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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Future Ruins by Michelle Lord (inspired by JGB) While cleaning-up my digital archives yesterday I “ran into” a letter I wrote to James Graham Ballard two and half years ago, then (shamelessly) hoping to start an epistolary exchange with him. What I did not know when I sent this letter to him on April 14th 2009 was that he was going to die five days later! This letter probably never reached him…… Read More

Francois Roche has been recently commissioned to curate a competition for less than 30 years old artists/architects which will see the winning project being built in a wild site near Bordeaux. In this regard, he dedicated a website to this “call for scenario/fabrication/exhibition” that he called Ca s’est passé ici which includes the beautiful introductory text that follows: “Grass produces neither flower nor sermon on the mountain, nor airplane carrier, but in… Read More

This time of the year is always a good moment to look at the production of  schools of architecture in the United Kingdom as many projects are competing to win the yearly RIBA Silver Medal. I will therefore publish few projects which, in my opinion, reach a certain degree of uniqueness as well as an interesting approach in given narratives. The first one comes from the Bartlett and has been created by… Read More

The Criterion Collection‘s website recently release a beautiful series of stills extracted from four movies by Michelangelo Antonioni: Red Desert (1964), L’Eclisse (1962), Identification of a Woman (1982) and L’Avventura (1960). Those stolen cinematic moments reveals Antonioni’s construction of a very dexterous mix between material and atmospheric environments all along his films. Red Desert, as I had the occasion to write before, can probably be said to embody the paroxysm of such … Read More

Occupy the Brooklyn Bridge on November 17th /// Photo by Leopold Lambert There has been few debates since the beginning of the Occupy movement about its very name. This name started with an assumed martial connotation against Wall Street and some of us, who could not dissociate this notion from a colonial context, were fairly surprised that this name was extended to the other “islands” of the movement. We were considering it… Read More

‘Highway damaged by the Northridge Earthquake, California, January 1994’ from Bruce Mau (2004). Massive Change. (London: Phaidon). This week, this is Carl Douglas‘ turn to use the space on the Funambulist dedicated to friends and other guests for them to share their vision on a topic they chose. I won’t introduce him since he wrote a brief paragraph about his platforms and interests that you can read right after this paragraph. His… Read More

In 2008, the Japanese artist collective Chim Pom managed to invade some specific landmarks of Tokyo, like Shibuya or the Parliament building, with a swarm of wild crows ingeniously driven by a taxidermic bird and a megaphone using crows’ screams. This project is appealing (see the video below) for the introduction of wildness in our tamed domestic environment. In order to do so, they used animals that we are used to see… Read More

I have been recently commissioned to write a short article for the first issue of Studio Magazine entitled [from] CRISIS [to] and I was happy to write the text that follows this introduction. This issue exists in its digital version, but also very soon as a hard copy in Milan where RRC Studio, the editors are practicing architecture. They came up with an interesting mix of mediums between essays, reportages, fictions, photos,… Read More

Cardross Seminary, Living Quarters – by TenThirtyNine This week’s guest writer is Claire Jamieson whose student project Eternally Yours had been published on this blog (on boiteaoutils actually) a few years ago. She is now a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Arts in London and is absorbed in the relationship that literature establishes with architecture and vice versa. In the following essay, The Possible Worlds of Architecture, she gives us… Read More

Privately Owned Public Space‘s policy As I have been writing few weeks ago, one very interesting aspect of Occupy Wall Street consists in the re-appropriation of public space as what it is supposed to be by definition: public. The constitution of an agora accessible by all because territorialized in an open space is the certitude of the democratic essence of this movement. That is for this reason that I am calling my… Read More

Having question the relationship the body creates with its physical environment in the two last articles, I find appropriate to bring a very expressive and beautiful illustration of this relationship found in the choreographical interpretation of The Rite of Spring by Angelin Preljocaj (2000). In the following excerpt of this contemporary ballet, the young woman, soon to be sacrificed is pushed and fall on a little piece of terrain on which she… Read More

Arakawa + Gins, Bioscleave House (Lifespan Extending Villa),2004, photo: Léopold Lambert Today, I release the second part of the conversation I have been recently having with Madeline Gins about the Reversible Destiny Foundation co founded with Arakawa. While the first part was more an epistolary assignment, this second part is a face to face conversation at the end of a day spent a the Bioscleave House (Lifespan Extending Villa) built three years… Read More

Arakawa + Gins, Yoro Park – Site of Reversible Destiny, Gifu,1995, Photo Trane DeVore It has been several months now that I started an oral and written conversation with Madeline Gins, co-founder with Arakawa of the Reversible Destiny Foundation that I have been evoking many times this last year (see the list of articles at the end of this post). In this matter I shamefully recommend the essay I wrote about a Spinozist… Read More

Pessoa, Dostoevsky, Kerouac and Artaud in one portrait I am very happy to announce the first event of Archipelagos that I introduced few weeks ago (see previous post). This first gathering will trigger a conversation around literature as four architects, Carla Leitão, Martin Byrne, Sofia Krimizi and myself will briefly present a paper about four authors, respectivally Fernando Pessoa, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Jack Kerouac and Antonin Artaud. Those short presentations will be followed by… Read More

Living in New York for quite a while now, I regularly noticed that only few people here knew the work produced by Didier Faustino and his Bureau des Mésarchitectures back in Paris. I therefore decided to introduce a small collection extracted from a long list of projects since 1996. There is no human mind without a body to live in this time of new media and communication networks, you must recover your… Read More

In the context of the exhibition Landscape Future: Instruments, Devices and Architectural Invention curated by Geoff Manaugh at the Nevada Museum of Arts (August 13, 2011 – February 12, 2012), the Princeton Architectural Press had the good idea to create a “Landscape Futures Bundle” composed by three books written by some participants of the exhibition: Subnature by David Gissen: As I had the occasion to write earlier, Subnature is a very interesting… Read More

This week’s guest writer’s essay brings us about four hundreds years ago around an architecture treatise written by Jacques Perret of Chambéry during the French Renaissance. This essay’s author is my friend Morgan N. who gives us a preview of his research he is currently overtaking for his PhD at Harvard. Beyond his scholar rigor, Morgan interprets J.Perret’s work in a very poetic attempt to mix religion/politics, space and sound. The Textual-Sonic… Read More

Manhattan Archipelago by Leopold Lambert, Oct 2011. It would have probably not escaped to my regular readers that I am very much interested with the notion of archipelago. After celebrating the philosophy of Edouard Glissant, the poet of the archipelagos, after having created a metaphorical map representing the effective Palestinian territory under occupation as an archipelago, and after having launched a series of events external to the Academia with the same name,… Read More