The Legacy of Prickly Mountain | Vermont’s Hippie Heaven


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The Legacy of Prickly Mountain | Vermont’s Hippie Heaven

Philip Ursprung – Out of Bologna: Lacaton and Vassal’s Nantes school of Architecture

Nantes School of Architecture, Lacaton & Vassal

Key points adressed in the text:

Non-ceremonial transition between outside and inside.
“Massification” and democratization of higher education in Europe since 19th century (1968, Bologna process).
Importance of higher education in nation-state formation.

Spatial representation of Bologna?
Private schools’ branding v. public school’s utilitarianism.
Bologna conflicts – economization v. idealism.
Sustainability (social, economic, ecologic).

Interpretation of the building.
Architecture of the school reflecting bureaucracy of EU and its infrastructure.


Project on Lacaton&Vassal website:


Philip Ursprung – Out of Bologna: Lacaton and Vassal’s Nantes school of Architecture

Interview with Will Hunter

LSA – The London School of Architecture

 Will Hunter + Nathaniel (student)

(Shortened transcription of an interview conducted by Natalia Podejko, Michal Mráz and Georgia Papathanasiou at McQUEEN café, London. 17/03/2016).

Tools that we can now use did not exist ten years ago. We are enabled to exist simply by technological advances that have happened over the last ten years – in terms of communication and collaboration.

We are a response to how we use a city in a different way. We are outside the four walls of institutions.

Economically we are a school for independent minds – first UK cost neutral educational model.

Architecture is not stable condition. We are one of the first schools that tries to make a pedagogical culture interested in the future rather than today or even 50 years ago.
By 2020 computer will have the same power as a human brain, by 2050 as the whole of humanity.
We are in a time when sitting in front of a computer designing is not going to be operating. Continue reading “Interview with Will Hunter”

Interview with Will Hunter

Movie nights?


1_ Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural studio.

Samuel Mockbee’s website:

2_ Eames: The Architect & The Painter (2011)

3_ Blade Runner (1982)
Dystopian future sci-fi classic.

“Riddley Scott introduces the viewer to a dystopian future of a metropolis falling in decay. The fog always covers the sun. The buildings stand tall, dark and soulless. The acid rain constantly pours down. Only the neon lights of the city billboards and the machines bring light in the film.

Influenced by Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, “Blade Runner” portrays a horrible future of the post-modern, post-industrial city. The Tyrell Corp resembles the Tower of Babel from Metropolis, dominating the dark city. It is clearly influenced by Mayan temples and modern skyscrapers with its steel and glass exterior.

Unlike other futuristic film cities that seem tidy, clean and well-defined through their automatization, the futuristic L.A. of “Blade Runner” portrays a dark, chaotic, decadence future. The upper classes have abandoned earth and only the cast-offs of society still inhabit earth. The huge buildings have been built and later abandoned to rust and decay.” (Kaisar, 2015)

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Movie nights?

Spatial Agency – database



1_Caravans sprayed with insulation serving as site offices (Spatial Agency)

Spatial Agency website:


Spatial Agency: Other Ways of Doing Architecture (a book):

Database collecting examples of different approaches to architecture.

 Spatial Agency is a project that presents a new way of looking at how buildings and space can be produced. Moving away from architecture’s traditional focus on the look and making of buildings, Spatial Agency proposes a much more expansive field of opportunities in which architects and non-architects can operate. It suggests other ways of doing architecture.” (Spatial Agency, 2016)

“In the spirit of Cedric Price the project started with the belief that a building is not necessarily the best solution to a spatial problem. The project attempts to uncover a second history of architecture, one that moves sharply away from the figure of the architect as individual hero, and replaces it with a much more collaborative approach in which agents act with, and on behalf of, others.” (Spatial Agency, 2016)

Spatial Agency. About. Retrieved [04.03.2016] from:

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1_ Caravans sprayed with insulation serving as site offices. [Image] (2016). Retrieved [04.03.2016] from:

Spatial Agency – database

Discussion_Thursday 03/03/2016



How do we use these words?


Basic topics:


Bullet points:
– architectural education as a survival – focus on the necessary only
– interdisciplinary cooperation
– art involvment
– hands-on approach
– is a computer only a new pencil or does it provide new points of view?
– what are the benefits of technology?
– how do we interact with technology?
– learning by doing
– importance of changing a point of view
– being closer to things by experiencing them first hand, not mediated by someone/something third
– how do you read world through technology?
– what is technology?; not only electrically-powered appliances; building technology is a technology
– who designs, me or the computer?
– missuse of technology by architecture, use of technology intended for something else
– what is a research?
– how do you research? internet?
– self-referencing loop (websites, magazines)
– references outside of architecture
– architect as a service provider or a strong author?
– can you be objective/scientific?
– is one semester enough for a project? what about five years?
– should we stop lookin at references?
– should we work only with representations or rather in 1:1 scale?
– school as a bubble v. school interconnected with practices
– vacuum between the end of school and actual work
– does our education prepare us for life?
– what could a school be? can I start my own practice there?
– perceiving space through dancing
– fantasy world as a common ground
– context – mountains v. flat land
– curriculum-based eduction v. more free structure
– how does the actual building where architecture is taught influence what and how it is taught?
– where do you want to be taught?
– unit system – highly competitive
– AA – if you don’t get students, you don’t teach
– hierarchy at AA is flat
– urge to have public interventions
– lectures for public
– type of school like AA needs international student body and cosmopolitan environment
– extravagance and fun is an important part of learning
– the space at AA is domestic, unit spaces are really small
– look at our studio, it’s a disaster, it’s clinical
– how are you willing to pay for school?
– if you pay so much, are you willing to experiment?
– last architect on the cover of the Time magazine was Phillip Johnson in 1979
– architect no more as a thinker, only executor
– architecture is usually reactionary
– what is the current state of economics and politics?
– who finances the school and why?
– school in monarch/totalitarian system/democracy
– director/chairman/president
– does architecture need to be alway political?
– Swiss ultimate form of direct democracy
– how to make people understand architects?
– what else can architecture school be?
– 20,000 students, 40,000 accomodation units
– can you start your practice at school?
– what are we trained for v. what is the reality?
– pragmatic v. visionary architect
– you should know everything about history
– drawing is reduction of architecture
– A. Schnell – teaching history in the form of a studio
– should you be as a student free or is it better that you have a chance to confront yourself with a certain tendency, which you can agree/disagree with?
– political activism in form of architecture
– our generation of students is incredibely conform, we are fine with what we have
– what I want from education v. what is expected by society
– towards homogenization
– the medium is the massage
– teaching outside
– Google offices – way to make you be at work all the time
– real estate market in Sillicon Valley – many sigle households
– educating public – schools almost obliged to do it
– atmosphere of the school
– easily digestable TED talks
– online courses
– face-to-face contact v. distant virtual contact
– road tour as a form of engaging with society and creating team atmosphere
– bringing education to people, not vice versa
– only women collaborators

Discussion_Thursday 03/03/2016