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  • Concerned Supermodel Cindy Crawford Pulls Kids Out of Toxic School

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    Jennifer Chait
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    We recently wrote about Malibu Unites, an inspirational coalition of concerned parents, teachers, community members, and public figures from across the U.S. who are attempting to rid our schools of toxins – including PCBs, lead, DDT, Chlordane, and carcinogenic pesticides. Now supermodel Cindy Crawford, spokesperson for Malibu Unites, has taken the fight to the airwaves, speaking with NBC news special anchor Maria Shriver about her decision to pull her two kids out of class due to major concerns about the levels of cancer-causing chemicals found in the school. Check out the video here!
  • 10 Interior Design Lessons That Everyone Should Know

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    Shelley Little
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:59 am
    We can all achieve a well-decorated space by following a few design tips. Image Source: James Rixner Think of this as a little 101 in decorating. While we all cannot possess the eye for exquisite design and detail — we can decorate our homes as though we do.  In some ways, interior decorating can be thought of as a formula with specific steps; building blocks that will help create your very own interior design. On the other side, there is an art to decorating; a flair that doesn’t really follow any rules or formulas. While you may not have an artful flair, you can begin to learn…
  • Sprecher by SAOTA

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    Alberto Seller
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Courtesy of SAOTA The owner’s brief was to design a house inspired by its indigenous surroundings, which is part of the recently established Sea Farm Private Nature Reserve. The site, located on a rocky peninsula is perched above a dramatic seascape with spectacular views of the surrounding Hangklip Mountain. The area is home to indigenous fynbos and a vast array of sea life. The site is 1 of 9 exclusive use areas permitted on the reserve and is isolated from neighbours. Its owner’s, a well-travelled family who live in Cape Town wanted a contemporary low-maintenance weekend retreat. The…
  • A People's Archive of Sinking and Melting

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    Regine
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    A People's Archive of Sinking and Melting is a growing collection of items contributed from places that may disappear due to the combined physical, political, and economic impacts of climate change, including glacial melting, sea level rise, coastal erosion and desertification. Through common but differentiated collections, the contributed materials form an archive of the future anterior; what will have been continue
  • Pros and Cons of Shipping Container Architecture

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    Christine Walsh
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    Building homes using shipping containers has been all the rage lately and few can deny that these structures lend themselves very well to building sustainable, cozy and unique homes. But not everything about using shipping containers as building blocks is perfect. This article looks at the main pros and cons of shipping container architecture, starting with the good stuff. Pros of Shipping Container Architecture 1. Green-Building This is perhaps the most obvious benefit. Hundreds of thousands of steel cargo containers are discarded in ports across the globe, mainly due to one way shipments of…
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  • The NEVERENDING Drunk Posting Thread

    Doohickie
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:40 pm
    This may be a bad idea. No, strike that. It IS a bad idea. But not for the obvious reason. It's a bad idea because I think most of the posts in Cyburbia are posted during work hours, when planners are, by and large, not drunk. But if you find yourself drunk on some random evening and want to shout out your undying love for Cyndi Lauper, this is the thread.
  • Washington Post: Is segregation the problem in Ferguson?

    Dan
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Washington Post article about the racial demographics of St. Louis' North County suburbs. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...m-in-ferguson/ From the article: Quote: Over the last few days, punditry about Ferguson, Mo., has converged on a common, well-rehearsed narrative about segregation in St. Louis that goes back to the 19th century: whites will do whatever it takes to prevent blacks from moving into their neighborhoods, including redlining, restrictive covenants, large-lot zoning, intimidation and violence. When these ultimately fail, whites build new interstates and move en masse to…
  • Phone Menu Options

    michaelskis
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    I just had to call a few differnt divisions of our wonderful :v: federal government and ended up dialing more numbers for different menu options than I did to dial the phone number, and still did not get to speak with a human. Finally, out of desperation, I dialed Zero and was transferred to a human who was agitated that I had the audacity to do that. She was able to give me a direct phone number for a human, but they were out of the office. I am not a fan of a menu that brings me to other menus... or any menus when a business is open. If I have a question I need to get physic to know the…
  • Sorry, client, the answer is "no"

    Cardinal
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    In my work I invariably encounter the client who has a perception or idea that just isn't feasible, but keeps pushing it. The city that thought it could land major distribution centers but was greatly eclipsed by much better located competition ten miles away. The county that thinks it will be the next biotech hotspot because it is an industry targeted by the state and they have a university (tier four, negligible science programs, basically a business and teaching college). And now the client that thinks everything is a tourism asset. Sorry, but I don't see people driving three hours to…
  • What are your favorite buildings in the world?

    michaelskis
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
    We as planners often notice particular buildings and structures as we are out and about, and we all has different concepts of what we like. Buildings play such an important role in the design of spaces and different buildings interact with people in different ways. What are your favorite buildings in the world? Have you visited them? Why do you like them? What are your favorite local and regional buildings?
 
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  • Gentrification of Burning Man

    Orhan Ayyüce
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:19 pm
    “Anyone who has been going to Burning Man for the last five years is now seeing things on a level of expense or flash that didn't exist before,” said Brian Doherty, author of the book “This Is Burning Man.” “It does have this feeling that, ‘Oh, look, the rich people have moved into my neighborhood.’ It’s gentrifying.”"By the way, there are over 62 million Burning Man results in the Google search but who can guarantee they all originate from Nevada desert? After all, men and women burn daily all over the world. Right?" - from…
  • Submit your Vision42 entries to transform Manhattan's 42nd Street – Registration due September 8

    Archinect
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:04 pm
    You don't have to be a New Yorker to submit design ideas for a river-to-river, auto-free light rail boulevard in Manhattan's iconic 42nd Street: Open to all architects, planners, and urban designers, the Vision42 design competition invites proposals from around the world to transform the street into a "world-class boulevard complete with a high-quality public spaces and a light-rail tram."Registration ends September 8, 2014, and (digital) submissions for phase 1 are expected by October 1. And did we mention that $10,000 are waiting for the lucky winner as well as a feature in the Architect's…
  • Traffic Lights are Easy to Hack

    Nicholas Korody
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:26 pm
    In a paper published this month, the researchers describe how they very simply and very quickly seized control of an entire system of almost 100 intersections in an unnamed Michigan city from a single ingress point. The exercise was conducted on actual stoplights deployed at live intersections [...] As is typical in large urban areas, the traffic lights in the subject city are networked ... allowing them to pass information to and receive instruction from a central management point.
  • Archinect's Employer of the Day - Weekly Round-Up #35

    Justine Testado
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Heads up to all you job seekers and active employers. Here's our weekly batch of employers for Archinect's Employer of the Day. If you've been following the daily feature on Archinect's Facebook page, Employer of the Day is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.In case you missed them, check out the latest EOTD features:1. Mockler Taylor Architects (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Junior Architect2. Belzberg Architects (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Intermediate Architect - Temporary Position3. Walker Warner Architects (Facebook feature)Currently…
  • Why Portland Is Building a Multi-Modal Bridge That Bans Cars

    Amelia Taylor-Hochberg
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    Tilikum Crossing is the nation's first multi-modal bridge that will be off-limits to private automobiles. It will carry MAX light rail trains (the impetus for construction) as well as Portland's streetcar line and city buses, and of course pedestrian and bike lanes on both sides—but no cars. [...] "Transit has a huge impact on urban planning. I mean, if you look at our city, it was designed around streetcars. On some level, it has to be part of their DNA."
 
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  • Book Review: Building as Ornament

    John Hill
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Building as Ornament by Michiel van Raaijnai010 Publishers, 2014Paperback, 240 pagesBefore he took the helm at Dutch website Architectenweb, Michiel van Raaij penned one of my favorite architecture blogs, Eikongraphia (Iconography), which looked at buildings united through their resemblance to other things, things outside architecture. Projects, many not yet built at the time, were given a title that made it clear what sort of building-size iconography was in place: Gherkin, by Foster and Rocks, by Mazzanti, to name just a couple of the built projects. Michiel's comments were always in-depth…
  • Today's archidose #777

    John Hill
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Here are a couple photos of Emerson College Los Angeles (2014) by Morphosis Architects, photographed by Riley Snelling.To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose pool, and/or:: Tag your photos archidose
  • Mummers Theatre, RIP

    John Hill
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    While I haven't paid close attention to the fight to save John M. Johansen's Mummers Theater* in Oklahoma City, I'm disheartened to see this photo taken by Timothy Hursley last week of the one-of-a-kind building's demolition:[Click image for larger view | Photo: Timothy Hursley]One year before, Hursley visited the building with his sons:[Click image for larger view | Photo: Timothy Hursley] *Those interested, albeit at this admittedly late stage, should visit the Save the Stage Center Facebook page and The Architect's Newspaper's extensive coverage of Mummers and what will replace it.(Thanks…
  • Rebel Architecture - Guerrilla Architect

    John Hill
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    The first installment in Al Jazeera's six-part "Rebel Architecture" series is on Spanish "self-build legend" Santiago Cirugeda:
  • Today's archidose #776

    John Hill
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Here are some photos of Farmville, under consruction in Paredes, Portugal, by AND-RÉ, photographed by José Carlos Melo Dias.To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose pool, and/or:: Tag your photos archidose
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  • Designer LED Bulbs Illuminate Your Space In High Style

    Delana
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Light bulbs more or less fade into the background when it comes to home decorating; they illuminate your designer light fixtures but they themselves are quite plain and boring. Japanese LED lighting site Only 1 revealed a line of textured and shaped light bulbs that are anything but boring. The line includes several unexpected shapes such as the spiky dragonfruit and several varieties of icicle: covered in thorns, filled with cracks, and stylized straight + smooth. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Bizarre Bulbs: Unique Lighting Design & Art…
  • Brilliant Rain Boots Roll Up Into a Tiny Portable Package

    Delana
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    When you take rain boots - or wellintons, depending on where in the world you reside - with you, it has to be a very deliberate choice. They are big, bulky, and difficult to pack, so if you're packing them to take on a trip, you'd better be absolutely sure it's worth the trouble. Barcelona-based designer Estel Alcaraz thought of a better way to handle waterproof footwear one day when she arrived home soaked to the bone by a rainstorm. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Rain Rulers: Colorful Rubber Boots Measure Water in Style Cinnamon Roll House…
  • Cascading Staircase is Like an Indoor Frozen Waterfall

    Delana
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    This cascading set of stairs in a Mumbai home is a perfectly executed example of architecture that mirrors nature. The wooden treads flow and curve to resemble a peaceful frozen waterfall. Designed by Mexican studio Arquitectura en Movimiento, the staircase is defined by continuous curved engineered walnut strips that connect the wall, the treads, and the floor without interruption. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Ethereal Staircase Floats Between Apartment’s Dual Levels Winding Staircase Resembles an Apartment-Dwelling Tree Wood &…
  • Origami-Inspired Wardrobe Folds Flat for Easy Transport

    Delana
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Dutch designer Renate Nederpel's Pop-Up Linen wardrobe is reminiscent of a large piece of functional origami. Made of cotton fabric and wooden panels, the wardrobe is stable enough to use as intended on a daily basis, but simple and lightweight to move when the need arises. The lightweight wooden panels covered in cotton are designed to produce an object that is visually as well as physically lightweight. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Small Space Sleeper: Wardrobe Triples as Divider + Bed Flat Kitchen Table Folds into Tiny Gable-Roofed Play…
  • Tilt Tableware Strikes a Delicate Balance at Meal Times

    Delana
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The concept of a "balanced meal" gets a whole new meaning with designer Dor Tal's Tilt Tableware collection. The bowl, plate, and cup all function just like normal dishes, but they feature cones on their bottoms where a flat surface would normally be. Each piece also sports a large cork that attaches to its lip. A thin steel cable loops through the cork to create a sort of kickstand for the tableware, holding each piece steady on a flat surface. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Concrete Tableware: Really Rugged Set of Bowls & Plates Delicate…
 
 
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  • Guerrilla Kindness: Add-Ons Make Cities more Convenient

    Steph
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    [ By Steph in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] Three designers sneak around Paris, quickly installing brightly-colored machine-fabricated objects onto public chairs, phones, vending machines and other urban surfaces to make them more convenient to city residents. They call it ‘Fabrique-Hacktion,’ taking extra steps beyond what city officials are willing to fund with tax dollars to create a more comfortable and welcoming place to live. Little slides shoot coins out of the receptacles in vending machines to make them easier to retrieve. Coat hooks hang helpfully from rock…
  • LEGO Architecture: 12 Sets Explore Buildings Brick by Brick

    Steph
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    [ By Steph in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Whether official or fan-created, LEGO architecture sets enable wannabe builders to understand just how some of the world’s most iconic structures come together in terms of architectural elements, form and lines. The brand has created an architecture series exploring “the fascinating worlds of architecture, engineering and construction,” and LEGO enthusiasts – including architects – have come up with a few of their own. Monochromatic Architecture Studio Set Luring in architects with its monochromatic color scheme…
  • Audio Hop: Best NYC Art Gallery Tour You Have Ever Heard

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    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    [ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ] A new way to experience galleries, their artwork and the city they inhabit, even calling it a tour sells short this extremely impressive multimedia experience. Complete with props and layered audio recordings, all interspersed with civic trivia and high-speed humor, the whole Audio Hop production feels like an well-executed piece of dynamic performance art, in which you can play any number of parts. Launching next month, this hop is well worth a stop, a look and a listen. David Behringer, the curator of this experience, is…
  • Cargo Home Videos: 10 Films on How to Build Container Houses

    Urbanist
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    [ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] You see them all the time as polished finished products, but for those looking to try the ultimate do-it-yourself home-building project, these videos will help show you how various ISO container houses were really built in different environments and at various budgets and scales. From timelapses and diagrams to interviews and walkthroughs, they will help introduce you to what someone attempting a similar endeavor could or should expect along the way. In this HGTV segment, you can get an overall sense of how the Seattle…
  • CityCharge: Solar Gadget Charging Stations Installed in NYC

    Steph
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    [ By Steph in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] Anyone passing through New York City’s Bryant Park can avoid the headache of searching for free outlets at coffee shops to juice up their phones, powering up at outdoor tables with built-in solar charging stations. Solar company Green Barrel Energy Inc. teamed up with street furniture manufacturer Landscape Forms and the Bryant Park Corporation to provide free power with cables that fit most electronic devices. Each small round table is set on swiveling wheels (lockable, so they can’t be stolen), making them portable enough…
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  • Ein ehemaliges Konzentrationslager als Theater-Party-Location.

    Ute Bauer-Wassmann
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:01 pm
      Die seit 19 Jahren an unterschiedlichen off-Orten im In- und Ausland dargebrachte Theaterproduktion „Alma“ von Joshua Sobol hatte am 15. August 2014 in der „Serbenhalle“ in Wiener... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit www.an-architecture.com for content. ]]
  • Shopping Mall Venice.

    Christoph Wassmann
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:37 am
    feat. Lotto, Adidas, Spar, McDonald's, a farmacia, and much more. content by anArchitecture [[ This is a content summary only. Visit www.an-architecture.com for content. ]]
  • parkPlatz - Urban Garden.

    Christoph Wassmann
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:47 am
      It's paradox: the increasing density of Vienna's city center simultaneously leads to the desolation of its street space. Roof extensions demand more parking ground, consequently, garage doors... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit www.an-architecture.com for content. ]]
  • A glimpse on 65 Architecture Biennale-Pavilions (Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014).

    Christoph Wassmann
    30 May 2014 | 8:03 am
    This year, the national pavilions at the 14th Architecture Biennale in Venice should angage a single theme "Absorbing Modernity: 1914 - 2014" and show there national characertistics and development... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit www.an-architecture.com for content. ]]
  • Zermatt, 1900, 2014.

    Christoph Wassmann
    12 May 2014 | 7:47 am
    Zermatt in Switzerland: A place which is neither city nor countryside - but what is it? (image source: hochparterre 4/13,page 40f) content by anArchitecture [[ This is a content summary only. Visit www.an-architecture.com for content. ]]
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  • The Great Age of Clouds

    Geoff Manaugh
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    [Image: A "hurricane" at Saturn's south pole, via NASA; see also The Planetary Weather Report]. In Frédéric J. Pont's new book Alien Skies, he describes the atmospheres of other planets: what storms are like, what the clouds are made of, how a sunset might appear through a chemical haze at high pressure on another world. He points out, for example, that many of these "alien skies" would likely consist of wildly unfamiliar shapes and formations, as different elements would be capable of condensing to form clouds at ever-increasing heights. As he puts it, "The type of compound likely to…
  • Minecraft

    Geoff Manaugh
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:46 am
    [Image: Der Bergbau, courtesy of the British Museum; view larger]. Der Bergbau is a beautiful 19th-century German board game set in a mine, currently in the collection of the British Museum. They describe it as a "game-board showing a cross-section of a mine and the network of tunnels leading down from 6 buildings, along the tunnels, various numbers which represent ore." The rules are not given, unfortunately, but the board itself is a gorgeous image in its own right, worth viewing in full. (Originally spotted via @SubBrit).
  • The Fall

    Geoff Manaugh
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    [Image: David Maisel, from ToledoContemporánea]. At the end of 2013, photographer David Maisel was commissioned to photograph the city of Toledo, Spain, as part of a group exhibition called ToledoContemporánea, timed for a wider celebration of the 400th birthday of the painter El Greco. Maisel's photos offered a kind of aerial portraiture of the city, including its labyrinthine knots of rooftops. But the core of the project consists of disorientingly off-kilter, almost axonometric shots of the city's historic architecture. [Image: David Maisel, from ToledoContemporánea]. On wider flights…
  • Survey Says

    Geoff Manaugh
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    [Image: Screen-grab from The New York Times]. Peruvian archaeologist Luis Jaime Castillo Butters "has created a drone air force to map, monitor and safeguard his country’s ancient treasures," according to the New York Times. Researchers in Peru "struggle to protect the country’s archaeological heritage from squatters and land traffickers, who often secure property through fraud or political connections to profit from rising land values," we read. "Experts say hundreds, perhaps thousands of ancient sites are endangered by such encroachment." What's needed, it seems, is a kind of standing…
  • Emergency Exit

    Geoff Manaugh
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    [Image: The SkySaver backpack in action via Kit Up!]. The SkySaver is a kind of emergency exit in a bag: a controlled-descent backpack loaded with hundreds of feet of fire-resistant cable. Just hook the line onto some fixed point in the structure behind you and lower yourself, two meters per second, to safety. Marketed as a tool for urban warfare with—wouldn't you know it—handy civilian uses on the side, the SkySaver system's goal is to let you escape from, say, a building siege or a hotel fire. But, of course, it would also allow you to don your night-vision goggles and raid a high-rise…
 
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  • LPA Healthcare: Integrated Design for Health Care Facilities

    Karen Thomas
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Friends and Colleagues, We are pleased to share more exciting news with you. In June, we announced our expansion to San Antonio, joining with OCO Architects to form OCO LPA. This is our first office outside of Calif. and we're looking forward to bringing more sustainable design work to this fabulous community. But the good news just keeps coming. On August 4, 2014, LPA launched its newest studio, LPA Healthcare. We extend a very warm welcome to Rick Wood as LPA’s newest principal and 10 extraordinary members of his professional staff to the LPA team. Rick brings more than 25 years of…
  • Beyond Wayfinding: Environmental Graphics in Learning Spaces

    Courtney Tarnow
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Guest Blog by Emily Koch and Kate Mraw Architectural signage is necessary to inform people how to navigate through a campus or building. In designer-speak, this signage is commonly referred to as wayfinding. While it’s an important aspect of signage, environmental graphics can accomplish so much more than that — influencing mood and behavior, increasing student engagement, reinforcing school spirit and pride, and creating a culture of community — all while directing people to their destination. There is a concept in psychology called “priming” that refers to how our unconscious…
  • Seismic Retrofit: New Lives for Old Buildings

    Courtney Tarnow
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    By Guest Blogger Bryan Seamer LPA has been working with the Diocese of Orange to bring the Christ Cathedral campus Arboretum and Tower of Hope into the 21st century without disturbing the architectural significance of its rich history. The Diocese acquired the historic campus, formerly known as Crystal Cathedral campus, in Garden Grove, Calif. in February 2012. It was the original worship area for Reverend Robert Schuller's Crystal Cathedral Ministries, and is now serving as the home for the relocated St. Callistus parish. Richard Neutra’s Tower of Hope has been an important Orange County…
  • LPA Expands Integrated Sustainable Design Work to Texas

    Dan Heinfeld
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Friends and Colleagues, We wanted to share some exciting news with you this month. On July 1, 2014, LPA will be welcoming OCO Architects, a 22-person firm located in San Antonio, as part of the LPA team. This announcement has been a little over a year in the making. Finding the right firm and the right people to team up with required both firms to consider, not only the tangible, but also the intangible attributes of each company. After much research and many discussions, we have found the right firm and the right people. OCO Architect’s 30-year history, strong presence and reputation in…
  • Six Strategies for a Successful Building Repositioning

    Courtney Tarnow
    13 Jun 2014 | 12:00 pm
    By Guest Blogger Dan Ringler Some call it rebranding, others call it repurposing or reimaging. Repositioning is the word that LPA prefers because it speaks to what most building owners and developers envision— to transform a property so it's expressed in a whole new way, both aesthetically and functionally. LPA has been successful at repositioning properties for decades, partly because of the fundamental sustainable design principles ingrained into our work. Rather than throwing an entire building away, we look at what materials and elements can be recycled. The other reason we’ve…
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  • Monolithic Maiden Tower Contrasts Wildly with Austria’s Picturesque Alpine Environment

    Lidija Grozdanic
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Read the rest of Monolithic Maiden Tower Contrasts Wildly with Austria’s Picturesque Alpine Environment Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alpine architecture, Austrian architects, green architecture, Marte Marte Architekten, metal facades, mountain house, oxidized steel, steel facade, tower design, underground pools
  • Amazing Aquarium Island Turns Your Kitchen Into an Underwater Ecosystem

    Kristine Lofgren
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Read the rest of Amazing Aquarium Island Turns Your Kitchen Into an Underwater Ecosystem Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Aquarium kitchen, aquarium kitchen counter, aquarium kitchen table, eco chic kitchen, kitchen design, Kolenik aquarium kitchen, Kolenik design, Kolenik ocean kitchen, live aquarium kitchen, natural kitchen design, natural kitchen table, Ocean Kitchen, ocean kitchen counter, ocean kitchen table, Robert Kolenik, Robert Kolenik Eco Chic, Robert Kolenik Ocean Kitchen
  • Concerned Supermodel Cindy Crawford Pulls Kids Out of Toxic School

    Jennifer Chait
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    We recently wrote about Malibu Unites, an inspirational coalition of concerned parents, teachers, community members, and public figures from across the U.S. who are attempting to rid our schools of toxins – including PCBs, lead, DDT, Chlordane, and carcinogenic pesticides. Now supermodel Cindy Crawford, spokesperson for Malibu Unites, has taken the fight to the airwaves, speaking with NBC news special anchor Maria Shriver about her decision to pull her two kids out of class due to major concerns about the levels of cancer-causing chemicals found in the school. Check out the video here!
  • Curvaceous Green Walls Lure Visitors Into This Fresh-Baked Cheese Tart Store in Yokohama

    Lucy Wang
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Read the rest of Curvaceous Green Walls Lure Visitors Into This Fresh-Baked Cheese Tart Store in Yokohama Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: "green wall", bakery, bakery interior design, cheese shop design, cheese tart, exposed brick, hyongo, interior design, japanese architecture, organic-inspired walls, pablo, restaurant design, rondo, yokohama
  • Amazing Chandelier Transforms Any Room Into a Fairytale Forest

    Lidija Grozdanic
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:14 pm
    This stunning Forms in Nature chandelier transforms any room into a fairytale landscape! Inspired by drawings made by German biologist and naturalist Ernst Haeckel, designers Hilden & Diaz created an intricate bundle of entangled roots, bushes and tree branches that projects a 360-degree forest of shadows when illuminated from within. Read the rest of Amazing Chandelier Transforms Any Room Into a Fairytale Forest Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: "lighting design", biomimetic chandelier, Biomimetic Design, Chandelier, chandelier design, Forms in Nature Chandelier, green…
 
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  • Visual Microphone: Audio extracted from Vibrations of a Potato-Chip Bag

    Che-Wei Wang
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    Wissenschaftler am MIT haben Audiodaten aus Videos einer Chipspackung extrahiert, die von eben genau diesen Audiosignalen vibrierte. Die haben das nicht nur mit Highspeed-Kameras geschafft, sondern auch mit handelsüblichen 60FPS-Cams. Die Implikationen kann sich jeder selber ausrechnen. more:Visual Microphone: Audio extracted from Vibrations of a Potato-Chip Bag
  • Beyond GPS: five next-generation technologies

    Che-Wei Wang
    3 Aug 2014 | 4:22 am
    Several DARPA programs are exploring innovative technologies and approaches that could supplement GPS to provide reliable, highly accurate real-time positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) data for military and civilian uses and deal with possible loss of GPS accuracy from solar storms or jamming more:Beyond GPS: five next-generation technologies
  • Wyss Institute to Commercialize Its Organs-on-Chips Technology (VIDEO)

    Che-Wei Wang
    3 Aug 2014 | 4:22 am
    We’ve been reporting over the last few years on Harvard’s Wyss Institute’s efforts to develop small devices able to mimic various genetic, biochemical, and metabolic characteristics of human organs. more:Wyss Institute to Commercialize Its Organs-on-Chips Technology (VIDEO)
  • Red-light-sensitive protein enables noninvasive neuron studies

    Che-Wei Wang
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:06 pm
    MIT engineers have developed the first light-sensitive protein molecule that enables neurons to be silenced noninvasively. Using a light source outside the skull makes it possible to do long-term studies without an implanted light source. more:Red-light-sensitive protein enables noninvasive neuron studies
  • Want a Cheap 2,000x Microscope? Just Fold This $0.50 Piece of Paper

    Che-Wei Wang
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:06 pm
    It’s an ironic marker of the digital divide that sometimes what constitutes a technological breakthrough is in fact a return to the simplest technologies in order to bring the benefits of modern science to those in the developing world. more:Want a Cheap 2,000x Microscope? Just Fold This $0.50 Piece of Paper
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    Strange Harvest

  • Dumb and Dumber: In Praise of Follies

    strangeharvest
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
    A piece I wrote for the Gwangju Folly project, curated by Nikolaus Hirsch, Philipp Misselwitz and Eui Young Chun featuring Ai Weiwei, Do Ho Suh, Eyal Weizman, Raqs Media Collective, David Adjaye, Rem Koolhaas and more. The catalogue is available here Off-season, the Scheveningen boardwalk is a very lonely place. All of its seaside resort jollity is blasted by North Sea winds leaving desolate prospects. Even the blow-up gorilla sitting astride the roof of a fun pub seems to hum, “Come Armageddon, come,” and the giant neon parrot at the end of the pier looks like it would rather be blinking…
  • Lenin’s Urn

    strangeharvest
    8 Aug 2014 | 3:18 am
    On Tavistock Place there’s a stretch of Victorian terraced housing that is now (mostly) a string of hotels and B&B’s. You might wonder if any of those budget travellers, while trundling their suitcases up from Euston Station look up to see the blue plaque on no. 36. It reads “Vladimir Ilyich Lenin 1870-1921, Founder of the USSR, Lived here in 1908”. Lenin stayed here at the beginning of his second period of exile from Russia. Tavistock Place a convenient base for his research he at the British Museum while writing his seminal text ‘Materialism and Empirio-criticism’…
  • Obscure Design Typologies: Brick Making Machines

    strangeharvest
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:49 am
    Here is a glimpse into the world that makes the world: A selection of brick making machines gleaned from the global B2B marketplace Alibaba, that Aladdin’s Cave of mysteriously exotic banality. These are the machines that manufacture the things we manufacture the world out of, devices that are interfaces between the raw material of geology and the most basic building block of the synthetic, designed world. And though basic, we know (from this John Conway lecture on the mathematics of the brick, that a brick despite (or rather because of its ubiquity in the built environment) is actually…
  • Art Review Live

    strangeharvest
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:25 am
    Just a quick note about an event for Art Review this coming Thursday evening, part of their Art Review Live programme in their basement space in Honduras Street. I’m talking about A Clockwork Jerusalem, the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, people walking ducks in Peckham, and showing videos … and there will be specially themed cocktails too for that real Moloko Plus vibe. Thursday 17th July, 7pm-11pm, Art Review, 1 Honduras Street, London EC1Y 0TH
  • John Conway and the Princeton Brick

    strangeharvest
    4 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    Thanks to Richard Rhys of Pattern Foundry comes this 2 hr lecture on the mathematics of the brick by mathematician John Conway It starts in the lecture theatre with Conway outlining the dimension of the brick, then explaining how various types of bond work before heading out into the Princeton campus to look at a walls, walls and more walls. Watch it- honestly, do – and you’ll never look at brick wall the same again.
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  • Meta-Life. Biotechnologies, Synthetic Biology, ALife and the Arts

    Regine
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    Revolutionary advances in genetics and molecular biology have given us new insights into how carbon based life on our planet originates and functions. In more recent years the development of synthetic biology has dramatically expanded our ability to design and modify life forms. At the same time, disruptive developments in computing technologies have led to the possibility of generating digitally-based artificial life. And outside traditional institutions, emerging DIY, bio-hacking and citizen science movements have begun to appropriate laboratory technologies, challenging ideas about the…
  • A People's Archive of Sinking and Melting

    Regine
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    A People's Archive of Sinking and Melting is a growing collection of items contributed from places that may disappear due to the combined physical, political, and economic impacts of climate change, including glacial melting, sea level rise, coastal erosion and desertification. Through common but differentiated collections, the contributed materials form an archive of the future anterior; what will have been continue
  • Where are the Luddites - An Open Call for BioLuddites

    Regine
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    Speculative designer Lisa Ma is looking for the relevance of Luddism in the modern era by shifting focus from digital and communications technologies to the innovations of biotechnology industries. These biotechnologies which have started to pervade the food, health and ecological systems will undoubtedly attract their own forms of luddism. So who are the BioLuddites? Where are the group and individuals who ask for a demystification of biotechnologies and who are calling for a public debate about GMOs, systems ecology, hormone replacement, etc? continue
  • Strange Weather: into the clouds

    Regine
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    The show goes from the very absurd (the Halliburton survivaball) to the very dark and dramatic. But the adjective that pervades the show is 'fun'. While visiting the exhibition, i've been drinking cloud, watched a 1959 film that speculates on how weather control departments would use satellites and met with little child mannequins in Hazmat suits in the most unexpected places continue
  • POLSPRUNG (POLE SHIFT) - Devastating Experimental Set-ups

    Regine
    2 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    The POLSPRUNG installation features a series of instruments that measure the earth's magnetic field to detect a possible polar reversal, register the gamma radiation caused by the solar wind and compare the data with the speculative disastrous gamma radiation data during a polar reversal. A small reading space also provides information about polar reversal research and disaster speculation, a magnetite laboratory and a notebook in which visitors can write down their thoughts about disasters. continue
 
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  • Pros and Cons of Shipping Container Architecture

    Christine Walsh
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    Building homes using shipping containers has been all the rage lately and few can deny that these structures lend themselves very well to building sustainable, cozy and unique homes. But not everything about using shipping containers as building blocks is perfect. This article looks at the main pros and cons of shipping container architecture, starting with the good stuff. Pros of Shipping Container Architecture 1. Green-Building This is perhaps the most obvious benefit. Hundreds of thousands of steel cargo containers are discarded in ports across the globe, mainly due to one way shipments of…
  • Discarded Cigarette Butts can be Recycled into Energy Storage Devices

    Christine Walsh
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Cigarette butts are one of the most haphazardly discarded items, and an estimated 766,571 metric tons of them end up deposited into the environment each year across the globe. Furthermore, even if the cigarette butts are disposed of properly, they still pose a threat since arsenic and other harmful chemicals leak from them into the earth and waterways. But now a team of researchers from Seoul National University have found a way to recycle used cigarette filters into super-effective energy storage material. They recently published their findings in the journal Nanotechnology. The scientists…
  • Year Long Study of Net-Zero Energy Home Completed Successfully

    Christine Walsh
    16 Aug 2014 | 6:53 pm
    It has now been a year since the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility (NZERTF) in Washington DC has been built and its energy harvesting capabilities began to be monitored. The home was built on the campus at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where scientists and researchers conducted a computer simulation that replicated the energy consumption of a family of four. The results showed the home to be a success, since after a year the home generated 13,577 kWh of energy. This is about 491 kWh more than was needed. The test home measures 2,700 square feet (252 sq m)…
  • 10 Ways to Use Shipping Containers as Homes

    Christine Walsh
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:16 am
    In the last few years, it’s been well-established that shipping containers make awesome, trendy and eco-friendly homes. But for those who still doubt it (or anyone looking for inspiration) here is a list of ten ways in which a shipping container can become a home, ranging from the simplest to the most extravagant. 1. SurfShack Tiny Yellow House If you thought a single shipping container is too small to become a comfy home, think again. The SurfShack, designed and built by WA based designer/contractor Hartman Kable is a cozy beach retreat built from an 8×20 foot double ended shipping…
  • The First European LEED Platinum Home

    Christine Walsh
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    The LEED Platinum for homes rating is quite rare. In fact, the recently completed Italian BioCasa 82 is the first home in Europe to receive this high rating. BioCasa82 was designed by the Italian firm Rosario Picciotto Architects and constructed by Welldom, a company that specializes in green building. It is located in Montebelluna, a town near Venice, Italy. BioCasa 82 is a two-story private residence, which measures 484 square meters (5,209 square feet). It was built from 99 percent recyclable materials, meaning that, should it ever be demolished, it will not end up in a landfill. Other…
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  • Bloody Ivory

    Rick Anderson
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:50 am
    The real criminals are those “people” in the Asian market who somehow think they “need” ivory , , , the article c&p below Bloody Ivory An unsustainable four elephants are […]
  • Herbs: 10 Favorites for Ohio – Our Ohio

    Rick Anderson
    6 May 2014 | 9:26 am
    Lavender Known as “the queen of herbs,” lavender was Knapke’s research plant for her master’s thesis. She recommends planting this fragrant herb on a slope to encourage good drainage. Her […]
  • Aquascape Goes Wild, Nat Geo Wild

    Rick Anderson
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:15 pm
    “We are extremely excited to be part of the Nat Geo WILD family and look forward to sharing our love for the water feature lifestyle with viewers around the world. […]
  • So You Want to be a Writer?

    Rick Anderson
    19 Jan 2014 | 9:56 am
    so you want to be a writer? by Charles Bukowski if it doesn’t come bursting out of you in spite of everything, don’t do it. unless it comes unasked out […]
  • December 7th, 1941

    Rick Anderson
    7 Dec 2013 | 12:28 pm
    “Reflections on Pearl Harbor” by Admiral Chester Nimitz. Sunday, December 7th, 1941–Admiral Chester Nimitz was attending a concert in Washington D.C. He was paged and told there was a phone […]
 
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    The Antiplanner

  • New York Times 0, Forbes 0.5

    The Antiplanner
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The New York Times had an article recently arguing that the $11 billion Congress has spent on high-speed rail grants since 2009 has produced little visible results, mainly because most of it was spent on increasing the speeds of existing trains by two or three miles per hour rather than building new, true high-speed rail […]
  • Britain’s Shrinking Houses

    The Antiplanner
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Ever since the British parliament passed the Town & Country Planning Act in 1947, housing in that nation has gotten less and less affordable. As a result, the average size of new homes today is only 925 square feet, down 44 percent from the average size in 1920. Meanwhile, the average size of new home […]
  • Free Rides Today

    The Antiplanner
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Oregonian was writing metaphorically when it reported last Tuesday that Portland’s low-capacity trains were “knocked off track by expensive, deferred maintenance.” By Friday, it was no longer a metaphor, as a light-rail car derailed near downtown, shutting down much of the system for several hours. Transit commuters complained that they were given no information […]
  • Red Ink Pinellas

    The Antiplanner
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Cato Institute has published a new paper on Greenlight Pinellas, or, as I prefer to call it, Red Ink Pinellas. As previously mentioned in the Antiplanner, this is a plan to spend $1.7 billion building a light-rail line from St. Petersburg to Clearwater, Florida and boost local bus service by 70 percent. The paper […]
  • Robots Want Your Job

    The Antiplanner
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    America has more than three million transportation workers, more than any other occupational group, and they are all about to lose their jobs to self-driving vehicles. They might fight it, says this video, but “the workers always lose; economics always wins.” Fortunately, the creator of this video doesn’t understand economics (for example, it is not […]
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    Art Deco Buildings

  • Casa Monteiro de Carvalho, Santa Teresa

    David Thompson
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    On Wednesday I showed you the dining room and winter garden at the Casa Monteiro de Carvalho in Santa Teresa. So today I wanted to show you the spectacular Lalique table that greets visitors through the front entrance.See my prints and t-shirts at www.redbubble.com/people/dct66 and tees and other giftware at www.zazzle.com/davidt66*.
  • Casa Monteiro de Carvalho, Santa Teresa

    David Thompson
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:44 am
    This is the sala de jantar (dining room) in the casa Monteiro de Carvalho, a house of extraordinary Deco treasures at Santa Teresa near Rio de Janeiro.Take a look at the light over the dining table. Probably Lalique, a lot of the lights in the house were. At the end of the room behind a wrought iron screen by Edgar Brandt, the master French iron worker of the Deco period, is the jardim de inverno (winter garden).With lots of great Deco furniture and fantastic leadlight windows.See my prints and t-shirts at www.redbubble.com/people/dct66 and tees and other giftware at www.zazzle.com/davidt66*.
  • AEPB Substation, Auckland

    David Thompson
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    Auckland Electric Power Board Substation from 1946 at the corner of Quay and Plumer Streets, Auckland.See my prints and t-shirts at www.redbubble.com/people/dct66 and tees and other giftware at www.zazzle.com/davidt66*.
  • Accommodation Block, Laverton

    David Thompson
    12 Jul 2014 | 3:41 am
    Accommodation Block, LavertonSee my prints and t-shirts at www.redbubble.com/people/dct66 and tees and other giftware at www.zazzle.com/davidt66*.
  • Officers' Mess, Point Cook

    David Thompson
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:25 am
    Officers' Mess at Point Cook, built 1937-38See my prints and t-shirts at www.redbubble.com/people/dct66 and tees and other giftware at www.zazzle.com/davidt66*.
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  • AGL Pavilion / Kennedy Associates Architects

    Fabian Cifuentes
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Architects: Kennedy Associates Architects Location: The Australian Botanic Garden, Narellan Rd, Mt Annan NSW 2567, Australia Area: 350.0 sqm Year: 2013 Photographs: Peter Bennetts Photography Collaborators: Cardno, Zadro Constructions, BRH Steel Constructions, The Australian Botanic Garden, CMC,Hunter Galvanising, Bay and Coast Metal From the architect. The AGL Pavilion at The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan, NSW designed for The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust of NSW draws together two highly symbolic concepts: the semi permanent theatrical marquee (entertainment) and the more…
  • Tula House / Patkau Architects

    AD Editorial Team
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Architects: Patkau Architects Location: Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada Design Team: John Patkau, Patricia Patkau, and David Shone with Mike Green, Dimitri Koubatis, and Greg Boothroyd, James Eidse, Marc Holland, Tony Mah, Henry Murdock, Ben Raimes, Thomas Schroeder, Craig Simms, Tony Wai. Area: 4350.0 ft2 Year: 2012 Photographs: James Dow, Courtesy of Patkau Architects Structural Engineers: Peterson Galloway Mechanical Engineering: Hirschfield Williams Timmins Contractor: J Toelle Construction LTD. Guy Holmes, Site Superintendent Client: Eric Peterson and Christina Munck From the…
  • Itobi House / Apiacás Arquitetos

    AD Editorial Team
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Architects: Apiacás Arquitetos Location: São Paulo, Brasil Project Architects: Acácia Furuya, Anderson Freitas, Pedro Barros Collaborators: Accácio Mello, Ana Lúcia Santana, Bárbara Francelin, Cibele Mion, Daniela Santana, Fábio Teruia, Francisco Veloso, Gabriela Campos, Leonor Vaz, Maria Wolf, Marcelo Otsuka, Otávio Filho, Pedro Parede Project Area: 200.0 m2 Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Pregnolato e Kusuki Estúdio Fotográfico Construction: Apiacás Arquitetos Incorporation: Apiacás Arquitetos Management: Apiacás Arquitetos Foundations: Daconst Lighting: Reka Building Services:…
  • Homes You Cannot Live in: The New Cost of Architectural Antiques

    Finn MacLeod
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    What is the true value of architecture in today’s society? According to this article by Anna Katz, rare pieces of architectural history have recently soared in value. Katz discusses the booming world of architecture at auction, featuring pieces by Mies Van Der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright among others. The article gracefully compares some of the most important architecture of our time against current real estate prices, exploring the catalyst of rising values in architecture of the recent past, while deliberating on the pitfalls of owning a delicate piece of architecture history.
  • Lindenrinde / Ken Architects

    Fabian Cifuentes
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Architects: Ken Architects Location: Zurich, Switzerland Year: 2011 Photographs: Hannes Henz Landscape Architect: Schweingruber Zulauf, Zurich Civil Engeneer: Heyer Kaufmann Partner, Baden and Zurich From the architect. The historical origin of this place explains the unconventionnal position of the building as well as its rural character. Four buildings were creating a courtyard which was located at a path outside of the city. In the meantime this arrangement of buildings with its massive stock of trees had been enclosed by the city. Thanks to its offset the new strong volume is adapted to…
 
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    Freshome.com - Interior Design & Architecture Magazine

  • 10 Interior Design Lessons That Everyone Should Know

    Shelley Little
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:59 am
    We can all achieve a well-decorated space by following a few design tips. Image Source: James Rixner Think of this as a little 101 in decorating. While we all cannot possess the eye for exquisite design and detail — we can decorate our homes as though we do.  In some ways, interior decorating can be thought of as a formula with specific steps; building blocks that will help create your very own interior design. On the other side, there is an art to decorating; a flair that doesn’t really follow any rules or formulas. While you may not have an artful flair, you can begin to learn…
  • Sleek and Functional Two Bedroom Apartment Showcasing Family Scandinavian Design 

    Ada Teicu
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:46 pm
    When you think about Scandinavian apartment interior design, you might get a picture of a minimalist space where white and light play a huge role. This bright and cheery two bedroom apartment seen on HusmanHagberg enhances that idea while adding a warmer tone to the overall appearance through carefully chosen patterns and textures. Spreading over 936 square feet of bright spaces, this Stockholm apartment oozes modern Scandinavian design from every corner. The open living space also shelters the kitchen and dining space, creating an inviting place where the retained color palette and…
  • Intriguing LASSO Lamp Showcasing A Powerful Minimalist Design

    Lavinia
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:10 am
    Designed by Quentin de Coster Design Studio for French company Cinna, LASSO lamp pays tribute to minimalism and functionality. As its name suggests, this unconventional lighting unit resembles a lasso, but also a suspended torch: “I wanted to create a poetic light that invites users to interact with it. I tried to give shape to the idea in the most minimal way possible and it was only afterwards that I realized it looked a bit like a torch. But it is fun, and I like to refer to archetypes in my work“, De Coster explained. LASSO is a suspension made of a steel tube and wire…
  • Modern Residence With a Luminous Character in Singapore: 65BTP-House

    Lavinia
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:08 am
    ONG&ONG Pte Ltd. completed the design and development of 65BTP-House, a private residence with a luminous contemporary character in Singapore. The project is surrounded by a vast garden that converges at a colossal pre-war rain tree of such magnificence that its presence is ingrained within the very architecture of the house itself. Throughout this home, there are numerous encounters with nature whilst still being very much indoors. An artistic vibe is subtly released in key areas, starting with the white sculpture in the garden and continuing with a painting and statue in the living…
  • Engaging DNA Bench By True Design Adding Appeal To Public Spaces

    Lavinia
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    Inspired by the DNA molecule, Leonardo Rossano of True Design together with Debora Mansur developed an engaging furniture piece. The twisting DNA Bench is meant for public spaces, bringing a highly original touch to this furniture sector. This is not the first time we’ve seen DNA inspired designs- do you remember the MyDNA Bookcase by Joel Escalona or the Watson Table paying tribute to James Watson, known for discovering the helical structure of DNA? Nevertheless, this bench design ranks high in originality and we are pleased to share it further. Here is an excerpt from the official…
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  • The Great Age of Clouds

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    [Image: A "hurricane" at Saturn's south pole, via NASA; see also The Planetary Weather Report]. In Frédéric J. Pont's new book Alien Skies, he describes the atmospheres of other planets: what storms are like, what the clouds are made of, how a sunset might appear through a chemical haze at high pressure on another world. He points out, for example, that many of these "alien skies" would likely consist of wildly unfamiliar shapes and formations, as different elements would be capable of condensing to form clouds at ever-increasing heights. As he puts it, "The type of compound likely to…
  • Minecraft

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:46 am
    [Image: Der Bergbau, courtesy of the British Museum; view larger]. Der Bergbau is a beautiful 19th-century German board game set in a mine, currently in the collection of the British Museum. They describe it as a "game-board showing a cross-section of a mine and the network of tunnels leading down from 6 buildings, along the tunnels, various numbers which represent ore." The rules are not given, unfortunately, but the board itself is a gorgeous image in its own right, worth viewing in full. (Originally spotted via @SubBrit).
  • The Fall

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    [Image: David Maisel, from ToledoContemporánea]. At the end of 2013, photographer David Maisel was commissioned to photograph the city of Toledo, Spain, as part of a group exhibition called ToledoContemporánea, timed for a wider celebration of the 400th birthday of the painter El Greco. Maisel's photos offered a kind of aerial portraiture of the city, including its labyrinthine knots of rooftops. But the core of the project consists of disorientingly off-kilter, almost axonometric shots of the city's historic architecture. [Image: David Maisel, from ToledoContemporánea]. On wider flights…
  • Survey Says

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    [Image: Screen-grab from The New York Times]. Peruvian archaeologist Luis Jaime Castillo Butters "has created a drone air force to map, monitor and safeguard his country’s ancient treasures," according to the New York Times. Researchers in Peru "struggle to protect the country’s archaeological heritage from squatters and land traffickers, who often secure property through fraud or political connections to profit from rising land values," we read. "Experts say hundreds, perhaps thousands of ancient sites are endangered by such encroachment." What's needed, it seems, is a kind of standing…
  • Emergency Exit

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    [Image: The SkySaver backpack in action via Kit Up!]. The SkySaver is a kind of emergency exit in a bag: a controlled-descent backpack loaded with hundreds of feet of fire-resistant cable. Just hook the line onto some fixed point in the structure behind you and lower yourself, two meters per second, to safety. Marketed as a tool for urban warfare with—wouldn't you know it—handy civilian uses on the side, the SkySaver system's goal is to let you escape from, say, a building siege or a hotel fire. But, of course, it would also allow you to don your night-vision goggles and raid a high-rise…
 
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  • Samovar Tea Bar - San Francisco

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Although there is not a samovar in sight – neither anything resembling the ornate boiler of tea water - the two-month-old Samovar tea bar in The Mission area of San Francisco is most decidedly dedicated to tea. This is the fourth Samovar in owner Jesse Jacobs’ little empire (the other three are also in San Francisco), and clearly different from the others which are more traditional tea houses. The Mission Samovar is a feast for the eyes and soul in its fine minimalist balance. What is NOT there makes this altar of tea-time contemplation so incredibly beautiful. The antidote to the…
  • Science Cafe Library by Anna Wigandt

    9 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A science and engineering museum’s café project inspired interior designer and photographer Anna Wigandt to create a cool space for enjoyment and study, but she also invented a few products of her own. The Science Cafe & Library is located in Wigandt’s home town, Chişinău (formerly known as Kishinev), the capital city of Moldova on the river Bîc. The main features of the self-serve café and library are the jigsaw-puzzle table and the book displays. The table’s inspiration, according to Wigandt, was German astronomer Johannes Kepler’s 1596…
  • Weekend Music Playlist 20

    6 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
  • CJ Hendry IT Bag Series - Drawn With A Pen

    3 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    CJ Hendry is an exceptionally talented artist. Plain and simple. She has blown us away and created a major reaction among the art-buying public. Her large-scale, black-and-white, pen-on-paper images are simply astonishing. They are so incredibly detailed and perfect that it is hard to believe that they are in fact unique, one-of-a-kind works of art, and not reproductions of a photograph.   CJ Hendry’s creative process starts with the selection of the object, continues with taking more than 100 photographs of the object to discover the shadows and angles that best present the…
  • San Pierre - Silver Plated Nuts and Bolts Artwork

    1 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Like shiny specks of sunlight reflecting off of a lake or a field of snow, San Pierre’s three distinctive pieces of wall art convey a sense of illumination, transparency and tension.   Each piece consists of a gentle halo of shimmery thread, circling a digitally printed disk of graded pastel color.   The 3D aspect of these 100cm x 100cm works draws attention, and attracts light in interesting variations.   At different times of the day, or in different lighting conditions, the work appears slightly altered. The shadows of the thread grow longer and darker, the colour in…
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  • Square Footage and Cost are Related but it’s Not that Simple

    Sean O'Hara
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:39 pm
    One of the most common questions that an architect hears at the beginning of a project, is “what is the cost per square foot for my project type?” As architects we look back at our past projects and the data that we get from industry sources and we try to give our best educated guess. We then establish targets for the square footage based on the budget. However, it’s not quite that simple…there are many factors and they mean that cost per square foot is really a ranged guess at best. You’ll have to trust the architect to work through them with you. First off,…
  • 9-Story Mixed-Use Tower

    Sean O'Hara
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:17 am
    This is a quick sketch that we recently put together for a proposed 9-story mixed-use building. It has a podium of parking on the bottom level with multifamily housing above. At the beginning of projects we use a variety of tools to create concepts to discuss with our clients, from the ultra-high-tech to these quick sketches.  
  • 5 Ways to Finish a Concrete Floor

    Anthony Ries
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Concrete floors in homes and businesses don’t have to be large expanses of gray or covered in tile or carpet. There are several options for finishing the concrete in order to breathe life into it or bring out concrete’s hidden beauty. Integrally colored – This is the simplest method to avoid a gray concrete floor. In this case a color is selected and added into the mixture prior to the pour. The admixture can be a powder, granule or a liquid. Patios are frequently done with integrally colored concrete because the color won’t fade or chip away. The color range with this option is…
  • Great City Views from a Custom Home

    Anthony Ries
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:36 pm
    One of the great perks to building a home in the mountains is the great view of the surrounding mountains or valleys. Another view that is often over-looked is the fantastic view of the Denver metro area that is available on the right site. A site walk is critical in the early stages of a project. One of the key views selected for this 3,000 SF custom mountain home is 6th Avenue heading into Denver. This view was chosen as the initial view upon entering the front door. When the house is finished the sight-line will be through the house, over nature and into the city. There are other great…
  • Top Five Toys for Structural Engineers

    Katelyn Spainhour
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    A countless number of toys exist today, but there are a few that have become the favorites of structural engineers.  Below is a list of the top toys that will help kids start thinking about structural design and get their creative juices flowing. Legos - Legos are a timeless toy for any creative kid.  However, being modeled after a construction material, they are even more intriguing to the aspiring, young structural engineer.  Lego Architecture kits have recently added a new class of inspired building materials, allowing kids (or adults) to put together more aesthetically pleasing and…
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    Home Design Find

  • West Coast Luxury at California’s Laguna Beach

    Susan Kraemer
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    What an utterly stunning place to drift off to sleep! Designed by Horst Architects and Aria Design, the Rockledge Residence in Laguna Beach, California is the ultimate in luxury. The architects brief called for a relaxed family beach house where the client could engage family and friends. The clifftop dwelling is perched on the rocks high above Laguna Beach with a nearly sheer drop to sea’s edge. There is a casual and easy luxury in the design. Virtually every room is about enjoying the views and natural surroundings of the site. The house and a separate guest house meet around a…
  • Design Dilemma: Keeping Your Home Young

    preynolds
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:18 am
    Traditional Dining Room by Los Angeles Media & Bloggers Kara Weik Does your home decor feel “old”? Are you stuck in a classic style you’ve clung to for years because you’re insecure about dabbling in anything new? It’s often not too hard to figure out the age of a homeowner just by taking stock of a home’s interior. Old homes often feel cluttered and stuck in time. It’s evident that the occupants settled on a style they liked 30 years ago, and never diverged from it. Often, there’s a feeling of claustrophia, simply because things seem…
  • Glorified Camping in the Puget Sound Rainforest

    Susan Kraemer
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    Sneeoosh Cabin by ZeroPlus Architects is a barely enclosed tent-like structure with glass on all sides. It is gently nestled in amongst the trees overlooking Puget Sound in Washington. The house is raised off the ground and rests on a foundation of minimally invasive concrete disks which raises the house up off the ground. This avoids disturbing plants and the capillary-like tree roots that are close to the surface. The location on the Washington coastline has a cool and desolate feeling. Rickety existing stairs connect the site with the shoreline. The idea was to create a cabin that would…
  • The Tsunami House on Comano Island

    Susan Kraemer
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    Design Northwest Architects have designed a waterfront house built to allow water to flow right through it during storms. The house is right at sea level on Comano Island in Washington state, so it’s very vulnerable to flooding. The architects made the lower level, also called the “flood room” in concrete. The ground floor can be left open on all sides during times of danger of tsunami or flooding. But it also serves as extra living space, weather permitting. And even includes two murphy beds that fold out of the wall for guests. In normal life it functions as the vestibule…
  • Design Dilemma: How to Tame A Loft

    preynolds
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:56 am
    Before Photos Lofts can be a whole lot of fun. The problem is that they often look like the Boston loft above. That is, they lack personality. Now there’s nothing wrong with this space. It’s airy and has good light. Plus, we love the hardwood floors. And yet, there’s no focal point, no personality.  The loft lacks flare because every element in it (and there aren’t many)  seems to have equal status. In an effort to rescue this 1750 square foot box from its plain vanilla blandness, architect Stephanie Horowitz, of ZeroEnergy Design, took a number of steps to give the…
 
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  • Foam-In-Place Insulation: 7 Tips for Getting Injection and Spray Foam Right

    Paula Melton
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    Author name:  Peter Yost Blog Category:  BuildingGreen's Top Stories Quality installation of the two types of site-manufactured foam insulation is no easier than fiberglass batt and no less important. Here is how to avoid the most common problems. By Peter Yost One of my first research projects when I started at the NAHB Research Center in 1993 was looking into a new insulation: Icynene. We were evaluating its performance as a spray-applied, open-cavity insulation as well as an injection foam in closed cavities. I was enamored: this seemed to be a miracle insulation that installed…
  • Our Energy Solutions Have All Been Found

    Alex Wilson
    11 Jun 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Author name:  Alex Wilson Blog Category:  Energy Solutions Not really, of course. But after five-plus years I’m ending my weekly Energy Solutions blog to focus more on the Resilient Design Institute and re-making Leonard Farm back into a farm. Our completed house and barn in the early morning light a few months ago.Photo Credit: Alex Wilson Transitions. Back in June, 2008 I started writing a weekly column on energy for the Brattleboro Reformer, our local newspaper. I thought it would be fun to write a regular column on a topic that I’ve focused so much time on over the past…
  • The Cover Image That Set Off a Firestorm

    Paula Melton
    9 Jun 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Author name:  Nadav Malin Blog Category:  BuildingGreen's Top Stories Living Future The divide between the worlds of design and sustainability is persistent, but returning to core values can bridge it. By Nadav Malin For me, the creative tension between beauty and green performance came to a head in 2006, when I began working with the staff of Architectural Record on their new magazine: GreenSource. (GreenSource is no longer a separate magazine; it’s now an insert in the products magazine SNAP. And I’m no longer involved with it.) Pictures first As GreenSource’s executive…
  • Hurricane in a Bottle: Testing Building Assemblies for Moisture Resistance

    Alex Wilson
    4 Jun 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Author name:  Alex Wilson Blog Category:  Energy Solutions GreenSpec Insights Green Topics:  Moisture Management State-of-the-art testing chambers show that liquid-applied barriers outperform more typical weather barriers comprised of flashing, tape, and membranes. BEA's building assembly test chamber in Clackamas, Oregon.Photo Credit: Alex Wilson When I was in Portland, Oregon for the 2014 Living Future Conference I had an opportunity to visit a facility in nearby Clackamas where building assemblies and components can be tested for water intrusion and water vapor…
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  • Smoke Alarms Help Save Lives

    John
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly. Safety Tips •Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install …
  • School Transportation Safety Tips

    John
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    Whether children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they take proper safety precautions. Here are some tips to make sure your child safely travels to school. Walking to school  Review your family’s walking safety rules.  Walk on the sidewalk, if one is available. When …
  • Prevent Remodeling Fever

    John
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    The train-station atmosphere of a remodeling project can lead to remodeling fever. The main symptom of this temporary affliction is feeling a loss of control that results from disrupted routines and the impact on your personal space. The best way to prevent this fever is to prepare well, remember that “this too shall pass,” and …
  • Remodeling Pre-Construction Meetings Important

    John
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    One way to ensure the success of your remodeling project is to plan for and actively participate in a pre-construction meeting. This allows your remodeler to clarify procedures and explain how the job will progress. It also offers both you and your remodeler an opportunity to prepare for those issues that may arise later. You …
  • Remodeling? Communication is Key

    John
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Remodeling your home is uniquely different from building a new one. With remodeling, your home becomes the worksite. You live side by side with the project from start to finish. Once construction begins, you’ll probably long for simple pleasures like a dust-free home or a fully functioning kitchen or bath. But the end result will …
 
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  • Triturador de Alimentos – Equipos indispensables en hogares modernos

    adhonys
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Los trituradores de alimentos se han convenido en uno de los electrodomesticos básicos en los hogares modernos, y la mayoría de nosotros ha llegado a depender de ellos para macerar los residuos de comida de tal forma que salgan de la casa junto con el agua de desecho desde el desagüe del fregadero. Estos aparatos se adaptan con facilidad y discreción bajo el fregadero, moliendo sin esfuerzo los desperdicios de comida en diminutas partículas que se tiran automáticamente por el desagüe de la cocina estándar al sistema de tratamiento de agua local o a una fosa séptica.La mayoría…
  • El Policarbonato – Ventajas de su uso

    adhonys
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    Que es el Policarbonato? El policarbonato es un material termoplástico amorfo cuyas principales características son sus propiedades mecánicas, ópticas, eléctricas y térmicas de alto nivel. Es uno de los materiales más usados la construcción, proporcionando variadas soluciones para techos y fachadas.Se trata de un plástico liviano, duro, resistente, duradero, fácilmente moldeable y con la propiedad de ser teñido en diversos colores. Se usa normalmente  cuando se requiere un material a través del cual se pueda mirar, pero suficientemente resistente a los malos tratos.El…
  • Cocinas Modernas de Acero Inoxidable

    adhonys
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    La utilización del acero inoxidable es hoy en día una tendencia decorativa en los muebles de cocinas modernas.  El objetivo en el uso de este material es conseguir una estética parecida a la de las cocinas profesionales, en las cuales el acero es muy utilizado.El motivo es la gran variedad  de ventajas que presenta este material en la cocina ya que el acero no tiene poros y por tanto las bacterias no se adhieren a su superficie. Además es un material duro que soporta bien los cambio de temperatura y el peso.El acero inoxidable es un material que podemos utilizar en la encimera, en los…
  • Cubiertas Enrollables para Piscinas

    adhonys
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    Cubiertas enrollables para piscinasLas cubiertas enrollables para piscinas son una forma de protección que está pensada para aquellas albercas que no se van a usar durante una larga  temporada, ya sea por la llegada del  invierno o porque estemos fuera de casa por mucho tiempo. Su función principal es proteger el agua de la piscina de la suciedad del ambiente e impedir los accidentes por caidas en la piscina.También se pueden utilizar durante la temporada de baños para mantener la temperatura del agua durante la noche, a esto les llamamo mantenimiento isotérmico.Como proteger tu…
  • Poliestireno Expandido – Ventajas de su uso en la Construccion

    adhonys
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    El Poliestireno Expandido es un material plástico con textura esponjosa muy utilizado en diversas áreas tales como el sector de la Construcción, donde es usado principalmente como aislamiento térmico y acústico.  Tambien lo podemos encontrar en el campo del envase y embalaje para diferentes sectores de actividad.Este material pertenece a la familia de los termoplásticos, como el poliestireno o el metacrilato.  Es rígido, blanco y espumado. Aproximadamente un 98% del volúmen de este material es aire y sólo un 2% materia sólida (poliestireno). Es un material inerte e…
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  • New Financing Options for Energy-Efficiency Projects

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    Energy conservation retrofits in small commercial buildings can present challenges – upfront capital may not be available, and energy savings might not accrue as quickly to offer a fast return on investment. As a result, investors may hesitate to invest in energy-efficiency projects for smaller retrofit projects. However, small and medium commercial buildings (50,000 square feet or less) make up nearly 90% of all U.S. buildings (and 50% of total energy consumption), according to Rocky Mountain Institute. While the individual energy conservation projects within these buildings may be small,…
  • What Window Film Can’t Do

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    The right window film can improve the insulating capacity of existing commercial windows by up to 92% – an impressive and impactful number. Installing newer low-e films can offer single-pane windows the same insulating performance as double-pane windows, and provide double-pane windows the same insulating performance as triple-pane windows. Despite what high-performance window film can do – reduce solar heat gain during warmer months, keep heat indoors during cooler months, decrease HVAC loads, reduce glare, eliminate hot/cold spots, lessen reliance on electric lighting, and maintain…
  • Involve Tenants & Occupants in LEED Certification

    5 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    As you focus on green buildings and LEED certification, don’t let tenant and occupant engagement fall by the wayside. It’s sometimes hard to remember that the people inside your buildings can make as much of an impact as low-flow plumbing, energy-efficient lighting, or reflective roof investments. You’ve probably asked tenants and occupants to do their part by shutting off lights, computers, and other equipment during downtimes. But hereare a few other ways occupants and tenants can get involved to help reach sustainability goals. Tracking Green Purchases Using environmentally friendly…
  • Audits Can Improve HVAC System Performance

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Just like any building system or piece of equipment, HVAC system performance decreases over time – for a variety of reasons. Occupancy changes, regular wear and tear, weather and seasonal temperature fluctuations, other building system upgrades, routine HVAC maintenance, outdated technology, and building operators who don’t fully understand the system can all affect the performance of your commercial building’s HVAC system. Regular HVAC audits may help extend the life of an HVAC system, keep tenants and occupants more comfortable, and identify potential problems early. Annual system…
  • Green Certification for Parking Garages

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    With the introduction of a green certification program for parking garages, these types of structures can now earn recognition for sustainable practices just like any school, hospital, office facility, hotel, or government building. The Green Parking Council’s Green Garage Certification program launched in June 2014, and is the first program to salute environmentally friendly design, construction, and operation of parking structures. It fills the gap that existed with LEED certification due to its lack of recognition for green parking garages. Modeled after the U.S. Green Building…
 
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  • This is Exciting – The Beginning of the End

    Bob Borson
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
     Out with the Old and In with the New Today is an exciting day for me – a little less exciting than it should be still … very exciting. We are wrapping up the process of ownership in my firm and within a few days my name officially goes on the door. What was once Michael Malone Architects, will now become Malone Maxwell Borson Architects.… and it only took 22 years (back story: How to become a partner in 21 years)The other super-terrific exciting news is that I am finally leaving behind “Bob’s Box of Hell” and moving into our new office space.
  • The Hollow Tree Playhouse – Winner’s Profile

    Bob Borson
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The 3rd annual 2014 Life of an Architect ‘Playhouse Design Competition’ is technically completed – this last Sunday the winning raffle tickets were selected and all the wonderful playhouses that were designed and built are being sent of to their new homes. I am incredibly grateful to everyone who participated in this years event – we had an unbelievable amount of participation this year from all over the world. This year the Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition received 208 entries and every single continent was represented except Antarctica –…
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  • PhotoStories | The Streets of Marrakesh

    Shilpa
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:49 am
    Continued from here. The streets of Marrakesh are chaotic, sure, but they aren’t threatening. The men of Marrakesh do return your curiosity in healthy measure, especially if you are a woman with a camera. There are those who like to try and make an unfair profit on your foreign naiveté – as an Indian though, I come with an inbuilt con-radar. Then there are others who painstakingly explain their craft to you and then give you a discount they can barely afford, just because you listened. The women mostly huddle about in groups, or go about their business in measured, somewhat wary…
  • PhotoStories | Chaos in Marrakesh

    Shilpa
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:38 am
    Coming as I do from India, chaos is something I’m quite familiar with. Familiarity though, does not imply intimacy, or even comfort. Familiarity just makes you less afraid of chaos – it ceases to be the “other”, something to be intrinsically distrusted. Chaos makes me uncomfortable but curious. It’s when I start to channel that curiosity into looking closely, I start to see the parts that make up the whole, I begin to find a place of relative comfort. Three days aren’t enough to go much deeper than the surface – I’m but a flaneuse, a…
  • Urbanism | The themes for 2014 (and beyond) Part 1

    Shilpa
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:08 am
    This has been sitting in my writing notes ever since the first week of January when, satiated with a wonderful year-end trip deep in southeast Asia, I sat down to think about what 2014 is going to be like in this all-encompassing, jargon-filled world of urbanism. I was going to call these the top buzzwords in urbanism initially, but I couldn’t help but admit that leaving aside the compelling twenty-first century urbanist propensity to jargonise everything, it is hard to ignore that this is what’s happening in the world of thinking about cities and places and that at least a few of…
  • Design | Re-Imagining a Co-Working Space

    Shilpa
    17 Oct 2013 | 7:08 am
    While I am an urban planner + place brander by day, long time readers of this blog would know that I’m always seeking out interesting side projects that exercise my creative muscles in some way. So when in August, good friend Anjali Ramachandran, who works as the Head of Innovation at PHD, invited me to collaborate with her for the David Pilton Hub Challenge at NABS, I all but jumped at the opportunity. Our entry was shortlisted as one of the finalists in the competition, but to our disappointment, we didn’t win! Anjali and I spent a lot of time in August and September working on…
  • Urbanism | Place Engagement through Art at Bankside

    Shilpa
    23 Sep 2013 | 1:35 am
    I have written about Candy Chang’s thoughtful urban installations before, and therefore I am delighted to hear that she is bringing her work to London through the next few weeks as part of the Merge Festival at Bankside. The festival is a celebration of the rich cultural heritage of the area, and it aims to encourage public engagement with the place through a series of installations and art projects and performances over the next few weeks. Candy Chang brings her “Before I Die” installation to the festival – the installation has travelled to several cities around the…
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  • Quote #127 – Cass Gilbert

    Miguel Rus
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Beware of overconfidence; especially in matters of structure. Cass Gilbert
  • Conversion of St. Lukes Chapel in Bern by Morscher Architects

    Miguel Rus
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    © Dominique Uldry Conversion of St. Lukes Chapel in Bern involved converting a former chapel built in 1924 in Art Deco style in a Bern neighbourhood and totally defaced in a 1970s renovation into two new apartments. In order to keep the ground floor free of supports and retain the high church windows, the upper apartment was hung as a concrete cube in the former double storey nave. © Dominique Uldry © Dominique Uldry It was possible to open up the previously closed south façade with generous sliding windows and projecting balconies looking onto the neighbourhood and the garden. Both flats…
  • Kyeong Dok Jai by IROJE KHM Architects

    Alberto Seller
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We selected eco-friendly layout which was composed by three sliced pie- shaped zone that contain southern axis to introduce winter sunlight into inner and exterior space of this house. In this small site, about 230㎡, we try to maximize the area of garden and to characterize the variety of gardens where are piloted approach garden, inner garden, piloted pavilion garden, sunken garden, roof garden. We covered front facade with aluminium pipe screen for filtering summer-hot-sunlight, noise for keeping privacy, protection from criminals. Floating shape – Dynamic curve in white aluminium…
  • Milbank by Triptyque

    Miguel Rus
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    © Pedro Kok After realizing the building of Milbank, the international law firm commissioned Triptyque to carry of the interior design. The agency Triptyque proposed to build a unique and historic collection of Brazilian design. The office furniture Milbank tells 95 years of Brazilian design history. Triptyque, already in charge of the building’s architecture, has created a walk through the history of Brazilian design between objects, their designers, their times. To let this walk free, Triptyque has created spaces who change according to the opening of sliding wood and thanks to the…
  • Sprecher by SAOTA

    Alberto Seller
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Courtesy of SAOTA The owner’s brief was to design a house inspired by its indigenous surroundings, which is part of the recently established Sea Farm Private Nature Reserve. The site, located on a rocky peninsula is perched above a dramatic seascape with spectacular views of the surrounding Hangklip Mountain. The area is home to indigenous fynbos and a vast array of sea life. The site is 1 of 9 exclusive use areas permitted on the reserve and is isolated from neighbours. Its owner’s, a well-travelled family who live in Cape Town wanted a contemporary low-maintenance weekend retreat. The…
 
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  • Handcrafted reclaimed furniture by Aussie designer Brett Sambrooks

    Kim McFayden
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:54 pm
    I was excited to come across a talented Aussie furniture craftsman by the name of Brett Sambrooks. Each piece is handcrafted from reclaimed timber and second hand materials to produce one-off individual, collectable and creative pieces. Brett is based in Koondrook, a small Victorian town nestled on the banks of the Murray River, where he crafts pieces that often have a story, like the red gum stools below made from one solid piece of timber that spent its former life in an old mechanic’s shed where they had been kept for decades and used as car blocks.   The raw earthiness of the…
  • Wonderfully serene interiors in Prahan

    Kim McFayden
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    This home in the inner Melbourne suburb of Prahan began life as a single level Victorian house. Originally compartmentalised with lots of rooms, the new design by Studio Four involved a strategic replanning of the ground floor, the addition of a new first floor, along with the flexibility to adapt each space to suit the ever changing dynamics of family life.    A stronger connection was forged between the interiors and the exterior courtyards through a serious of concealed sliding doors, which increased light, fresh air and aspect. The rear courtyard is connected to the kitchen and…
  • Striking architecture with bold and sophisticated interiors

    Kim McFayden
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Today we are heading to Melbourne to see a home with striking architecture designed by In2 building designers. The brief was for a strong design aesthetic with low maintenance living for a young family. Seamless integration with the outdoors and a strong connection to the pool were important to the owners, together with achieving views to the parklands across the road.   A strong design aesthetic has certainly been achieved, with a bold and sophisticated palette throughout the interiors, which perfectly compliment the striking external facade. Timber, rust and charcoal themes are carried…
  • Lakeside prefab architecture in New Jersey

    Kim McFayden
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Originally this magical lakeside site had a ramshackle cabin which the owner decided to live in for a while to acclimatise and be sure of what she wanted before knocking it down and re-building. She also needed to find the right architect to create the vision so was happy when Resolution: 4 Architecture were able to offer a prefabricated house with some customisation. “The old house was like a cave, and I wanted this house to be the opposite: a pavilion where you didn’t feel enclosed at all. We used every inch of glass allowable under the code! The reason we came here is the…
  • Corten architecture with colourful interiors in Melbourne

    Kim McFayden
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:43 pm
    This dual occupancy townhouse in inner Melbourne was designed by Neil Architecture for two young families. The urban oasis is enjoyed behind high masonry boundary walls, with the structure featuring striking rusted Corten cladding to the upper storey.   This home has a warm and moody masculine vibe, featuring smart casual furnishings and some wonderful pops of colour throughout, including a striking combination of purple, green and red features throughout. Floor to ceiling windows and doors brings the outdoors in, increases the feeling of space and allows for lots of natural light to…
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  • 1862 – Ulster Hall, Belfast, Co. Antrim

    admin
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
    Architect: William Barre Opened in 1862, by the Ulster Hall Company, the hall’s purpose was to provide the expanding city of Belfast with a multi-purpose venue of sufficient size. On its opening night on 12 May 1862, the hall was described by the Belfast Newsletter as “stand[ing] unexcelled, and all but unrivalled, as an edifice […]
  • 1881 – Villa, Dartry Park, Rathmines, Dublin

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    13 Aug 2014 | 4:16 am
    Architect: G.P Beater “This neat residence of which we give a perspective view, has been erected for J.H. Reid, Esq., from the designs and under the superintendence of MR. G.P. Beater, Dawson-street. It is built of red Bridgewater brick, with granite dressings, and bands, etc., of red sandstone. It contains three sittingrooms, five bedrooms, bathrooms […]
  • 1878 – Business Premises, Lombard St., Belfast

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    12 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    Architect: Thomas Jackson & Sons “Our illustration with this issue shows the new premises at the corner of Lombard-street and Rosemary-street, Belfast, which will shortly be completed for Mr Patrick McGuinness, the well-known guttapercha manufacturer, whose establishments are to be seen in many of the towns of Ireland. This building has been erected from the […]
  • 1870 – Ulster Bank Buildings, Waring St., Belfast

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    12 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    Architect: Thomas Jackson & Sons Now part of the Merchant Hotel along with the former Ulster Bank headquarters next to it. “These new buildings are being erected for the Ulster Banking Company, in Waring-street, on the site of some very old and dilapidated premises. The result will be to materially improve the aspect of that […]
  • AIARG 2015 – Call for Papers

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    12 Aug 2014 | 4:19 am
    Proposals for papers are sought for the fourth annual meeting of the All-Ireland Architecture Research Group on January 30-31 2015. In keeping with previous AIARG conferences the purpose of the fourth annual meeting is to offer a window into current architectural research in Ireland and beyond. In doing so it is hoped that the meeting […]
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  • Contemplating Modular Construction

    Janet Field
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    Savvy owners and developers are increasingly looking to modular construction methods to accelerate their projects. A growing awareness of the potential to realize the many benefits of building modular is what draws contractors, developers and owners to consider modular construction methods. Before a decision is made to go down the modular path, there is due diligence to be done.… Read More... The post Contemplating Modular Construction appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • Run to Home Base 2014

    Janet Field
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:39 pm
    This Saturday July 19, 2014, Triumph Modular will once again participate in the Run to Home Base presented by New Balance. As a proud sponsor of the event, Triumph will be on the concourse with some give-away items for the first 300 passersby. Run to Home Base is an event that means so much to so many people. … Read More... The post Run to Home Base 2014 appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • New England Sports Tickets Drawing Winner Announced

    Janet Field
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:52 pm
    First, we would like to thank all whom have taken the time to respond to our survey. We very much value your opinions and will be taking the feedback into consideration in the coming weeks and months. Meeting and exceeding your expectations is our over arching goal at Triumph. We are continuously striving to “redefine modular” so thank you for your role in our mission.… Read More... The post New England Sports Tickets Drawing Winner Announced appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • Toolkit for Educators Considering Modular Classrooms

    Janet Field
    17 Jun 2014 | 11:42 am
    We were particularly impressed with a recent publication by the Modular Building Institute aimed to help school administrators, teachers and parents when embarking on the path of learning more about modular or portable classrooms. There are many considerations when doing so and the toolkit for educators does a terrific job of summarizing the considerations and making recommendations for steps to ensure a well informed decision making process.… Read More... The post Toolkit for Educators Considering Modular Classrooms appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • The Safe Successful Modular Delivery

    Janet Field
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Celebrate Daily Successes Sometimes it is important to take a minute to celebrate success in our daily jobs. There are certain projects or tasks in any company that by their very nature are more high profile or glamorous than others. But because all projects don’t come with million dollar price tags in big shinny packages, they can’t all be dazzling.… Read More... The post The Safe Successful Modular Delivery appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
 
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  • Unique Urban Insertion-The Cloud Room in Beijing by One Design

    Profir Bogdan
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    Siting on the roof terrace of the National Art Museum of China, the innovative design of the Cloud Room stands out for its subtle and elegant way of connecting man to nature. The means to achieve this link to the exterior are unperceptive and the first impression you have once you enter is given by the subconscious. The white polycarbonate panels revolve according to the wind and cast shadows on a secondary polycarbonate layer. The reflections and the permanent changing light and shadows make the place feel alive, just like the outside. The panels follow a computer generated profile that…
  • Pionen – White Mountain by Albert France-Lanord Architects

    Profir Bogdan
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    When we think of architecture, we think of buildings. Naturally, above the ground. But what happens when we try building bellow the surface? Located under the Vita Berg Park in Stockholm, the Pionen–White Mountain project is a brilliant example of how amazing architecture can be achieved under the ground as well. The project developed in a former anti-atomic shelter. Located thirty meters under the granite rocks and measuring 1200 square meters, it was definitely a challenge and, at the same time, an intriguing and unusual project. If architects normally create shells to form buildings,…
  • Vintage Inspired Starbucks Coffee Shop in New Orleans

    Codreanu Andreea
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    A vintage Starbucks has always seamed like an intriguing idea in my mind and now you can find a little bit of vintage magic in a cup of coffee  at the corner of Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. Starbucks has opened a new coffee shop in the French Quarter basing its design on the rich history of New Orleans’s coffee trading port. The overall design was meant to resemble the 1900s spirit and recall those times by transforming the entire location into an old-fashioned apothecary store. Rich colors, powerful contrasts, apparent steel, natural materials all merge to offer…
  • 25 Black and White Glamour Decor Inspirations

    Codreanu Andreea
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:49 am
    Black and white decor has become a traditional combination that can be both playful and elegant at the same time. Ok, so we know it might seem like we are all set on black and white decor inspiration, but honestly, we can’t get enough of them. The contrast between these two non-colors is the one that generates a certain tension in the design scheme, being able to be at the same time a perfect background for the main  pieces of the decor or the focal point of the entire room. The more usage of black the more sober the atmosphere so be careful  not to overdue it and create a…
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  • Living Room Decorating Ideas with Black and White Concept

    alisan
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    Living room decorating ideas with black and white concept. Living room is the center area of the house, it is the often area which is used to entertain the guests. Therefore, living room must be given a special touch of decoration concept. There are lots of kinds of decorations you on apply, but for the popular one in this lately day is that minimalist decoration style. The modern minimalist living room decorating ideas we are going to discuss in this article is that black and white concept. This decoration style applies the neutral color palette to show the simplicity and modernity.
  • How to Paint a Room – Success Tips in Painting Bedroom

    alisan
    16 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    A room in a house must be looked attractive and impressive with colored touch, especially for your private area as the comfortable one for relaxing and resting after finishing. One thing that makes a room to be attractive is that paint color. Through the color of the wall, your room will be look impressive and it will show the character of the house owner. In this special discussion, we are going to talk about success tips and tricks in painting the bedroom wall. In this time you have to sit in comfy to read about how to paint the room. After read this article you will never guessing again…
  • Bedroom Paint Ideas for Man

    alisan
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    Bedroom is the crucial room space for every family member. Therefore it must be decorated in proper way to give attractive look. Moreover, bedroom also must be decorated in such comfy style in order to give relaxation while resting after finishing the hard day of work. Besides of resting area, bedroom also has function to do another activity, such as finishing a half of work, reading book before sleeping or enjoying the entertainment time in a person with the lover. The main factor to get comfy while doing such those activity is that apply bedroom paint ideas. Special in this discussion, we…
  • Bedroom Decorating Ideas for Man and Woman

    alisan
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    The most favorite room space for family member must be bedroom, since in this room they can relax and rest in comfort and private. Moreover, this area also is also used to do another private activity, such as cuddling the entertainment time, finishing the half or work in the night. Therefore, this area must be decorated in proper way. For those of you, whether man or women, there you go some recommendations of bedroom decorating ideas you can apply in your private room. in this article we are going to show you each decoration style for man and woman, since they have different characteristic…
  • Simple and Minimalist Apartment Decorating Ideas

    alisan
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    Simple and minimalist apartment decorating ideas. There are lots people choose to live in apartment because of several reasons. First, apartment is simpler than having house, second it is the better place to live alone without any complex house preparation and it is quite easy to be maintained, since there is no lot of room spaces and quite small. As well as a house, apartment also needs to be decorated in proper way in order to get impressive look. There are lots of apartment decorating ideas that can be applied, ranging from modern, rustic or classic style. All of those decorations can be…
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  • “REBEL ARCHITECTURE” DOCUMENTARY ON ARCHITECTURAL ACTIVISM

    mistriotis
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Al Jazeera has launched Rebel Architecture, a six-part documentary that profiles lesser-known architects who are using their design skills “as a form of activism resistance to tackle the world’s urban, environmental and social crises.” These designers aren’t building glass towers for the global elite, but schools, cultural spaces, and homes for everyone else. And they’re […]
  • Julia Morgan’s AIA Gold Medal

    mistriotis
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:18 pm
    The American Institute of Architects (AIA) annual convention and business meeting in Chicago, taking place June 26 to the 28th, broke new ground, in particular with women in architecture. For the first time ever, the highest honor of the Institute – the AIA Gold Medal – was awarded to a woman, and the Beverly Willis […]
  • Postcard from Oxford

    mistriotis
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Enjoy this visual snapshot of life in Oxford, UK. Filed under: Educational, Museums & Theaters, Public Tagged: British
  • LOS ANGELES COUNTY HALL OF RECORDS

    mistriotis
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:31 pm
    The Los Angeles County Hall of Records, a rare high-rise by Richard Neutra (co-designed by Robert Alexander), sits in the northern end of the Civic Center in Downtown Los Angeles. An exemplar of modernist architecture, the building includes louvers similar to the Kaufmann Desert House. Additionally, the screen to the right of the louvres was […]
  • Project Massa Lubrense

    mistriotis
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:21 pm
    This detached villa of 180 sqm with a garden of 1300 square meters is set in exclusive residential complex with panoramic swimming pool and direct access to the sea. The property, which is spread over two levels and enjoys a wonderful view on the ‘island of Capri and the entire Gulf of Sorrent. by Lana KalchbrennerFiled […]
 
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  • Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) Tips and Tricks

    Ryan Hansanuwat
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Once you have been given access to start taking your exams, it doesn't mean you are ready to just jump right in. It is going to take a lot of planning and study and a little bit of nerve. When I took the test there were many nerve wracking moments, but in the end I got through it. I have been asked many times how I was able to pass all of my tests on the first shot within a year, so I collected a few of my own tips and tricks to get you started on your exams:1. Get the right study materialThere are a few places to get study material. If you are currently at an architecture firm, ask around to…
  • I don’t know what I’m doing

    Ryan Hansanuwat
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I have a little secret for you. I don’t know what I’m doing. Not really what you want to hear when you are trying to learn from me right? Hear me out. I know what I’m doing most of the time, but there are times where I get into a situation where I feel like I am over my head and I get that fear that I will be exposed as a fake. It may be that one moment when an owner asks me what I think of a certain design, or if the roofer asks me how I want to detail a specific connection. It’s at these times that I feel like I really don’t know what to do. But you know what? That’s ok. In…
  • Lego Building for Architects

    Ryan Hansanuwat
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Architecture and Lego Building I'm not going to lie, I still love Lego® Sets. I always loved them when I was a kid (and perhaps that was a sign of my future career) but to me it was just fun. Many assume that playing with Legos is how we got into our career, and it's true, but beyond the fun it was also a great tool for learning. I think all future architects can learn something about architecture from Lego building. There are many foundations in architecture education that can be taught through Lego building, and can be the start of many deeper thoughts.Problem Solving The first aspect…
  • Business for Architects

    Ryan Hansanuwat
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    No matter the phase you are in your architecture journey, knowledge of business for architects is a must. Whether you are just starting out, or ready to start your own firm, you must have a basic knowledge of business. This journey typically begins with classes in architecture school, but it is never too late to learn it.Go here if you want to start writing your own Architecture Firm Business Plan! Architecture school was one of the most exciting yet most tiring phases in my life. Even if you go to the best architecture school, you are still going to get overwhelmed by all of the design…
  • Drafting Supplies / Kits and “Real” Architecture

    Ryan Hansanuwat
    30 May 2014 | 6:00 am
    Why "drafting" supplies don't really help you in architecture. When you first get started in architecture, you may feel overwhelmed by all the tools and kits out there that claim to have everything you need to get started. Some of them carry things you need, while many others do not, and the majority of the "kits" out there contain things that aren't really used anymore. They were created with all the tools you need if you were hand-drafting, but nobody does that anymore. You still draw and sketch, but nobody is putting together construction documents using these sets.Here is one example of a…
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  • How artists live: Psychedelic interior of Karim Rashid's New York apartment

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:33 am
    Karim Rashid sourceI love tomen peep artists', designers' painters', architects' apartntyments. Their interiors tend to be nonchalant, eclectic, and show that the owners has a natural ability to play with textures and colors. You can often feel their strong personality just looking at the pictures. With this post I am starting a series showing you apartments of some eccentrics. As the first one I chose New York City apartment of Karim Rashid.Karim Rashid is an American interior designer of Egyptian decent. Nobody can deny - he has his own style! The energetic mix of neon colors and shapes in…
  • "Porca miseria!" - breathtaking china chandelier by Ingo Maurer | THE WEEKLY WANT

    12 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
    This 19th century Neo-Renaissance interior of Waddeson Manor in England with Ingo Maurer chandelier is simply breathtaking. Ingo Maurer designed the chandelier in 1994. It is made of broken china pieces. Initially it had been called "Zabriskie Point" (after a slow-motion movie scene), but then renamed when some Italians who saw the lamp muttered "Porca Miseria!" in amazement. For those of you who'd like to have the chandelier I have some pretty bad news -  the Maurer studios only make 10 of theseper year and they cost upwards of £30,000 each. But it's not just an ordinary chandelier -…
  • Dido Belle's movie set design and stunning interiors of English country residences | MOVIE SET DESIGN

    6 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    Belle Director: Amma AsanteProduction designer: Simon BowlesRelease date: 2014, mayDHD release:  Available on Digital HD August 12th About the movieBelleis a very interesting costume drama with ravishing production design. It's based on the history of a mixed-race woman named Belle, the illegitimate daughter of British Navy admiral Sir John Lindsay and a female Caribbean slave, who lived with the aristocracy as an equal in 18th century England.Movie's inspiration and the story behind the 18th century paintingIt was the 18th century painting that moved the imagination of the movie's…
  • BEST OF THE WEB by Little Miss Architect #JULY

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:49 am
    sourceThe end of July has come and with it - the new Best of The Web! #1. I am proud of a talented Polish designer Katarzyna Konieczka! Her avant-garde, futuristic costume designs are already famous around the world, they have been featured in Vogue several times. She also designed costumes for Lady Gaga video.  #2. [ENG] QUIZ - spot the IKEA! In every room in the quiz there is some piece of furniture coming from Ikea. Can you find it?#3.  An Instagram profile I adore - Doors of New York . Yes, the profile's owner takes pictures of NYC doors ONLY!p.s. Do you visit my Instagram? :-)…
  • IKEA Katalog 2015 online and my favorites

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:56 pm
    New IKEA 2015 catalog has just been released in USA. Full catalog is available here, I chose some of my favorites from the catalog for you. For the beginning - some colorful interiorsGreat carpets patters and yellow sofas...colorful bed frame...An innovation - block-out rollet blinds that you can roll down to cover the shelvesthe colorful sofa Stockholm green chair Chair with towel rack Lovely metal lamp Leather sofa, with the perfect shade of brown. It will fit loft-style interiors.funny bedside table...and something for the kids  We can compose this clock by ourserves -…
 
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  • Keeping Architectural Construction Documentation out of Harm’s Way

    admin321
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:07 am
    Architectural construction documentation is a specialized job that involves days and months of sincere hard work and requires a lot of skill and expertise. These Architectural construction documents contain highly classified information that is a result of creativity, innovation, diligence and perseverance. We are living in an era of super-fast communications and even a small [...] The post Keeping Architectural Construction Documentation out of Harm’s Way appeared first on The AEC Associates Blog.
  • 2 Reasons Why Architectural CAD Conversion is an Inevitability

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    12 Aug 2014 | 1:51 am
    The entire construction industry has undergone a sea change over the past two decades, the introduction of modern computer software’s has completely altered the style of working and a process like Architectural CAD conversion has now become an integral part of the design process. Thousands of online conversion companies have mushroomed all around the globe, [...] The post 2 Reasons Why Architectural CAD Conversion is an Inevitability appeared first on The AEC Associates Blog.
  • Running A PDF to CAD Conversion Company

    admin321
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:54 pm
    A PDF to CAD Conversion Company can play a very important role in facilitating the workflow of the professionals like architects, structural engineers and interior designers etc. These converted drawings provide a starting platform for the future design process and a lot depends on their quality and accuracy. This means that The AEC associates PDF [...] The post Running A PDF to CAD Conversion Company appeared first on The AEC Associates Blog.
  • Value Of PDF To CAD Conversion Services

    admin321
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The AEC Associates PDF to CAD conversion services provide an initial platform for the design process for professionals like architects and civil engineers enabling them to create innovative and efficient designs. Use of CAD programs in place of the manual paper-and-ink design and drafting process used earlier has made PDF to CAD conversion services important [...] The post Value Of PDF To CAD Conversion Services appeared first on The AEC Associates Blog.
  • Architectural CAD Outsourcing: Coordination Is The Key

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    9 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    The AEC Associates Architectural CAD outsourcing has become a norm rather than an exception in the recent years with the focus on hiring the services of experts in any given field. Computer software’s have revolutionized the construction industry just like so many other walks of life, the manual paper-and-ink drafting and design process is a [...] The post Architectural CAD Outsourcing: Coordination Is The Key appeared first on The AEC Associates Blog.
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  • Casa Rocas: harmonious architecture and magnificent view

    Ovidiu Slavulete
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Casa Rocas (a/n Stones House) is situated in Valparaiso, Chile and it is the result of the cooperation between two architecture companies: Studio MK27 and 57Studio. Situated on a rocky hill, with a tilt towards the ocean, the house is generously shadowed by trees and has a magnificent view towards Pacific Ocean. The conception belongs to the principal architect Marcio Kogan, whose intention was to integrate and harmonize the house with the special characteristics of the land and to valorize the extraordinary beauty of the landscape and the panorama. The solution of the architect is a box like…
  • Donny’s Bar: industrial design with rustic accents, by Luchetti Krelle

    Ovidiu Slavulete
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Having a newyorkese loft design, with the industrial footprint evidence, Donny’s Bar, located in the Manly suburb from the north Sydney, was designed by the Australian studio Luchetti Krelle. The accent fell on the use of some natural raw materials and recycled materials to obtain a slightly dark industrial atmosphere with rustic accents but in the same time charming, warm and welcoming. We encounter exposed brick walls, concrete floors, solid wood beams, wire mesh and pipes at sight, vintage and industrial lighting and many pieces of copper. Donny’s Bar is organized on two…
  • French bed: rafinament, elegance and romance in your bedroom

    Ovidiu Slavulete
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    Excited by the fragile and delicate beauty of the luxurious French style of the royal epoch, sometimes we can get carried with the eyes of the mind into a world of timeless elegance and the most refined romance. We can bring this French refinement into our bedroom, recreating a world full of sumptuousness but also of warm gentleness by choosing some appropriate supplies. As in the case of any bedroom, our attention is trapped mainly by the bed, being the piece that gives the stylistic tone. We stopped over some charming French beds realized by The French Bedroom Company. These beds are…
  • Fusion Table: dining table and pool table

    Ovidiu Slavulete
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Saluc company, headquartered in Callenelle in Belgium is the largest producer of high quality billiard balls under the brand known as Aramith. Well, capitalizing this know-how with a lot of creativity, Saluc made a table named Fusion Table, having a dual usage respectively: dining table and pool table. This table with an elegant design, beautiful varnished wood finishes, offers the possibility to those who love pool, to have their own pool table without having to allocate extra space to a much more cumbersome classical pool table. At the weekend, with friends after serving coffee or dessert,…
  • Villa CP: Catalonia traditional farm transformed into a modern house

    Ovidiu Slavulete
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    The project Villa CP realized by Zest Architecture from Barcelona, consisted in the rehabilitation of a traditional Catalonian farm and the transformation of this old stone structure into a modern house. The house has a large opening to a wonderful landscape being connected and integrated in a unique environment respectively a huge park of cork and oak trees, which stretches till the Mediterranean Sea. The old and new come together and collaborate for the success of this project. The structural elements of stone and old “scars” left by rain, wind and man, have historical value of…
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  • Walden Residence by House + House Architects

    Bhima Bramantika
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:54 am
    House + House Architects designed the Walden Residence. The house built in 3,000 sq ft on a steep hillside with beautiful mountain views to the sunset. Located in San Anselmo, California. This project winning California Home + Design Award. Description from House + House Architects: This new 3,000 square foot home sits nestled on a steep hillside with mountain views to the sunset. Poetic harmony with the land invites the sun in winter and cool breezes in summer. Clear cedar siding contrasts charcoal gray plaster, detailed in crisp aluminum reveals. Extruded windows reach toward views of…
  • King Residence by MC2 Architects

    Bhima Bramantika
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    MC2 Architects has completed King Residence. The house designed for a resort-like lifestyle and comforts of a single family residence. Built in 5,680 sq ft, the King residence located in Houston, Texas and completed in 2012. Description from MC2 Architects: Located on a busy stretch of Memorial Drive, the King residence generously unites the clients’ wishes for a resort-like space with the amenities and comforts of a single family dwelling. The plan of the house  follows the curve of the street with a bow and arrow formation. One volume houses the private sleeping quarters; the other…
  • The Floating Farmhouse by Tom Givone

    Bhima Bramantika
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    Tom Givone has designed The Floating Farmhouse. The house is a 1820 manor home has been renovated into a floating farmhouse. This farmhouse offers 5 bedrooms and 2 bathroom. At the winter night, the floating farmhouse can be quite warm. Located in Eldred, two hour from New York City. The Floating Farmhouse is available for rent. Description from Tom Givone: Sited at the edge of a pristine creek, with a waterfall cascading over an ancient dam of hand-laid stone, the Floating Farmhouse was a sinking ship when first discovered. After a design and rebuild process spanning four years, the 1820…
  • A Bench by aust & amelung

    Bhima Bramantika
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    aust & amelung design studio has created a bench. The cushions of the bench can be plugged into the construction. Designed with minimal style with pastel colors of cushions. Description from aust & amelung: The undisguised construction of this upholstered bench reveals its aesthetic elements. The seat and the backrest of the bench are grooved, so that the cushions can be plugged into the construction with the help of a steel pin that is connected to the cushion. The thick, square seat cushions allow themselves to be arranged modularly, each change in their position always offers a new…
  • House Energy Efficient at Casa GG

    Bhima Bramantika
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:41 am
    Alventosa Morell Arquitectes designed Casa GG. The design was focused to the energy efficient of the house. The architects say they can reduced of 76,77% energy consumption with respect to a conventional house of the same characteristics of projection. This eco-friendly house is located in Barcelona, Spain. Description from Alventosa Morell Arquitectes: Commissioned premises with very clear: estimate, greatly reduced execution time and energy-efficient construction. Once the study passive bioclimatic establish strategies to follow to improve comfort. Finally we design a modular home where the…
 
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