Archive for November, 2012

Architecture + Film … Amour

I went to see Amour on the weekend, the new Michale Haneke film. I’ve only seen a couple of his films before: Hidden and Funny Games and this was both very different and yet similar. All are films in incredibly close quarters, often only having a few shots of the outside world and focus on a drama unfolding in the home. Amour is just a beautiful film, it was like that elderly couple on the bus that you observe and they’re talking about a classical music concert that they’ve been too. Except its for 2 hours which is great, and one of them’s dying which is not great. It was deeply moving and because of the closeness you had a real familiarity with the characters but also their environment, you got to know every aspect of the flat in Paris. This stands in stark contrast with some films I’ve seen recently when characters are forced upon the viewer and you couldn’t give a care whether they live or die, in this you were effected and drawn in. This was drawn from memory a few days after I saw the film and I really can imagine every corner, really recommend it.



I went to Canada over the summer, here are some pages from my sketchbook. I went out initially to stay with my friend who lives on the outskirts of Toronto and then after a week my family arrived and we stayed in a fantastic house by a lake near Ottawa and Montreal. We went for a trip to Montreal and Ottawa as well as the time I spent in Toronto so I got a great, month-long tour of Eastern Canada. It was an amazing and utterly inspiring trip.



As part of a new project I am looking at building through modules, neutral units of building. As a result I have chosen a site that can be split into a 3 by 4 grid and have been experimenting with the variations possible within that system. Here are 313 unique variations on the grid and this experimentation will form the basis of the eventual form of the building.

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