Saturday, February 27, 2016

First designs put forward

25 February 2016: For the first time, the small groups have been formed and are putting forward their very first ideas: If there are two in a group, they show two, and the same for three or four. 

AASK - Shoreditch
ZOG - Blackfriars
LAX - Blackfriars
OMY - Blackfriars
OMY - Blackfriars
OMY - Blackfriars
ShLu  - Shoreditch

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Joana Goncalves visit the studio for Climate, Culture, Context analysis

18 February 2016: Joana Goncalves, from Brazil visited the studio for the presentation of the Context, Culture and Climate analysis stage, but three large groups. Each group looked at both Blackfriars and Shoreditch, and also offered some outline volumetric proposals along with their analysis. Next week, they break into small working groups.  

At the middle of the day, Joana offered a public lecture to the whole school, based on her seminal book on the Environmental Design of Tall Buildings. 

Here, she is discussing the matter of density, and different urban forms to achieve density. 

Issues of light at the ground plane

Floor plate depth, outriggers

Solar shading

Commentary on the GSW Building, Berlin

Comparison of the Commerzbank, Frankfurt; GSW, Berlin; the Gherkin, London

Criteria for analysis

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Selfie fun during London walk about 3 February 2016

3 February 2016: Selfie fun during London walkabout. Timed perfectly to see all the buildings on the itinerary. Sara was our 'queen of the selfies'! 
(Author's note : I have done this walk so very often that I prefer these photos to the conventional architectural photographs)
Forecourt of the British Museum
Visiting the Gherkin
Emerging from the Leadenhall Arcade, we find the south elevation of Lloyds Building
Playing with the spire of the London Shard
Star photo near the Shard
Again, the Shard....