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Images from my 3rd year B.Arch Studio “The tall building reconsidered” mid-review (taught with Margaret Griffin, Herwig Baumgartner and Dwayne Oyler.) Project by Corina Dow and Santiago Alvarez.
Hardly any other building type has expressed better the clash between the logics of object production and image reception as much as the High Rise. What kind of image returns the tall building’s curtain wall through its grids deployed across its allegedly neutral glazed surfaces? In “Atrocities. Or, Curtain Wall as Mass Medium”, Reinhold Martin insists Mies’ curtain wall “both acts as a recording device bearing witness to the atrocities-the "slaughters"-effected by its own reduplication and, through the modulations of its grids, acts as a switching device that channels the very same flows it records. In doing so, the curtain wall does not so much accomplish a metaphorical or analogical extension of television's logics as it does a material interface with them.” For Martin, these are “aesthetic processes that tend toward integration through mediatic linkages”. Our studio is interested in revisiting the resulting identity of this interface; of the object-image integration through the kind of screening the curtain wall allows.
FLASH BACK FRIDAY | About a year ago, I accompanied my son James to the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Open Day where he had hoped to study Civil Engineering. Today I am one proud Mumma, as he makes his way home from his final exam of the year, officially marking the completion of his first year at uni. Good luck with your results James. 1 year down, 4 to go!🍃 I remember getting off the train at Central and walking toward UTS. My jaw dropped at the sight of #OneCentralPark in Chippendale (completed late 2013, on the former site of the Carlton & United Breweries). It is no wonder this mixed-use (residential + retail) building was named best tall building in the world back in November 2014 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) based in Chicago’s Illinois Institute of Technology. It has also been awarded a five-star green star by the Green Building Council Australia and numerous other accolades and awards recognising both its structural ingenuity and sustainability measures.🌿 London based Foster and Partners along with Paris based firm Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Sydney based firm PTW Architects collaborated to form the Central Park project's architectural team. The building’s key features include hanging gardens, a cantilevered heliostat, an internal water recycling plant and low-carbon tri-generation power plant.🍃 Now hands up if you are a plant lover? (me! me! me!)🌿 French landscape artist Patrick Blanc was commissioned to design the 1,120 sqm of vertical gardens that cover the surface of the building. 35,200 plants and 383 different species were used. The gardens use a remote controlled, dripper irrigation system and a special process developed by Blanc in which the roots of a plant are attached to a mesh-covered felt, soaked with mineralised water. This allows the plants to grow without soil along the face of a wall. Grey water is piped into the laundry and bathroom areas within the apartments, and used to water the external green areas.🍃 I am in absolute awe of this development, and James, I am in awe of you and your talent and have no doubt in the world that one day you too will be part of something big like this💚