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claybismarc

The World’s Largest Wooden Structure

How about some world records and redevelopment all at the same time!  This giant timber parasol above the Plaza de la Encarnac­on in Seville is taking the cake for largest wooden structure in the WORLD! The crazy timber-construction provides an archaeological museum, a farmers market, an elevated plaza, multiple bars and restaurants underneath and inside the parasols, as well as a panorama terrace on the very top of the parasols. Basically a whole city under wood – it’s like a huge tree house city…

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6 years ago
amyloufaust

City Beautiful: Pop-Up Cities

This week’s City Beautiful starts from a post on BLDG Blog about a forthcoming book, Short Stories: London in Two-and-a-Half Dimensions. Authors CJ Lim and Ed Liu create a new genre of “architectural fiction” where fantastical environments built in paper are inspired by actual sites in London meshed with stories ranging from the Three Little Pigs to Alice in Wonderland. This and the other works below tell stories of what is most durable – our built environment – using fragile, ephemeral paper. As a…

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6 years ago
Inhabitat

Saint Petersburg Unveils Primorskiy Zoological Park with Geodesic Domes

Bruno Tanant and Jean Christophe Nani of TN Plus recently teamed up with Aldric Beckmann and Françoise N’Thépé of Beckmann N’Thépé to unveil a stunning new zoo for Saint Petersburg, Russia. The architects’ proposal moves the zoo outside of the town, creating a sprawling series of wildlife preserves that cover 300 hectares of land. Inspired by Pangea, the zoo was designed to represent a reunion of South East Asia, Africa, Australia, South America, North America and Eurasia.

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6 years ago
randydeutsch

The (Questionable) Importance of Rubbing Shoulders with Famous Folks as a Young Architect

A couple things I came across in the mail last week got me thinking about my start as an architect and whether there’€™s any real, lasting importance with rubbing shoulders with famous folks. And whether the way we go about rubbing shoulders today, however different from the past, changes anything. We could talk about what it means to be an architect today vs. 30 years ago, or wherein power in the industry resides. But at a time when the term “starchitects” has anything but positive connotations, what…

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6 years ago
the technology of sustainable design

Where Computation Design Meets Energy Efficiency

as architecture evolves into the post-bilbao economy, form can no longer justify itself. the argument that dynamic form will act as a catalyst for a regional growth has been disproven by years of an atrophying tourist market and crippled by diminished construction budgets. the current climate has legions of young architects struggling to find a raison d’être for the complex curves and intricate surfaces they have been trained to produce. websites like grasshopper3d and suckerPUNCH feature parades of exercises in technique, but proposals that are completely divorced from our current condition. the few designs that do reference ideas of sustainability, economy, or performance typically seem to be a post-rationalization of a design technique, rather than a rigorous investigation of how form could become a performative element.

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6 years ago
He Who Wins

Container Guest House We Covet

Located in San Antonio, Texas, award winning firm Poteet Architects has just finished this very unique container guest house. The 320-sq foot room sits on a foundation of recycled telephone poles and offers all the comforts required of a pleasant night stay. Full information about the project is available at Arch Daily. More pics after the jump…

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6 years ago
bookjunkie 6 years ago
benccollier

The Architects Cameron Sinclair Would Put in a Humanity Hall of Fame

A good conversation was posted recently by Daniel Fromson of The Atlantic with Cameron Sinclair, CEO of Architecture for Humanity €œbringing design, construction and development services where they are most critically needed a full piece and Sinclair’s TED talk on €œOpen-source architecture to house the world€ are below….

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6 years ago
Inhabitat

Shiny Serpentine Jeongok Prehistory Museum in Korea Now Complete

The new museum is located at the Paleolithic site in the Jeongok district, where the first Acheulian handaxe was discovered in East Asia. The new museum is located at the Paleolithic site in the Jeongok district, where the first Acheulian handaxe was discovered in East Asia. Even though it seems like a space-ship, the museum’s design largely references early man and his connection to the land and the nearby river. The tubular, stainless steel building burrows into the ground and a pattern of perforations on the exterior mimics the skin texture of snakes, while the shiny exterior is designed to reflect back the surroundings. At night light shines out through the perforations.

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6 years ago
Chloe Louise

Planning A Worthy Kitchen

Here is a minimalist modern kitchen design, worthy of the hours (days) of prep these recipes require. Cooking must haves: huge prep spaces, gas burners, ample natural lighting, and seamless polished floors for easy clean-up! Trendir is an amazing site with well designed interior/exterior spaces and unique twists on everyday objects with practical functions.

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6 years ago