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  • MUSEUM OF IMAGE AND SOUND by Isay Weinfeld

    Posted on June 24th, 2010 Architecture Caribbean No comments
    Museum of Image & Sound by Isay Weinfeld

    Museum of Image & Sound by Isay Weinfeld


    MUSEUM OF IMAGE AND SOUND – MIS

    The building, made up of 5 blocks housing the museum functions and grouped according to usage affinities and public traffic, rises from a ground floor crossed by an internal passageway connecting Atlantica Avenue to Aires Saldanha Street. Each volume features a different external cover that fulfills the lighting-control needs of the respective internal functions. In the first block, immediately above ground floor and directly accessible from the passageway, lies the area reserved for temporary exhibits. Read more >>>

    Architect: Isay Weinfeld


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  • House of Hope (Barbados) by Gordon Ashby

    Posted on June 22nd, 2010 Architecture Caribbean No comments
    House of Hope by Gordon Ashby

    House of Hope (Barbados) by Gordon Ashby

    A unique house. Two Bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, Living, Dining, Kitchen and Family. The house evolved in the design process to be the intersection in plan of three primary shapes- circle, rectangle and triangle. Concrete block but treated with coral render to define volumes. Read more >>>


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  • Architecture Caribbean Celebrates its First Anniversary (20th June 2010)

    Posted on June 20th, 2010 Architecture Caribbean No comments

    Architecture Caribbean Celebrates its First Anniversary

    Architecture Caribbean Celebrates its First Anniversary

    Architecture Caribbean would like to thank all our members, readers, subscribers, supporters, designers, artists, students, and the entire design community in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the rest of the world. Read our anniversary message here >>>


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  • Interview with Bahamian architect – Terry-Jeane Thompson

    Posted on May 24th, 2010 Architecture Caribbean No comments

    TJ Thompson

    TJ Thompson

    Terry-Jeane Thompson is a Bahamian architect, and architectural consultant/ feature Writer for “Insitu Arch Magazine”, a Caribbean Architecture publication, started by CEO Marcus Laing in Oct 2008. She was gracious enough to take time from her busy schedule for an interview with Architecture Caribbean about the current state of the architecture profession and construction in the Bahamas.

    Read her entire interview with Architecture Caribbean here >>>

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  • Why is art important to society?

    Posted on May 23rd, 2010 Architecture Caribbean No comments
    Art in society

    Art in society

    Architecture Caribbean asks Caribbean artists, “Why is art important to society?” Here are some of their responses..

    “Art sometimes tells a story of an event that is topical or historical, it illustrates fantasy and reality and is most times is inspired by society itself. Art allows us to escape into dreamy landscapes or provokes our thoughts with abstract and often controversial compositions. However, mostly ART allows us, as a society, to share, understand, accept and enjoy.”

    Peter Sheppard
    Artist


    Read the entire interview here >>>

    Tell us what you think of their responses and what is your answer to the question…”Why is art important in society?”

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  • Interview with Trinidadian artist Peter Sheppard

    Posted on May 22nd, 2010 Architecture Caribbean No comments
    Project by Peter sheppard

    Project by Peter sheppard

    Peter Sheppard is a Trinidadian artist who was born into a creative family as both his parents painted and were involved in the Carnival Arts. His father Stephen Sheppard, painted landscapes in acrylics from scenes that inspired him after long drives in and around the countryside. His mother Margaret Sheppard (Highgate), also painted. She made costumes for the theatre, carnival, weddings and personal wardrobes. They exposed him to a wide range of visual and performing arts. He studied at the International Fine Arts College in Miami, Florida. He says that his “canvas is all things Trinidad & Tobago and I live my life enjoying all that our wonderful nation has to offer. Its rich and diverse Culture, its delicious food representing our many ethnic segments of our population. Our many festivals, quaint villages, peaceful rivers, majestic mountains and people full of a life-time of stories will forever provide inspiration for my paintings. I paint from my memories and experiences and enjoy sharing this with the public through my paintings.” He was gracious enough to take time from his busy schedule for an interview with Architecture Caribbean.

    Read entire interview here >>>

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  • Interview with Caribbean Architect – Marvin Goodman

    Posted on August 12th, 2009 Architecture Caribbean 1 comment
    Marvin Goodman

    Marvin Goodman


    Marvin Goodman,
    FAIA, FJIA is a New Jersey born Architect who has been practicing Architecture & Planning in Jamaica since 1961. He is the Principal of Marvin D. Goodman & Associates and a visiting lecturer at the Caribbean School of Architecture. He was gracious enough to take time out of his busy schedule for an interview with Architecture Caribbean. Here is a portion of the interview, see below for the entire interview.

    Architecture Caribbean: Who is Marvin Goodman?
    Marvin Goodman: Architect

    AC: Where did you study?
    MG: University of Florida

    AC: How did you end up in Jamaica?
    MG: I was invited to come to Jamaica for 6 months to finish a hotel then under construction. Work went on for another year and then I was being asked to do some other jobs so I stayed for a while longer. I have remained now for many decades. I am married to a Jamaican and feel completely at home in my adopted country.

    AC: Who are your favorite architects (International and Caribbean) and what do you admire about their work?
    MG: Frank Lloyd Wright, Oscar Niemeyer, Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei

    AC: Are there important projects in your body of work which you’ve designed that haven’t been built, or plans that haven’t carried out?
    MG: One project I would like to see re-appear is a Hotel I did for Caesars at Rose Hall. It was very Caribbean, incorporated water and nature throughout.

    AC: What advice would you give to Architecture students?
    MG: My advice to students in Architecture is:

    1. Travel. Looking at the built environment in many places will open your eyes
    2. Learn (don’t just talk) about Green Architecture in all its facets. It is not that easy; good design is very complicated and requires balancing any number of inputs to come up with a useful solution.
    3. Learn to draw. Travelling and sketching is the time-honored way to actually ‘see.’ The computer is an indispensible tool but it also gives the illusion that the design is understood when it is not. Many schools are now banning the use of computers in the first two years of study.

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  • Interview with Marumiyan – Japanese Graphic Artist

    Posted on August 7th, 2009 Architempo No comments
    Princess Lotus - Marumiyan

    Princess Lotus - Marumiyan

    Marumiyan is an extremely talented Graphic Artist from Japan. His work is a wonderful collage of photography and drawing. In addition to producing work for magazines, CD jackets, posters, apparel and website design; he has been involved in several exhibitions including the 2009 Taiwan International Illustration Festival. Marumiyan was gracious enough to take time from his busy schedule to speak with Architecture Caribbean. Here is a portion of the interview.

    Architecture Caribbean: Who is Marumiyan? Where were you born? live? What do you do?
    Marumiyan: Graphic Artist, born in Fukuoka City, Japan in 1985. I live in Fukuoka.

    AC: What are the main features and elements of your work? Why?
    M: I like to illustrate natural objects such as flowers and animals.

    AC: How do you formulate your ideas and develop them? Where do you go for inspiration?
    M: I usually draw freely as I like unless there is a subject that a client wants me to draw on. Whenever I create I listen to music. Music inspires me. When I hit new enchanting music, I can make a good piece of work.

    AC: Tell us about your working process? How do you start a piece?
    M: Firstly, I take an image that I want to create on the subject, draw many objects that have a good match for my image, and sometimes combine photos that I took.

    AC: What tools and programs do you use to produce your pieces?
    M: I mostly work in Photoshop with Pentab, sometimes in Illustrator, combining many graphic elements.

    AC: The colors in your pieces really stand out, they’re extremely eye-catching…How do you determine the colours used in your pieces? In addition, how is this part of your design method?
    M: I don’t always choose colors beforehand; colors are decided then and there in the process.

    AC: Which are your favorite works?
    M: Mongrel, Wellspoken, Harmony, Princess Lotus

    Rastafarianism

    Rastafarianism

    AC: What do you think about Architecture Caribbean’s goal to highlight Architecture and the Arts in the Caribbean and other parts of the world?
    M: I’d like you to continue introducing many exciting artists.

    I find Marumiyan’s work intriguing. The vibrant colors, the details, the complexity, the contrast, the unique nature of his work. Every time I see something I never noticed before. Rastafarianism is a religion with roots that go back to the island of Jamaica, and he blended his art with a culture hundreds of miles away to produce a beautiful piece. Not only did he capture the recognizable dreadlocks/ braids and beads in the hair, but he captured the movement. Notice his other pieces and how “still” they are, however, in Rastafarianism, the braids are in motion. Whether because of the wind, the movement of the head on which they are, or both I am not sure, but it stands out because it captures the spirit of Caribbean people. That spirit of movement, dancing and celebration. Well done Marumiyan!

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    See his work>>


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  • Interview with Trinidadian Architect – Rudylynn DeFour Roberts (Pt. 1)

    Posted on July 30th, 2009 Architecture Caribbean No comments
    Rudylynn DeFour Roberts

    Rudylynn DeFour Roberts

    Rudylynn De Four Roberts, TTIA, is a Trinidadian Architect with a love for old buildings and Historic Restoration. She is a director of De Four Farmer & Associates Ltd. and was a visiting lecturer at several Institutes including the Caribbean School of Architecture. As the former head of the Trinidad and Tobago Government Historic Restoration Unit she was responsible for monitoring government restoration projects, and advising government regarding preservation issues. She was kind enough to take some time to do an interview with Architecture Caribbean, and we have placed parts of the interview here for you.

    Architecture Caribbean: Who is Rudylynn De Four?
    Rudylynn De Four Roberts: I am a Caribbean woman, an architect with a love for Old buildings.

    AC: Where were you born?
    RDR: I was born in New York USA while my Father was at University doing his second degree. Both my parents are from Trinidad & Tobago. We returned to Trinidad when I was six years old.

    AC: Where did you study?
    RDR: I studied at Howard University. Washington DC. USA

    AC: What inspired you to study/practice architecture?
    RDR:
    I come from a family of Engineers and Architects. My father was a Civil and an Electrical Engineer. He established the first locally owned engineering consultancy practice in Trinidad & Tobago. I myself was an artist and my Dad encouraged me to study Architecture like his brother and cousin.

    AC: Have any other professions or types of work interested you?
    RDR: I enjoy lecturing, and speaking to students about historic Architectural Patrimony. I suppose I could always go back to Art.

    AC: How long have you been in the field?
    RDR: I graduated from Howard University in 1974.

    AC: What was your first architecture job, doing what?
    RDR: My first job was in Alexandria Virginia. I did the usual as a new graduate, working drawings for design architects, I also did site planning and landscaping drawings. My first architectural design job was the Restoration of a 200 year old Lutheran Church. It was an adaptive re-use. We converted it into a community theatre. I was responsible for doing the design, the drawings, and the specs….everything.

    AC: What did you learn during that experience?
    RDR: I realized that I loved restoration, and I began what was to become my life’s vocation. My appreciation of historic architecture came from my love of History and seeing my Grandfather’s buildings. He was a builder and joiner. In his early days he built houses with Fretwork and stained glass. I loved to watch the sun pouring through the fretwork creating patterns on the floor and walls; and the coloured glass always fascinated me. When I was a child, Port of Spain looked like a miniature New Orleans.

    AC: What about architecture excites you?
    RDR: Creating spaces that conform firstly to the user’s needs ….and using shape, colour, art and craftsmanship to make the spaces comfortable, pleasing and efficient.

    AC: Who (or what) were the biggest inspirations for your career?
    RDR: The biggest inspirations in my career are my father and the late Trinidadian architect, Anthony C. Lewis. My father Fenrick De Four, for his support, encouragement and example. He felt strongly about ethics in the workplace, serving and contributing to nation building, and supporting local enterprise. Anthony Lewis was an architect, planner and artist, who established the first local architectural consultancy in Trinidad and Tobago. His firm is responsible for many of the landmark buildings in Port of Spain.

    AC: Who are your favorite architects (International and Caribbean) and what do you admire about their work?
    RDR: Internationally – Frank Lloyd Wright, architect, interior designer, writer and educator. I admire his ability to use Nature as inspiration in his organic designs. In 1991 the AIA declared Wright “The greatest American Architect of all time.” Locally- Anthony C. Lewis who was an architect whose concepts expressed an organic and environmentally friendly architecture. He used sunlight, flora and fauna as inspiration in his designs. As an architect he was always conscious of creating a living space for optimum human comfort and visual stimulation. This was reflected in his use of the natural elements and indigenous materials.

    AC: What do you think about (Architecture Caribbean) and its goal to highlight Architecture and the Arts in the Caribbean and other parts of the world?
    RDR: An admirable project, with lots of scope. Although we are all from the Caribbean islands, there is so much diversity in culture and architecture. From earthquake prone Trinidad to islands in the hurricane belt…………Our colonial heritage is varied and each old world intervention has left its indelible mark. Cuba – Spanish heritage; Barbados- British heritage; Curacao- Dutch; Martinique and Guadeloupe –French and Trinidad and Tobago a pleasant mix up of French, English, African and East Indian Heritage resulting in our eclectic architecture.

    Read the entire interview>>>

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