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Architecture April 2014

HØYBLOKKA REVISITED

This is NJBA A+U’s contribution to the ‘dugnad’, (a voluntary input for the purposes of debate) organised by Markus Richter of the 0047 Gallery in Oslo.  Tasked with examining the complex, its buildings and spaces the proposal sought to invoke a memory of why the place has been abandoned.

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It is hard to look at Høyblokka without thinking of Caspar David Friedrich’s “The Abbey in the Oakwood”.  What had been a vibrant monastery had firstly been dissolved then fell into ruin before been recycled for defensive positions.  In the painting the ruin is shrouded in darkness as mourners arrive to a funeral.  The trees like the ruin are also pruned, their branches amputated.  The melancholy of the painting is a suitable echo of the sad events in Oslo and Utoya.

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The blackened oaks are mirrored in the tall trees standing in front of Høyblokka.  It seems appropriate that two hundred years separate the creation of the painting from the events in Norway.

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The enduring image of the events in Utoya was the white sheets that covered the victims of the atrocity.  The organic distribution of the sheets along the waterfront produced and enduring almost artistic image of innocence and loss.

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While deliberations will take time to define the future of Høyblokka this is a proposal to honour the fallen to compliment the proposed memorial on Utoya to loss.  71 internally illuminated crumpled sheets are placed on 71 biers raising them above the pedestrian level.  As frames they take up variations in the landscape creating a cloud like cover to the remaining urban space of the Høyblokka complex.

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0047 will present a wide range of entries in the exhibition Høy­blokka revisited, which opens on March, 27th; a selection of the entries will subsequently be published in Arkitektur N.  The debate should raise important questions about the nature of urban ruins.

 

Architecture March 2014

Fulcrum – ARDS Peninsula Installation

The possibility of constructing architecture from standardized parts is a long held dream of the modern movement.  With a nostalgic view of the future some pioneers believed that the future could be transparent, functional, streamlined and efficient if it followed the dream of Henry Ford’s production line.  “More Ford than Marx”, went the catchphrase.   However industrialised processes in Architecture are neither new nor exclusively modern.  In ancient Rome the standardization of Brick production facilitated the building of an empire as did their standardisation of armour, currency and most especially roads.

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In an age of austerity industrialsed and standardised elements are often drawn upon to facilitate works that might not otherwise be affordable.  This is NJBA A+U’s entry for the Ards Peninsula competition which draws upon the limitations of material to surpass the usual.   

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The proposal sees a tower constructed of standard plywood sheeting (with minimal cuts) fixed to a timber frame and using hinges to manufacture a triangular box.  Stacked in a pattern of twos these “boxes” would form a 5 storey tower accessed by a  stair ladder.  Designed to be placed anywhere in the park area Fulcrum would enable the viewer to engage with the trees or the coastline.  

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With rudimentary skills this tower can be erected on a relatively small footprint with its own concrete foundation.  The size of the panel systems easily provides the necessary protective environment safe.  And should the structure be considered meaningful through use the elements would provide the formwork for a more permanent concrete tower on the same platform.  

Architecture is too often seen without the myriad temporary structures that went into its construction.  Here the scaffold has become permanent, the formwork without the from, the standard identifying with the unique.

Music

Filmed on location of Cavan Fleadh 2012. 

Storm Clouds over Mestre is a recent work by Oblique Projection.    The backdrop is Cavan Cathedral where an interpretation of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” was created by Director of Ériu Dance Company in association with Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Company it opened the Fleadh in 2012. 

Work on the sleeve notes for their first album; MEC (mechanical, electrical, chemical) is progressing to be released in Version 12.4.1 – Waterpower. As a visual companion to the album it will provide clues to the music.

Writing

A selection of published material other than by 12 Publishers is now available on our website.  These mainly feature Architecture and Urban Design.  There are interviews with Architects such as Winy Maas, Glenn Murcutt, FOA, Juhani Pallasmaa, Craig Dykers, David Chipperfield as well as the Artist/Sculptor Michael Warren, see; http://www.12publishers.com/Writing.htm  The material is available as free pdf downloads under creative commons licensing.

Art

The first edition of Version was published in December 2012. Version 12.2.1 “the impossible memorial”, documents the memorial to victims of abuse (ireland) by NJBA A+U. THis is available via Blurb as a paperback, hardback or e-book. A preview of the publication is available on our site at; http://www.12publishers.com/12Publishers.htm

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Version

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12 Publishers has launched Version, a multidisciplinary booklet/zine available in digital format and as print on demand package. The mission is to present a range of enquiries across the fields of Architecture, Art, Design, Music, Photography and Writing. The original intention was to bring into the open material that has previously been seen by very few as a reflective process. The planned editions are open ended with no set date for completion. It is expected though that the material presented in the zine editions will be reassembled in different formats in the future. The zine could be considered a foundation for future publishing concepts.
Our first complete edition is Version 12.2.1 “the impossible memorial”, documenting the memorial to victims of abuse (ireland) by NJBA A+U. This is available to purchase from Blurb and to download as an e-book. Future plans include Version 12.1.1, “competing visions”, a range of competition entries by NJBA A+U, Version 12.3.1 “identity”, identity design from synthetic reality and Version 12.4.1 “water power”, sleeve notes for MEC the first experimental music album by Oblique Projection.
The Verison logo is based on the renaissance vescia symbol. The original reference is being used here for is gateway reference (to design based material in this case). A specific logotype has been created by synthetic reality for this purpose as well.
The 6 areas of enquiry are colour coded according to the colour wheel (in alphabetical order) and numbered accordingly from Architecture to Writing. The numerical system derives from this and is unlimited. The colour and number scheme is therefore;
Yellow 12.1 Architecture
Green 12.2 Art
Blue 12.3 Design
Purple 12.4 Music
Red 12.5 Photography
Orange 12.6 Writing
The chosen font is Trebuchet MS, a reasonable common typeface which falls between Arial and Helvetica in terms of recognition while having some traditional characteristics. The zine will have a common template for covers based on the colour logic above. The subject of the cover will be a suitably abstract image from the content. Only “Version” and the relevant number along with the logo will appear on the cover as the identifier.

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Welcome to 12 Publishers

Weclome to the 12 Publishers WordPress Blog. 2013 will, we hope, be a significant year for our work across all of the inter related fields of Architecture, Art, Design, Music, Photography and Writing. Our new website http://www.12publishers.com has gone live and further details will emerge in its new format. In addition to the WordPress Blog, we operate facebook pages for NJBA A+U (Architecture), Synthetic Reality (Design) and Oblique Projection (Music). We hope to add more material in the coming months. Through Blurb.com we will also be releasing a number of physical publications as well as e-books. Watch or read this space.