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Vazio S/A – Spiral Booths new model

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ou_9DI4XbQ Carlos Teixeira from Vazio S/A Architects has arrived in London with a brand-new model for his 'Spiral Booths' structure (destined for the V&A Porter Gallery, alongside Rural Studio's 'Woodshed'). Here he discusses the spatial arrangement of the performance booths which are arranged around a central spiral staircase. The V&A is commissioning a number of theatre, music and dance companies to devise brand-new pieces of work for the structure. For the first six weekends of the exhibition, these companies will present a series of scratch performances – open workshops/rehearsals which audiences will be able to witness, with visitors and performers …

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Helen & Hard – ‘Ratatosk’ progress images

I've finally got hold of some of those amazing images that the Helen & Hard team showed me in the presentation at their studio in Stavanger last week. Shown here, above and below, you can see some of the 3D scanning/modelling drawings – representing the stage before the ash trees are sent to the wood workshop to be carved using a CNC milling machine, based on these very precise 3D 'maps'. Perhaps even more exciting…this is my first glimpse of some of the milling actully taking place. We've had a prototype tree in the office for quite a few months, …

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I’m not exactly a Luddite…

But I confess I’m not exactly au fait with new technology …..

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Visit to Norway – Seljord / Rintala Eggertsson

Last night I travelled from Stavanger to Oslo to meet Sami Rintala and Dagur Eggertsson, the partners of Rintala Eggertsson Architects – and the designers responsible for the 'Ark' book tower which will be situated by the V&A National Art Library staircase, forming part of the '1:1' exhibition. We drove for a couple of hours to reach Seljord where Sami (above, left) and Dagur (above, right) are involved in a number of projects in the local area. The images shown above and directly below are both of a project they have just finished – the 'Smoke Sauna', positioned right on …

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Visit to Norway – Stavanger / Helen & Hard

Tonight I am in Stavanger, southern Norway – to visit Helen & Hard Architects. I've just spent an amazing day with the Helen & Hard team, not only getting an update on their 'Ratatosk' climbing structure for the '1:1' exhibition but, most importantly, having the opportunity to visit some of their built structures. I started the morning by spending a few hours at their studio, meeting the rest of the office, and getting a brief intro into some of their recent projects, looking at models and drawings etc. The image above shows some tests they have been carrying out for …

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Giving something back.

We've had a few enquiries recently regarding Project Linus and its absence in the exhibition. I first heard about Project Linus in 2003, when I lived on the Isle of Wight. The headline 'Blankets of Love for Sick Children' was followed by a news report detailing how volunteers had presented a pile of quilts to St Mary's Hospital children's ward and neo-natal intensive care unit. As a mother whose twin daughters were born prematurely, but needed little in terms of intensive care treatment, this act of generosity touched my heart. During the course of my research for Quilts 1700-2010 I …

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Rural Studio – Plywood joint stress tests

The engineering team at University of Bath have just sent us some photographs of their latest stress load tests on this new piece of carpentry technology that they're developing for Rural Studio's '1:1' project. The images above, and directly below, show lots of shearing of wood against wood – and therefore loss of intrinsic strength. The image at the bottom shows the solution they are going to propose for the Rural Studio 'Woodhsed' – a highly compressed birch plywood joint with the same tensile strength of steel – and which shows minimal shearing, and therefore increased strength and stability. It's …

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Terunobu Fujimori & Sou Fujimoto – video diaries

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voFmvFe4td4 We've just received a shipment of new micro videos from two of the architects in the '1:1' exhibition, Terunobu Fujimori and Sou Fujimoto. We gave all seven architects HD cameras (thank you, Flip Video) of their own and asked them to record their own moments of reflection – to document their own personal architecture environments, work spaces and retreats (and of course – asked them to try and give us a glimpse into some of those early stages of the design process). Some nice littlevignettes from Tokyo, first up from Sou Fujimoto (first video, above)… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HizruxSflN4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1JNqnDzZyM …and finally, …

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Always winter and never Christmas.

It has been a bit like living in Narnia recently. After all the excitement of last week's PV, the constant round of press interviews and VIPtours I should really have taken myself off to a quiet room to recuperate. But of course I couldn't resist coming in on Saturday morning, to be there when the doors opened for the first time to the public. As I walked to the V&A I was suddenly struck by a change in the air, a definite hint of Spring which was confirmed by the glorious blossom I encountered as I slipped down a residential …

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Studio Mumbai off-site construction photographs

Some exciting updates this afternoon from India: we've received via email a large group of photographs from Sam Barclay, one of the team who are currently assembling the Studio Mumbai structure in their workshop yard in Mumbai (orginal concept drawing shown above, to refresh your memories!). Once the team have tested construction methods, structural feasibilityand material finishes, the building will be disassembled and transported in parts to London, for final assembly, on-site, at the V&A in the Cast Courts. The image above shows a large-scale model which the Studio Mumbai team developed as a proof-of-concept. The photograph below depicts the …

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