Saturday, April 19, 2008

SCI-Arc Does Dubai Slavery

I couldn't believe my eyes that a Sci Arc Studio would go to Dubai and leave the Humanity at home.

Due to pro apartheid and segregated society based position of this project and subsequent barrage of criticism it received from Archinect readers, SCI-Fi studio at SCI Arc who was responsible for the proposal, withdrawn the video from YouTube site citing further editing needed... We wish to see the video in its original form and re-edited version soon.

The initial discussion at Archinect

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Eric Owen Moss: Untitled

I went to Culver City the day before my interview with Eric Owen Moss. I needed to see what the architect was doing or done, and why it got attention.
EOM Architects’ business campus commissioned by Samitaur Development is easy to write off as architect gone mad.
The place is like the architect's personal laboratory of what I call, ‘gestural architecture,’ perhaps reactively.

This building complex is a provocative form farm.

Whether or not you like EOM's buildings, is not the issue, or, that is all it matters. All for nothing, or all for everything. That is the feeling the place left me with. I didn’t want the cracked stucco and the vibrations of plexiglass railing dictate what I write about the architect. After gazing 360 degrees in the middle of the parking lot surrounded by EOM buildings, I quickly realized I was looking for a bigger picture, literally.
At the end, I liked what I saw.
But not because this or that building shape, or some details, but I liked it that the architect had made no attempt to hide his shortcomings, vulnerability, his will power, courage and his vast imaginative rigor.
The experience is very similar to reading a series of short stories by the same author.

Full feature @ Archinect

School is down but not out!

We had the final presentations in RoTo studio where the projects presented and got their due critiques. Overall it was pretty much about multi tasking for the students who had to wear few hats during the semester and deliver other obligatory goods outside of the studio.
I am now entering my own season of producing more detailed work on various subjects and perhaps starting a book.
in the mean time i wish all the class the success they deserve and wish best of luck in their upcoming professional carriers.

Monday, April 14, 2008

The Emir of NYU

"NYU president John Sexton has been promised a blank check to duplicate his university on a desert island in Abu Dhabi. The expansion will leave both campuses flush with petrodollars. But to many faculty, the deal amounts to a sellout."

New York Magazine article