Team: Aniket Nagdive (GRAD), Jill Maltby (5th Year), Zhaoyu Zu (4th year)
Studying the Bank of England, assigned by Elia as our 'paradigm' project, our team was quick to identify the constant exchange between the 'public servants' the bank employs and the 'serving public' the bank receives willed labor from. Over history, London's citizens have volunteered to fund raise for the creation of, protect, build, demolish the bank. Their dedication to the institution, but not necessarily the physical building itself was a bit unusual for our team to find in our research.
Demolished or moved on two occasions, our team wonders if Herbert Baker's structure (the one visible today) would have been replicated had WWII not left the building untouched. In Part II of the Master Class, we've been charged with composing an 'emblematic image' that depicts our team's stance on Architecture through the transformation of the Bank of England. The image created doesn't have to use the physical bank itself, it can also be composed from a image inspired by the bank. We've chosen to use the Bond Panorama, an 360 degree panorama composed by ARP Arthur Bond while he stood watch on top of the bank during WWII. This was the most accurate depiction of the London skyline of the time, and is what we believe to be a direct representation of public contribution back to an institution working to serve the public. See our progress here:
Part II: Progress
This next week is shaping up to an incredible week. Elia Zenghelis is Ames-bound to conduct a week long master class with 48 students in the Department of Architecture. A bit of quoted text from Assistant Professor Ross Exo Adams:
"Elia is--without exaggeration--one of the greatest living architects of our time. Among far too many achievements to mention here, after mentoring Rem Koolhaas at the Architectural Association in the 70's, he went on to found OMA with him. Together, they produced arguably the most interesting body of work throughout OMA's long history. Along the way, he has taught and mentored many now legendary architects and thinkers such as Zaha Hadid and Pier Vittorio Aureli (Dogma)."
The master class will be divided into two sessions, the first of which will be a research-based formal analysis exercise which will finish with a review. My team and I have been assigned to study the Bank of England. The second session will be the composition of an 'image-manifesto', which will end with the final juried review, followed by a public reception and exhibition. From what I hear, Elia will become a sort of grandfather figure to the 48 of us participating in the week's events. I'm looking forward to posting updates over the course of the week!
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