buildings, interiors and furnishings with this shift in mind. Take a snapshot of our current projects: we run a studio at London Met studying flexible living and working practices; Gordon Wu CityLocal enfranchises the urban home worker in Shenzhen, China, and our forthcoming publication, Love Stories of Recession, is the fictional account of five generations …

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aberrant live from the V&A | Week 1 | Taking over the studio: 11.01.10

“We will have to wait and see if the draw of the dinosaur gym can outdo discount bacon, sausages and baked beans.” We moved into our new home on Monday 4th January. For the next six months, Residency Studio 2, Sackler Centre, V&A Museum, London will be our address, just in case anyone wants to send us a moving in present. The Christmas decorations have already been taken down, which must mean it is time to get down to some serious work. In fact, the studio was completely bare when we moved in. The ceiling is 8-9m high. A large …

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2009 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture: City Mobilization | British Council Talk: 07.12.09

“The options on the menu were chicken, pork and meat, but no one could tell us what exactly the ‘meat’ was.” aberrant exhibited 'Gordon Wu CityLocal’, a trade stand offering franchise opportunities to the inhabitants of Shenzhen’s urban villages. Usually we develop ideas and plan exhibits with first hand familiarity of the site. China was different. It was only when we arrived in Shenzhen in December 2009, via Hong Kong, that we had the opportunity to see the urban villages for ourselves. Like its neighbour Hong Kong, Shenzhen is an urban metropolis stickered with gleaming skyscrapers. Unlike Hong Kong, Shenzhen …

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The Architecture Foundation: Itinerant Architecture – How to Subvert an Architecture Biennale: 20.10.09

“There should be a gong or orchestral music to drown out people who ask silly questions…” For our debut presentation to the Architecture Foundation, we gave an advanced preview of our ‘Gordon Wu CityLocal’ exhibition at the 2009 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture: City Mobilization (for more information see our post about the Biennale above). Over two evenings, the Architecture Foundation hosted a selection of presentations from the European contributors to the Biennale, and we were invited to take part as – in their words – a dynamic young practice turning conventional architecture upside down. Chaired by …

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Meet the aberrant team | Reflecting Wales 09:09

“The smash and grab operation only yielded 250 catalogues.” In October 2009, a crack architecture and design unit was selected to take part in an exhibition in Cardiff by a panel of industry heavyweights; their submission no one thought they could commit to: a series of stories, entitled ‘Love Stories of Recession’, which explore the theme of ‘work-place in the early 21st century’. Each short story – created in collaboration with writer Falcon B. Mews and illustrator Rosalind Richards – interprets the impact of changing work patterns on people of various ages and situations. Intrigued by the unique use of …

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