Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Invisible Cities OGR


  1. OGR 09/10/2014

    Morning Charlie,

    Okay - my first impression is a sense that the Roman architecture vibe might be killing off the whimsy and delicacy of this city as expressed through Calvino's descriptions. Roman architecture is often monumental and symmetrical, but there's something about the 'airy scaffoldings' which seems in direct contradiction to all that monumental masonry; there's something about this city with all its height and moving parts which is suggestive of a more 'wood-based' technologies. I wonder if you might find further inspiration by looking, not so immediately at conventional architecture, but rather at structures and mechanisms that better evoke this idea of 'stilts and scaffolding' and world of moving elements; for example:

    Wooden frame rollercoasters:


    Marble slides:

    You might also want to look at the work of Heath Robinson for some ideas as to the ways in which mechanisms might be explored more creatively as 'architecture' - and Robinson's work is whimsical and comedic:

    My general point is that, while the logic of linking aqueducts with Isaura via Roman architecture is understandable, I'm not sure that it quite captures the city's other defining characteristics. Isn't Isaura a bit more on the 'rickety' side, what with all that scaffolding, and buckets, pulleys and winches?

    One way of originating some interesting architecture shapes might be to think about deriving forms from the actual components of simple mechanisms; for example:

    Isaura seems defined by movement and mechanisms - something to think about as you take your city forward.

  2. Hi there,

    It's really important that first years a) follow the group blog as a matter of habit and b) follow the blogs of year 2 and year 3 students, because we know that, by doing so, year 1 students develop more quickly and get more organised. You might have done all this already, but I know there are those who have not, and I'm keen to get everyone up to speed.

    If you haven't done so already, you need to add these to your Blogger reading list, by clicking on the 'ADD' button on your dashboard, pasting in the URLs and then 'following pubically'.

    Group Blog (You must be following this/checking this feed daily at least).

    Year 2

    Year 3

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