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Biennale 2018 – Arsenale

- by Matej Gašperič

Every two years it seems as if a religious event has occurred in Venice. Architects form all over the globe take the pilgrimage route to converge to this sacred place. The occasion, of course, is the famous Architectural Biennale – the showcase of the best & the brightest that the countries of the world have to offer on the field of architecture.

For months now, online and offline, social and regular media has been full of  reviews and commentaries and photos of the pavilions and exhibitions. It is, nevertheless, on thing to see it in the media and something completely different to have an opportunity to experience it first handedly. And since the scope of the exhibitions and related or semi-related events is immense, regardless of much time one chooses to dedicate to it, one can always be sure, that more will be missed than seen.

This blog about the event…

 
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Hots & Cools

- by Matej Gašperič

Deerubbin Conference 2016
NSW, Australia
good architecture and good people all together

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The time it took me from my garage at home in Slovenia to the door of my hotel room in Sydney.

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Over 150 participans have been welcomed to Australia by Aboriginal elder – uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison.

Almost five years after Glenn Murcutt Masterclass (GMMC) which, for me, proved to be a life changing event, I finally returned to Australia. And it kind of felt like I’d be comin’ home. The occasion, or rather an excuse to go back, was an annual architectural conference Deerubbin 2016 which was to held on a Milson Island about 60 km north of Sydney.

Yet again a trip proved to be well worth it. And to be able to share some of it, here are some of the moments – not in chronological order but rather as it came…

 
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Good Enough

- by Matej Gašperič

“… even when everyone around you tells you that it is fine. You know, deep down inside you, when something is not good enough. And there is only one solution… go back to your drawing board and do it better!”

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Sometimes, I have the feeling that Glenn Murcutt cursed me with this sentence. It would have been so easy to give up. So comfortable. So releasing. Let the clients allow to let me off the hook.
But it just doesn’t work.
And so sheets of trace paper are pilling, models are endlessly multiplying…

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It must be that I am cursed!
Cursed with a curse so strong… but yet so fulfilling!
Thank you Glenn!

 
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You Asked for an Proposal

- by Matej Gašperič

Dear Mr. / Ms. / Mrs.

I am very glad and would like to thank you for considering me to be your architect of  choice. There are many architects around, some of them really fine ones, so even that invitation alone, is a great honor and means a great deal to me.

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“Reading the land” with the client. 

Also, I’d like to emphasize that, based on sparse data you have provided, the project sounds very appealing.

Regarding your request to send you a proposal for my work on the project, I’d say that at this point, I see no real need for that and am therefore opting not to do it… yet.

Since this statement might seem a bit odd to you, let me allow to explain it a bit more in detail.

If you aim to base your decision on price alone – lowest or highest regardless…

 
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Form Follows Emotion

- by Matej Gašperič

Thank god for women!

Juicy Salif by Philippe Starck

Juicy Salif, citrus-squeezer designed by Philippe Starck, produced by Alessi

I guess, architects would be in big trouble, if there would not be for a feminine part of the usual clients’ duo.

Men, for most cases, are rational functionalists. They easily identify with a famous Louis Sullivan’s quote: “Form follows function”.

Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe

Farnsworth House designed by Mies van der Rohe derives its aesthetic from its functional form purified to the maximum.

Function is, more or less, easy to define.
It could be explained.
Or it could be debated about and rationalized with an argument.

That is, why many men find it so convenient.
Something solid.
Something they could always count for, to be there for them to lean on in case of doubt, confusion and uncertainty.
Something, which ensures, that their…

 
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Glenn Murcutt Masterclass – First Hand Experience

- by Matej Gašperič

One of the leading Slovenian online architectural resources – Trajekt (trajekt.org) has asked me to write about my experience of GMMC.

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Since those two weeks of July, 2011, I have spent down under, proved to be one of the most significant and pleasurable weeks and a pivotal point of my life, when I started to write, I instantly got carried away. And I ended with triple the size of the maximum amount of text. As I usually do!
Therefore I have to rewrite it completely…
But on the other hand, I kind of like how the original story turned out since I find it quite readable. So therefore, I have decided to post it in my Scrapbook anyway since my readers are used to read my long posts :)

“Dear passengers! This is your captain speaking. We are about to…” Words from…

 
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Glenn

- by Matej Gašperič

Last week, an exhibition of an architect Glenn Murcutt opened in MAO (Museum of Architecture and Design) in Ljubljana, Slovenia. I am using the occasion to post some of the Glenn Murcutt’s quotes – something, I have been preparing to do for quite some time now.

All the quotes are from the Glenn Murcutt Masterclass (GMMC) 2011, which took place last summer in Australia and which, I have been privileged to  to attend.

Some of the quotes are from lectures, he gave us in Boyd’s Centre in Riversdale and Carriageworks in Sydney. Some are coming from the tutors’ critiques we were given at our tables or during our group presentations. And some, I just picked up from the various conversations we had back then.

Even today, especially when I feel in need of inspiration or I need an extra push to keep going,…

 
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