March Mostra/Meet the architect…Adam Nathaniel Furman

- An Furman, Picciridu's Tower, 2015

Adam Nathaniel Furman, Picciridu’s Tower, 2015

http://www.adamnathanielfurman.com/

Adam Nathaniel Furman‘s (Rome Prize-winner in Architecture October 2014– March 2015) project The Roman Singularity is a multi-media exploration in text, computer drawing, animation, hand drawing, and ceramic, creating an an imaginary alternate Rome for the 21st Century; a dream in the mode of Piranesi’s Ichnographiam Campi Martii, a peek out through the other side of Rome’s catastrophic and utterly incomparable reality-bending gravitational field, a new city from which fragments can be seen here in this exhibition. An in-depth presentation of this project can be viewed on his blog: http://theromansingularity.blogspot.it/

The Roman Singularity, il progetto di Adam Nathaniel Furman (Rome Prize-winner in Architecture October 2014– March 2015), è un’indagine multimediale realizzata con testo, disegno a computer, animazione, disegno a mano libera e ceramica, che crea una Roma cartacea del XXI secolo alternativa; un sogno che richiama l’Ichnographiam Campi Martii del Piranesi, e che si affaccia sull’altro lato del catastrofico, e incomparabile campo gravitazionale di Roma, capace di plasmarne la realtà, una nuova città i cui frammenti possono essere avvistati in questa mostra. Un’approfondita presentazione di questo progetto può essere visto sul suo blog: http://theromansingularity.blogspot.it

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Adam Nathaniel Furman, Photo: Antonio Palmieri


BSR Fine Arts March Mostra opens Friday 13 March 2015 18.30. Dates: 14–21 March (excluding Sunday). Hours: 16.30–19.00. Read the Press Release here or join the facebook event here.

MARCH MOSTRA 2015 POSTER

December Mostra/Meet the architect…Adam Nathaniel Furman

- A Furman, There's no place like dome

– AN Furman, There’s no place like dome, 2014

http://www.adamnathanielfurman.com/

Adam Nathaniel Furman‘s (Rome Prize-winner in Architecture, October 2014 – March 2015) project  The Roman Singularity is a multi-media exploration in text, computer drawing, animation, hand drawing, and ceramic, creating an alternative paper Rome for
the 21st century; a dream in the mode of Piranesi’s Ichnographiam Campi Martii, a peek out through the other side of Rome’s catastrophic and utterly incomparable reality-bending gravitational field, a new city from which fragments can be seen here in this exhibition. An in-depth presentation of this project can be viewed on his blog: http://theromansingularity.blogspot.it/

The Roman Singularity, il progetto di  Adam Nathaniel Furman (Rome Prize-winner in Architecture, ottobre 2014  – marzo 2015), è un’indagine multimediale realizzata con testo, disegno a computer, animazione, disegno a mano libera e ceramica, che crea una Roma cartacea del XXI secolo alternativa; un sogno che richiama l’Ichnographiam Campi Martii del Piranesi, e che si affaccia sull’altro lato del catastrofico, e incomparabile campo gravitazionale di Roma, capace di plasmarne la realtà, una nuova città i cui frammenti possono essere avvistati in questa mostra. Un’approfondita presentazione di questo progetto può essere vista sul suo blog:  http://theromansingularity.blogspot.it/


BSR Fine Arts December Mostra opens Friday 12 December 2014 18.30. Dates: 13 – 20 December (excluding Sunday). Hours: 16.30-19.00.                                                        Read the Press Release here or join the facebook event here.

DECEMBER MOSTRA 2014 POSTER

March Mostra/ Meet the architect…Edward Simpson

E Simpson, Stairwell - ICP Housing at Citta Giardino Aniene, 2013

E Simpson, Stairwell – ICP Housing at Citta Giardino Aniene, 2013

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Edward Simpson’s (Rome Prize-Holder in Architecture, October 2013 – March 2014) work in the March Mostra considers housing projects built during the period 1895-1982, and specifically the form and detail of shared and circulation spaces that connect the home to the street.  Central to these studies are the residents’ individual experience of this journey and the spaces within which residents are able to socialize.

Il lavoro di Edward Simpson (Rome Prize-Holder in Architecture, ottobre 2013 – marzo 2014) per March Mostra esamina insediamenti abitativi costruiti nel periodo 1895-1982 e in particolare la forma e il dettaglio degli spazi comuni e di circolazione che collegano casa e strada.  Cruciali per questi studi sono l’esperienza individuale di tali percorsi dei residenti, e gli spazi entro i quali essi possono socializzare.

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BSR Fine Arts March Mostra opens Friday 14 March 2014 18.30. Dates: 15 – 22 March (excluding Sunday). Hours: 16.30-19.00. Read the press release here or join the Facebook group here.

March Mostra Poster

Rome Prize in Architecture

Edward Simpson is the 2013-14 Rome Prize-winner in Architecture here at the BSR. After reporting on the BSR’s autumn architecture news (BSR News, Winter 2014), Edward shared with us some more personal thoughts about his residency. 

Edward Simpson

Why did you apply for the Rome Prize?  What was it about the BSR that made you want to come to Rome?

When I applied for the Prize I was a practicing architect in London and whilst my formal training was complete, the realities of housing development had triggered specific interests for me that I felt couldn’t be pursued in practice. Some of these issues are in the control of the designer and others are not and knowing which ‘battle to fight’ within the design process isn’t always immediately clear. My main motivation to apply was the potential for spending a period of time in which I could establish my own priorities in order to take them back to practice.

E Simpson, Model – Open Courtyard at Via Galileo Ferraris, Testaccio, 2013

Have your plans remained the same as what you thought you would be doing, or have you followed a bit of a different trajectory than you thought?

Whilst the overall topic has remained the same, my work has become much more focused during the first half of my residency. I began with a number of broad questions relating to new forms of housing, their individual success and the extent to which they changed Italian cities during the twentieth century. However, through spending time in the projects I have developed a specific interest in public and shared spaces within these projects, and in the journey of the individual resident from the street to their own front door. In the December mostra I brought the first stage of this work together in a series of photographic studies of communal areas and a large model of a courtyard in the Testaccio district.

Click here to see Edward’s project website.

E Simpson, Top Floor of Corviale, 2013

E Simpson, Top Floor of Corviale, 2013

What has been the biggest benefit for you about staying at the BSR?

Living in Rome has placed me within a city of extremely varied housing precedents, developed due to a highly particular series of changes in politics and planning law after unification; to be amongst them for this period of time is invaluable. I have also been given the opportunity to live with both artists and academics, each of whom have their own specialities and opinions and I feel that the resulting conversations have strongly affected the way in which I have thought about my work. Perhaps the most significant benefit has been the ability to spend time, whether in reading, visiting, photographing or making. As a result I’m particularly grateful for the way in which the day-to-day organisation of the BSR gives residents the maximum number of hours in the day in which to pursue their own work.

E Simpson, Courtyard Garden at Villaggio Olimpico, 2013

E Simpson, Courtyard Garden at Villaggio Olimpico, 2013

What are your plans for the remainder of the residency?

It is important for me to bring together my studies into a consolidated body of work that can be easily communicated, as I intend to have exhibitions in the UK following my residency. In order to do this I will be visiting many more projects in Rome, but I also hope to travel to Northern Italy to look at workers’ housing in Milan, Ivrea and Genoa. Whilst much of my methodology will remain the same I am hoping to additionally produce a series of detailed drawings that describe the spaces that I’ve found most inspiring and – I hope – a series of films comprising static shots of the communal spaces studied.

Applications for the Rome Prize in Architecture 2014-15 are open until Friday 7 February.  See our website for further details: http://www.bsr.ac.uk/awards/architecture-awards-ii