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Atelier 6 / University of Greenwich 2009/10

May 2010

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Buckminster Fuller
This year in Atelier 6 we continued to explore a more activist design approach. We looked at how the specific skill sets of architects and designers can facilitate and promote and [...]


Archigram Archival Project

April 2010

For the past few months WAG have been working closely with EXP on the development and launch of new Archigram Archival Project website.
The Archigram Archival Project makes the work of the seminal architectural group Archigram available free online for public viewing and academic study. The project was run by EXP, the architectural research group at the University [...]


Open Tables for Tent London 2008

August 2008

We have been hard at work preparing our Open Tables winning entry (Workspace Group Urbantine Project) for Tent London this year. The show goes on for 3 days, 18-21st September, and Open Tables is evolving fast into a truly exciting project. There is only about 7 weeks left and there is a lot to plan/develop/build.
If [...]


What is flexibility in architecture?

April 2006

Coming Soon.


HOW CAN ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTALISM IN ARCHITECTURE BE RETHOUGHT?

April 2000

ECOLOGY
We were recently asked to talk about selling sustainability at the RIBA Small Practice conference. We described how we have been most successful at making clients “see green”, when we have been able to build up a complex discussion around, and understanding of, the idea of ‘value’ with the client. Ideally this includes: 1. Discussing [...]


How can everyday activities and programmes be made poetic?

April 2000


How can the leisure spaces in the home (lounge, kitchen, garden) be rethought?

April 2000


What might a contemporary theory of architectural pattern be?

April 2000

PATTERN
Frequently under-theorised, pattern is a surprisingly mobile intellectual concept, whether used by sociologists, anthropologists and urbanists to grasp complex cultural forms, or by mathematicians, physicists and cyberneticians to analyse configurations of matter, energy and information, or by cognitive theorists and psychologists to reveal the organisation of the human mind.
Our research into the use pattern in [...]


How does physical spatial form (archetypal morphology) affect social occupation?

April 2000

Archetypal Space
By Archetypal Space we understand the core of the architectural discipline: steps and platforms that one can sit on or lie down on, basic changes in level, frames and physical enclosure. These are the basic, fundamental components of all of our work, whether designing landscapes, homes, or thinking about haptic digital interfaces. Archetypal space [...]


What would an expanded theory of cybernetics in architecture be?

January 2000

CYBERNETICS
Cybernetic theory is the study of communications and control within a system, or between an observer and a system. We believe that architecture, the historical practice of organising media, signs, technology and people in space, has much to bring to, and learn from, an expanded theory of cybernetics. Such a project, which must necessarily combine [...]