An Introduction to the Architecture of the Italian Renaissance By Classical Architect and Artist ‪@FTerryArchitect ‬#RIBA #Architecture #Education #ilmaBlog

Earlier this year UK-based Francis Terry MA (Cantab), Dip Arch, RIBA Director, gave his office a wonderful presentation I would like to share with my audience:

Francis is part of a new generation of classical architects who have recently gained a reputation for designing high quality works of architecture. Francis’s pursuit of architecture grew out of his passion for drawing and his love of historic buildings. He studied architecture at Cambridge University qualifying in 1994. While at Cambridge, he used his architectural skills to design numerous stage sets for various dramatic societies including The Footlights, The Cambridge Opera Society and The European Theatre Group.

Terry along with his colleague also talk about classical architecture in modern times at a recent TEDx Talk:

More Information available by clicking here. Not only does his website display great examples of classical architecture but he has a great blog with interesting writings and videos.

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Understanding Classical Proportions in Architecture & Design #ILMA #ClassicalArchitecture #Design

662A391D-65D7-4ECA-9A3E-35D07140F9B4.jpegThe following is an easy to understand reference guide to understanding the basics of classical proportions:

Further reading:

  • Vitruvius: The Ten Books on Architecture by Vitruvius (Author), Herbert Langford Warren (Illustrator), Morris Hickey Morgan (Translator)
  • The American Vignola: A Guide to the Making of Classical Architecture by William R. Ware
  • The Five Books of Architecture by Sebastino Serlio
  • Canon of the Five Orders of Architecture by Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola (Author), John Leeke (Translator), David Watkin (Introduction)
  • The Four Books of Architecture by Andrea Palladio (Author), Adolf K. Placzek (Introduction)

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Precedents in Architectural Composition: Measured Drawing at the Morris-Jumel Mansion Drawing Course for Architects & Students Hosted by ICAA

Great opportunity to earn 6 AIA LUs and 6 Credits Toward the Certificate in Classical Architecture.  New York City Event, September 21 & 22, 2018.  Follow link below for additional information about the event.   The course is intended for both students and seasoned architects, as drawings can be tailored to experience level. No specific artist training is required. Basic pencil drawing and drafting skills are recommended, including knowledge of the use of an architectural scale and tape measure. A passion for classical architecture and a love of drawing are required.

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is a nonprofit membership organization committed to promoting and preserving the practice, understanding, and appreciation of classical design.

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“Regarding Roman Buildings, I began to measure all their parts minutely and with the greatest care. I became so assiduous an investigator of such things that, being unable to find anything that was not made with fine judgment and beautiful proportions. I repeatedly visited various parts of Italy and abroad in order to understand the totality of buildings from their parts and commit them to drawings.”
– Andrea Palladio, Forward to The Four Books on Architecture

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GREEN LINKS

    1. 13 Examples of Green Architecture
    2. Materiality and Green Architecture: The Effect of Building Materials on Sustainability and Design
    3. Green Glass at Corning Museum
    4. @babfari Recognized for Green Architecture and Design
    5. 10 Simple Steps To Living Green Tips
    6. Who or What is the US Green Building Council
    7. Why Is Green Design and Construction Important?
    8. High Performance Building Design
    9. Passive Temperature Control and Other Sustainable Design Elements to Consider
    10. You Know LEED, But Do You Know WELL?
    11. Creating High Performance Buildings through Integrative Design Process
    12. Awesome LEED Project in NJ ::: “CENTRA” by @KohnPedersenFox
    13. Contemporary Mediterranean Home With a “Breathing” Eco-Façade
    14. What is a High Performance School?
    15. Exclusive #EcoMonday Interview with Architect Bill Reed with host @FrankCunhaIII (Part 1 of 3)
    16. Exclusive #EcoMonday Interview with Architect Bill Reed with host @FrankCunhaIII (Part 2 of 3)
    17. Exclusive #EcoMonday Interview with Architect Bill Reed with host @FrankCunhaIII (Part 3 of 3)
    18. Team New Jersey To Make Precast Concrete Solar House Reality and @RutgersU and @NJIT Compete in 2012 Solar Decathlon
    19. The 2030 Challenge for Planning @Arch2030
    20. What is The 2030 Challenge? @Arch2030
    21. Sustainable Cities
    22. Cool Concrete Home in Jersey City

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    Prototyping Future Worlds with Futurist Architect Filmmaker @Liam_Young featured on Mind & Machine Podcast with Host @AugustBradley #Technology #Art #Film #ilmaBlog

    Earlier this week I heard a great podcast on Mind & Machine, hosted by August Bradley I wanted to share with you.
    MIND & MACHINE: Future Technology, Futurist Ideas (Published on Apr 9, 2018)

    Liam Young, Speculative Architect, Futurist, Sci-fi Shaper, Extreme Explorer, Provocateur, Technology Storyteller, who uses his design background combined with experience in crafting environments to prototype new worlds — worlds that reveal unexpected aspects of how we live today and how we will live in the future. Liam teaches speculative architecture and world building at Sci Arc, a leading architecture school. He founded Unknown Fields, a nomadic studio documenting expeditions to the ends of the earth, exploring unusual forgotten landscapes, and obsolete ecologies. And Liam has co-founded Tomorrows Thoughts Today, a futures think tank envisioning fantastic speculative urban settings of tomorrow.
    Podcast version at: https://is.gd/MM_on_iTunes

    More about and from Liam at:

    http://www.propela.co.uk/liamyoung
    MIND & MACHINE features interviews by August Bradley with leaders in transformational technologies.
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/augustbradley
    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/mindandmachine
    Website: https://www.MindAndMachine.io

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    ILMA of The Week

    ILMA of the Week: Eugene Tsui

    ILMA of the Week: Antoine Predock

    ILMA of the Week: Peter Eisenman

    ILMA of the Week: Bruce A. Goff

    ILMA of the Week: Frank H. Furness

    ILMA of the Week: Eero Saarinen

    ILMA of the Week: I. M. Pei

    ILMA of the Week: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

    ILMA of the Week: Eric Owen Moss

    ILMA of the Week: Oscar Niemeyer

    ILMA of the Week: Frank L. Wright

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    ILMA of the Week: Eugene Tsui

    Eugene Tssui (also spelled Tsui, born September 14, 1954) is an American Architect. His built projects are known for their use of ecological principles and highly experimental “biologic” design, a term coined by Tssui himself in the 2010 issue of World Architecture Review. He has also proposed a number of massive, radical projects, such as a bridge over the Strait of Gibraltar and a 2-mile-high tower capable of housing 1 million residents.

    The following article was first published by Nov. 30, 2015, 7 a.m. at Berkeleyside; Tom Dalzell’s blog: http://quirkyberkeley.com.

    2727 Mathews Street. Photo: John StoreyThe “Fish House” at 2747 Mathews St. in Berkeley. Photo: John Storey

    The “Fish House” at 2747 Mathews St. in Berkeley, designed by Emeryville’s Eugene Tssui, is the least-expected and probably the most-photographed architectural design in Berkeley.

    2727 Mathews Street. Photo: John Storey2747 Mathews St. Photo: John Storey

    2727 Mathews Street. Photo: John Storey
    2747 Mathews St. Photo: John Storey

    2727 Mathews Street. Photo: Joe Reifer
    2747 Mathews St. Photo: Joe Reifer

    The image above was photographed during the June 2008 full moon around midnight, with an exposure time of approximately 6 minutes. It takes the house’s other-wordly element into a whole new other world.

    2727 Mathews Street. Photo: John Storey
    2747 Mathews St. Photo: John Storey

    Crumbled abalone shell is mixed in with the stucco-ish exterior, providing the sparkle.

    2727 Mathews Street. Photo: John Storey
    2747 Mathews St. Photo: John Storey

    What look like flying buttresses — sort of — project from the rear of the house. They serve as slide escapes from the second story in the event of an evacuation.

    Tssui designed the home for his parents, who lived in it from 1995 until last year. It is on Mathews Street, just west of San Pablo Park. But for it, Mathews Street is largely a street without quirk.

    A color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph of a tardigrade found in moss samples. Photo: New York Times
    A color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph of a tardigrade found in moss samples. Photo: New York Times

    The house is designed based on the tardigrade, a segmented marine micro-animal. The tardigrade can  survive extreme cold and extreme hot, extreme pressure or a vacuum, radiation doses, and can go without food or water for more than ten years.

    When Tssui’s parents moved to Berkeley, they were concerned about earthquakes and wanted him to design a house in which they would be safe no matter what the Richter Scale said. Tssui consulted zoology and learned that the tardigrade is the most indestructible creature on the planet. True to his belief in biomimicry, he created a house based on the architecture of the lowly tardigrade. He believes that the Mathews Street house is safe from fire, earthquake, flood and pest.

    Several neighbors from the block of 1920s California bungalows strenuously objected to the house design; the design review process dragged out more than a year. Tssui credits then-mayor Loni Hancock with stepping in and putting an end to the debate in the name of freedom of thought and design.

    The house’s proper name is Ojo del Sol or Tai Yang Yen – the Sun’s Eye. The name alludes to the south-facing 15-foot oculus window, a common feature of Byzantine and Neoclassical architecture. The oculus here serves to light and warm the house. Tssui now uses the name given the house by the public, the Fish House, tardigrade or not.

    Eugene Tssui. Photo: John Storey
    Eugene Tssui. Photo: John Storey

    Tssui is a visionary architect. His degrees are from the University of Oregon and Cal, but he owes much of his architectural vision to three architects with whom he apprenticed: Victor Prus in Montreal, Bruce Goff in Tyler, Texas, and Frei Otto (tensile and membrane structures of glass and steel) in Germany. After Tssui’s first semester at Columbia’s School of Architecture, Dean of Architecture James Stewart Polshek suggested to Tssui that an apprenticeship might suit him better than Columbia. That was a good call.

    Bavinger House, Norman, Oklahoma. Photo: Wikipedia
    Bavinger House, Norman, Oklahoma. Photo: Wikipedia

    Tssui apprenticed with Goff (previous ILMA of the Week: Bruce A. Goff), an extraordinarily creative and innovative architect from 1977 until 1982. Most of Goff’s built projects were in Oklahoma.

    Like Goff, Tssui scorns rectilinear design. Tssui calls his design ethic-biologic, based on the architecture of living things. Biomimicry is another term that might describe Tssui’s approach, finding sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s patterns and strategies.

    Watsu Center at Harbin Hot Springs, Middletown, California. Photo courtesy of Eugene Tssui.
    Watsu Center at Harbin Hot Springs, Middletown, California. Photo: courtesy Eugene Tssui

    Tssui’s built projects include several in the East Bay, as well as the Watsu Center in Middletown, recently damaged by the Valley Fire.

    Ultima Tower design. Photo courtesy of Eugene Tssui.
    Ultima Tower design. Photo: courtesy Eugene Tssui

    Gibralter Bridge design. Photo courtesy of Eugene Tssui.
    Gibraltar Bridge design. Photo: courtesy Eugene Tssui

    Tssui thinks big, an unspoken advocate of the “go big or go home” school of thought. He has designed a submerged bridge with an island half way across to span the Straits of Gibraltar, as well as a two-mile-high tower to house 1,000,000 people. He has visited Tarifa, Spain and North Africa, talking up his bridge project, which draws on wave power and wind power.

    There is nothing about Tssui’s upbringing in Minneapolis that would have predicted his trajectory. His parents were no-nonsense immigrants who left Mainland China as Mao’s revolution swept Communists into power. The outward and physical manifestation of his inner self in high school was to play the prankster — Dennis the Menace constantly in trouble. That he would become a polymath nonpareil would not have been obvious at the time.

    Business Card

    I have never before today used the term “polymath,” a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas. The polymath draws upon complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems. Eugene Tssui is a polymath.

    I actually came across the word before I saw his business card. I believed that I had thought of something he hadn’t. Obviously I had not. The polymath beat me to it. I think Tssui makes most of the world’s polymaths look lazy and shallow, but there is no way to prove or disprove this.

    Courtesy of Eugene Tssui.
    Photo: courtesy Eugene Tssui

    Courtesy of Eugene Tssui.
    Photo: courtesy Eugene Tssui

    Tssui believes in vigorous, challenging exercise. He studied Northern Praying Mantis, a style of Chinese martial arts. He is a boxer and gymnast of some renown. He eats every other day, and sparingly. What discipline! He sees it as a logical, if not obvious, way to maintain a healthy weight.

    Courtesy of Eugene Tssui.
    Photo: courtesy Eugene Tssui

    He is a concert pianist and flamenco guitarist. Piano was the instrument of his childhood. He keeps it up, with Chopin at the top of his favorite composer list. He is intrigued by the mathematics of music, but more drawn by the emotion, which he sees as central to human meaning, be it in music, architecture, or any facet of life.

    He composes, at times blending his life philosophy with his music, as in “Make What is Wrong, Right”, played “with insistent, battle march feeling” in the five-flats challenging key of D♭major: “We will not be lured by comfort or ease / To make right the acts we know are wrong / And when challenge sends it clarion call / We will act, we will stand, we will fight.”

    Tssui began Flamenco dancing in Montreal in 1970, and by 1972 was the principal dancer of the Minneapolis Flamenco Dance Troupe. University of Oregon professor David Tamarin introduced Tssui to flamenco guitar in 1978. Tssui is drawn to flamenco because it exudes pain and suffering and sadness.

    Eugene Tssui, wearing a ring given him by a Mongolian shaman. Photo: John Storey
    Eugene Tssui, wearing a ring given him by a Mongolian shaman. Photo: John Storey

    Photo courtesy: Eugene Tssui.
    Photo: courtesy Eugene Tssui

    Tssui has lived for long stretches in China. In recent years he has become fascinated with Mongolia. Mongolian culture and history inform Tssui in many ways, as do the life and writings of Genghis Kahn. His experiences with a Mongolian shaman have made him a more spiritual man, an aspect of life that he had not formerly explored.

    He has lectured at Cal, served as a research scholar at Harvard, taught at Ohio University and North Carolina State University and Harbin University and Peking University and South China University of Technology. He speaks fluent Mandarin.

    He [also] designs furniture.

    Rolling buffet table designed by Eugene Tssui. Photo courtesy of Eugene Tssui.
    Rolling buffet table designed by Eugene Tssui. Photo: courtesy Eugene Tssui

    He [also] designs clothes.

    Eugene Tssui. Photo: John Storey
    Eugene Tssui. Photo: John Storey

    Eugene Tssui. Photo: John Storey
    Eugene Tssui. Photo: John Storey

    Eugene Tssui. Photo: John Storey
    Eugene Tssui. Photo: John Storey

    Eugene Tssui. Photo: John StoreyEugene Tssui. Photo: John Storey

    The style draws on indigenous Mongolian designs and is highly functional. The sequins on the purple suit shown above, and in the photo of Tssui in front of the Fish House, are small solar panels which can be used to charge a mobile phone.

    What’s next for our hometown polymath?

    Courtesy of Eugene TssuiCourtesy of Eugene Tssui

    Courtesy of Eugene TssuiCourtesy of Eugene Tssui

    Courtesy of Eugene TssuiCourtesy of Eugene Tssui

    Courtesy of Eugene TssuiCourtesy of Eugene Tssui

    He is designing a live/work space to be built in San Pablo. The biologic design is obvious, although the organism that is mimicked is less obvious. He is designing it such that the electricity used in the building will be generated by the user — bicycling or by arms; he will not install solar panels because he finds them toxic when constructed. He is designing it to be cooled and warmed by the earth, and it is aerodynamic for passive ventilation. And so on. Tssui describes himself as someone who asks questions that most people try to avoid. He takes the tough questions and looks for fascinating and universally applicable answers. It is, to say the very least, the product of a creative, answer-seeking polymath mind.

    Check out a film on Netflix about Eugene Tsui by clicking here.

    And don’t forget to check out Tom Dalzell’s blog: http://quirkyberkeley.com.

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