Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Election Court, Annual Service and dinner at Pewterers Hall

one of the many charters of a very old livery company

examples of fine craftsmanship

John E C Dyson is invested in the Livery by Master Wilkey

certification of the event

Monday, 9 July 2012

The 2012 Drawing Prize

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*Vivat, vivat Cornwall!
The winners of the Jonathan and Victoria Ball* Award, the Drawing Prize for 2012 were:

RIBA Part 1 winner; Samantha Horn of London Metropolitan University
The Touqan Palace, a ruined 17th Century fortified palace in Nablus, is proposed as the public epicentre (incorporating community spaces and artists’ studios) of a network of interventions across the city. The interventions increase connectivity and facilitate existing activities at roof top level. Rooms added to existing buildings in the Old City provide a place to stay for cultural and ethical tourists, creating the possibility for cultural exchange and providing an income for local families.

and RIBA Part 1 'runner-up'; Oscar Plastow of Kingston University
56 Artillery Lane is a fine example of a Georgian East London merchant's building. It was built  around 1690 on land that was previously a weapons practice ground. Later, in the 1750's, the buildings were transformed into luxury shops in the Rococo style by Huguenot silk merchants, protestant settlers from France.

An A1 pencil drawing

RIBA Part 2 winner; James Decent of London Metropolitan University
The drawing illustrates a proposal of a new building within the estate of Hardwick in Derbyshire. It was important that the drawing conveyed the landscape of trees and parkland. The topography staggers up a natural embankment before levelling at a flat plateau. The existing Elizabethan houses known as Old Hardwick Hall and New Hardwick Hall form a skyline on the plateau edge. The new building sits between these halls, mediating them in scale and proportion.

and RIBA Part 2 'runner-up'; Haiwei Xie of the Royal College of Art

The B.R.I.C House
The drawing shows an integration of architecture and landscape, which is the result of The B.R.I.C House proposal --- an alternative housing strategy, centred around the idea of a “public living room", for the Chelsea Barracks site in Westminster. Employing “family tree urbanism” as an organisational strategy, houses are located around an organic water-scape that is based on a rigorous analysis of the culture of the B.R.I.C nations. The intention is to create a high-quality but low-price, high-density but low-rise housing development aimed at a diverse and multi-cultural society.