Video of the Week XLII – Besti Flokkurinn

OK, so this one is doing the rounds at the moment, so pretty much old news, and it’s not really about architecture and design either – but just so funny, especially given that they are a ‘real’ party, who actually contested the recent Reykjavik City Council elections, and won 6 of the 15 seats. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 2nd June 2010
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Video of the Week XL: Top 10 things you’ll never hear an architect say

From the “How to architect” series.

The guy seems a little weird (well, quite a lot actually), but I thought this might be a nice bit of Friday afternoon edification…

…not to be taken too seriously of course… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 23rd April 2010
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Video of the Week XXXIX: LIGHT*HOUSE

3XN, UN Studio and Jan Gehl (advisors) waterfront development – “a new urban quarter” – no, not here in Wellington, unfortunately(?), but in Aarhus, Denmark…


What do you think…?

Posted on 13th April 2010
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Video of the Week XII: Poundbury: Building Communities

Here is a companion piece to the Prince Charles post of a couple of weeks ago (I hope it is clear by now that my Zaha comments were made with tongue embedded firmly in cheek…). Here, for your viewing pleasure (or displeasure perhaps?), is a very short clip propounding the virtues of Poundbury:

What do you make of it? Would you live there? Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 24th April 2009
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Video of the Week XI: Architecture & energy 1

Amid all of the hooha surrounding our Supreme Court – symbols of power, propaganda, and hair loss – we should take time out to step back and really consider the dome issue in a more holistic way. You see, as this remarkable little film sets out, there really are supernatural consequences of building domes, which have no doubt been taken into account by the architects of our esteemed Supreme Court (who are obviously well up on their freemasonry)… The result being, of course, to hide the dome away in the interior so as not to expose bystanders to the energy drawn therein.

The energy will, of course, be invoked by the highest powers of judiciary in this country when passing judgment and handing down sentence, and will no doubt contribute to the building’s green star rating…

You may want to look away if notions of anti-christ, other dimensions, ley lines (must check Wellington’s position wrt this), or the new world order offend thine eyes…


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Posted on 31st March 2009
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Video of the Week VIII: Mister Glasses (episode 1)

This is actually the first episode of 6 short stylishly noir Mister Glasses film clips (although for some reason episode 5 is missing). Never before has the relationship between love, sex, patricide, and Modernist architecture been so clearly expressed – it’s enough to make contemporary Modernist revivalism look hollow and superficial in comparison to the seriousness with which Mister Glasses and his team approach architecture and its meaning…

My favourite is the second episode – although ep. 6 is pretty good too, especially if you are looking for architectural pick-up lines to try out… If there is a moral in there somewhere, it seems the Modernist always ‘gets the girl’… (perhaps this explains the current revival?)…

Episode 2; episode 3, episode 4, episode 6.

Update: the ‘lost’ episode 5 was taken down by youtube, but is available here. That youtube felt compelled to remove it is quite ironic in the context of structural nudity honesty that the client initially rejected… However, the real question is, where can we get an engineer as blankly persuasive as Hard Hat…?

Posted on 10th March 2009
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Video of the Week VII: The Architects Sketch

The Architect Sketch (by John Cleese and Graham Chapman)

If some of you found that last week’s video resonated all to familiarly, then try this one on for size. It is a pretty famous Monty Python sketch, so there is a good chance that you’ll have seen it before, but it is definitely worth another look… 

Cast: Mr Tid: Graham Chapman; Mr Wiggin: John Cleese; City Gent One: Michael Palin; Client 2: Terry Jones; Mr Wymer: Eric Idle


You’ll have to admit that the residential block proposed by the first architect does address the problem of housing shortage in a rather…, um…, creative manner…


Posted on 4th March 2009
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