Studio Ideas and Inspiration

Piano Stairs

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by kforget on 8 April 2010

Architecture can truly have an impact on the individual’s experience through a building. It can also be an incentive to stay fit by taking the stairs… Check it out:



Motion Art

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by kforget on 24 March 2010


Origamic Architecture

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by kforget on 15 March 2010

“In the Japanese paperfolding art of origami, cutting the paper is frowned upon. But in 1981, Masahiro Chatani, professor of Architecture at Tokyo Institute of Technology proved that papercutting could indeed produce stunning pieces of art.

Along with his colleague Keiko Nakazawa, Chatani developed Origamic Architecture, a variation of kirigami (itself a variation of origami where cuts were allowed), where you only needed an X-acto knife and a ruler to create complex 3-dimensional structures out of a single sheet of paper.

Origamic Architecture sculptures range from (the relatively simple) geometric patterns to famous buildings’ facades. It’s like 3-D pop-up greeting cards, but much, much more complex. While looking at the examples below, keep this in mind: everything’s done with the simple cuts of the knife.”

Check out some of these designs made by the use of simple cuts – this technique incorporates the material itself (the paper) AND the space around/within/between it! (Something we’ve noticed throughout several concepts throughout the term.)

"Rat" by Keiko Nakazawa

by Masahiro Chatani

By Ingrid Siliakus, based on "Escher’s Cycle"

By Willem

"Diagonal Steps" by Gerry Stormer


Architecture for Humanity

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by kforget on 9 March 2010

AFHTO – Architecture for Humanity, Toronto.

Here is a quote from their site’s homepage:

“We are a volunteer organization of architects, planners and designers — activists, students, and concerned citizens — brought together by the common goal of transforming Toronto into a beautiful, livable and sustainable city through architectural and design solutions.”

Finally!  A non-profit organization with no payroll, no employees, and full architecture in the making. They have gotten involved in projects ranging from fundraisers, relief work for Haiti, to working on sustainable and socially equitable living and working environments in Toronto.

So whether you’re from T.O., or just looking to make a difference in the world, using what you like to do BEST, it looks like there’s something out there just for us. I”ve included a link for you to check out or get involved, or even just stay updated on their upcoming projects:


Valdrada – Invisible Cities

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by kforget on 2 March 2010

Try this out! I typed the name of my city into Google and got some pretty neat results…

Sometimes, it helps to see how other people have interpreted the same thing in different ways.

(Also, check out these watercolours and see if your city is one of them.)



Posted in studio 1a_2010 by kforget on 23 February 2010

Architorture” — this term has been the lament of countless aspiring architects for years… who knows, perhaps for generations. It is a simple slang word which embodies a range of emotions, experiences and tribulations faced in the course of an architectural education… and career.

And now “Architorture” is a documentary being created by architects David Krantz and Ian Harris (et. al.) that follows five students through the process of developing their thesis projects.

Content is currently evolving with occasional uploads. Current features are “The Confessionals” where different people explain what Architecture is about in their experience.

Architorture is a documentary that captures five diverse students in a single studio at one university throughout the entirety of their thesis project. The film will convey a mere sliver of time, wholly representative of the experience to create a student’s paramount work. The footage will illustrate the range of emotions and process of this extremely intense period at the conclusion of an academic career. It is our goal for the documentary to possess educational, entertaining, realistic and inspiring qualities in response to the dynamic world these students cross.

Psst! Check out to see some clips and various videos!

Thomas Heatherwick-designed Cafe

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by kforget on 12 February 2010

Just thought it was neat how any building can take on any shape!

The extraordinary structure is in fact Heatherwick Studio’s first complete building. At just 35, Terence Conran’sprotégé has redesigned a public square in Newcastle and the Longchamp flagship in New York but the East Beach Café is without doubt his most ambitious project yet. Shaped like a vast piece of driftwood, washed-up on the shore, the rusted metal shell undulates in sections, like rings of wood that have been smoothed by the sea. The scale and material of the structure combined with its unique shape and setting, makes for an extraordinary contrast of organic and industrial, natural and manmade.

The interior has been designed by Alan Clayton, responsible for another bastion of British seaside chic, Cornwall’s Fifteen Restaurant. Simply designed with curved wooden furniture and spacious seating for sixty, the priority has been to keep the focus on the seaside view. The menu adds a finishing touch to the concept, offering nostalgic British food, made with quality, local ingredients: fish and chips, kedgeree, potted shrimps, steamed cockles and crumpets. Beats a soggy hot dog any day.

Eat What You Build.

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by kforget on 3 February 2010

Jello Cathedral

We make a city from cardboard.  Others do it differently…

Jello Architecture – 1,000 architects explored the relation between architecture and food at the 2008 Architectural Jelly Banquet in London. Plans were drawn up and turned into jelly – or, as we know it here in the U.S., jello – molds, and the resulting creations were displayed and judged.

Biscuit City – Chinese artist Song Dong used thousands of biscuits and sweets to create a replica of an Asian city complete with a stadium and a church. The cityscape, installed in London department store Selfridges, was comprised of over 72,000 edible treats including caramels and fruit shortcake. Once it was completed, customers were invited to dig in.

City of Biscuits

London & Pizza – Food artists and amateur cooks created this edible map of London, which includes items like pizza, fish, sandwiches, pretzels, soda cans, breadsticks and olives. The Marble Arch was recreated in coconut and licorice, while the British Museum was rather more traditional in gingerbread.

An Edible London

– KF

Saucer Coat Hanger

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by kforget on 29 January 2010

Check out this simple, yet innovative design!

Cologne 2010:

Designer Eric Degenhardt of Cologne has designed a coat hook for German manufacturer Schönbuch that incorporates a tray for smaller items such as keys.

Saucer and Coat Hanger

The hook is made of a bent wire rod with a thin metal plate on top.

The following is by Degenhardt:

Saucer by Colgne-based architect and industrial designer Eric Degenhardt – the new simple coat hook has been launched at the imm cologne 2010 – by German manufacturer Schönbuch who specialises in functional furniture for hallways.

The bent wire rod hook works with and without coat hangers or cambrels. The sharp bent loop allows even storing rackets and umbrellas. A hovering saucer-like thin metal plate works as key or cap rest. The matte powder coated hook comes in different colours.


A Building, A Metaphor

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by kforget on 21 January 2010

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

The Cathedral of Christ the Light serves as the new seat of the 500,000-parishioner-strong Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland, Calif. The animating force of this 1,500-seat cathedral is light, a perfectly universal choice given the multicultural makeup of the diocese. Otherwise, the cathedral’s composition becomes its own overarching religious symbol.

The shape of the building’s footprint derives from the union of two interlocking circles, a “vesica piscis,” and represents the idea of congregation. The soaring structure itself is a kind of inverted double-hulled ark resting on an austere base of concrete. (Given that the diocese’s previous home was lost to the Loma Prieta earthquake, the base has been isolated to hold up during a once-in-a-millennium temblor.) Inside the nave, 26 curving Douglas fir ribs support horizontal fir louvers, framing the ocular roof and monumental end windows. The exterior is clad in a shell of green fritted-glass panels. Light diffuses in through triangular aluminum panels that baffle the petal-shaped windows at either end of the nave. And on the north end, the Omega Window has been perforated to reveal a 12th century representation of Christ copied from Chartres Cathedral in France.

– KF

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