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Sunday, February 27th, 2005
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Monday, February 21st, 2005

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part 2 added

Monday, February 21st, 2005

Notes from the second half of this lecture can be found in Part 2.

problem solving

Monday, February 21st, 2005

Part 2 of a 3 part series: The Ole Scheeren lecture

Reeling from the shock of Ole’s 33m deep whole that he’d shown on the slide that finished the first half of his lecture, we all did our best to adust the scale of our thinking as he begun to tell us about an exhibition called Cities on the Move. The subtitle was ‘an
exhibition on the Asian city’ and the artists taking part were from Thailand.

Overseen by he and Rem Koolhaas, this was curating by suggestion rather than direction. The closest they ever got to a plan was a single drawing with the occasional word written over some of the gallery spaces. The rest of the lecture was spent describing how the project evolved, both in the UK and in Bangkok. From the limits of the Hayward gallery to the seemingly unlimited space of the streets of Bangkok, its ambition grew when it moved continent.

Compared to all the data I’d recorded about CCTV, I took relatively few notes during this half of the lecture.

reuse old and zaha – anti white box

new work for bangkok

cedric p

finite infinite cities with legs

free for all – vespa

problem – solution – undefined

Zaha Hadid’s work from a previous exhibition was reconfigured and reused; there wasn’t enough money to transport art work to Thailand; I’ve no idea what cities with legs was about; Cedric Price1 helped Ole develop the proposal for Bangkok and in the midst of the artistic free for all, someone displayed a Vespa.

A half-baked collection of notes, I’m sure you’ll agree. It’s the final one that counts though – problem, solution, undefined. The moral of the story, in Ole’s opinion, was that allowing a programmatic freedom to the style of curation, not only delivered surprising solutions, but also created a new understanding of the initial problems.

Unlike the previous list of facts, this entry records the speakers feelings. Fleeting in appearance, slippery when caught; it’s the reason for the difference between the two sets of notes.

In the third, and probably final, entry in this series we shall be asking Ole a question that nearly offends him, putting the world to rights on the walk back to the car, settling our tab at the bar and, eventually, realising something important that I (and everyone else in the audience) completely missed whilst marvelling at the ‘bigness‘ of CCTV.

1. They would discuss ideas over breakfast, since Cedric told him that he had to work in the mornings – the later it got, the less able he was to think straight. I believe this was one of Cedric’s infamous traits. Were he to appear in Rodcorp’s ‘How We Work’ series, the answer would probably be: early.

book reviews

Monday, February 21st, 2005

A link for fellow parents: Red House online book sellers are advertising for volunteers to help with reviews of childrens books.

Calling all mums and dads!

We’re looking for the parents of babies and toddlers to join our young Red House Readers, reviewing and recommending books to other mums, dads and teachers. We will regularly send you brand new picture books and novelty books to test drive with your little ones and we’ll look forward to publishing your opinion both in our catalogue and on our website. We take the advice we receive from our Red House Readers extremely seriously and will quite often decide not to advertise a book on the strength of the reviews we receive, so you can see we are looking for those prepared to take this responsibility as seriously as their younger peers.

You can download the application form on their site. I shall certainly be applying.

uneven territory

Sunday, February 20th, 2005

I just got back from a weekend in York. Spoils from the trip include a copy of Ted HughesHawk in the Rain (which I first encountered on a previous trip to York whilst dining in The Tasting Room) and some sneaky phonecam photos of the inside of Fairfax House.

hall chippendale detail bureau main stair rear stair annes bureau

It’s a beautifully restored 18th century townhouse with a mind blowing collection of Georgian furniture and clocks. One of which was apparently worth £750,000 when valued some years ago. Every piece had at least three different functions and numerous secret compartments – a vital requirement back in the days before password protected zip files and .htaccess controlled folders were available.

Take the time to visit if you are ever near York. One word of advice though; avoid visiting Fairfax House, the medieval Clifford’s Tower and the nearby Cafe 31 in the same morning. All three are suffering from settlement and movement to some degree and there isn’t a perfect right angle to be found anywhere. Result: dizzyness and mild nausea until you find some flat ground again.


Thursday, February 17th, 2005

Dan, over at City of Sound, mentioned it a few days ago and then the eagle-eyed Jonathan from Things Magazine picked up on it. I posted a comment about it, wandered over to a dusty corner of the office whilst my boss wasn’t looking, stole it, scanned it and flickred it.

So here it is, samples from the first issue of the controversial 1969 edition of Architectural Review magazine, entitled Manplan. You can see the full set on my flickr account. I have issues 2, 3 and 6 also, which I hope to upload in the coming weeks.

manplan_1_cover manplan_1_01

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