The introduction of nature would be on a substantial scale, as opposed to, for instance, tree lined avenues where nature has a superficial ornamental role and trees are hardly regarded as anything more than street furniture. The treatment of nature is not to be as ornament paltry to the urban landscape but as sculptural objects in their […]

Day’s End, Gordon Matta Clark

Day’s End was a monumental architectural “cutting” (Thomspon, 2003) that involved slicing through walls, roofs, floors and foundations of an abandoned pier that was alloted for demolition. At Pier 52, a nine-foot wide trench is hollowed out of the building, cutting through the floor and structure. The transformation is destabilising – the building gains a certain frailty […]

Bhirchowk Cottage .02

from Glanmore Revisited THE SKYLIGHT You were the one for skylights. I opposed Cutting into the seasoned tongue-and-groove Of pitch pine. I liked it low and closed, Its claustrophobic, nest-up-in-the-roof Effect. I liked the snuff-dry feeling, The perfect, trunk-lid fit of the old ceiling. Under there, it was all hutch and hatch. The blue slates […]

Katsura Villa

The construction of the Katsura Villa and grounds near Kyoto were commissioned by the princes Toshihito (1579 – 1629) and Toshitada (1619 – 1662) of the Hachijo Imperial Family and built in three main stages starting in 1615 over a period of roughly fifty years.1 In its lifetime, Katsura as attested by Arata Isozaki in his […]

Rousham (1738 – 41)

The landscape gardens at Rousham are considered the ‘most complete and typical’1 of William Kent’s gardens. They were initially laid out by Charles Bridgeman until around 1737 under the instructions of the Colonel Robert Dormer, but were later completed in 1938-41by Kent when commissioned by the younger brother of the Colonel, General James Dormer. The […]