Rio Olympic Kit – Ione Braddick


Every two years we hear and see a city being consumed with new construction for either the winter or summer Olympic Games.  In Beijing China we heard about the massive evictions and destruction in order to make way for Olympic buildings.  In London we got to see the same developments in London’s East side, and in Russia we are hearing how the Sochi mayor is promising snow.  What if the necessary Olympic buildings were only temporary,where the impact wouldn’t be permanent?  We came across Ione Braddick take on the Rio Summer Games on Instagram. The project explores creating a new legacy for the Olympic Games through creating temporary structures for the Olympic Games.  Truly an exciting and fun project to check out after the jump!

STUDENT:  Ione Braddick
Bartlett School of Architecture
PROFESSORS: Johan Berglund and Josep Mias
YEAR: 5th Year

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AIR-CHITECTURE TOWER – Intelligent Pencil


We only know this student by pen name, Intelligent Pencil, but once you look at his work you will understand why, and you won’t be able to look away.  We get a glimpse into the different exploration and research needed that builds to these works.  The project builds from a quick study of power lines creating structure, the Birk+Heilmeyer 2010 Observation Tower in Scholzberg, Czech Republic, and an inverse hyperboloid study.  The geometric forms layered create an intensified field condition leaving a rich architectural statement.  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: Intelligent Pencil
London South Bank University of Architecture
YEAR: 2012

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AFFECT AND SENSATION – Alejandro Vicente Soto

Design Research in Parametricism, Materality and Affect are the goals of studio DS:13 out of the University of Westminster led by Andrei Martin and Andrew Yau.  Out of this studio we are looking at ‘Affect and Sensation’ by Alejandro Soto, as he brings the Korean Bang to the underground frontier.  Check it out after the jump! 

SCHOOL: University of Westminster in London
STUDENT: Alejandro Vicente Soto
PROFESSORS:  Andrei Martin and Andrew Yau.

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High Tide Street – James Gardener, University of Westminster

Today’s project looks to create a new space, on the Thames in London.  By creating a floating network, it reconnects the residents of London with the River Thames.  It’s an interesting project to start a reintegration of water into our cities, many of which are situated on some body of water, whether a river, lake, sea, etc.  The project seeks to answer how to create a space from the river, instead of just acting like a division or void in the city.

SCHOOL: University of Westminster
STUDENT: James Gardener
YEAR: 2010

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A Cultural Interchange – University of Nottingham – Ji Soo Han

A look at the place of computational design in the process of form creation. Ji Soo Han uses multiple mathematical formulas to create the form of this project.  Does this process of creation (identifying variables, running some scripts, taking produced form and creating enclosure) marginalize the role of an architect in the design process?

SCHOOL:   University of Nottingham
COURSE: 5th Year
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The Cave – Gonzalo Vaillo Martinez, Universidad de Alcalá

Today’s project is from Spanish student Gonzalo at the Universidad de Alcala.  The project creates an extension to the Tate Modern on the Thames in London.  Underneath a new plaza, an extension to gallery spaces and a new auditorium allow blurring of boundaries between the Tate and the surrounding neighborhood.  Read the rest from the student after the break.

STUDENT: Gonzalo Vaillo Martinez
SCHOOL: Unversidad de Alcala
CLASS: Thesis

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London Without Bees- Ben Kirk, University of Westminster

University of Westminster student Ben Kirk designed this building to replace the pollination of a declining population of bees in downtown London.  The tower emits pollen filled balloons to replace bees in the pollination process.  Pretty crazy idea, and a great way to use architecture to help solve an ecological problem.
SCHOOL: University of Westminster

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