Finally found time to ponder the Pizza Oven, superb fun!
Successful museums should by definition be a building designed to display a set of artefacts in a manner that ensures that the architectural design is an integral part of the understanding of the collection. This paper argues that the 19th century models for museums (and architecture) based on an understanding of tradition; provide a better synthesis of object and architecture, than short lived 21st century ‘fashion’ spaces.
I just signed the petition “Birmingham city council: Find alternative uses for Birmingham Central Library. Preserve our history.” on Change.org.
It’s important. Will you sign it too? Here’s the link:
BPN (Architects) have the pleasure in hosting a new exhibition called ‘Urban Artefacts’ by Studio 3, a group of MArch students from Birmingham City University.
Studio 3 have worked on analysing Birmingham and Milan in minute detail over the past year in order to understand the city and its architecture. Through the use of acute observations, and a respect and care for the nature of an existing place, Studio 3 has documented examples of civic Birmingham manifested in the streets, facades and public spaces through drawings, photographs, and models. These precise studies and observations of the existing city were translated into a series of propositions for change.
The exhibition highlights the potential of previously unnoticed areas and proposes new interventions to improve the urban realm through a greater detailed understanding of the existing urban conditions.
The preview for the show is this Thursday 17th July, from 5 till 7pm. The exhibition will remain at 3 Mary Street until 7th August.
We look forward to seeing you there!
To arrange a visit please email:
Further details can be found at:
During June of this year, we set about building at coracle at the Smallwoods Centre in Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge.
Essentially this is an ancient fishing craft, but the design we were building is over 300 years old. The original use was to work in tandem on the River Severn to fish using a large net. A relatively simple frame of softwood seat and legs, with ash lathes in tension stretched to form the shell. The skin is comprised of bitumen coated calico and it works perfectly! By the way we called the boat Honeybee.
Here are a few pictures we took along the way:
It seems that Birmingham council is going to have its way again where architecture is concerned. John Madin’s Central Library seems to of finally been put on death row to be replaced by bland corporate architecture. Progress?
You can see the proposed ‘designs’ in the PDF below: