Friday Forum #12

This weeks Friday Forum was presented by Emma who gave the team an insight into her Textile Design degree at Heriot Watt University. The Textile Design Degree at Heriot-Watt focused not only on the design of textiles but also the technical background involved in the process of creating fabrics and wallpapers. This insight provides a fantastic base for any designer to allow them to truly understand how these products are constructed for the end-user. The course consisted of three disciplines,…

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Friday Forum #10

This weeks Friday Forum was presented by Andri, who shared her experience from the AA Summer Visiting school 14 workshop that took place in Cyprus. The workshop centred on a hypothetical scenario, refugees are trying to escape a dangerous war, and they look to the sea to provide their escape. The assignment challenged students to create an easy-to-assemble floating structure, with as found materials, that could be dropped by a UN helicopter to support fleeing refugees. The workshop consisted of…

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Friday Forum #9

Usama presented his talk on a previous project at this weeks Friday Forum. This Friday Forum topic covered the preliminary design stages of a private villa in one of Muscat’s coastal suburbs. The site (30m above sea level and 15m wide by 41.3m long) sits on a rock peninsula facing North West and opens up elevated and uninterrupted views of the Gulf of Oman. Exploiting the site’s geographical position has influenced the building’s design and program arrangement. The design aims…

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Friday Forum #8

Lauren presented at this weeks Friday Forum, her talk was about her experiences on a recent trip to Japan. This was a short presentation on a recent visit to Japan. Japan encompasses extremes of landscape, climate, population, contemporary culture and food for a country that is relatively small. From awesome Blade Runner cityscapes, to old Kyoto temples and gardens to the northern city of snowy Sapporo, it has it all. Japan’s cities offer a window into the future in many…

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Friday Forum #7

We were extremely excited this week to have Andrew Mackenzie come into our Edinburgh studios as part of our Friday Forum series. Andrew Mackenzie is a Scottish painter and printmaker. He graduated with an MFA from Edinburgh College of Art in 1993, and lives and works in the Scottish Borders. His work has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, and is represented in many collections. He is currently president of Visual Arts Scotland. “I’ll provide some background to my…

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Friday Forum #6

This week Will presented his talk on “Part III is easy”. In order to become an architect, it is necessary to pass the RIBA’s Parts I, II & III, the latter of these being a part-time degree whilst in the work place. This presentation was aimed at describing the criteria for becoming a Part III architect, the methods of assessment, and how this relates to our work. The RIBA’s qualifications are based upon the UK framework, and although much of…

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Friday Forum #5

This week Celine presented a thoroughly interesting talk on “Mathematics In The History Of Architecture”. Mathematics have been linked to architecture throughout the centuries, starting in Ancient Egypt where geometry was the key element for the pyramids’ builders. When looking at architecture before the 20th century, one can realise that there used to be a dialectic between architecture in relation to the Divine and architecture in relation to the Human Being. Mathematics have played a role in both cases, either…

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Friday Forum #4

Khairul Khalifah continued his series concentrating on ArchiCAD “ArchiCAD: Lets Start Again”. The second of 4 of a series of talks on Archicad focused on understanding attributes, from editing and creating custom hatch fills, composites and materials, to the management of the attribute table. The presentation also detailed the various libraries in use within the practice, and how each of the libraries are to be linked to individual project models. Share this page:

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Friday Forum #3

As the Ripple Retreat is soon to be completed, Cathal Morgan presented this week’s Friday Forum with an overall review of the project.“Ripple Retreat – Practical Completion”. The presentation allowed studio members to gain an insight into the complexities of construction, detailing of materials used, and obstacles the design team had to overcome in the creation of the Ripple Retreat. The presentation lead into an open and insightful conversation about the project. Share this page:

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