What we've read: "London's capital is growing at the expense of its citizens" - Dezeens interview with Antony Gormley
Talking to Dezeen at at the opening of his new White Cube exhibition, Fit, Antony Gormley revealed his feelings on new high rise developments in London's square mile stating "a lot of what is being built right now gets it's character from really base economic factors". His main complaint being that these buildings do not seem to acknowledge the streets on which they sit often offering little or no public realm. We agree and would add that, in our opinion, London's tall buildings, ever more common due to the demand for space in the centre, are blighted by the desire to create an icon in a sea of would be iconic buildings combined with the desire to make an immediate return on investment.
We would note a minor disagreement however on Gromley's claim that RSHP's Leadenhall building is one of the worst offenders. While it is true that it does little for public realm and instead squeezes and dominates the streets around it's base, but it is also a great example of a well resolved, well considered (down to the last detail) building and seemingly executed without compromise. There is a link to the article here.
What we've found: Amazing trick for sketching perspective.
In the age of 3D modeling and VR the hand sketch needs to slim down further to remain the primary mode for quickly communicating ideas. Little can be as evocative or collaborative when developing or explaining an idea than a good sketch. More here.
What we've found interesting: Samorsot 3
Seemingly a mixture of photo, video, airbrush, hand drawing, vector and render this visually addictive puzzle game is absolutely beautiful. Designed and built in Prague by Amanita design the game involves solving puzzles across 9 strange worlds and uses no texts or speech relying solely on sounds and visual clues.
Where we've been: Hampton Court Palace, Richmond upon Thames
Situated on the side of the River Thames twelve miles up stream from central London, Hampton Court Palace is a major tourist attraction in London. Built by Henry VIII and later greatly enlarged by King William III, who intended it to rival Versailles, the palace is a mixture of Tudor and Baroque styles. The palace and gardens are beautiful and sprawling providing seemingly endless places to explore around every corner. The elaborate decoration inside and out together with the lavish choice of materials are inspiring in today's modern architecture of less. There are definitely some interesting features that are seeming to emerge again now from the intricate painted Baroque ceilings and walls to the Tudor patterned brick walls and staggered brick chimneys.
What's inspired us: Ignite animation by Daneil Barreto
Made through stop motion of hundreds of long exposure photos of LED lights has a unique analog/digital quality. More here.