Monday, March 21, 2011

archt. valentine gunasekara to visit mora archi. dept.

Archt. Valentine Gunasekara who is back in Sri Lanka after a long time (25 years?) will be meeting the Architecture students and staff today at Katubedda and will be talking to the students.

Coincidently, about 3 weeks ago I had the opportunity take 2nd year students to Valentines Jesuit Chapel in Bambalapitiya (Colombo 05). Here are a couple of photos of the Chapel and also of the Tangalle Bay Hotel, I managed to visit sometime back.

Tangalle Bay Beach Hotel
Imagining Modernity 
Photos: JD 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

maya- tangalle (#41)

This boutique hotel consists of  2 buildings one old and one new, separated by the L shaped pool in between.

Location: Tangalle
Architect: Pradeep Kodikara
Photographer: Waruna Gomis

Monday, March 7, 2011

rubanization - online chat with Tay Kheng Soon on 30th March

Remember Rubanization and  Tay Kheng Soon?

The National University of Singapore is having an interesting event happening soon featuring Mr. Tay Kheng Soon as he talks about Rubanization. The talk will be streamed live from Singapore on the 30th of March at 7:30pm (Singapore time).

Do join them in their online chat where you can ask questions directly to Mr. Tay!

Official Website:

Tweet or FB  if you have any questions!!/nus.graduates

from Valerie from the National University of Singapore

Saturday, March 5, 2011

informal by cecil balmond (book #19)

Balmond is one of the most important structural engineers working in architecture today. His structural thinking differs from that of other engineers in his field in its completely new conception of the engineer's contribution to architecture. The plasticity of architectural plans is enhanced through a decisive development of their structural designs. The borderline between structure and architecture thus becomes increasingly blurred. This process is explained in detail in Informal by reference to eight exemplary projects. Balmond elucidates the theoretical basis of his engineering solutions and his sketches transcend purely technical illustration--they are the key to his approach. Informalinvites readers to rethink their understanding of the relationship between architecture and engineering.

Check it out

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

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