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Michael Badu's comments

  • Who should be taught in the architectural canon?

    Michael Badu's comment 26 July, 2013 12:16 pm

    "Historiography is valuable - but it is in danger of becoming a means of recycling our insecurities. The understanding of the ‘relativity of knowledge’ should not mean that we abandon the task of identifying the achievements of the past and passing them on with a sense of conviction."

    "it is the responsibility of teachers to pass on their accumulated knowledge to the next generation, who, being young, will make sense of that understanding for their new world. Arendt argues that all teaching is fundamentally an act of ‘conservation’, not to conserve the past for nostalgic reasons, but because the conservation of the old provides the basis for renewal and innovation."

    damn straight!

    We should be embarrassed as a profession that too many practing architects are not able to talk about the architecture of the past with any real knowledge. Our excuse? It doesn't matter because it's really old and we live in modern times now! The trouble is that you can keep applying this principle of the 'superceded canon' suceessively as time passes, to such a degree that nothing learned is perceived as having any real value anymore, and this is exactly where we are as a profession right now. If anything goes, why do you need architects?

  • Frame House, Holland Park by Jonathan Tuckey Design

    Michael Badu's comment 17 May, 2013 3:29 pm

    looking forward to JTA's red concrete number being published!

  • Frame House, Holland Park by Jonathan Tuckey Design

    Michael Badu's comment 17 May, 2013 3:27 pm

    All the schemes are lovely! But wasn't Gort Scotts published already?

  • Where are all the critics?

    Michael Badu's comment 23 March, 2013 9:17 pm

    Mr Games. I look forward to your first mission!

  • Olga Felip crowned Emerging Woman Architect of the Year

    Michael Badu's comment 23 March, 2013 6:41 pm

    impressive!

  • It's time to question the classic Corb backstory

    Michael Badu's comment 12 March, 2013 3:28 pm

    Interesting article, however Corb goes on about the Parthenon so much in 'Vers Une' that it's difficult to accept this revisionist hypothesis. Corb clearly admired the 'Sphinx-like' mosques of 'Stamboul' and his sketches showed his analytical appreciation of them. Fundamentally Corb was the opposite of architect like Hadid and Zumthor (much as I love them) who say they are inspired only by themselves. Corb was more like Siza who said 'to know architecture, is to know the work of other architects. Therein lies his greatness. This could apply to Palladio and Sinan too, who knew each other's work. Sometimes as architects we lack the ability to say 'this is not in line with my philosophy, but it's really good; therefore my philosophy is wrong!'

  • Cypriot common ground

    Michael Badu's comment 7 September, 2012 9:01 am

    Sounds like a good project! Good article

  • Starchitects think journalists should toe the line

    Michael Badu's comment 7 September, 2012 8:57 am

    It's true that Wolf Prix made some valid points and that David Chipperfield doesn't come out of this as well as he might, because he takes the criticism (much of it directed at the modern incarnation of the biennale itself) too personally. It's also seems that Prix has a problem with Chipperfield’s architecture, perhaps deeming it too corporate-friendly and bland and that his opinions in this regard rumble 'not-so-deep' beneath the surface of his press release. What Chipperfield would no doubt have pointed out (had he not allowed himself to feel so personally affronted) was that Prix himself highlighted the essential ridiculousness of his position by mentioning architecture and Pussy Riot in the same sentence. It's anachronistic to imagine that architects have (or ever really had) the power to influence politics through built form. Shouldn't the Jenks Prize winner have realised by now that one of the fundamental lessons of Post Modernism has been the peripheral nature of much of what architects do to society? One suspects that Chipperfield understands this, indeed Patrik Schumacher was quite heavily attacked recently for making a similar point.
    To imagine that architecture which has it's roots in fulfilling quite boring but fundamental human requirements can have the same effect as punk rock, which (if you go back far enough) has it's roots in the protest songs sung on American slave plantations, is silly. These are points that could have been discussed by our 'responsible-media' had it not been so concerned with saving face.
    As architects we have to realise that our failure to get the ‘basics’ right has led to our increasing marginalisation, those basics being the design of beautiful, durable, meaningful buildings. Unfortunately nearly 100 years after Le Corbusier et al, we have to admit that we are still struggling with these simple aims and in typically straight-laced fashion Chipperfield’s ‘Common Ground’ seems to address this.

  • Chipperfield victorious in Reims arts museum contest

    Michael Badu's comment 28 May, 2012 5:24 pm

    This could be incredible!!! Don't be put off by the fact that it looks like a building e've seen before. The marble could be...really great!!! Looking forward to this.

  • Grundtvig’s Church, probably the best brick building in the world

    Michael Badu's comment 7 May, 2012 2:10 pm

    @Rory. True! Lol! As I said Grundtvig still pretty damn good though!

    P.S is my mug in the post?

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