About Studio Arthur Casas
From the object to the landscape, inside out, the creative process of Studio Arthur Casas is intimately connected to a horizontal scale, where the main concern is the dialogue in the conception of programs that can be as diverse as a chair or an entire neighborhood, influenced by a spirit both modernist and contemporary that is Brazilian but also cosmopolitan.
The team of designers, architects and urbanists works from São Paulo and NY, and has built in several cities worldwide such as Tokyo, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, NY and São Paulo, creating a vocabulary that is recognized and published internationally.
Visit the Website: http://www.arthurcasas.com
Why an Architecture Fringe?
- to support new work and emerging practice in architecture in Scotland
- to develop a friendly but critical community of voices to connect, support and challenge each other
- to offer a platform to encourage a wider conversation about architecture and design in Scotland in a contemporary socio-political context
- to engage internationally with other people and organisations
We hope you'll join us!
The forthcoming Architecture Fringe will take place in June 2018. Click here to find out how to get involved.
Initiated by a group of architects, designers, photographers, engineers, visual artists, curators and musicians the Architecture Fringe is an independent contributor-led series of projects and events across the arts which explores architecture and its impact.
The very first Architecture Fringe opened on Friday 1st July 2016. The 2017 programme hosted work from around 260 contributors over 50 projects in 37 venues. Over the two years the programme has included new artistic work, events, exhibitions, talks, environmental installations, community self-builds and a summer school.
Visit the Website: http://architecturefringe.com
Collective Architecture won a limited competition to redevelop a Category B' listed library in Bridgeton, Glasgow for The Glasgow Women’s Library. The library, built in 1903, is one of seven “Carnegie” libraries donated to the city. A local landmark, the building is grand in appearance with feature bays, intricate ornamentation and beautifully carved statues.
Glasgow Women’s Library provides a major resource for the City of Glasgow, Scotland and beyond. Their reputation extends nationally with a growing membership and volunteer team. The archive collection has steadily expanded, with items on display for public view and has gained growing importance through its accredited museum status. The library, refurbished for the Glasgow Women’s Library, now caters for an organisation with a national reputation, and provides accommodation which is capable of hosting major events, screenings, talks, exhibitions, as well as offering support services for people across Glasgow.
Throughout the design process, key stakeholder, client and community engagement workshops were crucial to the successful delivery of the project. Collective Architecture worked closely with the Glasgow Women's Library to develop informal reading spaces and an open plan mezzanine area, with new lift access, within the former Main Reading Room. The Reading Room is located above a new ground floor cafe and kitchen and a space for exhibitions. A major requirement was for a new strong room archive, designed over two levels at the rear of the gallery. This houses the permanent collections, as well as special pieces of display which required to be climatically controlled to ensure their survival.
Located to the gable fronting James Street, a new stand alone lift shaft provides accessibility to the existing first floor for all. This has been designed as a feature art work, with CNC cut cladding incorporating significant book titles which were chosen by the Glasgow Women’s Library Board Members. The Glasgow Women’s Library was project managed by Clyde Gateway, who are responsible for the wider redevelopment of Bridgeton, where the library is situated. hub West Scotland were involved in the successful delivery of the project.
The building was officially opened to the public on 7th November 2015 by the Rt. Hon. Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland, who described The Glasgow Women’s Library as ‘truly a national treasure’. In addition, on the 14th of December 2015 The Glasgow Women’s Library were awarded the title of ‘Recognised Collections of National Significance’ status by Museum Galleries Scotland, joining Scotland’s elite list of must see museum collections. The title covers the entire collection of museum and archive holdings and further cements Glasgow Women’s Library’s status as the only accredited museum dedicated to women’s history in the whole of the UK.
Visit the Website: http://www.collectivearchitecture.com
Skywalk - Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Kolkata is the city which is home to some of the most revered places of worship of Hinduism, the seat of divine female power, Shakti, the “Dakshineswar Kali temple”. Located on the banks of Ganges at the northern tip of the metropolis, this place of worship was originally built by Rani Rashmoni.
Today, Dakshineswar continues to draw huge numbers of devotees all around the year and is one of the most visited places of worship in Kolkata.In the earlier days, visiting by boat was one of the most preferred ways to reach the temple, and by road being the second. The approach road to the temple, that was once predominantly pedestrian, now has to cater to a growing vehicular traffic of private cars, taxis, two wheelers and goods vehicles. Increased footfalls over the years has brought in a lot of shops and kiosks catering to the visitors, offering Prasad, Pooja material, embellishments for the deity and assorted food, sweets, snacks and tea stalls. Finding no other space to occupy, they built over the footpath, pushing pedestrians to the road, jostling for space with rickshaws, cars and goods vehicles. Further, the approach road is extremely slow moving and congested during regular days and a logistics nightmare on festive days.
The Journey Of Success
In the year 1995, 3 young architecture graduates from IIT Kharagpur started an architectural practice called Tevatia Chauhan & Sharma Architects. The practice specialized and excelled in developing individual family homes. In 2003, the practice was rechristened as Design Forum International (DFI), with a clear intent to foster an egalitarian organizational ethos where distinctive architectural talent finds self-expression and can contribute in a democratic and collaborative work environment. The practice has since grown from strength to strength and is currently marching ahead with a vibrant team of over 100 professionals; each pursuing a distinctive value based architectural spirit that DFI imbues. DFI executes each piece of work undertaken with a deep sense of optimism, excellence and integrity, keeping in mind that each project is a legacy for our future generations. While DFI plays its role as an agent of change, its efforts are rooted in the principles of responsiveness to local context and sustainable architecture. DFIs prime objective is to achieve excellence in design, perfectly in balance to both time and cost. Our team is committed to emphasize communication and design for the people and environment. Having won many accolades for our works, DFI has emerged as an institution which attracts great design minds; who love to thrive in a professionally charged environment focusing on every detail and exploring new design methodology for every project.
DFI Portfolio Mixed-use and Retail : 8 Million sq ft Group Housing : 51 8 Million sq ft Townships : 2100 Acres Offices and IT Parks : 6 8 Million sq ft
Our Habitats shape and influence our lives profoundly and, therefore, as custodians of the Built Environment where much intervention is necessitated in the name of Capacity upgradation, we feel the need to emphasize inclusion of contextuality and conservation in our thoughts and designs.
If words were a repository of thoughts and ideas then DFIs current thought process is captured thus:
To play-IN into the continuum as opposed to playing OUT an egoistic expression of Disruptivism.
To embellish with thoughtful contemporary interventions echoing the aspirations of our times while discarding architectural vestiges.
To animate with meaningful newness; combining the use of a problem-solving approach with sensitive and delightful Urban Artistry.
To be reverend to the substantive context; both Immediate and Cosmic.
To pursue a practice of Architecture with a Conscience; A Karmic Architecture. that belongs to its PEOPLE and its PLACE.
Visit the Website: http://www.designforuminternational.com
Spaces Architects@ka, an international award winning architectural firm, established with a vision of creating sensible, functional spaces enhanced by the intangible sense of emotion, power and playfulness. This results in architecture that can be extraordinarily responding to the unique needs throughout the design process, is just as much an architect’s mission as shaping aesthetically inspired built environment through communication.
Our work is known for its design quality, imagination and originality. Each project offers an opportunity to pursue new solutions to complex building problems. Our motto is to design, detail and enjoy working in responsive to our client’s need in very honest, efficient and professional manner. We believe that our works follow a unique style based on our ideology and perspective towards the design requirement.
Highly committed in use of computer technology, we offer full scope of design, planning and project management services with our young motivated team. We firmly believe that good design maximizes the value of your investment in the project. Over the years, we have had considerable experience in putting together surprisingly affordable interior.
Implementing a project requires substantial commitment in time, money and resources. It also involves a large team of architects, consultants, suppliers, contractors, sub-contractors & laborers. Our role is to co-ordinate with all these people and to ensure everything to move as smoothly as possible.
We practice tight documentation to minimize variations during construction and ensures contracts and specifications are clear and accurate to provide enough information and incentives for the contractor to complete the work on time and on budget. The firm in past years has executed more than 100 projects ranging from furniture to corporate buildings with numerous publications.
Visit the Website: https://www.spacesarchitects-ka.com
Morphogenesis was founded in 1996 by Manit and Sonali Rastogi with a shared vision of defining a new emergent Indian architecture. Over the past 2 decades, the firm has evolved into a vibrant cross-disciplinary team comprised of Architects, Interior Designers, Landscape Architects, Urban Designers, 3D Visualizers and Researchers, with diverse backgrounds and specializations from universities the world over. With offices in Delhi and Bangalore, our work spans across India, SAARC Countries and South Africa. We aspire to take Brand India global.
Visit the Website: http://www.morphogenesis.org
Check out what clients say:
"Creative, diligent, approachable, patient...are all terms which embody our incredibly positive experience of working with OB Architecture over two years on the renovation and extension of our 1926 home. It took a year and 3 false starts with other architects before we met James, Olly and the team."
"They listened carefully to our requirements and while working within New Forest planning constraints evolved a contemporary design which efficiently meets our needs. OB were also excellent during the construction phase as we worked through day to day challenges of realising the project.
"Having just finished the construction we're now enjoying a transformed modern open plan family home which is both practical and provides visitors with various 'lasting' moments such as a double height glazed entrance, gallery walk way and vaulted master bedroom. I thank the OB team for having that vision."
Visit the Website: http://obarchitecture.co.uk
Allies and Morrison is an architecture and urban planning practice based in London and Cambridge. Since our founding in 1984, we have developed a reputation for well-crafted buildings and thoughtful place making.
We have completed projects throughout the UK and overseas, and are currently working on projects in the Middle East and in North America.
The work of the practice ranges from architecture, interior design and conservation to planning, consultation and research.
41 of our completed projects have won a RIBA Award and we have twice been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize – for the revitalisation of the Royal Festival Hall in 2008 and for New Court Rothschilds Bank in collaboration with OMA in 2012.
In 2015, we were awarded the AJ120 Practice of the Year.
Visit the Website: http://www.alliesandmorrison.com
At DJ+DS we use our innovations in architecture, design, and real estate development to attack the root causes of mass incarceration which we believe to be poverty, racism, lack of access to resources and the criminal justice system itself.
Therefore, with our non-profit, government and community partners, we counter the societal inequities evident in the dominant architectural models of courthouses and prisons by co-creating new prototypes such as peacemaking centers, mobile villages and housing for foster age youth.
Together, we harness the power of the built environment to create triple-bottom-line equity, and support the success and expansion of restorative justice, education, and workforce development programs.
Visit the Website: http://designingjustice.org
DOMO ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN - Proposal for "trump's mexican wall" to be built from 750,000 containers.
DOMO ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN has put forward the idea of "Trump's Mexican Wall" to be constructed from 750,000 containers as a 'people' and 'eco' friendly solution to the controversial plan by the US President.
Francisco Llado and Robert Moehring of Domo Architecture and Design don’t believe their work is political either, as they design a 2,000 mile long wall along the Mexican border, to be built out of shipping containers. They told the website Real Deal:
“This is an eco-friendly, sustainable solution,” principal Francisco Llado said. It would require 750,000 recycled shipping containers, which could be donated, he said….“There are other ways to build a border that is friendly and open instead of building a concrete wall,” Moering added.
They are also quoted in a recent post in Politico, where they describe the wall as having eco-friendly features like solar panels and even micro-housing, again stressing that their work is not political.
About the Firm:
DOMO ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN is a full service boutique design firm with offices in Miami and Europe. Our guiding vision is the pursuit of beauty through means of simplicity.
DOMO’s design is timeless, minimal, sincere, and pure, yet stimulating to all the senses and guided by nature.
Our ultimate goal is to improve quality of life and human behavior through means of design. Our intent is to create landmark architecture that is highly sensitive and responsive to its context and climate while establishing a perfect equilibrium of design, sustainability, and economic viability. Check out some of their other projects below>
Visit the Website: http://www.domodesignstudio.com
How can we design kinetic, living architecture that engages with visitors during extended interactions and enhances human experience in an immersive environment?
How do humans respond to these evolving interactions, in a process of mutual adaptation?
Can architecture integrate living functions? Could future buildings think, and care? The Living Architecture Systems Group brings together researchers and industry partners in a multidisciplinary research cluster dedicated to developing built environments with qualities that come close to life— environments that can move, respond, and learn, with metabolisms that can exchange and renew their environments, and which are adaptive and empathic towards their inhabitants. Supported by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funding and contributions from numerous partners, LAS is focused on developing innovative technologies, new critical aesthetics, and integrative design working methods, helping equip a new generation of designers with critical next-generation skills and critical perspectives for working with complex environments.
The research of LAS has the potential to change how we build by transforming the physical structures that support buildings and the technical systems that control them. Intelligent controls, machine learning, lightweight scaffolds, kinetic mechanisms, and self-renewing synthetic biology systems are being integrated in prototypes, exploring how these different systems might be fully integrated into new generations of buildings. Specializations are in advanced structures, mechanisms, control systems, machine learning, human-machine interaction, synthetic biology, and psychological testing. The combined expertise of the group offers unique integrated design, prototyping and public demonstration facilities.
The partnership is structured by six discipline streams: Scaffold led by Philip Beesley (Waterloo Architecture), Synthetic Cognition led by Dana Kulic (Electronic and Computer Engineering, Waterloo), Metabolism led by Rachel Armstrong (Architecture, Newcastle) Human Experience led by Colin Ellard (Psychology, Waterloo) Interdisciplinary Methods led by Rob Gorbet (Knowledge Integration, Waterloo), and Theory led by Sarah Bonnemaison (Architecture, Dalhousie).
Visit the Website: http://livingarchitecturesystems.com
<>GERMANY WEEK<> Barkow LEIBEIGNER - A discursive research-based approach to architecture and design.
Barkow Leibinger is an American/German architectural practice based in Berlin and New York, founded in 1993 by Frank Barkow and Regine Leibinger.
Their discursive research-based approach to architecture and design allows Barkow Leibinger’s work to respond to advancing knowledge and technology, locating the practice as an international leader in digital and analogue fabrication techniques. This know-how expands to include new materials and their applications in driving the practice forward, a continuously evolving activity. The office’s focus revolves around a commitment to academic teaching, research and the practice itself — each are autonomous work areas, which simultaneously inform one another. This approach manifests distinctly in each project through the interrelationships within client-architect dialogue, location, aesthetics, and purpose.
Barkow Leibinger’s work is realized over a wide range of scales and building types including building for workplace (industry, office, and master planning), cultural, housing, event spaces, as well as exhibitions and installations in the public realm internationally. Recently completed buildings include the Trumpf Smart Factory in Chicago, the Fellows Pavilion for the American Academy in Berlin, the HAWE Factory Kaufbeuren and the Tour Total office high-rise in Berlin.
Their work was included in the Serpentine Summer House program 2016 in London and will be shown in the 2nd Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017. It was also shown in the 4th Marrakech Biennale, the 14th and the 11th Architecture Biennale, Venice, and is housed in the permanent collections of MoMA, New York, and the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt. They have won four National AIA Honor Awards for Architecture and a Global Holcim Innovation Award for sustainability as well as various German architecture awards.
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Our client is planning the construction of a nationwide unique wellness & spa hotel resort in the middle of a forest. The task was to show the specificity of this project and to create images as photorealistic as possible. Our team has given everything and created a unique set of pictures. Images that give the impression that the idea is already reality.
Lichtecht welcomes you to virtual reality
Since 2001, we have impressed customers and competitors with high-end visualizations of planned building projects throughout Europe. The breadth of our task ranges from the building of a family home to the complexity of large-scale projects. For the marketing of these projects, presentations of inside and outside spaces are essential, and we provide many well-known clients with breathtaking single images and impressive films. Our experienced team of architects and designers will implement your specifications so that the result can hardly be distinguished fom a photo.
Visit the Website: http://www.lichtecht.de
Box seat in the heart of the city
With converted bunkers, we are creating new and attractive living space in the midst of popular and well-developed neighborhoods.
Peacetime for Bunkers
Bunkers are buildings with a special history. We see our work as an opportunity to transform the former shelters in a peace-loving way and to integrate them into the existing structures of residential areas. And so that both residents and neighbors feel comfortable with the redesigned buildings.
Architecture for individualists
We realize architecture that is appealing, distinctive and equipped with modern comfort, both inside and out. We core the bunkers completely. In this way, bright, modern buildings with a lot of room for maneuver are created for people who would like to live in the middle of it all and at the same time want to be unique.
Visit the Website: http://www.bunkerwohnen.de
Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, Amager Resource Center in Copenhagen is a new breed of waste-to-energy plant, transforming an industrial utility into an awe-inspiring public space complete with a ski slope.
Touted as the cleanest waste-to-energy plant in the world, the 241-square-metre centre will provide 97 percent of homes with heating, and reduce sulphur dioxide emissions by 99.5 percent and nitrous oxide by 90 percent compared with the plant it will replace. And the minimal emissions it does produce will form something of a public service announcement on air pollution: its smokestack will emit five smoke rings for every tonne of CO2 output.
Amager is part of Copenhagen’s plan to become the world’s first zero-carbon city by 2025.
Visit the Website: https://www.a-r-c.dk
Folie Divine is the first of two ‘folies’ planned by the City of Montpellier on its brownfield sites, as a continuation of a history dating back to the eighteenth century, when local aristocrats and the bourgeoise commissioned architects to build spectacular grand mansions in garden settings, such as the castles of Flaugergues, de la Mogère and de la Mosson. However in French and English gardens, the idea of Folie has a longer history in which a playful structure with no practical purpose would be placed within a garden or landscape to elicit pleasure, luxury and wealth. As an idea, the Folie therefore plays with this leap beyond mere practicality.
FMA’s proposal for Folie Divine is based upon the understanding that the City of Montpellier, by setting the Folie as the brief for a residential building, was asking how the Folie's playful character could be used as a critical tool to generate a new possibility for the architecture of housing.
The site is located on Îlot M2 within Les Jardins de la Lironde- an urban development area on Montpellier’s periphery, master-planned by Christian de Portzamparc. To the west, it borders a river and residential neighbourhoods to its north, east and west. The site therefore enjoys tranquillity as well as a pleasant Mediterranean climate.
Architecture: Luxury as choice
The architecture of Folie Divine defies the typical notion of residential luxury as synonymous with the use of expensive materials. Instead, it redefines luxury in three ways: a variety of spatial choices beyond bedroom count to compliment one’s unique lifestyle, the flexibility to modify one’s home as and when required, and finally the freedom to enjoy both interior and exterior spaces of the home in utmost privacy.
The initial brief requested five different apartment types. Folie Divine, through its unique assembly of floor plates, balconies and structure, provides its residents with 36 apartment types.
Massing: Environmental sustainability
The building is designed as a 9-storey tower (the maximum height permitted by the masterplan for the area)in order to achieve a compact footprint and provide the apartments with views of the sea as well as the city centre in the distance. Its compact footprint also allows the rest of the site to be used for a garden, giving the building a Folie like setting and creating corner apartments which benefit from two aspects and cross natural ventilation. The massing of the building therefore increases sustainability through reduced land occupation.
Balconies: Privacy, Indoor-Outdoor living, Choice, Environmental sustainability
To enable indoor-outdoor living, all apartments are designed with curvilinear balconies that taper at each end to obviate the need for balcony dividing walls between neighbours, which typically obstruct lateral views out of balconies. To avoid overlapping views between neighbours, the curvilinear balconies are strategically located with respect to one another, so that each balcony enjoys 180 degree views out but never into the neighbouring balcony. In addition, four different floor configurations are used, each with differing balcony locations stacked in alternating order to ensure that neighbouring balconies are two levels apart from each other. This minimises downward views from one neighbour to another and creates the choice of two balcony types throughout the building: a single height balcony, shaded by the level above and designed with exterior curtains for additional privacy and wind protection, and, a double height balcony which benefits from maximum sun exposure and provides the possibility of maintaining taller house plants.
To reinforce privacy in the balconies, the handrails are designed with double points of support, arranged along two parallel lines and offset from one another. The double points of support, compared to a single support at double the width, provides the views out of the balconies with greater transparency and minimizes views in from the exterior, as the double points of support generate a moiré like pattern when viewed at an oblique. The unusual degree of privacy and choice created by the shape and location of balconies, as well as their moiré handrails and exterior curtains, will promote indoor-outdoor living. Since the balconies are almost as private as interior spaces, they can be used as an extension of them. For instance, a resident has requested his balcony structure to be reinforced to install a jacuzzi.
Structure and Building Materiality: User Empowerment
To provide residents with the option of apartment subdivision following their unique lifestyles, the structure of the building is located along the vertical core, the façade and the party wall between neighbouring apartments. The apartments are therefore free of a load-bearing structure and empower residents to reconfigure their interiors at their own pace as and when their requirements change. Initial owners have already customised their internal wall placements, and each apartment has consequently acquired a unique layout. Two apartments were also purchased by one family and combined into a single home.
To minimise the need for building maintenance over time and the associated costs that could burden residents, the building envelope is clad in corrugated anodized aluminium metal panelling and glass, whilst hardwood flooring is used for the balconies.
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"Utopia, extropia, atopia, utopies réalisables, dystopia, and more … I need them all, a place and a non-place … I encounter the possible impossibilities every night in my dreams, the best possible scenarios and nightmares, as well—necessary states … But I also wake up, at least I hope so sometimes … Utopian dreams drive us towards the impossible. Jules Verne commented that “all that is impossible remains to be achieved.” If we don’t set our aims high, how do we expect to move forward? … Utopia needs to include everyone and everything, and we all need the courage to dream, to share the responsibility of not only one, but many possible futures. The arts, as with any other discipline, can play a role in this, within a network of correlations and interrelated ecosystems of where I, you, we live. Once we wish for something, everything else can be achieved. The problem lies in stimulating these wishes. Many ideas are in a latent state, needing to be translated, interpreted … but nothing is more real than our engagement in a dialogue.."
Tomás Saraceno’s (b.1973, Argentina) oeuvre could be seen as an ongoing research, informed by the worlds of art, architecture, natural sciences, astrophysics and engineering; his floating sculptures, community projects and interactive installations propose and explore new, sustainable ways of inhabiting and sensing the environment. Aerocene, an open-source community project for artistic and scientific exploration initiated from Saraceno’s vision, becomes buoyant only by the heat of the Sun and infrared radiation from the surface of Earth.
In 2015, Saraceno achieved the world record for the first and longest certified fully-solar manned flight. During the past decade, he has initiated collaborations with renowned scientific institutions, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Max Planck Institute, the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, and the Natural History Museum London.
He was the first person to scan, reconstruct and reimagine spiders’ weaved spatial habitats, and possesses the only three-dimensional spider web collection to existence. Saraceno lectures in institutions worldwide, and directed the Institute of Architecture-related Art (IAK) at Braunschweig University of Technology, Germany (2014–2016). He has held residencies at Centre National d’Études Spatiales (2014–2015), MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (2012–ongoing) and Atelier Calder (2010), among others. In 2009, Saraceno attended the International Space Studies Program at NASA Ames. The same year he presented a major installation at the 53rd Venice Biennale, and was later awarded the prestigious Calder Prize. His work has been widely exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions such as Aerocene, at Solutions COP21, Grand Palais, Paris; Arachnid Orchestra. Jam Sessions, at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore; Becoming Aerosolar, at 21er Haus, Belvedere, Vienna (all 2015); In orbit, at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein- Westfalen K21, Düsseldorf (2013–ongoing); On the Roof: Cloud City, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2012); Cloud Cities, at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2011–12), amongst others. Saraceno’s work is included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; SFMOMA, San Francisco; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin; among others. Saraceno lives and works in and beyond the planet Earth.
Visit the Website: http://tomassaraceno.com
Letters to the Mayor - bringing innovative ideas and visions of the city closer to the decision-makers, and vice versa.
ABOUT LETTERS TO THE MAYOR
Letters to the Mayor is an itinerant exhibition that displays real letters written by architects to their city mayors. Initiated by Storefront for Art and Architecture in 2014, the project has traveled to more than 15 cities across the globe, including Bogota, Mexico City, Athens, Panama City, Taipei, Mariupol, Madrid, Lisbon, and Buenos Aires, among others.
Letters to the Mayor invites 100 architects in each city to write a letter to their mayor as a means of bringing innovative ideas and visions of the city closer to the decision-makers, and vice versa.
Throughout history, architects have engaged with this responsibility and the structures of economic, political, and cultural power in different ways and with varying degrees of success. With the rise of globalization and the homogenization of the contemporary city, the role of the architect in the political arena has often been relegated to answering questions that others have asked.
Letters to the Mayor questions this dynamic, and invites local and global architects to deliver their thoughts directly to the desks of elected officials, and simultaneously into the public consciousness.
Visit the Website: http://storefrontnews.org/programming/letters-to-the-mayor
Vito Acconci is an American artist and architect. Best known for his provocative and often radical art-making practices. Acconci has been a vital presence in contemporary art since the late 1960s; his confrontational and ultimately political works have evolved from writing through conceptual art, bodyworks, performance, film, video, multimedia installation and architectural sculpture. In the mid 1980s, Acconci began creating experimental architecture, design, and public sculpture. In 1988, he set up Acconci Studio, an architectural practice that executes public commissions around the world.
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The project is located in the UNESCO protected site Casco Viejo, Panama City. the 16,000 square meter program includes : 159 rooms, Restaurants, open plaza, rooftop bar, spa, pool, gym, Conference rooms and a ballroom; all within a defined architectural language regulated by the Panamanian Heritage Foundation.
The building is placed between land and water, having 40% of the structure supported on by micropiles in the Panama Bay.
This element has made the studio give direct responses in material use and solutions for weather related events safety response. This project was assigned to the studio all the way to construction completion, being the operator a sole investor, in which case the firm has also provided operational advise and budget revision, along for the design development.
About the Company:
MAC10 STUDIO is a Panamanian company dedicated to Architecture, Design and Consulting. Founded by Aixa Caldera & Marco Celis, MAC10 focuses on commercial, residential, hospitality and public projects in the Private and Government sectors.
Our team of Architects guarantees a fast and accurate response to the needs and ideas of our clients.
Philosophy: The MAC10 STUDIO’s approach always starts from conceptualizing and effectively materializing solutions to the needs and ideas of our clients, through a consonant, planned and objective design process, using powerful digital tools and modern practices and theories. All designs are developed in a collaborative environment, maintaining a balance between functionality, aesthetics, innovation, sustainability and culture. A group of architects and collaborators with different backgrounds guarantee the satisfaction of our clients and the viability of the projects. Regardless of the size of the work, all projects are welcome and approached with the same energy and commitment.
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DANIEL POUZET - projects or subjects familiar with a real desire to tackle new issues previously unexplored.
After studying in Paris and Bucarest and receiving his diploma as an architect from UP4 (former Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’architecture) - in Paris - and from Ion Mincu - in Bucarest, Daniel Pouzet has taken advantage of his many professional experiences throughout the world by constantly developing his architectural projects towards new creative fields. Always in a search of finding a contextual response to projects, creative visions are constantly being utilized to further new experiences and new areas of expression. Learning from each project has contributed to Daniel’s professional development. As a world citizen, his sensitivity enables him to be open to any project.
1997 to 2002 - After graduating and receiving his degree an architect, working with Philippe Starck has been a major turning-point in his career, introducing him to the notion of interior architecture. This collaboration contributed to several hotel projects all around the world such as - Sanderson and St Martin's Laine in London, Hudson Hotel in New York - as well as luxury yacht 'Wedge Too' (75m) in Amsterdam.
2002 to 2008 - The relationship with Jean-Marie Massaud has enabled Daniel to pursue and carry out architectural projects to other fields with the same spirit of openness as when developing interior or event architectural projects. From this collaboration, the iconic Omnilife stadium in Guadalajara, inaugurated in 2011, has emerged. Other projects - Dedon Island Hotel in Siarego, the Philippines, the artistic direction of Lancôme "Flagship" boutiques - Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo, artistic direction of Renault's showrooms in the world - Paris, Frankfurt, Geneva, Tokyo and Villa "Glick" in Nantucket, USA. Will follow, showrooms such as "The Modern Object" in Colombus, Ohio and the "Time &"; "Style" in Tokyo, or hotel projects such as "Lala Takerkoust" in Morocco, "Mama Shelter" in Palm Desert, USA, "Life Reef" Condominium Tower or "Hotel Mahn" in Mexico.
2008 to 2010 - Partnership with Atelier Charlotte Perelman, resulted in several restaurant projects : Restaurants Tanouki, and Gravy in New York; as well as uncompleted hotel projects such as the Hôtel de La Poste in Paris and hotels in Panama and in Montreal.
2008 to 2011 - A family world tour trip with his wife and three children in a camper van. A 3 year experience combining itinerant architect projects, children education and distant learning, discovering nature and foreign cultures. 3 extraordinary years on the road from Alaska to Patagonia.
Back to "normal" life will be highly influential in creative terms Finally, feeling released from all kinds of barriers within different artistic fields, there has been a diversification into new creative fields. Seeking a new beginning in life with inspiration and a desire to participate in some of the endless possibilities offered by partnerships and craftsmen all over the world. He naturally focuses on projects or subjects familiar because of prior experience with a real desire to tackle new issues previously unexplored.
In this change, meeting Booby Dekeyser and Dedon has been monumental. The first products designed for Dedon, the "New Rest" and the "Swing Rest" became quickly recognized as outdoor furniture icons. Followed shortly by Dedon Island Hotel and the humanitarian project, The Compostela community in Cebu, as well as "La Vie est belle", the brand new outdoor Bed, a true living space.
2014 - Publication of "Del Volcan Al Horizante", a book published in Mexico about his life throughout his work and travelling around the world.
Since 2015 Daniel joined the vegetal universe of Sage Vertical Systems, In Chicago, USA. Out of the Sage vertical garden systems, the strategic vision of Nicolae Halmaghi and Daniel's creativity, will appear "Sagegreeglife", a new company which develops projects incorporating nature in every indoor living space. The first two showrooms are quite successful. At the 2015 "Chicago International Home + Houseware Show" they received the "Global Innovation Award" for "Design excellence" for the "Fireflies Dome" project, and at the 2016 "New York Now Show", the "IDFA Best in Show for Lightening" for the "Ambienta" lamp.
Today, the Atelier Pouzet structure enables Daniel to develop projects as broad ranging as architecture, interior design and architecture - furniture and products, installation art, graphic design, illustration, projects for children and humanitarian work all around the world.
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Location: Dubai , Nad Al Sheba 4
Dates: 2008 - 2015
GFA: 6,250 m²
Architecture Team: Hannes Werner | Dominic Wanders | Florian Mueller
3D Visualization: Russel Octavo
Photography: Torsten Seidel, Wisam Allami
The office of WANDERS WERNER FALASI ( WWFCA ) was founded in 2008 by Hannes Werner and his partners Dominic Wanders and Mansoor Al Falasi. It offers outstanding architectural and engineering design services on international level, and is growing solid on the base of its exceptional modern design projects.
Hannes Werner is in the region since 2004 and is well known in Dubai for his excellent skills in architectural and interior design concepts. Since 2012 he is teaching periodically at the American University of Sharjah in the College of Art, Architecture and Design - CAAD.
The current projects of the practice varies from corporate offices and showrooms, highly specialized functional telecommunications and technology buildings (data center, logistic center), public structures (football stadium), religious and social projects (mosque, culture center) to healthcare projects and spectacular high-end residential projects. All projects are based on modern concepts and innovative space designs and where commissioned directly based on recommendations..
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Carlo Ratti Associati uses 30,000 pralines to build an Artificial Intelligence-run chocolate pavilion.
CRA uses 30,000 pralines to build an Artificial Intelligence-run pavilion for high-end chocolate manufacturer Venchi – to premiere at FICO, Eataly’s forthcoming food park in Italy.
International design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) has designed an edible pavilion made of pralines, for chocolate producer Venchi. The project will be part of the new Venchi area within FICO Eataly World, the theme park dedicated to Italian food culture opening next month in the city of Bologna, in northern Italy. Inside the pavilion, CRA has also developed a number of chocolate-related “experiences”, including the use of artificial intelligence to measure one’s reactions and feelings when eating sweets.
THE EDIBLE WALL
The external walls of the pavilion are made up of more than 30 thousand pralines of different varieties, spread over a 8-meter-long (26-foot), 3.5-meter-high (11.5-foot) surface. Each chocolate candy can be picked by visitors, making the vertical element of the pavilion entirely edible. From afar, the pralines are
arranged in a mosaic that makes them look like a giant chocolate tablet, which has been dubbed the largest chocolate arrangement in the world.
“I never liked the fact that exhibitions require the use of large amounts of construction materials that then end up in landfills after just a few months”, comments Carlo Ratti, founding partner of CRA and director of the Senseable City Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: “In this project we thought: what if the pavilion could be dismantled by simply eating it? We also liked the reference to the timeless fairytale of Hansel and Gretel. The construction process, however, proved to be more challenging than we initially thought – as some building parts were eaten up on site during the installation…”
WHAT HAPPENS INSIDE THE PAVILION
The inside of the pavilion is also focused on chocolate, and it explores the effects of chocolate on humans. After entering through the chocolate wall, visitors can engage in a digitally-augmented tasting experience. Each of them is invited to sit inside a booth and try different Venchi pralines. Using Artificial Intelligence and facial recognition technologies developed in collaboration with Milan-based interaction design studio Dotdotdot, each person’s reactions to different types of chocolate are inferred form the micro-movements of lips, eyebrows, pupils, nostrils and forehead.
After the individual tasting experience, visitors walk into the “Chocolate Portraits” room. There, recordings of prior visitors’ emotions when eating chocolate are projected. Individual reactions are analyzed and shown in bright colors, almost like a scientific dissection of archetypical human reaction to food. In this ethereal and exhilarating space, dozens of faces seem to float in the air. It is like a portrait gallery, showcasing images of men, women, and children of all ages responding to the pleasures of chocolate.
After exiting the Chocolate Portraits room, visitors enter a laboratory where they can observe and partake into the making of Venchi’s products. There, they can get a hands-on demo of the manufacturing process, but also create a fully customized chocolate tablet, tailored to their personal taste based on the data about individual preferences gathered in the previous area.
The new Venchi store will be unveiled on 15 November 2017, during the opening of FICO Eataly World. In addition to the project for Venchi, CRA will also unveil another project at the Bolognese theme park, called “Hortus”: a pavilion that leverages new farming technologies to turn supermarket visitors into potential farmers, allowing them to engage with hydroponic cultivation and grow their own vegetables on site.
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John Pawson’s second photographic book, Spectrum, comprises a chromatically ordered sequence of 320 images. Alongside its core exploration of colour, Spectrum offers a detailed archive of references for pattern, texture, form and spatial arrangement, drawn from a wide variety of locations.
The book reflects the continuing importance of photography as a design tool in Pawson’s daily work.
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Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first museum of its kind in the Arab world: A universal museum that focuses on shared human stories across civilisations and cultures. Its approach promotes a personal interchange with art, emphasises the role of curiosity and imagination, and encourages a lifelong passion for learning in both adults and children.
The important collection of artworks and artefacts on view originates from all around the world, and spans the entirety of human existence from prehistory to the present day. Members will be able to encounter the museum’s collection in an unparalleled yet very welcoming atmosphere, and experience the cinematic ‘Rain of Light’ effect that filters through the museum’s iconic 180-metre dome.
Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, the museum represents an Arab medina (city) with its 23 permanent galleries, temporary exhibition space, Children’s Museum, auditorium, restaurants, retail and a research centre. Surrounded by the sea, visitors can walk the promenades beneath the museum’s stunning dome. They can experience Nouvel’s enchanting ‘rain of light’, inspired by the shadows of overlapping palm trees in the UAE’s precious oases where travellers once crossed paths. Louvre Abu Dhabi was born of an intergovernmental agreement between the governments of Abu Dhabi and France in 2007. The agreement stipulates that the name of Louvre is on loan for a period of 30 years; art works from French institutions for 10 years on a decreasing basis as the permanent collection grows; and the programming of temporary exhibitions for 15 years. (Courtesy - Times of Oman)
Visit the Website: https://www.louvreabudhabi.ae