Category Archives: Architecture

This Architect was TOO EAGER for Flying Cars to be a Thing…

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However, maybe it is Jetsons ready…

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BLOCO Arquitetos presents the Authoral Restaurant , i.e., Dining in a Steel Cage Match!

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The upscale Asa Sul (South Wing) neighborhood district — the UNESCO-listed administrative region of Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil — was the first residential area built within Brasília’s original plan. The district is defined by two-story buildings connected to each other side-by-side along the commercial streets between the superblocks, or “superquadras,” as they face the street in one side and the residential superblocks on the other side. There was an unrealized plan by Lucio Costa to connect both sides through the buildings — since the most building owners literally shut away and blocked their buildings away from the residential zone — so BLOCO Arquitetos plans to turn that idea into a reality via the Authoral Restaurant. Continue reading BLOCO Arquitetos presents the Authoral Restaurant , i.e., Dining in a Steel Cage Match!

Project.DWG and LOOS.FM turn Recycled Plastic Waste into Building Materials…

A joint project from Project.DWG and LOOS.FM was recently revealed; a temporary structure project in a community park in The Netherlands. The project, titled the PET pavilion — which follows the elevated and structural framework of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House –, aims to focus on rethinking the ways buildings are developed, built and utilized through the usage of sustainable building, recycling, and waste. To be more specific, the PET pavilion is a study to educate and explore new possibilities of the use of a building material made of plastic waste, rather than a be-all-end-all sustainable solution. Continue reading Project.DWG and LOOS.FM turn Recycled Plastic Waste into Building Materials…

Google Earth’s Relaunch puts Architecture Front and Center

Remember the long-unrivaled Google Earth program being a resource-intensive and clunky desktop or mobile application? Pepperidge Farm remembers, and apparently all of that is officially just a memory. Starting today, Google Earth has been relaunched as a more-widely accessible web application for Google Chrome. Now, ANYONE can access the full Google Earth product, at NO charge, without needing to download and install bulky software or a mobile application (however, a new mobile app for Android has just been released, with versions for iOS and mobile browsers coming at a later date). Continue reading Google Earth’s Relaunch puts Architecture Front and Center

The 10 Types of Architecture Professors (presented by Leewardists.com)

Almost a month ago, I published a story on a series of comic strips about “The 10 Types of Architecture Students.” I mostly shared this because I, personally, have met fellow students that fit within those characterizations in my undergrad and graduate studies.  The truth is, I’ve been waiting for a similar take on the various types of professors that I had in my years as a student, and thankfully the Leewardists are back with “The 10 Types of Architecture Professors,” and boy, it’s a doozy.  For more about that comic series follow them on FacebookInstagram or visit their website. Continue reading The 10 Types of Architecture Professors (presented by Leewardists.com)

A Colonial House Recovery on 64th Street; I Smell a Holiday Movie Franchise…

© Pim Schalkwijk

Riddle me this, Batman (assuming that you’re Batman, of course): what happens if the building — in this case in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico — you’re converting into a bar is cataloged as a Historic Monument by the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico, which doesn’t allow ANY modification of the property? Well, you’re limited to only being able to recover the existing architectural elements (in this case, iron and wood) and design the project with complete and absolute fidelity to the original building. Re-purposing and rehabilitating a historic structure can be complicated enough, but the Nauzet Rodríguez team pulled it off real well. Continue reading A Colonial House Recovery on 64th Street; I Smell a Holiday Movie Franchise…

Art Deco – Doc’D #61

In this architecture-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the Art Deco architecture movement and style — and yeah, he might throw in a ‘Bioshock’ reference here-or-there… ;-).

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The 10 Types of Architecture Students (presented by Leewardists.com)

From the 4 years I’ve spent in undergrad at Texas A&M and the extra 2 years in the Master’s program at UT-San Antonio, I can definitely say that we Architecture majors have a lot in common. As part of the lifestyle, we all have the same long-term relationship with coffee (going on 14 years strong), share the urge to cardboard shards and boxes to make models, and our university studio facility became our ‘home away from home’. Along with that, you get to know your fellow students (as you do in ANY other school), but in the world of architecture majors, our studio culture tends to hosts micro-societies of different personalities (after the break).  The Leewardists are rewriting the contemporary history of our civilization through the voice of this elusive being, The Architect.  For more about that comic series follow them on FacebookInstagram or visit their website. Continue reading The 10 Types of Architecture Students (presented by Leewardists.com)

The Architectural Career of Sir Peter Cook to be Celebrated with the “80 at 80” Exhibition

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Starting this Thursday, February 23rd 2017 (until March 10, 2017),  the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) will celebrate the opening of its new building located at 22 Gordon Street with an exhibition commemorating the work by legendary architect Sir Peter Cook. Why, you ask? The school’s exhibition celebrates Sir Peter’s 80th year and will recognize 80 of his most inspiration and innovative design projects. Plus, he WAS the chair of the school from 1990 to 2005, so….there’s that; he DID put that institution on the map by making it a leader in creative design after bringing in staff and students from across the world… Continue reading The Architectural Career of Sir Peter Cook to be Celebrated with the “80 at 80” Exhibition

Finally, Zaha Hadid’s “Explosive” Drawings, Sketches & Paintings are on display in London

In a recent episode of Section D, Monocle 24 visit a new exhibition at London’s Serpentine Galleries showcasing the paintings of the late architect Zaha Hadid, who I profiled in a past episode of Doc’D. This episode provides an audio tour of the exhibit with additional commentary from the curator of the show. The art show was initially an idea between the gallery and Hadid, as the gallery aimed to present her as “an artist with drawing at the very heart of her work,” which included a variety of Hadid’s calligraphy drawings,  rarely-seen private notebooks that contain sketches that show “her complex thoughts about architectural forms and their relationships.”

© Hugo Glendinning
© Hugo Glendinning