By Paul Davies BA (Hons) Dip Arch., Torsten Schmiedeknecht Dip Arch. M. Arch
This vigorous textual content offers a candid inquiry into the modern capability through which architects get paintings and (for larger or worse) develop into recognized. in line with the reciprocal dating among exposure and daily architectural perform, this booklet examines the mechanisms wherein architects search exposure and be capable to identify themselves and their paintings prior to their colleagues. throughout the essays of professional members, this e-book permits the reader to appreciate the complicated courting among what they see because the equipped surroundings and the unwritten tales in the back of the way it happened.
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Petty quarrels result in the airbrushing of associates out of team pictures. It is no longer a case of the professional architect doing business over dinner, or at the club. These architects are truly international, flying in to Tokyo for a meeting, then on to Yale for a seminar. The effects have not been so enthralling at the bottom, at the more prosaic end, of the building industry – once a bastion of a publicly funded architecture, local authority architecture departments simply disappeared.
It was a highly unusual occasion. Ours was not exactly edifying behaviour, but the event was sponsored by Hennessey cognac and it had flowed well, and we were, well, fans. We got lines in the press. As Ronnie Wood and Ian (Mac) McLagan recently remarked, ‘the singers usually handle the business side of things pretty well, the musicians, well, we were just out for a laugh’. Now I don’t want to overburden this piece with musical metaphors, but I can’t resist. By 2003, Peter Cook was head of the most influential school of Architecture in the United Kingdom, and, as a recognised leader, everybody should have been cheering him.
Direct action, doing your own thing, and doing it right now, was often the key. The proposition, at least my reading of it, was the abolition of architecture in favour of everything, and everything, now. To this end Archigram made amazing drawings, like the posters on your wall, the cartoons in your comic book. Indeed they re-constituted the idea of drawing. How could you make drawings that echoed the relentless turmoil of construction/destruction, consumption/obsolescence? Were they history before they were even finished?