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.
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:
The pain and suffering of the long hours and little sleep has all been worth it as I have been awarded a first class degree in architecture after three years. A good start to a very long time to go.
Earlier this month I was nominated for the the George Jackson Educational Foundation Travel Award. This is an annual award given to students from Birmingham Institute of Art and Design based on their academic achievement and proposal for travel.
I would use this trip to travel to Berlin, Germany to further my research into the identity and culture of people during the 1930’s a time when the far right and the far left had different ideas but left their mark on the city.
My first graded review was set up as above, the review went well with my only feedback being a spelling mistake.
The design is an ‘Oat Ark’ with community/identity events that happen inside it, but it has a wider impact giving energy to the empty square.
I will post up details and high quality images of my sheets/models in January.
My first half marathon, my second only race, the 2011 Bupa Great Birmingham Run (Half Marathon) was a challenge. I struggled at around 8 miles for the rest of the run but I shall talk about that in a minute, previous to that it was the greatest and hardest experience of my life. I loved every second of it though.
Starting with 15,000 people there was a buzz, doing the communal warm-ups before we were called to the front, through a squeezing barrier and then we were off. Running down part of Broadstreet, through the back of the bull ring, into Digbeth and out onto the Pershore road. This was one long road, lots of lovely noise provided by bands until we got to chocolate production heaven that is Cadbury on the other side. Round Bournville which looked for all intense and purpose like the whole suburb had come out to the support us runners (I love Bournville) at this point I was overtaken by two people dressed as elvis which was a little shock. Down from Bournville back on to the Pershore road, passed the halfway stage. This was all fine, I was in a rhythm and then a massive stabbing pain at mile 8 hit me I ground to a halt.
My chest had a massive stabbing pain across it, I decided it was best to walk and see whats what, eventually it subsided and I could run about 400metres without it hurting then I would have to stop. I had to the do this until the very end of the race. Until I got to the last mile and then I decided to just run the whole lot, by the end I was in agony, I was crying with pain my chest was hurting so much but I got through it and I felt better for it (Once I had recovered!.)
I will be back next year, fit and healthy! (hopefully.)
From my target of £200 – I have reached nearly £390 for the Alzheimer’s Society and I am overwhelmed by the amount. Thank you to everyone! I would like to make it £400 just to round it off nicely – please donate: http://www.justgiving.com/Ross-Hetherington