Eight Inc.‘s pop-up installation for Jordan Brand has been selected as one of the winners of the prestigious German Design Award 2014. The project has won a Special Mention in the Architecture and Interior Design category in recognition of it’s special design quality.
The interactive pop-up installation was created to launch New York Knick’s basketball star Carmelo Anthony’s new M8 Jordan Brand sneaker. Inspiration was the player himself; the exterior of the installation mimics his explosive athletic talent on court, displayed by the shattered basketball floorboards. His calm demeanor off the court can be experienced inside the installation; two concave white walls display video footage that is describing him as a person and what drives and inspires him.
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French firms Périphériques Architectes, a/LTA architectes, and Hamonic&Masson recently sent us their entry for the Cristal Riviera competition from this past June. The competition was held as part of a renovation program around the Rennes railway station area to improve connectivity within Rennes, France.
The KAPLINSKI project is a collaborative work by filmmaker Benjamin Seroussi and architect David Tajchman. The film shows several different structures, made from the same repetitive wooden element, gathered around bodies, aimed at being mobile, articulated or demolished.
In the past few weeks, the Buckminster Fuller Institute has been introducing numerous finalist entries for the sixth annual Buckminster Fuller Challenge [...]. Today now, the BFI announced the overall challenge winner: Ecovative, a Green Island, NY-based materials science company that has developed a new class of home-compostable bio-plastics based on living organisms, mushroom mycelia — a high-performing, environmentally responsible alternative to traditional plastic materials.
The 'mushroom material' inventors, Eben Bayer, Gavin McIntyre, and the Ecovative Team, will be awarded the $100,000 cash prize at a ceremony at Cooper Union in New York City on November 18, 2013.
"Relocation of the D. Maria Pia Bridge" proposal by Bandeira/Ramalho calls attention to urban regeneration policies
In a recent international call for ideas to regenerate the Aurifícia block in Oporto, Portugal, architects Pedro Bandeira and Pedro Nuno Rumalho figuratively and literally made a monumental statement in their proposal to dismantle and relocate the decommissioned D. Maria Pia Bridge into the city center. The defunct bridge is described as a work of art and potential landmark that will revitalize the cityscape of Oporto. Although the architects didn't place in the competition, their proposal still makes a forward statement by tossing out the traditional idea and function of a bridge and it also brings attention to the failure of urban regeneration policies.
Below is a more detailed project description written by and received from freelance architect and journalist Ana Laureano Alves:
"Two architects, Pedro Bandeira and Pedro Nuno Ramalho proposed the relocation of the Eiffel’s D. Maria Pia Bridge to the city center, exposing its actual uselessness (not in use since 1991) and dras...
The skyline of Taiyuan, the capital and largest city of North China's Shanxi province, is scheduled to receive a 280-meter / 919-foot addition soon: German firm HENN has won the architectural competition to design the new Cenke Group tower sporting a slick convex shell. Planning is expected to commence in 2014/15.
TED News in Brief: Chip Kidd writes a design book for kids, Young-ha Kim on spirituality in South Korea
The annual Dutch Design Awards announced its 2013 winners last weekend in the three main categories of Spatial, Communication and Product. This year's award winner in the category Spatial - Best Exterior is BiermanHenket Architecten's Extension of the Museum De Fundatie in Zwolle, NL. The Spatial - Best Interior title went to Uitwerde Tower by Onix.
How do Londoners and tourists regard the river Thames? This video was taken on a London City Cruise and you can hear the waterman’s commentary. I guess he loves the river but, like Joseph Conrad, sees it as being as much a place of darkness as a place of light – while also being a river of greatness, cruelty and folly, a place where kings are cruel and greedy, where most architects are fools and where the people remain cheerful, cynical and long-suffering. My view is that the river and its banks need enlightened planners, brilliant architects and imaginative landscape architects. That, and some money, could put London high in lists of the world’s top waterfront cities. The Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority (GLA) put their weight behind the 2012 Olympic Bid. They should now accept the challenge of getting near the top of these lists:
I do not know whether Joseph Conrad belonged to The Company of Watermen and Lightermen but he had many years experience as a seaman on the high seas, on the River Thames and in the West India Docks. I’m sure he would like to have London on these lists. He loved London, loved the Thames and lived in Tachbrook St, London SW1V 2NG.
Superpedestrian, a start-up in Boston, announced on Monday that it has received $2.1 million in financing to help build a wheel that transforms some standard bicycles into hybrid e-bikes. The product, the Copenhagen Wheel, is a design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology SENSEable City Laboratory. The original goal of the wheel was to entice more people to more bicycles in large cities in lieu of cars by giving them help from a motor.
Initially presented at the Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change in 2009, SENSEeable City Lab's Copenhagen Wheel will soon be produced through Boston start-up Superpedestrian. Rather than buying a whole new bike or installing a cumbersome motor, the Copenhagen Wheel can be adapted onto most regular bikes, and will be comparable in price to most e-bikes. The wheel can be synced with the rider's iPhone to collect transit data, both for the benefit of the rider keeping tabs on exercise and commute regimens, and for the benefit of the city -- riders can choose to anonymously share data with their local government, aiding the improvement of cycling infrastructure and traffic management.
"My Thread - New Dutch Design on Films" is a film exhibition curated by Eizo Okada and designed by architect Hideyuki Nakayama, who also built Okada's Kyoto "O" House and was on the design team for Toyo Ito's Tama Art University Library. As part of one of Japan's biggest design events this past September, the 4th annual DESIGN EAST, the exhibition featured eight films that highlights eight emerging Dutch designers, their backgrounds, and their work process. Aside from Okada's films, another aspect of the exhibition was Nakayama's design of the space.
Set on the top floor of a former shipyard building with no air-conditioning or fans and with eight projection screens, the biggest challenge Okada and Nakayama faced was how to ensure ventilation so viewers can comfortably watch the films. As a solution, Nakayama designed a horizontal lighting shield called "5F".
Here are the project details from the press release, provided by Eizo Okada:
"The exhibition will be held at the top-flo...
A house on the cliff by the river
This house is made as if it is placed above the flat shelf of the forest, or also seems like a castle in the sky. The pointy edge of Mother Nature is smoothened to make every sharp end of earth and soil smoother in to the circle like curve, makes it seem to be castle on the mountain. Placed above the steep slope of the mountain and when the afternoon sun moves to the west and shines to the east, the house showers in the brightness.
The land that the clients have chosen for themselves usually suits them well. No, to properly elaborate the expression, it seems that the sites were made in order for the owners to live within them. It seems that when choosing the proper site of the house, faith plays its part, just as if people meet their soul mates. Our client, who wishes to construct his home in Yangpyeong Munho-ri, also brought the site that perfectly suits him.
Sites which are located in Yangpyeong are close to Korea’s capital, Seoul and the ...
Michael Abrahamson currently a doctoral student in Architecture History and Theory at the University of Michigan provided a review of "Air Rights" – an exhibition by the Drone Research Lab (DRL) at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning...Responding either to the author or to projects found in the exhibition (perhaps both?), Darkman criticized "The BLDGBLOG type inquiry walks a fine line between futurism and self-indulgance"
For the latest edition of the In Focus series, dedicated to profiling the photographers who help make the work of architects look that much better, Archinect spoke with Stockholm-based English photographer Robin Hayes.
Plus, Michael Abrahamson currently a doctoral student in Architecture History and Theory at the University of Michigan provided a review of "Air Rights" – an exhibition by the Drone Research Lab (DRL) at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Therein he explains "The exhibit seems to argue that the site of misbehavior and appropriation is shifting from the tagged surfaces of graffiti to aberrant spatial practices of collection and documentation...The show is a mixed bag, displaying everything from a metaphoric play on US intelligence procedures to a pragmatic consumer drone kit. Notably absent is any attempt at using drones for the fabrication of habitable spaces".
Responding either to the author or to projects found in the exhibition (per...
The cafeteria and the restaurant Comida y Pan and Comida y Luz are set in the “Executive Building”, which was designed by the Spanish architects NO.MAD.
As part of the selection procedure we were commissioned by the Comida-Crew to develop and create a project idea. When this happened, the architecture of the building was already completed and the rooms for the cafeteria and the restaurant were appointed.
Because of that the first thing we did was to focus on the space dedication again. So the flat roof on the 6th floor became a smoking terrace and the WC facilities planned on the Ground Floor became a private room. Previous door frames were used as bottle racks, which separate the private booth space from the rest of the cafeteria and still maintain a connection by being mostly transparent. It was also important to place user-specific logistics such as the kitchen and the bar as well as refrigerators and storerooms. This was not that easy because of the already implemented building service system and the tight corset of the reinforced concrete construction.
The sobriety of the predefined rooms was impressive and looked more like the rooms of a sacred building than the rooms of a restaurant. From our point of view and the one of the client, the guest rooms – the profane rooms – should be more comfortable and appealing. The balancing act of the design was on the one hand to incorporate the unique architectural specification of the premises and on the other hand to combine the specific wishes of the client.
Other challenges were the concrete surfaces, the high-ranking guest room in combination with the low room of the bar area on the ground floor and the unconventional layout specification and the development of the smoking terrace on the 6th floor. Very important was the dealing with the extravagate facades, which have different sized and different high and wide arranged windows. Due to the existing poor room acoustic, other acoustic measures were set, which at the same time form the layout of the room.
It’s the acoustic panels whose tetris-like arrangement is formally inspired by the design of the outside façade. In return of the prevailing gray of the concrete surfaces and the floors in the foyer, we decided to run the floor, the materials of the furniture and the acoustic panels on the walls in a darker color. A darker color gives the room a better fit to its limits. The choice of coloring – dark inside, outside light – is also based on the choice of the color of the building. As in the public spaces of the building, we also used mirrors to blur the boundaries between inside and outside, room and illusion. Streetart and graphic elements frame the rooms additionally.
During the project phase we and the client have decided to design both rooms, the restaurant and the cafeteria, very similar – the only significant difference is the difference concerning the light objects. Even though the rooms have a very similar design, the visitor experiences a completely different world by entering them both. In the restaurant on the 6th floor you are able to experience the Prater and Vienna city from above – and in the cafeteria on the ground floor you are already in the middle of it.
The bright design of the large white lamps in the garden should not only serve as symbols for recognition, but also invite the guests from afar to stay.
The white wooden set up and the 4 Meter high, oversized table lamps are inspired by the establishment of the Vienna Prater and works as a subtle reminder of the near surrounding.+ Project facts
project name: cafeteria, bar / ground floor: Comida y Pan
restaurant / 6th floor: Comida y Luz
address: Welthandelsplatz 1
city: 1020, Vienna
function: restaurant, bar, cafeteria
start of construction: January 2013
end of construction: August 2013
gross floor area: café, bar / ground floor: 148,30m²
restaurant/ 6th floor: 259,80m²
cubature: Café/Bar EG: 555,58m³
Restaurant OG 06: 731,06m³
UG (?): 473,92m³
seating: café, bar / ground floor: 57 + terrace: 140
restaurant / 6th floor: 76 + smokers terrace + bar = ca. 80
architects: Söhne&Partner architects
project by : Comida Gmbh, Stubenring 20, 1010 Vienna
building owner: Projektgemeinschaft WU Wien Neu Gmbh
local building supervision: IGZT – Ingenos.Gobiet ZT Gmbh, Mariahilferstraße 17,
text: Söhne&Partner architects
images: Markus Kaiser
What is .flxble?
.flxble is a designlab by Mechmet Chiousemoglou and Olaf Simon. Both designers share a common passion for developing solutions for multifunctional urban lifestyles. With the founding of .flxble they shared their vision and designed their first common design furniture: the Bike Dock.
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We typically see photovoltaic panels up on roofs, as they're broad, open surfaces that receive a lot of sunlight. You know what else spends a lot of time in the scorching sun, though? Sidewalks. With that in mind, a team at Washington DC's The George Washington University has created what is claimed to be "the first walkable solar-paneled pathway in the world."
But can my car drive on it? Built by Studio39 Landscape Architecture, the solar-sidewalk is installed on GWU's Virginia Science and Technology Campus.