Mapping Production : : ARCHITECTEM Summer Program

Architecture engages a culture’s deepest social values and expresses them in material, aesthetic form.

PROGRAM ::

Mapping Production is a week long Program being held from 10th – 18th June 2017 at Alserkal Avenue. ARCHITECTEM is invested in delivering academically driven Programs to the architecture and design community with the aim of enriching the Architectural fabric of Dubai.

Drawing inspiration from Al Quoz, the Mapping Production Program is composed of two parts:

a.Dialogues Series, and

b. Mapping Workshop.

Mapping Production will be a ground for research, learning, networking and mentoring between academics and students from different architecture programs, and professionally practicing architects in the UAE. We are especially interested in the observations and dialogue that will arise within and from the workshop.

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Dialogue : : Sunil Bald : : iHouse Dormitory \ Studio SUMO

Studio SUMO is a New York based practice, focused on innovative design involving extensive research, formal exploration, and material invention. Embracing physical, social, and cultural contexts, as forces that shape design, both partners Sunil Bald and Yolande Daniels are directly involved with each project.

ARCHITECTEM held a conversation with Sunil Bald, about his studio, a recent project – the iHouse Dormitory complex for Josai International University, and the sesitivity of designing in Japan. Sunil Bald divides his time working between New York and Tokyo, and is Associate Professor at the Yale School of Architecture.

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OMA lands in Dubai with Concrete

 

Earlier this week, OMA designed Concrete, opened its doors at Alserkal Avenue, in Dubai. A beautifully balanced symphony of monochrome textures, deep colors and translucent screens. Featuring circular ceiling tracks and movable panels – all elements to choreograph a dynamic space for performance and display. The inaugural exhibition, “Syria: Into the Light” showcased a collection based on the theme of ‘Portraits and Figures’.

ARCHITECTEM was at the opening reception, capturing details and embedded events within Concrete, its conversation with the art, the visitors and its context. 

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Dialogue : : Killed by the Architects : : Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture \ Karachi

As part of ARCHITECTEM Programming focused on increasing scholarship in collaboration with academic institutions, Sara M. Anwar presented the second lecture of Killed by the Architects* series on 27th February 2017 at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi, Pakistan. The first lecture was held at the American University in Dubai. 

*This itinerant and iterant dialogue series evolves and is contextualised with every rendition. 

The Lecture derives it title from a message that appears in a gaming console. ‘Killed by the Architects’ is a reference to having lost a life in the game due to a ‘fall or the wall’. In other words, due to the designed conditions. Expanding on this understanding of Architecture as sequence of environments, the talk explores layers of experiences.

The architect after visiting a place, observing and recording it, can unfold it to another verbally, visually or by way of translation. Through the construct of Narratives, the lecture investigates boundaries, events and dynamics activated by the discipline. For this iteration, slides from the local context of Karachi punctuate the existing narrative traveling the axis from the Duomo to Castello Sforzesco in Milan. Stories of the rhythms of resilience start a dialogue with the politics of order and the gaze.

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Dialogue : : Killed by the Architects \ American University in Dubai

As part of ARCHITECTEM Programming focused on increasing scholarship in collaboration with academic institutions, Sara M. Anwar presented the first lecture of Killed by the Architects* series on Thursday, 16 th February 2017 at the School of Architecture Art and Design at the American University in Dubai

*This itinerant and iterant dialogue series evolves and is contextualised with every rendition. 

The Lecture derives it title from a message that appears in a gaming console. ‘Killed by the Architects’ is a reference to having lost a life in the game due to a ‘fall or the wall’. In other words, due to the designed conditions. Expanding on this understanding of Architecture as sequence of environments, the talk explores layers of experiences.

The architect after visiting a place, observing and recording it, can unfold it to another verbally, visually or by way of translation. Through the construct of Narratives, tracing the axis from the Duomo leading to Arco della Pace through Castello Sforzesco in Milan, the lecture investigates boundaries, events and dynamics activated by the discipline.

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Art, Lines, Form and Space : : Zaha Hadid \ Serpentine Sackler Gallery

ARCHITECTEM visited the Serpentine exhibition of paintings and the rarely seen drawings of the pioneering and visionary architect Zaha Hadid. The exhibition is housed in the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, an extension completed in 2013 and one of Zaha Hadid Architects’ first permanent buildings in central London.

Drawing and painting were fundamental to Hadid’s practice. Influenced by Malevich, Tatlin and Rodchenko, she used calligraphic drawings as the main method for visualising her architectural ideas.

Mariam Husain captures Zaha’s work on paper, canvas and its physical context. The process and the spatial expression of Zaha’s investigations. Anything but a silent, still conversation between art, lines, forms and its witnesses.

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Reclaimed Land and the two Seas : : Bahrain

ARCHITECTEM contributor Ali Lari delves in narratives of ownership, inaccessible coastlines, and loss in Damestan, a small village in the island Kingdom of Bahrain. “This is not the story of a village in Bahrain rather the story of Bahrain in a village… This is the story of two seas.”

The 2 Seas, Bahrain

Bahrain – an archipelago of 33 islands [and growing], historically known as Dilmun, stood a fertile agricultural island and important trading route.

Bahrain is the sea. Bahrain literally means ‘two seas’.

The splendor of the island, with its fresh ground water feeding her lush green landscape was why Bahrain, then Dilmun, was known as the Garden of Eden in the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh.

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Dialogue : : Paul Lewis : : Manual of Section \ LTL Architects

Given the environmental and material challenges that frame architectural practice in the twenty-first century, the section provides a rich and under-explored opportunity for inventively reimagining the intersection of structural, thermal, and functional forces. Moreover, the section is the site where space, form, and material intersect with human experience, establishing most clearly the relationship of the body to the building as well as the interplay between architecture and its context.

ARCHITECTEM met with Paul Lewis of LTL Architects to discuss their most recent publication aptly titled Manual of Section, presenting a framework for describing and evaluating Section as well as a lexicon of different types of sections and their functions. Featuring essays on the history of section and its role in architectural design, LTL Architects founders Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, and David J. Lewis, describe the seven categories of section they developed—Extrusion, Stack, Shape, Shear, Hole, Incline, and Nest. Relying on extensive archival research. These sectional categories are illustrated through 63 detailed cross- section perspective drawings of significant structures built around the world over the past 100 years.

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Fondazione Prada : : Curating spaces and textures : : OMA \ Milan

Ayesha Sabri, ARCHITECTEM Milan based contributor, visited OMA designed Fondazione Prada and presents a visual narrative of the textures and spaces. The images are accompanied by her thoughts about the design interspersed by statements from the architect, Rem Koolhaas.

The Fondazione Prada has dominated the Milanese art and architecture scene since it opened. On visiting the Fondazione, you are greeted by a dynamic dialogue between pre-existing industrial structures and OMA’s recent interventions. A visual treat, pops of color, simplistic signage, and an overwhelming array of textures and surface treatments.

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DISCOURSE : : LEARNING FROM THE FIVE ARCHITECTS

For ARCHITECTM series DISCOURSE, Michael Wacht dissects the Five Architects featuring Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves, Charles Gwathmey, John Hejduk and Richard Meier. Never an official group, but popularly known so, by way of this black and white 70’s publication. Exploring thoughts and ideas generated through their work, Michael uses a framework of observation and quotations to allow for further investigation.

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