Sunday, 14 November 2010

Taebeom Kim's Gastronomic Garden.

I took this from a feature on pruned following a Vertical Studio at the AA that probed the question ' can extremes of programmatic effectiveness blend with the fragility of human habitat?'. All the examples led their way into the task by way of industrial food production (I linked to Soonil Kim's London Vineyard a bit ago) and this is by no means the most ambitious of the proposals, nor is it the most site-specific, but it's interesting to see how the similarities, however superficial between this and the issues that emerge when dealing with the motorway as an established environment. (as far as I can gather the resemblance is just incidental, and Kim just designed it in such a way that it resembles a road)
You can see in the image above all the millions of things going on, the vague 'contemplation' (gah!) walkways along with the routes for recycling, probably, encased in concrete.
The most interesting thing I took from this actually was the commentary of pruned itself;
In any case, to our own delight, this vagueness allowed us to easily recast the project as a proposal to adaptively reuse some of the complexly braided highway intersections in the U.S., many of which twist and turn in the middle of the city. By some implausible circumstances, perhaps now made at least imaginable with the financial crisis and, despite the current respite, the still looming post-oil era, patterns of habitation and mobility have rendered them obsolete. Empty of cars, they can now be colonized by eager gardeners who have been on waiting lists for allotments for years. In the middle of each cloverleaf would be waste recycling towers and “meditation” domes. Instead of ribbons of concrete, you have ribbons of vegetables.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

There's no physical context to this, and it's a very un-technical project but one I thought was quite interesting for its obvious parallels with my own. I'm always a bit suspicious of urban farming utopias that go on about how insanely fun it's going to be for everyone to join in with the farming but I like how they made a design for an individual, then 100 people, then a community of 1000.  I think it's a valuable exercise in equating the ideal of self sufficiency with the spatial demands of all the energy production, accommodation, bla.
some notes (from dezeen)
"Oogst 1000 Wonderland combines a farm, restaurant, hotel and amusement park for 1,000 visitors a day. All food for the restaurant comes from the central structure and directly adjacent fields. Oogst 1000 combines fun with usefulness. One can see this amusement park as a huge people processor, people enter with an empty belly and leave with a full belly, and this without taking or adding anything from the earth, and having fun all along the proces. (sic...also, stop saying 'fun' so much. humbug.)
The hotel guests are the farmers, when you work, you can stay for free. And the concept displays some sharp edges, such as the abatoire right below the restaurant. 
Everything is linked by high-end agricultural technologies such as a bioreactor, a heat management system, CO2 recycling etc… the whole forming an as self-sustainable possible system." 

Oogst 1000 Wonderland by Tjep. from Dezeen on Vimeo.

I'd like to see some visuals that are a bit more convincing and less flat, populated with moving figures. Or alternatively something a bit more wholeheartedly silly and immersive that sells this idea of a community all living together in a mental episode of Kill it Cook it Eat it.

yeh, like that.

Friday, 5 November 2010


THOMAS LIBERTINY- 'unbearable lightness'
God what an embarrassing title. He also did those really sweetly fascinating honeycomb vases made by bees which I can't find a good photo of* that made me very jealous when I first read about them. The bee-flower-vase thing is also so neatly poetic that it's almost a bit smug. 
Unfortunately I still can't just nick ideas that I find in Icon four years ago but the idea of the honeycomb being this very graphically strong element and the product of each individual's life cycle being used to a completely human, deliberate end could be interesting. What made it that colour?  the different types of pollen? The wax maintains the smell of the pollen used to make it. lovely.

* oh wait there we go

 Taken from found super 8 footage, October. My flatmate found this box with reels of amazing amateur documentary footage in a BIN! There's an equally beautiful film about the south pole but in all the excitement we broke it. 

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

 Photography project on public space, FĂȘte Foraine in Versailles car park.