Last week, the Van Alen Institute hosted an interdisciplinary event relating brain activity, new technology and our response to the built environment. The event included a tech demo of brain computer interfaces and a conversation involving architects, neuroscientists, psychologists and designers, weighing in on technological advancements in EEG brain computer interfaces (BCI) and the application of brain imaging to redefine how we understand people's perception of their surroundings.
Mark Collins from GSAPP's Cloud Lab kicked off the presentations with a summary of the Dumbo Mental Map Project. Van Alen and Cloud Lab jointly hosted a previous event to gather data that used brain waves to indicate when a subject was in a state of meditation or attention while walking on a predetermined route through the DUMBO neighboorhood. The data was then used to generate graphics overlaying maps and 3d renderings of DUMBO. Not only were the visuals mesmerizing, they were an embryonic representatio...
This is an interactive piece of outdoor furniture/art, a chair you can relax in thats inner rings turn to allow the user to face in any direction. It is located as a permanent installation at Taliesin West in Scottsdale AZ, and is now a part of the tours that take visitors out to the desert on the weekends to see the student shelters.
Designer: Kate Brown
Prototyping: Developing fantastical habitats for the untamed in New-Territories' "DIY-Feral Child Workshop"
True to its name, the DIY-Feral Child workshop is devised around an imagined feral child, found deep in the Thai Jungle and now being assimilated into human society. Spanning one summer month in the north-east of Bangkok, along the Kwai River, the workshop is a tri-fold effort of design, material experimentation, and film, where twenty student participants will create a fictionalized movie narrative alongside their architectural designs.
A nomadic filmmaker, a datacaster and a pair of favela painters: A sneak peek of the speakers at TEDGlobal 2014
Instead of evicting people from tent cities, the NLCHP says the root of the issue -- unaffordable housing -- needs to be addressed. "Encampments and tent cities have emerged as a means of self-help for homeless individuals to survive and find shelter, safety and a sense of community," the report states. "Ultimately, the solution to the proliferation of encampments across the United States is the provision of affordable housing."
One option that should be available but that often isn't in China is the negotiated compromise. The main hurdle is a lack of government transparency and the resulting lack of public trust.
Alexa Olesen examines China's nascent NIMBY protest movement.
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Completed in 2006, this project is a studio for two artists wishing to create a new work space while minimizing the impact of any new construction on the natural landscape of their property. The studio is located to the rear of the house, connecting the home to a beautiful portion of the site which, prior to the addition, had not been accessible.
To create the studio and library without disturbing the surrounding area, the studio was conceived of as a “bridge” spanning a small arroyo adjacent to the house, providing the opportunity to experience the canyon from the best of all possible locations--in and above it. The bridge is supported on two concrete piers on either side of the canyon and is spanned with two trusses made of top and bottom glulam chords with steel cross members.
Spanning the arroyo, the studio’s lightness is experienced both inside and out. Naturally lit with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors, the design creates a bright work space that opens towards the canyon ...
Imagine what [living in a tiny house] might mean when it's time to bring a date back to your place for the first time. Or even worse, moving in together. Will you remain devoted to your extra-small space when you decide to get a dog? Have kids? And so on. [...] Turns out, dating and cohabitating and raising a family in 120 to 400 square-foot spaces can be done. It just comes with a unique set of challenges and best-practices at each milestone.
Longtime partners Bohlin Cywinsky Jackson and Eckersley O'Callaghan have been brought in to revamp the 93-year-old former United States Mortgage and Trust Company building at the corner of East 74th Street and Madison Avenue, according to New York City building permits.
Norman Foster, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Daniel Libeskind, NBRS+Partners, and many more are among this week's winners
Every Monday, we highlight some of the most recent competition-winning projects, finalists, commissions, and awards on Bustler from the previous week that we think are worth checking out.
Here's Recap #9 for the week of May 12-16, 2014:
Team Lord of Toronto was announced as the winner to design the new Canadian National Holocaust Monument in the Canadian capital of Ottawa. Led by co-president of Lord Cultural Resources Gail Dexter-Lord, the team's Daniel Libeskind-designed proposal titled "Landscape of Loss, Memory and Survival", was selected out of six finalists who were invited to present their concepts to a jury of professionals and then to the public during the national design competition.
Four projects -- which all happen to be built in California -- have won in the 2014 AIA/HUD Secretary Awards. The annual awards program recognizes what the AIA Housing and C...
I am young man of 71 years old. I am a visual man. A man working working with eyes and hands.
No absentee landlords or faraway investors allowed. Only Michigan residents and businesses [...] The idea is to lure neighbors, not investors or opportunists (#NeighborsWanted is the city's hashtag for the program). And that does not include out-of-state urban homesteaders dreaming of cheap property in Detroit. Right now, the land bank is focusing on otherwise intact neighborhoods, as opposed to those parts of town where vacant parcels outnumber the residents who've stuck around.
A Finnish company called IndoorAtlas has figured out that all buildings have a unique magnetic “fingerprint” — and has solved how to use that to determine locations inside a structure to within six feet. That is enough to take a consumer to a product in a crowded supermarket, or figure out the location of, say, a half-dozen workers in a building full of them. It’s also much better than cell phone towers can do.
At a hard-hat tour of the Whitney’s Renzo Piano-designed building in downtown Manhattan earlier this month, it was announced that the institution plans to extend a year of museum membership to the project’s construction workers.
To sever instances of “architecture” from the deaths of indentured construction workers on a building site in Qatar, or from the property lines measured out at Twin Lakes, is an elemental act, comparable to flushing a toilet, turning on the water, or switching on a light... Understanding these infrastructures, and contesting their hegemony with that knowledge, is therefore as basic as it gets.
For the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, curator Rem Koolhaas has chosen as his theme "fundamentals," meaning the "inevitable elements of all architecture ... the door, the floor, the ceiling, etc." To this list Reinhold Martin proposes Fundamental #13: real estate, the land itself, without which "all the rest is inconceivable." He then asks difficult questions about architects' complicity in the uses to which land is put by the "transnational, translocal, global and otherwise border-violating and border-producing system of real estate."
Super-starchitect Lord Norman Foster and his friends at the European Space Agency stunned the world last year with a plan to build a lunar base by 3D-printing it with moon dust. But what happens when you try something like that on Earth? How is 3D printing changing the way we build cities? I got the chance to ask Foster just that question at the Center for Architecture in New York City last night.
Previously on Archinect: Foster + Partners works with European Space Agency to 3D print structures on the moon
When five of the nation's leading landscape architects gathered before their peers last weekend in Berkeley, the projects they discussed were located in Massachusetts and Minnesota, China and Spain. [...] The issues and ambitions on display can be applied to any 21st century metropolitan region like ours, where the most challenging frontiers for growth lie in struggling with issues of growth and change; where the land in question is high-profile and politically charged.
I have been trying trying to understand what makes historic places special to so many of us. Part of it is that they are relatively rare in the United States, I guess. For several decades our newer everyday architecture – our subdivisions, strip malls, office buildings – has been simultaneously bland and deadening in its consistency. [...] But I also think there may be something deeper going on. We gravitate to older places because they ground us in space and time.
The trend began a decade ago, when apartments in two towers on New York's Perry Street were snapped up by buyers like Calvin Klein and Martha Stewart. "When Perry Street was sold, your name was kind of on the marquee," said Mason. "That's right, for better or worse," laughed Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier. He is now working on a new high-end project on the ocean in Miami Beach.