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Declan Harvey


Instrument Eight, Nat Chard


Instrument Eight, Nat Chard

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A look inside Pamphlet #34:

Fathoming The UnFathomable. Archival Ghosts + Paradoxical Shadows by Nat Chard + Perry Kulper

I’ve been waiting for this book for a long time and it has finally arrived. Already half-way through reading it :). What an awesome project. The spatial drawings and instruments are out of this world.

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Julie Mehretu

1. Fracture

2. Untitled (Van Gelder 3; JM D-1.05)

3. Rogue Ascension

4. Entropia (Review)

5-7. Untitled

8. Local Calm

9. Rising Down

10. Rising Down (detail)

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Frei Otto and Rolf Gutbrod, German Pavilion “Expo ‘67” in Montreal, (1965-1967)

For the German pavilion, Otto and Gutbrod interpreted the exhibition motto, “Man and His World” with a “Landscape built by human hands.” The cavernous interior contained modular steel platforms arranged at different levels. The entire area was covered by a single membrane of irregular plan and varying heights. Its contours were determined by the high points of the masts and the low points where the membrane was drawn, funnel- like, down to the ground. Eye loops filled with clear plastic material accentuated these points and the saddle surfaces they created. The prestressed membrane consisted of a translucent skin hung from a steel wire net, which, by eye, ridge, and edge ropes, was connected with the mast heads and anchor blocks.”

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Paranoia House
Arthur Kay
pen and ink.


Paranoia House

Arthur Kay

pen and ink.



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Mobile architecture

In 1958, Yona Friedman published his first manifesto : “Mobile architecture”. The mobility in question is not the mobility of the building, but the mobility of the user, who is given a new freedom. “The building is mobile in so much as any sort of use whatsoever by the user or a group must be possible and realisable”, Friedman explained. Mobile architecture is thus the “dwelling decided on by the occupant” by way of “infrastructures that are neither determined nor determining”. Mobile architecture thus meant an architecture that was available for a “mobile society”

“The Spatial City” is the most significant application of “mobile architecture“. It is a spatial structure raised up on piles which contains inhabited volumes, fitted inside some of the “voids”, alternating with other unused volumes. This structure may span certain unavailable sites, and areas where building is not possible or permitted (expanses of water, marshland), or areas that have already been built upon (an existing city). It may also be used above farmland, and introduce a kind of merger between countryside and city. This city built on piles is a three-dimensional structure designed on the basis of trihedral elements which operate as “neighbourhoods”where dwellings are freely distributed.

The Ville Spatiale of Yona Friedman

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