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“The crisp, clean, white planes, drawing clear influences from Richard Meier, are balanced with a splash of color offered by the roof membrane. The disciplined interiors offer relief to the eyes with a subtle yet intentional blue tone. Grade B+”

Just one of many critiques of kid’s livingroom forts. The writer gives brilliant commentary on the use of materials…“the project suffers from an inconsistent material palette attributed to coordination issues with the suppliers”, structural integrity…“While typically the stacked foundation technique leads to a stable and impressive base, this particular application seems dubious”, and efficiency of the planning…”The courtyard and formal entry are also well thought-out and provide a clear means of way-finding.”

I think we can all relate to these crude yet charming structures. My creative 5 year old transforms the livingroom weekly into a surprising new arrangement of cushions, sofas and chairs from every room in the house. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this great series.

via: The BUILDblog

Working in an Architectural firm for 10 years, I have seen a lot of renderings, many of them quite good.  In fact, many of the CG renderings were at first glance difficult to tell if they were actual spaces/buildings or an designer’s/architect’s vision.  

Tonight I came across a film by Alex Roman. This is ‘digital architecture’ like no other. I couldn’t quite believe this wasn’t an actual video tour through Louis Khan’s Phillips Exeter Academy Library. “The Third & The Seventh” project, for the Mundos Digitales 2009 [digital architecture] conference, is a stunning example of how real CG can be, with the right tools…and of course the right digital artist.  Not just beautiful to look at, the soundtrack is perfect, The Divine Comedy’s “Laika’s Theme” from “Absent Friends” album. 

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61Kqt-xq26L._SS500_10 Years worth of classic New York Store Fronts, about a third of  which have closed, are collected in this book by James and Karla Murray.  The book not only tells a story with the great images, but with oral history from the shop owners themselves.

Gred DeLiso of Munrovia Pictures has created this short documentary about the couple and their passion for their work – photographing Store Fronts around the city. They talk about their love of graffiti and fonts, and how that led ultimately to the store front project about 10 years ago.

The book, Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York (Hardcover) is a beautiful look into what New York once was, before the chain stores and luxury condos took over.

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Nakagin Capsule Tower, located in the Ginza area of Tokyo, was designed by Kisho Kurokawa and completed in 1972. It is a “rare built example of Japanese Metabolism, a movement that became emblematic of Japan’s postwar cultural resurgence.”  The building was the world’s first example of capsule architecture built for actual use. While still in use today, the building is at risk of being demolished. After years of little or no maintenance, it has fallen into disrepair – mildew, leaks, crumbling concrete…and at this point it is far too expensive to restore. For a concept that started out with flexibility in mind – it proved to have many limitations. Theoretically, the capsules were designed to be removed and added to. In reality, this was far too expensive. Designed for the ‘Bachelor salarymen’, the small apartments included all the modern conveniences of the time, a wall of appliances and cabinets built including a stove, a refrigerator, a TV, and a reel-to-reel tape deck. A bathroom unit, similar to an airplane washroom, is set into an opposite corner. A large circular window over a bed is at the far end of the room.  

“The 14-story high Tower has 140 capsules stacked at angles around a central core. Kurokawa developed the technology to install the capsule units into the concrete core with only 4 high-tension bolts, as well as making the units
detachable and replaceable.”

This piece of ‘future’ architecture, the first to be fabricated in a factory [“prototype for sustainable architecture”, way before Michelle Kaufman], will probably not be around much longer. Often “private developments like the Capsule Tower, no matter how historically important, are regarded in terms of property rights. They are about business first, not culture. Governments don’t like to interfere; the voices of preservationists are shrugged off. “Want to save it?” the prevailing sentiment goes. “Pay for it.”

More than a building, love it or hate it… it is a part of cultural history.

via: New York Times

This one is for all of my Architect friends out there…enjoy!

These videos are just 2 in a series of dead pan scenarios that most in the industry will be able to relate to on some level. Does Mister Glasses look a little like Philip Johnson??


via: a daily dose of architecture

3 creatives travelled around Rome, Madrid, Paris and London planting cheerful Havaianas all over Europe.

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Pentagram was asked by the Robin Hood Foundation  (targeting poverty in New York City) to contribute to an effort to build new school libraries in elementary schools in 5 boroughs in New York.  Architects would design the spaces, private companies would donate books, Pentagram would provide graphic design, wayfinding, signage and a brand that would unify all the sites. 

The result is a dynamic, unique space that is meant to inspire kids and make reading fun.  Murals were painted in the space between the ceiling and the book shelves – sometimes up to 6′ high, by the likes of Stefan Sagmeister , Maira Kalman, Yuko Shimizu among others. The Pentagram team paired the right artist with each library, acted as creative directors and co-ordinated the production with architect Richard Lewis.

“Working with budgets that were — to say the least — modest, Esquer, Kalman, Niemann, Sagmeister, Shimizu and Wilkin created works of art that will entertain and inspire schoolchildren for years. “Each of the designers and illustrators we worked with clearly approached this project as a labor of love, and it shows,” says Michael Bierut, Pentagram.


housing_mountaindwellings1MY PLAYGROUND is a documentary film by Kaspar Astrup Schröder that explores the ‘art’ of Parkour.  
Mountain Dwellings is the perfect backdrop for the movement,urban tricking, freerunning and parkour performed by Team Jiyo. The Mountain Dwellings Project recently was awarded the Best Housing Project in the World at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona.  The film shows how the obstacles of the urban landscape can be used not as limitations, but to facilitate “total freedom of movement”, they move through the city with amazing flow. MY PLAYGROUND is due to be released this summer.

via:  The David Report 

“Milan, March 10, 2009 – Launching in Seoul at the end of April 2009, the highly anticipated Prada Transformer designed by OMA/Rem Koolhaas will showcase a groundbreaking series of cross-cultural exhibitions, screenings and live events. For five months this shape-shifting venue will host multiple interdisciplinary projects, bringing a unique mix of visual arts to Korea.”  from the website.

The Transformer can host different events such as exhibitions, fashion shows and film screenings by flipping the structure to one of the four different configurations, so that the different faces lie on the ground. Floors become walls and walls become ceilings. For a better explanation, check out the video.  Prada and OMA/Rem Koolhaas have again created another innovative structure – the first way back in 2001 with the SoHo Prada flagship store.
The Transformer is set to open on April 21st, with a retrospective of Prada’s fashion,  “Waist Down – Skirts by Miuccia Prada”.

via:  dezeen 

Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects has developed a house that grows as your family or circumstances do. The family unit has changed in recent times – but housing really hasn’t. They have designed a series of villas that are as flexible as life and the changing times. The Villas can be built one by one or integrated and connected to form a larger residential area.  The video illustrates how it works. Right now the Villas are sold in the United Kingdom and Sweden and are produced by Kjellgren Kaminsky and Emrahus. 
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