Archive for March, 2009

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The East Beach Café

6 March, 2009

It is rare to see a mother and daughter combination featuring in a listing such as this. But in this instance it is justified, given that both were involved in commissioning Thomas Heatherwick’s first building in the UK – the East Beach Café at Littlehampton on the South Coast.

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The East Beach Café at Littlehampton, designed by Thomas Heatherwick to a commission from Sophie Murray and Jane Wood

Jane Wood led the battle against conservative local planners to get the undulating bronze-coloured structure built, and she and her daughter Sophie Murray have been running a successful café there – for locals as well as visiting architecture fans – since it opened in spring 2007. Murray oversees the catering side, with an impressive menu that extends beyond the usual seaside fare, and caters for functions as well as day-time customers.

It’s worth also mentioning Wood’s husband and Murray’s father Peter Murray, who has been involved in the project and was active in setting up the South Coast Design Forum run by Peter Spence.

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Rhizome | Means of Production: Fabbing and Digital Art

6 March, 2009

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By Greg J. Smith on Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 at 2:35 pm.

Image: Zaha Hadid & Parrish | Rash, Kartal Pendik Masterplan Installation, 2008. (photo: Bettina Johae)

Several years ago, while making the lecture circuit rounds, American architect William Massie described a key goal within his practice as moving towards a more direct translation between bits and atoms. Architecture has always thrived on the tension between representation and material assemblages and what he was addressing with this comment was the dawning of an era characterized by a new proximity between digital models and physical output. In selected contexts, artists, architects, and designers have been exploring these accelerated development cycles for a decade but the involved technologies are descending in price so quickly that, for example, 3D printers are now cheaper than laser printers were in 1985. A key question: how does the looming ubiquity of these tools and workflows apply to the production and display of new media art? This article will explore digital fabrication (aka fabbing) at a variety of scales which include the curatorial questions raised by these new hybrid industrial design/sculpture objects as well as the implications on the practice of individual artists. Before delving into either of these milieus it would be useful to acknowledge some common language and terminology associated with fabrication and recognize some important precedents.

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Prospective undergrads queue up to see what Bognor uni campus can offer

6 March, 2009

Some 500 potential undergraduates have applied for courses which include two new subjects for the town’s campus of the University of Chichester.

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There will probably be 100 places available to them in September.

A group of 180 of the 250 thinking about taking a business studies degree visited the campus, off Upper Bognor Road, last week to see what studying there would be like. About half came from within a 30-mile radius. read more…