Today’s Schedule;

10-1= Working on context folder/ organisation

1-2= Break

2-4= Reading Delirious New York book by Rem Koolhaas

4-5= Break

5-7= Reading Delirious New York book

7-8= Break

8-9= Planning a trip to Prague to visit Frank Gehrys ‘Dancing House’ building (potentially going on the weekend of 13th-16th)

9-9.30= Blog/Reflection



After reading parts of the book ‘Delirious new york’, I have become incredibly interested in Utopian ideology. Koohlaas talks about how the skyscraper developed, the tower of babel myth and Ferriss’ drawings (notes on the book can be found in my context folder) and I find the designing process incredibly appealing. On page 113, it states that ‘Ferriss investigates the true issues of Manhattanism’  which gave me ideas. If I were to research problems in architecture today, and research into civilisation, I could design and begin to think and work in a similar way to Ferriss.

Furthermore, I love some of Ferriss’ drawings, on page 112, charcoal drawings of the setback building are shown. I love the sweeping affect from the charcoal. A lot of my work is very linear and I love to extend lines and exaggerate. Perhaps using materials in a more sweeping, gestural movement is something I should explore. (Below are the drawings from page 112)

112 ferriss drawings.jpg

A few architectural period references have come up when researching about some of the phrases used in Delirious New York. I have written a list below so I can research into these things further

  • Ancient Greek architecture
  • Rotterdam Cubic Houses (Idea came from a discussion with a contemporary art student)
  • Classical architecture
  • Ancient Roman architecture
  • Byzantine architecture
  • Beaux arts
  • A parthenon
  • Hugh Ferriss drawings
  • Harvey Corbett
  • Quasi nocturnal- good word… for describing artwork
  • Raymond Hood
  • The Metropolis of Tomorrow- Ferriss book

In reflection, my negotiated work proposal could include the concept of designing and creating my own cities or worlds, in a similar way to how Koolhaas describes cities being inside skyscrapers. ‘A city within a city’ (88)