By Marlon Blackwell
"I stay, perform, train, and construct in northwest Arkansas, within the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. it is a position thought of to be in the midst of nowhere, but paradoxically with regards to far and wide. it's an atmosphere of actual traditional good looks and, at the same time, considered one of actual built ugliness. Abandonment, exploitation, erasure and nostalgia are all facets of this position and are stipulations as real as its traditional good looks and native shape. This land of disparate stipulations in not only a environment for my paintings -- it truly is a part of the paintings. via deciding upon to dwell and paintings the following -- to name it domestic -- i have been capable of get past the skin of items, to show over the rock and realize the advanced and wealthy underbelly of my position -- its visceral presences and expressive personality -- that so informs and sustains my efforts. i'm operating from the conviction that structure is greater than the topic of architecture." --Marlon BlackwellMarlon Blackwell is a passionate polemicist. he is additionally a truly talented architect. The initiatives during this first monograph at the "radical ruralist," as touted by way of the Royal Institute of British Architects, supply a brand new architectural language that instantaneously rejoice the vernacular and transgress the bounds of the traditional. the implications are -- we won't support it, there is not any greater observe -- beautiful.Incisive essays via David Buege, Dan Hoffman, and Juhani Pallasmaa and luxurious images by way of Tim Hursley, Richard Johnson, and Kevin Latady discover Blackwell's initiatives, together with his generally acclaimed Keenan TowerHouse, the award-winning Moore HoneyHouse, 2Square apartment, and Flynn-Schmitt BarnHouse, studios, and institutional structures.
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They critique the pretentious seriousness and unquestioned stylistic codes of contemporary architecture, just as vernacular architecture frequently does unintentionally. The projects that do not deliberately aim at physical resemblance often pursue a metaphorical afﬁnity to animal imagery. The Keenan Tower House [ﬁg. 12], for example, evokes a caddish ﬂy larva with its casing. The pattern of vertical boards of its stair shaft deliberately recalls the texture of tree bark interpreted as an enlarged abstraction of the biological original.
Blackwell acknowledges this imperative: “The intent is 32 JUHANI PALLASMAA to develop thorough observation and abstraction. . ” 9 The feasibility of a new regional and localized expression arises from the strategy of suppressing the homogenizing forces of today’s construction practices and strengthening unique local ingredients. This methodology is practiced by Blackwell and clearly articulated by him: These tactics [his personal design approach] allow local conditions to inform and generate systems of articulation, expressive details that generate expressive form, and the conﬁguring of local crafted assemblies with standardized products and assemblies to produce a hybrid tectonic.
A massive concrete block wall is aligned along the ridge and anchors the structure physically and symbolically—it is a formal edge between the house and the wilderness. ” The large opening beneath the perched study tower acts metaphorically as an entry into the landscape. The experience of the expanding landscape, from this vantage point, is echoed in the opening of the interior space into a double-height central space visible upon entry. 41 A composition of traditional vernacular forms, present in the southern portion of the building, gives way to an idiosyncratic ordering of frames and volumes along and perpendicular to the concrete block wall.
An Architecture of the Ozarks: The Works of Marlon Blackwell by Marlon Blackwell