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Sou Fujimoto Tensegrity Model

During this afternoon's scheme design presentation, Sou Fujimoto explained how his acrylic tree structure, the Outside/Inside Tree has been greaty rationalised and simplified. Instead of being a curvilinear form, the structure will now be an angular abstraction of this previous proposal, consisting of hundreds of acryclic polygons bound together by cable ties. Here, in this film, Sou Fujimoto explains using a very simple concept model how the structure has evolved (the original proposal shown below). [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6x72ohyEmw] As his new proposal seems to act almost like a tensegrity structure, I decided to show Fujimoto-san the Buckminster Fuller tensegrity model which we …

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Terunobu Fujimori site visit

The Japanese architect, Terunobu Fujimori arrived in London today, and he started off with a visit to the V&AMedieval &Renaissance Daylit Gallery where he will be building his structure forour '1:1' exhibition. The preparations for the M&RGalleries are so intense at the moment that there is a total lock-down on the site, apart from access for essential project staff. We therefore offered Professor Fujimori a vantage point from the adjacent Directorate corridor, as this film shows. Afterwards we showed Professor Fujimori a model of the M&RGalleries, which, conveniently, was in an office just next to where we were. It was …

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‘Give up your secrets…’

I love reading the various posts on this blog – and was particularly intrigued by Julie'ssuggestion that I was the Poirot of the V&A!Of course I am not alone in carrying out my research, over the last 18 months I have been joined by the amazingly resourceful Claire whose research skills are extraordinary.Less like an Agatha Christie sleuth we’re probably more akin to Cagney and Lacey – Claire the glamorous blond with the racy lifestyle: ‘So what are you up to tonight?''Not sure, might make the pub quiz if I leave now.’ Me the slightly manic brunette with the chaotic …

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Studio Mumbai scheme design presentation

This afternoon we had a scheme design presentation from Studio Mumbai (Director, Bijoy Jain and Michael Anastassiades – a long-term collaborator). The design has changed quite dramatically from concept design stage, but the thesis remains the same. The structure is an exploration of high-density building strategies witnessed by the Studio Mumbai office directly behind their workshop. Anumber of families have appropriated a sliver of space between a number of warehouse buildings in order to create a parasitic form of dwelling space. In this video, Bijoy and Michael explain to the project team how their proposal for the exhibition will result …

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Dearest Nelly…

It has been an emotional week on many levels. The pain of separation and loss, broadcast daily in the papers, and on the news channels cannot fail to resonate with mothers everywhere. My youngest daughter made a flying visit home from university – time only for lunch, for a hug and lengthy admonitions: ‘don’t forget to wear your bicycle helmet’, ‘never leave your drink unattended’, ‘remember to lock your door – and check it twice’. My own mother always warn

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A Rollercoaster of a week…

What a week! Suddenly everything is starting to come together which is exhilarating – the adrenalin rush of careering from one meeting to the next, pitching ideas one minute and listening to pitches the next is intoxicating. At the back of my mind I know there will be this terrible crash once the exhibition opens – when the baby is delivered, the flowers received (hopefully) and the visitors have come and gone. Everyone knows that exhibition blues happen around about a year before the show opens and inevitably once it has closed – you need to start preparing yourself for …

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Dear Ms Pritchard…

I have been judged and found wanting – all over the country quilted effigies of Sue Prichard are being stabbed with pins. To be honest I didn't realise that the offending article 'Quilts come in from the cold' had created such a flurry of responses. It’s a very odd thing being thrust into the public sphere – you certainly don't enter into the profession with the express wish of becoming public property. It wasn't until I started to receive the emails addressed to 'Dear Ms Pritchard' that I realised anything was amiss (where did that ‘t’ come from?). Of course …

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A Tale of Two Daughters

I am constantly amazed by the way in which seemingly disconnected individuals and events are linked through time and space. My father, a butcher by trade spent his weekends and holidays fishing. Every year we would spend two weeks in a small fishing town on the South East Kent coast. Each evening we would pack our rods and bags and set out at 7.00pm to spend a couple of hours in companionable silence casting our rods from Deal Pier.This was perhaps a surprising past time for ateenage girl; however the bond between father and daughter wasone which continues to resonate …

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More Creative Work Spaces

This weekend I went along to a preview for the recently-completed house for the artist Brad Lochore – designed by Tony Fretton Architects. It’s a rather strange experience going to these architect house previews – it’s not quite an exhibition private view…it feels more like a cross between a restrained house party and an estate […]

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Cast Courts site visit for Studio Mumbai

As mentioned in a previous post, we have decided to move Studio Mumbai's structure from its original location (the National Art Library staircase – where instead we'll be building a stunning book tower by Rintala Eggertsson Architects) to the V&ACast Courts. Bijoy Jain, director of Studio Mumbai, happened to be in London this week, so we thought this would be a perfect opportunity to take him (and collaborator, Michael Anastassiades) on a little visit to the Cast Courts to try and work out where they might like to build their structure. [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyoECOeCxW8] Their commission will be sited in the 'Italian' …

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