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Group J MERZ'19

Rem Koolhaas believes that half of the population that lives in cities have become an excuse to ignore the 98% of the world’s surface which is the countryside. The events week will include a series of workshops and talks that delve into the issues of ruralism and how we as designers should put more effort and consideration in them. // Download Poster

Ka C // Ethel N // Chun N // Farah A // Sze C

What is dadaism?

Dada began in Zurich from 1916-1922 and became an international movement. It was an anti-art and anti war movement. Dada involved a variety of different concepts from geometric tapestries and glass to plaster and wooden ornaments. It also involved a variety of different things from visual arts, literature, art manifestos and graphic design. Th aim of the movement was to provoke an emotional reaction from the viewer. The main influences were Abstractions and Expressionism followed by Cubism and Futurism later on.
Posted 18 Feb 2019 13:03
Lake District

The Lake District National Park is England's largest park which is in the north-west corner of England, in the country of Cumbria. There are 42,400 permanent residents nowadays. The aim of Lake District National Park is to become an inspirational example of sustainable development in action. They are finding ways of encouraging sustainable tourism without damaging the beautiful landscape.
‘We want a tourism industry that is successful and profitable and protects the local environment and culture.’ Stated by the National Park Authority.
Posted 18 Feb 2019 12:21
We have updated our event weeks activities - we are going to make a film! We will be shooting scenes in the Lake District and learning film editing skills. The film will take inspiration from Dadaism and discuss rural issues. It will be displayed at the end of the year exhibition.
Posted 14 Feb 2019 18:23
Looking forward to our exciting trip to the lake district. We will be capturing elements of the countryside as we travel, gathering content for our movie. By this, we will create a library of footage from which we pick our strongest vision and bring it to show at the end of our program.
Posted 12 Feb 2019 16:06
Team introduction

Hi guys, let's introduce ourselves in the team!
Kelly Cheung Infrastructure Space
Chloe Chan Praxxis
Farah Arar Platform
Saad Sharifeh Platform
Jonathan Ngan Infrastructure Space
Ethel Ng Platform
Posted 27 Jan 2019 13:26

‘We need more of this criticality today – an architecture that jolts free from the spectacularity of the icon builders’ ‘ It is possible to scream with rubbish,’ by Tom Wilkinson in ‘Dada lives’ Architecture review.
Schwitters’ Merzbauten experiments continue to inspire many of the leading international artists and architects nowadays, like Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Rem Koolhaas, etc. In this context, we are thinking to host a major international Merzbau exhibition or Dadaism workshop which influence in contemporary architecture, landscape, rural design and art.
Posted 26 Jan 2019 14:05
Hi guys! Take a look at our event weeks activities which include 3D sculptural workshop and field trip to the Lake District! We cant wait to meet our team!
Posted 26 Jan 2019 13:18
‘The fact that more than 50 percent of the world’s population now lives in cities has become an excuse to ignore the country side,’ said Rem Koolhaas. Are the diminishing villages deemed to make way for luxury resorts and tourist facilities? As we look into the Lake District and Dada movement, we will search for new meanings and values of the rural.
Posted 9 Jan 2019 16:12
The beautiful Lake District is an ideal place for us to embark on an adventure on rural issue! With the breathtaking scenery of one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in front of the eyes, the event group will have a deep understanding on rural by immersing oneself into the nature. Merz Barn by Kurt Schwitters in the lake district will inform us the artist's view on ruralism and will be used as an inspiration for the discussion of the matter.
Posted 9 Jan 2019 15:05
Our group will be working with collaborators from the Lake District. We are excited to have several visitors during the events week to hold creative workshops and discuss ideas about the rural!
Posted 9 Jan 2019 06:03
Earlier on in our process, we sat around and put together collages that best represented our personal interpretation of the brief provided by our collaborator. It has been brought to my attention that the dadaism is a very important aspect with the merz barn and the concept is to incorporate some dadaism ideas into contemporary settings.
Posted 29 Dec 2018 19:18