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Conversations about Architecture & Landscape from the Kingston School of Art, London

Rank #1: REGISTER - TOM DE PAOR

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In this episode Andrew Clancy interviews the architect and educator Tom de Paor.

Tom graduated from UCD in 1991, and established his practice that same year. Since this time he has cut a singular path, establishing a clear position through work which seeks to communicate spatially and in detail regardless of programme or location. In the work process narrative, reference, and material are frequently interwoven and infected by sensitivity to context, the material experience of construction and light.

Underpinned by a conviction in the creative design process the built projects illustrate a concern with perception, construction and tradition. Projects such as the N3 pavilion for the 1999 Venice Biennale capture this attitude in its most essential and pure form, but it is found no less in other works which range from infrastructure, to public and domestic spaces.

This diversity of scope and type of work is captured by the practices current workload which includes completing a remarkable cinema in Galway (Picture Palas), an ongoing project to transform and a farmyard landscape near Greystones (Wyngates), and the design of glassware and other objects.

Our conversation covers a lot of ground, from the value of the crit, to the nature of design process, and the perplexing mystery of Siza's expansion joints.

Tom teaches in the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

www.depaor.com/
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Register is brought to you by the Department of Architecture & Landscape at Kingston University.
fada.kingston.ac.uk/al/

Head of Department: Eleanor Suess
Register Editor: Timothy Smith
Interviewer: Andrew Clancy
Audio: Justin Howard

Aug 21 2017

1hr 6mins

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Rank #2: REGISTER - RYAN KENNIHAN

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In this episode Andrew Clancy interviews Ryan Kennihan.

Ryan is an architect, based in Dublin, and is leader of the thesis year in TU Dublin (formerly DIT Dublin School of Architecture) there.
His practice is concerned with making buildings which act in continuity with typologies, forms and materials found in their physical context. These are translated through engagement with contemporary tectonics to make an expressive architecture in which structure, weathering and craft are considered and carefully calibrated.

In this conversation we talk through his journey to this point, and the ideas fueling his practice today.

http://www.rwka.com

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Register is the Research Centre in the Department of Architecture & Landscape at the Kingston School of Art, Kingston University London http://kingstonarchitecture.london

Head of Department: Mary Johnson
Producer: Laura Evans / Andrew Clancy
Register: Christoph Lueder; Matt Wells; Matt Philips
Interviewer: Andrew Clancy
Editor: Andrew Clancy
Music: Poddington Bear - Rainbow Architecture

Jan 17 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #3: REGISTER - AIRES MATEUS

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In this episode Bruno and Sylvester and Diego Calderon interview Manuel Rocha de Aires Mateus.

His practice, which he established with his brother in Lisbon in 1988 represents another pole of the deep architectural culture of Portugal. In contrast with the work of the Porto School Lisbon architects engage with more abstracted reading of type and materiality.
Aires Matues are among the best known proponents of this way of thinking. Externally their buildings tend to the monolithic, with a language of eroded forms. There is a calibrated conversation with gravity here, and with mass lightly suspended, or tautly drawn on its surface with windows and other detailing. Internally the landscapes are rich, even sculptural.

Manuel is a Professor in the Accademia di Archittetura in Mendrisio, a school which shares our agenda in prioritising the practitioner and the built work in thinking about our discipline.

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Register is brought to you by the Department of Architecture & Landscape at the Kingston School of Art, Kingston University London http://kingstonarchitecture.london

Head of Department: Mary Johnson
Producer: Andrew Clancy / Laura Evans
Interviewer: Bruno Silvestre & Diego Calderon
Editor: Andrew Clancy

Aug 02 2018

56mins

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Rank #4: REGISTER - FEILDEN FOWLES

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In this episode Andrew Clancy interviews Fergus and Edmund of Feilden Fowles

Their practice is one which foregrounds craft, and the formal histories of the language of industrial and agricultural structures as a site for discovery and invention. Their hands on approach is probably most celebrated in their own studio, located as part of a campus of structures for Waterloo city farm. Despite the contingencies of budget (the client being a charity) and the need for the buildings to be rapidly designed, made (and potentially moved in time) they worked with and elemental architecture and frugal materials to make a wonderfully considered series of buildings and spaces.

This nimbless means that their investment in the details does not preclude larger work, and indeed they are working with contemporary industrial sites - such as their recently completed food production site in Somerset. Here they work with the language of contemporary industrial structures, but adjust these by addition, developing a figurative exterior linked to subtly tuned interiors.

The interview goes through the evolution of their practice, and their views on architecture and education today.

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Register is the Research Centre in the Department of Architecture & Landscape at the Kingston School of Art, Kingston University London kingstonarchitecture.london

Head of Department: Mary Johnson
Producer: Laura Evans / Andrew Clancy
Register: Christoph Lueder; Matt Wells; Matt Philips
Interviewer: Andrew Clancy
Editor: Andrew Clancy
Music: Poddington Bear - Rainbow Architecture

Mar 14 2019

1hr 6mins

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Rank #5: REGISTER - JULIAN HARRAP

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In this interview Andrew Clancy and Judi Farren Bradley interview Julian HARRAP.

Julian is arguably the most distinguished conservation architect working in Europe today. In the work he completed with David Chipperfield on the Neues Museum he opened up a conversation about memory, authenticity and the abiding meaning of architecture in a highly nuanced manner. This work is of interest far beyond conservation circles of course, and I think it fair to say that this building has been one of the key works of the last 20 years in shaping the culture of architecture on our continent. Our contemporary understanding of bricolage, fragment and inflection are all wrapped up and tested in various ways in this building.

There is a radicality here, one which is perhaps less immediately evident (but no less present) in other projects by Julian and in this conversation he takes us through the challenge of conservation - which in his view is never a simple dogmatic agenda, but another layer of architectural thinking.

Www.julianharraparchitects.co.uk

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Register is the Research Centre in the Department of Architecture & Landscape at the Kingston School of Art, Kingston University London kingstonarchitecture.london

Head of Department: Mary Johnson
Producer: Laura Evans / Andrew Clancy
Register: Christoph Lueder; Matt Wells; Matt Phillips
Interviewer: Andrew Clancy and Matt Phillips
Editor: Andrew Clancy
Music: Poddington Bear - Rainbow Architecture

Jul 31 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #6: REGISTER - LUTJENS PADMANABHAN

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In this episode we are joined by Oliver Lutyens and Thomas Padmanabhan.

The work of their practice is thoughtful and scholarly, and yet open minded and lyrical. In teasing out the fundamental tension between façade and plan they have developed a characterful and playful expressive language through a series of modest residential developments. Invested in a deep knowledge of the history of architecture, they critically examine contemporary tectonics in a search for an appropriate civic language.

They do not seek significance in monumentality or in the weight of material expression. Rather they find it by considering external insulation, rain screens and winter gardens, as valid sources of architectural investigation. Informed by precedents these technologies are each tuned to give a quiet dignity to the ordinary ways we must make buildings today.

http://luetjens-padmanabhan.ch

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Register is brought to you by the Department of Architecture & Landscape at Kingston University.
fada.kingston.ac.uk/al/

Head of Department: Eleanor Suess
Register Editor: Timothy Smith
Interviewer: Andrew Clancy
Audio: Justin Howard

Apr 03 2017

40mins

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Rank #7: REGISTER - TERUNOBU FUJIMORI

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In this episode we are joined by Prof Terunobu Fujimori and Takeshi Hayatsu.
Their collaboration through the work of Unit 5 here in Kingston (run by Takeshi) is reaching a culmination this year with the making of a Japanese teahouse for the Barbican Japanese House exhibition.

In this discussion we talk about how Prof Fujimori started to make buildings, and the challenges he faces as he now works on progressively larger works. We talk about the value of theory and criticism, and about the times when it is necessary to let the work talk for itself.

https://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=19951

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Register is brought to you by the Department of Architecture & Landscape at Kingston University.
fada.kingston.ac.uk/al/

Head of Department: Eleanor Suess
Unit 5 Leader: Takeshi Hayatsu
Register Editor: Timothy Smith
Interviewer: Andrew Clancy
Audio: Justin Howard

Mar 19 2017

51mins

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Rank #8: REGISTER - MARIUS GROOTVELD (VELDWERK)

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In this episode Nana Biamah Ofasu interviews Marius Grootveld. Marius is a partner, along with Jantje Engels of the practice Veldwerk. Established in 2015, their practice is part of a broader movement in Flanders of practices interested in making work in weaving narratives from the contexts they are asked to make work.
Representation, typology and precedent act as a site for investigation, and discovery.
Restlessly passionate about architecture in its widest sense Marius also pursues this interest in is work as an educator and curator. In this work he both seeks to provoke a discourse, and to shine a light on lesser known voices in our discipline - be they practicing today or a precedent from many centuries ago.

http://mariusgrootveld.nl

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Register is the Research Centre in the Department of Architecture & Landscape at the Kingston School of Art, Kingston University London http://kingstonarchitecture.london

Head of Department: Mary Johnson
Producer: Laura Evans / Andrew Clancy
Register: Christoph Lueder; Matt Wells; Matt Philips
Interviewer: Nana Biamah Ofasu
Editor: Andrew Clancy

Dec 15 2018

56mins

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Rank #9: REGISTER - TONY FRETTON

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In this episode Andrew Clancy interviews the architect and educator Tony Fretton. Since establishing his practice in 1982, and by example and instruction Tony has persistently made the case for the value of quiet and thoughtful architecture.

This thinking was made powerfully manifest in his ambiguous masterpiece - the Lisson Gallery - makes a reading of its London context which is at once lyrical and scholarly, and does so in a manner respectful of its programme as a small gallery, and its civic responsibilities. When this project was completed it provided an exemplar for architects across Europe who were seeking a means to engage with history and context without recourse to pastiche and on the terms of contemporary tectonics. Its value remains today and we talk about this project at length in this interview. A wonderful companion to get to this project is the sketchbooks published by Drawing Matter, and available to download here https://www.drawingmatter.org/publications/fretton-lisson-gallery/

Tony continues to teach, and he reflects on the particular challenges facing young practitioners and students. He sets these against where he now finds himself, and the potential for continued discovery and reinvention in late practice - a rich tradition in the history of architecture.

This was an impromptu interview in Tony's office - apologies about the ambient sounds from the local school, which while joyful might make certain parts of the interview difficult to follow!

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Register is brought to you by the Department of Architecture & Landscape at Kingston University.
fada.kingston.ac.uk/al/

Head of Department: Eleanor Suess
Register Editor: Timothy Smith
Interviewer: Andrew Clancy
Audio: Justin Howard

Jul 04 2017

51mins

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Rank #10: REGISTER - JOB FLORIS (MONADNOCK)

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In this episode Andrew Clancy interviews Job Floris, a partner with Sandor Naus in Monadnock Architects, a practice based in Rotterdam. Their buildings possesses a formal intensity which is leavened with careful attention to their materiality. Their buildings sit at ease with their place in the living tradition of European architecture and yet speak of our current time, and the ambiguities of contemporary tectonics. In their practice the history of architecture is seen as a place for invention, a place to dream using the tools of our age. Their buildings possess the same peculiar familiarity of their drawings, a sense of something seen before and yet entirely new. A sense of delicacy and simultaneous formal heft.

This takes great skill and careful balance which can be easily overlooked. If we examine how for example they treat brickwork in two projects (Atlas and Nieuw Bergen) we see in one (Atlas) how the joints are manipulated to offset the purity of the skin, giving a textural reading which changes in our relationship with the building while in the other the entire surface of the brick is treated to allow this civic structure read almost as a theatrical stage set to the town it addresses. The detail and the whole are set in a careful dance from which the overall character of the building emerges.

In this conversation we try to capture the breadth of Jobs interests and background, and the forces which have informed how he and his practice think about architecture.

Job teaches in Rotterdam, where he co-ordinates the Masters of Architecture there.
http://monadnock.nl/en

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Register is brought to you by the Department of Architecture & Landscape at the Kingston School of Art, Kingston University London
https://www.kingston.ac.uk/faculties/kingston-school-of-art/study/architecture-and-landscape/

Head of Department: Eleanor Suess
Producer: Laura Evans / Andrew Clancy
Interviewer: Andrew Clancy
Audio: Madoka Ellis

Nov 06 2017

1hr 2mins

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Rank #11: REGISTER - MAUD COTTER

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In this episode we are joined by the sculptor Maud Cotter. Maud's work, frequently exquisitely made from every day materials explores space, and the relational potential of space beyond the closed question of resolution. Her ability to articulate 'open questions' in her work and work process makes her an inspirational critic and speaker, who gets to the heart of what is involved in producing a sustainable creative practice in art or architecture. Writing of her work to date she says

"We exist in a network of relations, one that allows formation in pattern in order to engage with its force. In this field of play, in which things carom, my practice lies. Sculpture as an action is critical to our understanding of this mercurial game of randomness and order. I understand the human condition as being, not just tentative by virtue of our vulnerability, but one that is necessarily so, in order to retain our closeness of connection with a changing world.

We exist in a network of relations, one that allows formation in pattern in order to engage with its force. In this field of play, in which things carom, my practice lies. Sculpture as an action is critical to our understanding of this mercurial game of randomness and order. I understand the human condition as being, not just tentative by virtue of our vulnerability, but one that is necessarily so, in order to retain our closeness of connection with a changing world.

Moments in which one thing resonates with another are special. This gather, or coupling, of elements is at its most profound when a feeling of the found is retained in the final mix ; when aesthetic boundaries are not forced. Corporate culture limits our relationship with matter into measurable units, offering us only an impoverished understanding, a limited relationship, deactivated matter, captured and dead. Within the intangible lies the aesthetic glue that allows units of matter to reach a transcendent whole. Recognition and activation of the void provides a deep level of integration of idea and matter. Making in this arena of presence and absence, within the full context of the work, offers continuity, live engagement - a propagation of form and idea. Achieving this level of live engagement within the work is my primary goal. I seeks to assert such spatial sequences, movements in time, as the viewer moves around the work in a commitment of seeing, allowing the piece to reach completion in their perception of it. The strength of the work lies in its ability to hold intangible moments, to capture a part of the void, like a ghost within the work."

http://maudcotter.com

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Register is brought to you by the Department of Architecture & Landscape at Kingston University.
fada.kingston.ac.uk/al/

Head of Department: Eleanor Suess
Register Editor: Timothy Smith
Interviewer: Andrew Clancy
Audio: Justin Howard

May 23 2017

1hr 1min

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Rank #12: REGISTER - NIALL HOBHOUSE (DRAWING MATTER)

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In this podcast Mary Vaughan Johnson and Andrew Clancy interview Niall Hobhouse of Drawing Matter.

Niall and his collection are such a valuable and important part of the contemporary architectural scene it is difficult to imagine it without this presence. Yet it is a rare and fragile thing. It is by no means obvious that a collection could be made which celebrates the doubts of creative production, and which reiterates the changing yet abiding value of the drawing as a site of critical enquiry. In the archives at shatwell, and in the many publications, exhibitions and educational programmes run by the archive there is a clear voice - one which is scholarly and playful, one that understands the collection as a living engine of thinking.

Next week you are all welcome to join us in Kingston for the Frascari Symposium - which we are hosting here on the 27th and 28th July 2019. You are all welcome to join us as we explore the secret lives of drawings and models. http://kingstonarchitecture.london/frascari-symposium-iv-the-secret-lives-of-architectural-drawings-and-models-kingston-architecture-and-landscape-june-2019/

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Registegr is the Research Centre in the Department of Architecture & Landscape at the Kingston School of Art, Kingston University London kingstonarchitecture.london

Head of Department: Mary Johnson
Producer: Laura Evans / Andrew Clancy
Register: Christoph Lueder; Matt Wells; Matt Philips
Interviewer: Andrew Clancy and Mary Johnson
Editor: Andrew Clancy
Music: Poddington Bear - Rainbow Architecture

Jun 20 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #13: REGISTER - CAROLINE VOET

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Before introducing this episode a quick mention of the free summer school for pre A- level students we run each summer with our partners. I talk a bit about this in the introduction - if you know anyone who might be interested there is more information here. http://kingstonarchitecture.london/architectural-drawing-summer-school-24-29-august-2019/
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In this episode Andrew Clancy interviews Caroline Voet.
Caroline joins us from Belgium where she works as an architect and an academic. She is rare, in that she excels in both practice and thinking about practice. The work of her practice, (Voet en de Brabandere, where she works in partnership with Leen de Brabandere) has a rigour in both formal and tectonic investigations - making buildings and interiors which are elegently conceived and beautifully resolved with their contexts. - http://www.voetendebrabandere.be

As an academic Caroline is perhaps best known for her wonderful book (A House for the Mind) about the work of the architect Dom Hans Van der Lann, most particularly his seminal Rosenberg Abbey. This building is a continual touchstone for us here in Kingston, and Caroline’s research reveals its place in the thinking of its architect, and its abiding value as a building to draw lessons from today. - https://www.domusweb.it/en/architecture/2017/10/09/a-house-for-the-mind-explores-the-world-surrounding-the-philosophy-of-the-dutch-architect-monk-dom-hans-van-der-laan.html

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Register is the Research Centre in the Department of Architecture & Landscape at the Kingston School of Art, Kingston University London kingstonarchitecture.london

Head of Department: Mary Johnson
Producer: Laura Evans / Andrew Clancy
Register: Christoph Lueder; Matt Wells; Matt Philips
Interviewer: Andrew Clancy
Editor: Andrew Clancy
Music: Poddington Bear - Rainbow Architecture

Feb 13 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #14: REGISTER - DAVID GRANDORGE

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In this episode we are joined by David Grandorge - an architect, photographer and academic living and working in London. As a photographer he undertakes commissioned work, collaborating with architects, artists and art institutions. He also makes work independently. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions including the Venice (2008) and Prague (2005) biennales and has been published internationally in magazines, journals and books. He has written several published articles on architecture and photography. David is a also a senior lecturer in structure, construction and materials at the the Cass School of Architecture, London Metropolitan University and leads Diploma Unit 7. He has been a visiting lecturer, tutor and/or critic at the University of Bath, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, ETH Zurich, Cambridge University and Kingston University.

In this conversation we talk through David's history as a practitioner and educator. He talks about the importance of architects such as the Smithsons in developing his views on the subject, and what he sees as the challenges facing architects today, with a particular focus on London.

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Register is brought to you by the Department of Architecture & Landscape at Kingston University.
fada.kingston.ac.uk/al/

Head of Department: Eleanor Suess
Register Editor: Timothy Smith
Interviewer: Andrew Clancy
Audio: Justin Howard

Mar 14 2017

1hr 12mins

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Rank #15: REGISTER - BEATE HOLMEBAKK (MANTHEY KULA)

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In this episode Hugh Strange interviews Beate Holmebakk of Mathey Kula Architects to speak about her work, and that of her practice.

Beate is a leading figure in Norwegian architectural practice and education. Her practice has made a singular position with works that seek to establish a resonant formal presence within the remarkable landscapes in which they are situated. In considering the lineage for this work it comes as no surprise that Beate studied with Sverre Fehn and John Hejduk among others.

Harnessing pragmatic concerns (such as the consideration of snow melt and rain water on a roof form, or of the organisational requirements of a hydro electric plant) Manthey Kula find space for expression sited within the particular logics of each site and brief. The manner in which they distill this into the finished work is remarkable, through a process invested in the power of abstraction while never losing sight of the vitality of the material presence of the finished work.

Her buildings are not mute, but are protagonists in their contexts. They possess a poise, an alertness to where they are. Perhaps they ask of us a similar alertness - they are not interested in us being aware of the building alone, but of the building in relation to where it is. They invite us to see anew.

http://www.mantheykula.no

Hugh Strange is an architect here in London, and runs a unit in our M.Arch programme http://www.hughstrange.com

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Register is brought to you by the Department of Architecture & Landscape at the Kingston School of Art, Kingston University London
www.kingston.ac.uk/faculties/kings…-and-landscape/

Head of Department: Eleanor Suess
Producer: Laura Evans / Andrew Clancy
Interviewer: Hugh Strange
Audio: Madoka Ellis

Feb 08 2018

56mins

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