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Robinson Place \ Clifton Leung Design Workshop

+mood - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 20:16

With a design brief to minimize clutter and maximize space, the flat is designed with clean lines and a simple color palette, which creates a perfect backdrop for the owner’s artwork collections. Unconventional design and layout creates an extraordinary space for a study in a trapezoid-shaped living room. Wood is used extensively to foster a welcoming warmth in the home. Indirect lighting design, such light troughs helps to achieve a minimalistic look, making the flat looks more spacious. An accent color in each bedroom is adopted to help bring out its distinctive personality and ambiance effectively.

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Meticulous and artistic design details make all the difference. Visitors are greeted by a full-length slatted wood paneling at the entrance, which aesthetically functions as a partition separating the entrance and the dining room. Clean and crisp, the coat hanging hooks become a visual appealing art piece to spice up the white wall.

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The build-in and floating dining bench design creates a space-efficient dining room. The full-height cabinet by the entrance mimics a wooden wall panel decoration offers maximum storage. The cabinet against the wall create extra storage space, while keeping it low, it offers a visually uncluttered passage way leading into the living room.

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A palette of white and brown evokes a sense of modernity and warmth. The colors blend well to achieve an overall harmonious look. The classic white wall creates a minimalistic backdrop for the brown oak wood furniture and flooring, as well as the owner’s favorite art pieces. Ceiling light trough creates a visual illusion of a higher ceiling. The wooden wall cabinet by the entrance, with light troughs on the top creates a more spacious look with a visually lengthened ceiling space.

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Fully utilizing every inch of the trapezoid-shaped living / dining room, Clifton cleverly transforms the “angled-area” into a semi-open study, which meets both aesthetic and functionality requirement. A white wall with glass panel on the top is added to partition the living room and the study, offering a tranquil private space for work, while creating a sense of permeability.

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Clifton created a contemporary semi-open kitchen, with sliding glass panels and doors to seal the kitchen off from the house when required, offering maximum versatility to the design. The spacious countertop serves dual-purpose, as a spacious worktop for food preparation, or by adding stylish bar stools, the space is easily transformed into a mini-bar to entertain friends with a drink or two. It also serves as a relaxed setting for a leisure Sunday brunch.

Location: One Robinson Place, 70 Robinson Road, Mid-level, Hong Kong
Floor Area: Approx. 1,353 sq. ft. (Gross)/ 1,140 sq. ft. (Net)
Style: Modern / contemporary / minimal
Classic white wall, a plain background to showcase the owner’s favorite paintings
Earth tone palette to evoke and warm and conformable ambience

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China plans to unleash smog-killing drones to zap its pollution

Archinect - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 16:07

China’s premier, Li Keqiang, announced a “war on pollution“—evidence that the highest levels of government have acknowledged that China’s smog and dirty air have reached a crisis point. And what better way to launch a war on pollution than with a fleet of smog-clearing drones?



Related: Seven ways residents in China are fighting pollution with their own inventions

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X Marks the Spot: Painted people in Washington, morality pills in Spain, and shark repellent wetsuits in Australia

TED Blog - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 15:44
What would happen if artists Art Wolfe and Liu Bolin stepped into the same room? It’s possible that the space around them would melt into paint. While Wolfe is best known for his documentary photography, charting locations from Madagascar to New Zealand, for his latest series — called The Human Canvas Project — Wolfe painted […]
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Tadao Ando to design first residential building in New York

Archinect - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 15:39

Tadao Ando has been commissioned by real-estate development firm Sumaida + Khurana to design an ultra-luxury condominium building in New York. This will be Ando's first building in New York.

Here's more detail about the upcoming project:

"New York-based luxury residential development firm Sumaida + Khurana have closed on a $21,000,000 deal to acquire a site at 152 Elizabeth Street in Nolita and announced plans to develop it into an approximately 32,000-square-foot, iconic, ultra luxury condominium building. The building will feature 8 units and will be located at the corner of Kenmare and Elizabeth Street. Construction is expected to begin later this year and the building will be completed in 2016. 

The developers have commissioned world-renowned, Japanese master architect Tadao Ando to design the project, it will be his first residential condominium project in New York. Ando is the only person to have won all four major international architecture prizes: the Pritzker Architecture Priz...

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From drab to fab, Jersey City's alluring architecture is making "Chilltown" hot

Archinect - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 15:36

As Jersey City has cast off its stigma as a back-office-and-apartment haven of cheap rents and cheaper-looking buildings, more and more professionals and families are calling “Chilltown” and “JC” home. They’re ditching the suburbs of their parents, but also the stratospheric prices and stuffy attitudes of Manhattan and, increasingly, Brooklyn. The so-called sixth borough has finally become a destination in its own right [...].



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Berlin Unlimited - CALL FOR IDEAS

Archinect - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 15:19
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Autodesk Foundation established to further support impact-design organizations

Archinect - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 15:16

Major 3D design software company Autodesk recently announced the launch of the Autodesk Foundation to further invest in influential individuals and non-profit organizations who use impactful design to find solutions for various pressing global issues. And to increase contribution to the Foundation's goals, Autodesk will encourage their more than 7,000 employees worldwide to volunteer with or donate to their organizations of choice.

Through the Impact Design Program, the Foundation will collaborate and provide select design-oriented non-profit groups with software, training, and funding to support the group's causes. Some of the Foundation's first grantees include initiatives like KickStart International, MASS Design Group, D-Rev, and the 20K House project from Auburn University's Rural Studio.

The Foundation will also incorporate Autodesk's Technology Impact program. Established during the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative, the Technology Impact program committed to donating $7.5 million...

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The Living and Surfacedesign Inc. give first lecture in 2014's Emerging Voices series

Archinect - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:46

Emerging Voices is an annual award given by the Architectural League. It is an invited portfolio competition, identifying eight firms in North America that are influencing the current condition of architecture, landscape design and built environments. To see a full list of this year’s award recipients, click here. The winners will present their work weekly in a lecture series hosted by the Architectural League of New York during the month of March. For more information about these events, click here.

The Emerging Voices lecture series kicked off last night with presentations by The Living (David Benjamin) and Surfacedesign Inc (Geoff di Girolamo, James Lord, and Roderick Wyllie). Despite the differences in the scope of work between both offices, the pairing offered complementary insights into alternative approaches to designing built environments. David Benjamin’s work is inspired by experimentation and synthetic biology, employing a cross-disciplinary approach to undertake responsiv...

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TCA Architects seeking Job Captain in Irvine, CA, US

Archinect - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:44

TCA specializes in design-driven planning and architecture for high density multi-family housing and mixed-use developments. Our offices in Los Angeles, Irvine, and Oakland, California are open environments in which Studio Directors and senior personnel interact directly with teams at all levels. Collaboration and cooperation are emphasized together with training, personal responsibility and professional growth. Excellence is pursued in every aspect of our work.

We are currently seeking a Job Captain for our Irvine, CA office. This successful candidate will be responsible for the design development and construction document preparation & team coordination on multi-family projects.

Job Duties:

  • Able to manage, coordinate, and direct a drafting staff
  • Assist Project Managers with project and client management
  • Assist Project Managers in monitoring and reporting project status (budget & schedule) to Studio Director.
  • Assist the Project Manager in maintaining client satisfaction.
  • Review, coordinat...
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See Artists Experiment with Compact Living in a Rotating Wheel

Archinect - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 12:38

The way it works is each loop, outside and in, is equipped with a bed, study, kitchen, bathroom, and little dresser, arranged so that when the wheel stops the matching item is available to each person at the same time. To switch over to a new activity, they both have to walk in tandem...



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What will sports look like in the future? How science + technology are changing the limits of the human body and the shape of competition

TED Blog - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:54
If you’ve ever seen grainy old sports footage—for example, a boxing match from the late 1800s, a Princeton/Yale game from 1903, or Babe Ruth’s famous home run from 1932—you probably noticed something: how different the game looks, compared to its modern counterpart. The equipment looks too clunky, the uniforms impossibly baggy. Even the bodies of […]
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Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Student Work" Pinterest Board

Archinect - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:11

In case you haven't checked out Archinect's Pinterest boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding student projects on various Archinect People profiles.

(Tip: use the handy FOLLOW feature to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)

Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board Student Work.

William S. Burroughs Foundation by Marco Scandroglio

Cultural Center in Embajadores, Madrid by Sara de Miguel

An Urban Brewery by William Brantley

Analogue Barcelona by Gianmaria Quarta

ACSA Museum of Steel by Joshua Reitz

Old City Public Library by Nikos Nasis

Housing Complex by Susan Bivone

DYO Houses - 8th Semester by Maria Mujica

Hydraulics by Gibrann Ruiz

(Cover pic: Kevalin by Royd Zhang)

 

Click here to see more "Ten Top Images on Archinect's Pinterest Boards" features.

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THE ECOLOGICAL COMMUNITY

Archinect - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 10:01
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Get Lectured: University of Michigan, Winter '14

Archinect - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 09:47

Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2014

Happy Friday! Archinect's Get Lectured is up and running again for the Winter/Spring '14 term! As a refresher from our Fall 2013 guide, every week we'll feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current season. If you're not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.

Since we've been receiving more submissions lately, we're gonna show off posters more often — and so you can see what events are happening in architecture schools right now!

Today's poster features the "Economics" events from the University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Previous lectures can also be viewed on Taubman College's Vimeo.

Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to connect@archinect.com.

Listed below are upcoming events only. Free and open to the public. Lectures will take place at 6:...

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Charter Citizen

Archinect - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 08:39

In October 2012, the Supreme Court of Honduras forced closure on a recent chapter of neoliberal expansionism, ruling against the constitutionality of autonomous cities within its borders... Nonetheless, what happened in Honduras provides a cautionary tale about the role we resign—of who we lose—when the citizen turns private.



In October 2012, the Supreme Court of Honduras forced closure on a recent chapter of neoliberal expansionism, ruling against the constitutionality of autonomous cities within its borders.

The ill-fated enterprise dates back to the 2009 TED conference, when liberal economist Paul Romer took the floor to pitch “charter cities,” built on the territory of host countries and subject to the market-friendly jurisdiction of credible guarantor nations. At the 2011 TED conference, Romer returned to announce that his initial speech had directly impacted the Honduran congress’s passage of a constitutional amendment and statute (Decree No. 123-2011), which enabled the creation of such cities in “Special Development Regions.”

Private interests soon followed, overseen by Milton Friedman’s grandson, Patri, and Michael Strong, cofounder of Conscious Capitalism, Inc. Their respective city models had more anarcho-capitalist and libertarian tilts than Romer’s. (Strong’s, for example, made third-party gua...

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Student Works: Tectonic Studio from Tsinghua University

Archinect - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 08:03

The “pop-up” shop has long been a steadfast option for small-scale enterprises to sell their wares, creating a flexible and relatively cheap venue for businesses. The challenge is to build space that is not only efficient, but mobile and expressive of that business’ personality. Students at Tsinghua University in Beijing were tasked with just that, designing and building three distinct pop-up storefronts on a tight budget, over the 8-week “Tectonic Studio”.

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Wolf D. Prix reflects on Raimund Abraham, as both friend and visionary

Archinect - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 08:02

Wolf D. Prix of Coop Himmelb(l)au gave the 4th annual Raimund Abraham memorial lecture last night at SCI-Arc, honoring Abraham with a congenial discussion of his friend and peer’s work. When Prix first started Coop Himmelb(l)au over 45 years ago, Abraham served as a strong influence, and the two developed a strong (if not somewhat combative) relationship as co-conspirators and fellow Austrians. Prix’s lecture reflected on a variety of Abraham’s work, alongside pieces from Günther Domenig, Hans Hollein, Walter Pilcher and others.

After Eric Owen Moss’s introduction, describing both Prix and Abraham as “those who lived on an island where no one else lived”, Wolf’s lecture focused on the lasting futurism of Abraham’s work and its continuing relevance in the context of a digital society. While so few of his designs were built, his drawings’ “were architecture -- why do we have to build these buildings if they’re already described so perfectly?”. Prix touched upon the concept of open syst...

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Last reminder! BRACKET [takes action] accepting submissions until March 10

Archinect - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 08:01

One last reminder that BRACKET's latest call for submissions, [takes action], is accepting submissions until midnight on Monday, March 10. Submit your entries here. If you've already submitted an entry, or plan to submit one soon, please note that you can continue editing your submission until the deadline. Just click on your name at the top of the submission system and select your submission to review and/or edit.

Bracket [takes action]

Our young century has already seen contested claims of design’s role in the public realm by George Baird, Lieven De Cauter, Markus Meissen, Jan Gehl, among others. Perhaps we could characterize these tensions as a ‘design deficit’, or a sense that design does not incite ‘action’, in the Arendtian sense. Amongst other things, this feeling is linked to the rise of neo-liberal pluralism, which marks the transition from public to publics, making a collective agenda in the public realm often illegible. Bracket [takes action] explores the complex relationsh...

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Ethiopian Insurance Corporation \ Söhne & Partner Architekten + BET architects

+mood - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 07:57

The competition entry with our local partners in Addis Ababa, BET architects, was rewarded with recognition.

Conceptually speaking – with structural metaphoric relationship – the Insurance Company embracing life and property of its customers is depicted as embracing nature by placing the tower and the podium in a natural landscape.

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The greened zones surrounding the building, flowing into and through the design, are inspired by the typical picturesque Ethiopian landscape. Like the multifarious vegetation on the countryside there are loads of different areas to be found in the garden. Kurtume River, which is running through the EIC building area, is also handled in harmony with the design concept. The lake in the huge yard, literally floating into the building complex, is not only a part of the outside- but also of the inside design.

The conjunction between the natural landscape and the modern, high-standard building is yet another sign of how those two things are able to work together.

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The main recognition mark of the whole building complex is the Office Tower. It is made of two parts leaning on each other, becoming one unit at the end. It shows the connection between the EIC and its customers, depending and relying on each other.

The tower is standing totally free, coming directly from the ground and reaching high up in the sky. That way the already massive tower increases its power.

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On the spacious plinth area of the tower a shopping and urban entertainment mall are located.

The free space between the two parts of the tower is filled with green zones, terraces, bridges and loads of planted areas. It’s another symbolic gesture of security, an image of a safe space provided from the Insurance Company for their customers.

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Instead of an antenna on top of the building the facades run together, forming a huge spire. Up there is a huge screen which is able to show moving pictures to be seen all over Addis Ababa.

The EIC headquarter is located right on top of the tower, just where the two parts meet – on the most powerful spot in the whole design.

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Besides the tower the design proposal also includes a modern shopping mall, an urban entertainment centre, an auditorium with several breakaway rooms and a multi purpose hall, which is included in the design but is able to function totally on its own.

A permanent external sun protection in included in the outside façade. This way the design helps to reduce the usage of air conditioning systems and ads to the buildings sustainability.

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