Flats to rent in London?
by Harry / July 28, 2009

MoCo contributing editor Jaime is moving to London this Fall to do an MA at Kingston University (we're so proud). Does anyone have any suggestions for flats to rent in London? Says Jaime, "I haven't settled on any neighborhoods yet - has to be by transport to get me South to Kingston and to the Design Museum. I don't care if I am North or South of the river (that seems to be a debate among Londoners) would prefer a neighborhood that has some art/design going on. Budget = not high. Wondering if people think I should just go over and hostel it for a week to look in person or just get it done online?" Please leave your answers in comments here or tweet them @mocoloco. Plus we have Princeton Architectural Press books to give away... we'll choose three answers at random on Friday and send them one of these three books:

- Installations by Architects
- Digital Fabrications
- Five Houses, Ten Details

Above? London Underground Ceramic Tiles by art meets matter.

UPDATE: Thanks to all the Londoners & x-Londoners who recommended places - Will, Ewan and @rana_banana will each get one of the books above.

The three books and some choice quotes for each:

Installations by Architects "Over the last few decades, a rich and increasingly diverse practice has emerged in the art world that invites the public to touch, enter, and experience the work, whether it is in a gallery, on city streets, or in the landscape. Like architecture, many of these temporary artworks aspire to alter viewers' experience of the environment. An installation is usually the end product for an artist, but for architects it can also be a preliminary step in an ongoing design process."

"Five Houses, Ten Details presents five designs--all by Ford, all for himself, all for the same site--only one of which was built. Each design... articulates one aspect--site, structure, material, joinery, or furniture--at the expense of the others... an accessible and at times personal account of one man's exploration of architectural detail."

Digital Fabrications "Architectural pioneers such as Frank Gehry and Greg Lynn introduced the world to the extreme forms made possible by digital fabrication. It is now possible to transfer designs made on a computer to computer-controlled machinery that creates actual building components. This 'file to factory' process not only enables architects to realize projects featuring complex or double-curved geometries, but also liberates architects from a dependence on off-the-shelf building components, enabling projects of previously unimaginable complexity. Digital Fabrications presents projects designed and built by emerging practices that pioneer techniques and experiment with fabrication processes on a small scale with a do-it-yourself attitude."


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