One of our first posts on Futures+, almost 2 years ago now, was our first glimpse into the filming of ArchiCULTURE. A short documentary about the lives of several thesis design students at Pratt, by far the hardest year for any architecture student. It was three years in the making and the film crew spent countless hours in studio following these students and interviewing some of today’s top architects. Finally a glimpse into the academic animal that is known as studio! Check it out after the jump!
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Rarely do we showcase a student’s work twice in a week on F+, however Yaohua Wang’s 2010 thesis is just too good to pass up the opportunity to share it. Yaohua dives into China’s post 2008 boom into the high-tech industry and how a country is bursting at the seams to grow and expand, and how the architecture of China is designed on the constraints of politics and economy. Yaohua pleads that “If we as architects do not seize the opportunities that can give full play to architecture, but rather, simply and exclusively follow the requirements of our temporary need, it will always end up in this vicious, and ultimately inefficient, spiral.” Check it out after the jump!
We head to the shipyards where Jonathan Scholfield’s President’s Medal winning project brings an architectural elegance to the deserted piers of Silvertown. The project is designed to allow the community to learn through destruction and construction to order to evolve creativity. The architecture then becomes defined, used, and created by the user.
Here’s something to look out for. archiCULTURE is a soon to be released movie that takes a look at the influence of architecture and design on our daily lives. The film includes a bunch of interviews with big name architects like Zaha Hadid, Toshiko Mori, Shigeru Ban and Thom Mayne. But the main focus of the movie seems to be a group of 5 students in their thesis year at Pratt University in Brooklyn, NY. The students design process and overall projects are used as parallels between the global architecture and design community, and the issues that we all have to deal with within the profession. It’ll be interesting to see how it all turns out, and to get a glimpse at the thesis process at one of the countries top architecture schools.
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