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Conversations: Continued / PRAXIS + PS1 MoMA Symposium: “

The symposium marks the release of the 11 Architects + 12 Conversations issue of PRAXIS: a journal of writing and building. The moderated discussion will invite audience participation in an open dialogue that explores shared and contested territory among this emerging generation of practices.

The symposium, “Conversations: Continued”, brings together 10 Young Architectural Practices: MOS, NArchitects, WORKac, PATTERNS, Aranda/Lasch, Productora, FAR, Ciro Najle, The Living, and Howeler +Yoon with two critics, Timothy Hyde and Lucia Allais. The event continues the more formal discussion begun in PRAXIS 11, 11 Architects/12 Conversations, by bringing the firms together in a shared conversation, broadening the issues at stake, and sharing the material with a wider architectural and public audience.

The symposium will take place next Friday, June 25, from 12:30 till 6 pm at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in Queens. For further information and schedule, go to


Ephemicropolis – A city scape all stapled: “THe city scape of Ephemicropolis was an installation y the artist Peter Root made from around 100’000 staples. The installation shown here took about 40 hours to set up, see ‘the making of’ below. Root graduated from the Fine Art BA Hons at University College Falmouth in 2000. Its amazing how this models the way we perceive the city and the building structure as a sort of abstraction. From the stationary cupboard to the Streets of the world.

Ephemicropolis by Peter Root

Image by Peter Root / Detail Ephemicropolis.

Found via Urban Tick

The Archigram Archival Project: “

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, an architectural research group at the University of Westminster. Archigram Began Life as a Magazine produced at home by the members of the group, showing experimental work to a growing, global audience. Nine (and a half) seminal, individually designed, hugely influential, and now very rare magazines were produced between 1961 and 1974. The last ‘half’ was an update on the group’s office work rather than a ‘full’ Archigram magazine. The Six Members of Archigram are Peter Cook, David Greene, Mike Webb, Ron Herron, Warren Chalk and Dennis Crompton. Cook, Greene and Webb met in 1961, collaborated on the first Archigram magazine, later inviting Herron, Chalk and Crompton to join them, and the magazine name stuck to them as a group.

More Than 200 Projects are included in the Archigram Archival Project. The AAP uses the group’s mainly chronological numbering system and includes everything given an Archigram project number. This comprises projects done by members before they met, the Archigram magazines (grouped together at no. 100), the projects done by Archigram as a group between 1961 and 1974, and some later projects.

It has been a busy few weeks. Most of the recent posts have been holding space while I collect images, rummage through ideas and experiment with some new work in the studio. Last week I was charged with presenting images of past work and describing various interests that float upon the horizon. I did so, but for this blog, seeing as how many images of past work are already plugged into old blogposts as well as covered on my website, I thought it necessary to share only images that I showed that cannot be found elsewhere related to my work.

First off, the above images were gathered from my journals which are covered in sketches and writings. They also occasionally hold the remnants of leaves and small pebbles picked up along the way. But because my work often excludes figurative imagery I found it interesting and necessary to show. The making of marks upon paper, the gesture and the expression that can be found between the pages of my notebooks are in a very subtle way related to certain aspects of my work.

But moving on, I decided to bring together images that I find inspiring and expressive; images that relay imagined, mythic and fictitious projections of the urban environment while suggesting the future of the urban landscape . I have particularly chosen images that emphasize the growing trend of vegetated urbanism and architecture. I should give due credit to Jason King who authors a great blog, two now, from which I have sourced many of my current images. (see. Landscape+Urbanism or Veg.itecture).

From there I moved into some of the images, topographic in nature, that represent a variety of data and methods being employed by various professional practices to visualize such data. This topography is of interest to me particularly because while much of it is shown in 2d still images, some these topographies model, in real time, information that changes rapidly, much more so than a real landscape under the pressure of erosion and natural process. These topographies flux more frequently and dynamically with rapid changes in the information they reflect. Information like cell phone use depicted in a spatial context, pedestrian density over the course of a day, or wireless data sent from one point to another. My interest here is in the use of a contour map, once relegated to static 2d images on paper, into a virtual as well as three dimensional space, over time and in response to dynamic information.

Finally there I showed a collection of images taken from the studio, which are rapidly becoming outdated as the work progresses.

I am currently working in several directions, experimenting and exploring, so this post in itself is somewhat mono-dimensional, focused upon one aspect of the past few weeks of work. I will begin to cover other projects as they move farther along.

Small Life in Cologne from Christoph Schaarschmidt on Vimeo.