For this exercise I have scanned through my paperback book – 100 Artists’ Manifestos, From the Futurists to the Stuckists – and picked one that interests me. I will research and explore further and find out more about the person/group that wrote the Manifesto, looking at the era that they were living in and what other factors may have influenced their thinking.
I have chosen M87 Coop Himmelblau – Architecture Must Blaze (1980).
- An Austrian Architecture and Design Firm.
- Established in 1968.
- Wolf Dieter Prix is the design Principal and CEO.
- Originally formed by Wolf Dieter Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky and Rainer Michael Holzer.
- Both Helmut & Rainer remained with the practice until 1971 and 2001 respectively.
- Known for changing conventional architecture through unexpected air angles and complicated spatial solutions.
- These results were achieved through a process of ‘drawing with one’s eyes closed’.
- Their methods were originally interpreted through 3D rendering software.
- This concept gave the practice its name, Himmelb(l)au which means ‘sky blue’.
- Simply putting the ‘l’ in brackets transformed it, meaning ‘construction in the sky’.
- They became most noticeable in 1980’s and 1990’s.
- Famous for bold angular forms and open complex spaces.
- In the 1980’s they opened a studio in Los Angeles.
- They designed the “Vodol” chair for the furniture manufacturer Vitra in 1989.
- Known for combining flat and curving forms.
- Designs to reflect the vitality and creativity of a place.
- Inspired by the French philosopher Jacques Derrida.
- They want to design Architecture that has more, describing that Architecture must blaze.