Exercise 4: Researching and analysing a manifesto

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.


  1. thehomeslogg says:

    What an interesting post, iv just started a deploma in interior design. Dipping my toe in shall we say. And I’m loving it. Just learnt the history behind interiors, it’s fascinating x

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    1. Thank you, are studying with the OCA? X


      1. thehomeslogg says:

        I’m studying with the centre of excellence. I’m hoping to start university next year. This deploma I’m doing is an online course to ensure I want to change careers. I’m loving it so far. X


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