Peter Wilson: The Clandeboye Drawings

Peter Wilson, Clandeboye first bridge, isometric 1984, DM 2902.6.3 IN SET

The seven Clandeboye drawings, each 35 × 35 cm and on A2 trace, were produced in 1984. The year is significant. Then the AA was busy maintaining a posture of indifference to Jenksian postmodernism, while the possibly visionary (at least in the case of architectural speculation) and certainly introspective 1970s had given way to a search for new modes of engagement with messy reality. This took on a variety of forms, either the grunge of neo-punk tropes or the new and glamorous horizon of Milan-Style, which at that moment had just evolved from ‘Architettura Radicale’. Competitions (Millbank, La Villette, Münster Library) also provided access to the grand narrative of the city, or at least the reconstruction of the historic European city, then much in discussion. ... The Clandeboye works offered a quite different platform for research – that of innocent objects placed in the landscape. – Peter Wilson

Lok-Kan Chau: Lantau Commune

Chau Lok-Kan, Construction manual for Lantau Commune, 2017 IN SET

Certainly we appreciate architecture as a spatial presence, but there is beauty also in the construction process: the formwork and falsework, the tie bolts and scaffoldings, the sweat, tediousness and exhaustion under the sun. Construction is meant to be a ritual. It reveals knowledge, dignifies labour, gathers people – and it's great fun. Working at the intersection of ecology, place-making, rite of passage and tectonics, I proposed the Lantau Ecology Education Centre as a participative construction site, at the periphery of a protected landscape reserve. Providing easy-to-assemble construction materials means everyone may design, communicate, build and dwell on their own. The final drawing is twofold: it attempts to illustrate the above proposition, while also putting the tediousness into drawing practice ... almost like an extreme IKEA manual. – Lok-kan Chau (Joint winner Drawing Prize, RA 2017 Summer Exhibition) 

What does it mean to say something was designed collaboratively? A long lunch with NATØ, Muf and Assemble

Nato portrait 1985

Join us at Hauser & Wirth Somerset for a fascinating discussion over a shared buffet lunch with three leading design collaboratives: NATØ, Muf and Assemble, chaired by critic and designer Phineas Harper. Selected for their unique approaches to collaboration, our guests will discuss their practices and encourage you to join in with the debates that unfold. This event has been programmed to coincide with our current exhibition, ‘Josephsohn / Märkli. A Conjunction’, which examines the intense and longstanding collaboration between long-time friends Josephsohn and Peter Märkli. Curated by Niall Hobhouse, the exhibition explores what two very different disciplines – sculpture and architecture – can offer the other as insight, and about the generosity and humanity of such an exchange. 

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