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berrin chatzi chousein

born in Greece and graduated from Middle East Technical University,Faculty of Architecture,Department of Architecture.She has served as Country Editor at World Architecture Community since 2008 and become Editor-in-Chief at WAC in 2014.Berrin was also curator of London-based studio Studio Egret West(SEW) exhibition under the title of ’Young British... / More

Acoustic Deconstruction of 2626 Bancroft Way


To capture and perform with the acoustic soul of a magnificent brutalist space in Berkeley, CA, before it is changed forever

The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is relocating to a new building, and the fate of their current home, Woo Hon Fai Hall (Mario Ciampi, 1970) is uncertain. If the building is repurposed, the open gallery space will be reinforced and divided up. Whatever the building's fate, the beloved acoustic of this brutalist gem will soon change forever.

On January 28, 2015, when the last exhibition is gone and the galleries are empty, we will measure, study, listen to, and document the acoustic nature of the space. We will then commission sound artists to engage creatively with the palette of data and perform for the public in acousmatic style at The Lab in San Francisco. For the performance, a state-of-the-art Meyer Sound Constellation audio system will be installed at The Lab, and a live recording will be released in digital and vinyl LP formats. Listeners will experience the acoustic soul of the Ciampi building, disembodied from the physical space and modified through the lens of the artists.

Traditional (dodecahedral loudspeaker) and cutting edge (laser scan) measurement techniques will be used to better understand how sound energy develops within the space. Impulse responses, point clouds, and simulations will be generated for artistic, scientific, and archival use.

Awareness of the sonic importance of brutalist architecture will be raised at a time where buildings of this style are being demolished at an alarming pace. The Ciampi building's cascading planes of concrete, cavernous interior, and spare finishes amount to a unique acoustic praised by performers and audiences for decades, and this is a rare window of opportunity understand and preserve, in-part, how its acoustics influenced the performances that took place inside it.

This Kickstarter is the sole source of funding for this project. BAM/PFA are providing access to the space but only if we can fund the project ourselves. The funding goal is the minimum required for the success of this important project.

This concept was devised during an overlap of residencies at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer in Troy, NY. Playback system, measurement equipment, and measurement support generously provided by Meyer Sound.

Andre, Buren, Irwin, Nordman : space as support : exhibition and catalogue, University Art Museum, 1980.

For more information and examples of performances please visit website

> via kickstarter.com

Secret Operation 610 nominated for Mies van de Rohe Award 2015


© Michiel de Cleene, Raymond Rutting

Secret Operation 610
When aircraft Shelter 610 opens its ruthless doors, a monstrous black behemoth slowly comes driving out. The object revives the mysterious atmosphere of the Cold War and its accompanying terrifying weaponry. At an almost excruciatingly slow pace, the artwork uses its caterpillar tracks to cross the seemingly infinite runway. Due to this brutal object's constantly changing position in the serene landscape, it allows the visitor to experience the area and the history of the military airbase in new ways.


Book Presentation: Undocumented:The Architecture of Migrant Detention

© Tings Chak8 November 2014, @2:00 pm Click here for the Facebook eventOver 80,000 people have been jailed indefinitely, without charge or trial-this is the invisible reality of immigration detention in Canada. Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention (Architecture Observer 2014) doc ...

Why Gillian Wearing made a statue of two single mothers

Flashback: Birmingham Library in the 1970s. Photo: GettyHer sculpture depicts two sisters, Roma and Emma Jones (who, like Wearing, were born in Birmingham), and their sons. It has attracted local interest, as well as complaints from fathers and the far right.In Centenary Square in Birmingham, opposi ...

Nonfiction Takes Root in the Parisian Literary Landscape

The first issue of XXI, which came out in 2008 and publishes long-form journalism.When Adrien Bosc, the 28-year-old publisher of Feuilleton, a French quarterly that has received some buzz here for bringing American long-form journalism to this side of the Atlantic, tries to describe his publication, ...

New book charts development of humanitarian architecture

Image: RMIT UniversityHumanitarian Architecture is the title and subject of a new book written by RMIT University Associate Professor Esther Charlesworth, which will be launched next week by former Foreign Minister Gareth Evans.Charting the development of humanitarian architecture, the book explores ...

Universities as big business, coding the future, and openings in knowledge production

Image credit: Two women operating ENIAC, US Army (Wikimedia, Public Domain)Impact Round-Up 21st June: Universities as big business, coding the future, and openings in knowledge production.Managing Editor Sierra Williams presents a round-up of popular stories from around the web on higher education, ...

Politics of Place has now been published!

The first issue of the journal has now been published. Click Here to view it.Alternatively, you can read individual pieces in pdf format. Special FeatureA Step Towards the Earth: Interview with Tim Robinsonby Jos Smith Articles“Home-grown Iliads”: Hermsprong and theRegional Novelby Chris ...

Youth and success in architecture


Text and images: Sara Anne Best

At 43, Sou Fujimoto is the youngest architect to author a Serpentine Pavilion. Will his talk in Sydney inspire encouragement and support to the emerging generation of architects?

A gargantuan pebble lies dormant in Kensington Gardens, on the doorstep of the Serpentine Gallery. Chilean architect, Smiljan Radic’s paper-mache carapace is the antithesis of last year’s translucent terrain by Sou Fujimoto. It is a contradiction that highlights the pavilion commission as an ‘unparalleled site for architectural experimentation’.

Often a luxury, the privilege is awarded to an architect yet to build in the UK, enabling local audiences to ‘engage with their work first hand’. It is a prestigious honour and at once an affirmation and catalyst toward architectural fame. Yet in a profession that draws heavily on the work of others to teach and inspire, there is a commensurate level of responsibility.


Flashback: See The New York Skyline Change Over 150 Years

The New York skyline is made up of twelve different decades of buildings, but when you look at them today, they all form a single beautiful picture. Over the last century and a half, that picture has changed dramatically. From the original skyscraper boom to the modern glass towers of today, the New York skyline has grown more and more impressive every year, and these pictures show the process step-by-step, as well as the impending future.

Year: 1906...

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