During my days as an architectural student I was particularly fascinated with scale and perspective and how to distort and pervert it to achieve different outcomes when approaching a building. This often combined with my love of the somewhat absurd nature of Pop Architecture and the use of everyday objects at a much larger scale than anticipated and totally out of context. So with plenty of time on my hands during my time in Canberra I decided to explore some of those ideas to do with Pop Architecture, scale and perspective using an every day object that has always fascinated me, army figures, and using them to interact with a much larger scale environment. It was also an opportunity for me early on to practice my creative writing but that soon passed as I looked to create interesting visual effects. Again I have only used my iPhone and the many and varied filters of Instagram.
After a little over eleven months my time in Canberra has come to an end. During that time I took many a photo to chronicle my time in the nation’s capital not knowing how long I would actually be there. Most of these photos have appeared on instagram, where I go under the username of “idontwearblack” and on my tumblr blog but I thought it would be best to collate some of these photos into a “best (or worst) of” to characterise my time in Canberra.
It’s that time of year again with the 2013 Presentations to Juries for the RAIA Victorian Architecture Awards taking place on the 23rd and 24th March and has been the case I will take the opportunity to compile a list of the projects I believe are worthing having a look at on these days. Again this year the presentations will be held at Monash University’s Faculty of Art and Design Building G.
Just over four months have passed since we returned from our three week sojourn around Spain and I’ve finally got around to our last destination, the Basque Country or more specifically Bilbao and San Sebastián.
What I will remember most about our visit to Madrid will be the art. Whilst our stay in Spain’s capital was only short (at just over three days) the first two days were pretty much all about the art and after only visiting two of the museums – the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and the Museo Prado – we felt a little overwhelmed by the amount of art we had seen. So overwhelmed we couldn’t bring ourselves to go inside Herzog & de Mueron’s gravity defying Caixa Forum and the Museo Thyssen Bonemisza. Although to be fair we did take a walk around the outside of the aforementioned Caixa Forum.
Like Valencia earlier in our trip, Sevilla proved to be one of the cities in Spain that we most enjoyed during our trip around the country. Also like Valencia we could both ourselves living there but for the fact that a) there are less architecture jobs in Spain than in Australia and b) temperatures regularly hit 45 degrees during summer. That aside we fell in love with the city and all that it had to offer.
When you think of the city of Granada you automatically of one of think of one place and that of course is the Alhambra. Whilst the palace and fortress that occupies the top of the hill of the Assabica on the southeastern border of the city does definitely dominates the city both visually and touristically it is quickly apparent that there is more to this city. Contrasting dramatically with the ornate detailing of the Alhambra is the minimalist masterpiece that is the Museo de la Memoria by Alberto Campo Baeza which sits on the outskirts of the city and stands out like a white beacon underneath the blazing Andalucian sun. The city itself with its tight and winding streets, which played havoc with the GPS on our iPhone as we tried to navigate them, was full of life and culture and in many ways underrated aspect of a visit to Granada.