Lightbulb - We Made That

Continuing with Jim's Lightbulb project with Edward Bishop, the pair interviewed We Made That, a young and energetic architecture and design practice formed in 2006 by Oliver Goodhall and Holly Lewis. The practice has a strong portfolio, which is comprised of an eclectic mix of architecture, landscape, art, research and publishing, and which has a strong engagement with the local community.

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Lightbulb - Philip Cooper

Recently, Jim has been collaborating with film maker Edward Bishop on a series of short videos for a project called Lightbulb. Combining their various experience and talents, Stephenson / Bishop have worked together to for a host of clients, including Sou Fujimoto and the Serpentine Gallery, Carl Turner Architects, Studio Weave, and many more, to create films on architecture and the built environment. Building on this partnership, they've started creating the weekly Lightbulb series, a host of 90-second films that feature an interview with a different artist or designer each Friday. The series focuses upon the inspirations, processes, and working environments of various designers, craftspeople and artists.

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Tony Ray Jones

Photographer Tony Ray-Jones is widely known and respected for his social documentary work of England in the 1960s, yet his work for Architectural Review in 1970 is relatively unknown. At the time, using photographers such as Ray-Jones for this kind of assignment was unheard of; architectural photographs tended to be devoid of people, or heavily staged. Ray-Jones was commissioned to work on the housing feature, and his images brought the day to day lives of the people in them into focus. This style of work has become increasingly popular over the last few years, with practitioners such as Dutch architectural photographer Iwan Baan, challenging the traditional approach by showing buildings in use. Jim also uses this approach to his work, and tries to offer the viewer a chance to explore the environments within the image. Posted by Lou.

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Southbank Bandstand / London / May 2011

Early on in the summer, which seems like a while ago now, I photographed a small project initiated by RIBA London where a group of Part 1 and 2 architecture students were commissioned to design (and build) a temporary bandstand in front of Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank, London.

It’s fairly rare in architecture for students in their early twenties to get the chance to see a design process all the way from inception to production information, construction and completion, so this was a great opportunity for those involved to get this experience. When completed, the bandstand proved incredibly popular with the public, with events hosted on and around it for the whole summer. These images, and the accompanying video (after clicking "Read More"), were commissioned by the students involved.

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