On Valentines Day, co-founder of non-profit organisation Architecture for Humanity, Cameron Sinclair, released an ode to architecture, a poetic rendition of his sentiments to the profession. A tidal wave of interest began and Architecture for Humanity was inundated with comments from industry professionals and members of the general public wishing to relay their love of architecture, the ripples of which are still being felt months later.
As a result, the organisation will be holding a charity auction via online marketplace ebay from 19 June - 29 June 2012, selling off over 70 original and often one of a kind hand sketches, renderings, prints and paintings donated by big names in the industry as a result of their campaign. Now is the time to get your hands on an original piece of work by Renzo Piano, Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, Steven Holl or Kengo Kuma, plus the proceeds will go towards funding Architecture for Humanity’s projects across the world so you’ll be making a difference too. The auction will be hosted at ebay.com/architectureforhumanity
We’ve selected seven of the pieces we think are likely to gain the most interest, some of which WAN will be bidding for to decorate the editorial office! The main image to the left shows Matteo Cainer’s artwork for the Busan Opera House entitled ‘Camellian Flower’ in pencil and marker over a series of architectural drawings.
The following images show (l-r): Chris Bosse from LAVA’s Giant Origami Tiger created out of Laser Cut Plastic Origami + Decal from the WWF installation in 2010; an original concept sketch for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston competition by Steven Holl in watercolour and charcoal; an original lithograph print of The Getty Center by Richard Meier; a pencil sketch of a Springbuck Walking in the Sun by Jess Field of Field Architecture; Michael Van Valkenburgh’s an exploration of materialism composed using lacquered oil on wood; and a one-off sketch by Snohetta’s Craig Dykers for Architecture for Humanity which reads ‘There are two types of people in the world; those that have seen the Taj Mahal, and those that have not’. Let the bidding commence!