Michael and I have an obsession for coffee. There’s a certain beauty in grinding, levelling and polishing the coffee into the group head, the suspense in the shot coming out with just the right amount of crema, and nailing the texturing of the milk so that it’s not frothy, but thick, even and creamy, pouring it into the cup to blur the distinction between the shot and the milk so that they become one. All of the parts of a project coming together beautifully. The process appeals to our obsessive-compulsive tendencies. Read more →
Recently, my attention was drawn to an art project exemplifying what I (& others) would call a One-Liner. The work is pictured above, “Bad Dog” by Paul Rodriguez at Orange County Museum of Art (Source: The Orange County Register.) The One-Liner appears in many creative pursuits, a work of art (usually public), a building and in works of industrial or object design. Typically the One-Liner is a self-conscious and broadly witty construction, fabricated for the author’s and other’s amusement, proffering with a nudge and a wink, “look at me, aren’t I clever?” A number of buildings, artworks or objects fitting this description may well now be materialising in your thoughts, but for the mystified, let me elaborate and censure.
Housing: The Prevailing History
Conventional Architectural history poses two prevailing ideas in relation to housing since the Modern Movement. These are: the rational housing block and tower forms propagated by architects such as Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius; and, the ‘Garden City’ best represented by the work of Ebenezer Howard.
Both of these models are essentially iconic; the housing block for its heroic image, and the Garden city for its landscape picturesqueness. They are also Utopian; purist ideas about city form that quite intentionally reacted against the urbanisation of historic cities at a time when they had undergone a change from ‘Pre’ to ‘Post’ industrialisation.
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Eventually everything connects — people, ideas, objects… the quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.Charles Eames
Welcome to our new website. We’ve spent the last couple of months working away to bring forth a newly rewritten and designed Redshift website. Our aim has been to make it more informative, more accessible and with images that are a more generous size and easier to view. We think we’ve done this but would welcome any constructive comments, positive or negative, so we can continue to improve and build upon our start. Read more →
The Dulwich Hill Terraces are really starting to take shape now. It’s always exciting when a project reaches this stage of construction and all the primary framing is in. The building’s forms are visible and a sense of the size, scale and perhaps a little of the character of the rooms are starting to be revealed. I think most architects are seduced by the character of the timber framing, the rhythms and shadows so formed really are quite sculpturally beautiful, but not so practical. Read more →