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2015.10.08 16:59
Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: "Rock Print" from ETH Zürich and MIT

In all earnestness, I see a sculpture.


2015.10.08 21:09
Bjarke Ingels and the challenges of designing Two World Trade Center
I don't know jla-x, it seems to me that this--
"Architecture has become so divorced from the experiential...it has become objectified, which is what modernism was supposed to be moving away from...object buildings...and because of this architecture has reverted back to its pre-modernist function...as a sign/symbol...Everything is now a temple...Each building has its own little axis mundi..."
--is full of one-liner bullshit, and doesn't even relate to BIG's oeuvre (which actually comprises a large amount of experimentation).
What is BIGs one liner exactly?


2015.10.09 08:23
Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: "Rock Print" from ETH Zürich and MIT
So far the process and method produced an object. Not sure there is "massive potential" for architecture in this particular process, method and object.
Korody wrote, "Perhaps most remarkable is that with the snip of a knife, the assemblage would fall to pieces (and it will, come closing in January) – although the stones can always be reused." I'm curious how easy it would be to bring Rock Print down with just the blow of a hammer. In other words, I'm curious as to how delicate the balance really is.
See, it's exactly that "cutting" edge balance that makes me see art and not so much architecture.


2015.10.09 09:17
Bjarke Ingels and the challenges of designing Two World Trade Center
Actually, Ingels' slogan is "Yes is more." And this slogan is well explained within the book Yes is More: An Archicomic on Architectural Evolution.
As to the diagrams, they are a condensification of a project's overall design process. The diagrams do not portray all the multitudinous steps taken to manifest a BIG design, rather they are a "fictional" portrayal of the particular design process/steps that led to the project's ultimate design. The whole design process itself is not reductionist.
What BIG has (uniquely?) added to the architectural profession is full-fledged marketing as an entity distinct from the architecture itself. Just like any other product and it's respective ad campaigns, BIG's architecture and BIG's marketing of (its) architecture can, and for the most part should, be judged separately. A product's particular ad campaign may fail in its specific goals, but that does not automatically mean the product itself is a (functional) failure as well.
Honest criticism of BIG requires an acknowledgement of the distinction of BIG architecture and BIG marketing.


2015.10.09 15:19
Bjarke Ingels and the challenges of designing Two World Trade Center
...can you provide an example of BIG selling the "parti" as the complete product? Also, how do other architects sell their product? Actually, are there other architects that sell their product?


2015.10.09 17:38
Bjarke Ingels and the challenges of designing Two World Trade Center
Perhaps then it could be said that one of the distinguishing features of BIG's oeuvre is that all the projects are very well developed partis, not only as fulfillments of a desirable design goal, but also as facile means of communication as to what the respective designs are actually about.

2015.10.09 18:07
SANAA's meandering "River" community center opens to the public
Oxymoronic, as in serenely stunning.
Saw large format images of the built work and presentation images online yesterday...

...right after compiling these. There's an unexpected kinship.

Note how an artwork within one of the pavilions comprises what looks like study models of the ceilings under the continuous roof.



2015.10.09 18:16
Bjarke Ingels and the challenges of designing Two World Trade Center
...I don't know that there's actually any proof that BIG "tend[s] to ignore more subtle relationships to context, propose[s] limited material palettes and pay[s] little attention to local cultural habits." And your closing questions really don't substantiate anything about BIG's design process (and where it may be lacking).

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