How Do You Celebrate the Louvre Pyramid’s 30th Birthday? OPTICAL ILLUSIONS!!!!

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of IM Pei’s Louvre Pyramid in Paris, France, artist JR created a large-scale collaborative art piece, titled ‘The Secret of the Louvre”, that takes up the entirety of the Napoleon Court. The reason for the Pyramid’s creation was to ease down the congestion from museum’s thousands of daily visitors. The artwork was made with the assistance of 400 volunteers, resulting in the aforementioned optical illusion of Pei’s pyramid sinking into the ground.

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Got A Library Card? Watch Some A24 Indie Movies ON THE HOUSE!

From the ashes of FilmStruck, the much-beloved streaming service for artsy & indie films that’ll close-up shop at the end of the month, comes the upcoming streaming service, Kanopy, which is partnering with the highly-decorated indie film house, A24, to allow SEVENTY-TWO of its movies available to stream for free. Yes, SEVENTY-TWO films; that DOES include the likes of Lady Bird, Room, Moonlight, Amy & … Continue reading Got A Library Card? Watch Some A24 Indie Movies ON THE HOUSE!

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The More You Use This Memo Pad, More Architectural Sculptures Are Revealed…

Japanese company Triad created this unique set of memo pads, called Omoshiro Blocks (or “fun blocks”), which slowly reveals an architectural sculpture as you remove each page from the pad. It’s almost like you’re excavating a historical structure while making daily reminders to yourself! SCORE! Thanks to the precision of laser-cutting, these Omoshiro Blocks let it users make notes on over 100 appealing sheets of colored paper, while at the same time unveil amazingly detailed 3D architectural treasures distinctive to each note pad.  The pads contain tiny paper replicas of historic sites, ranging from the Tokyo Tower, to Sensō-ji, to the Buddhist Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, and more. Continue reading “The More You Use This Memo Pad, More Architectural Sculptures Are Revealed…”

The Leewardists Ask: What If OTHER Professions Designed Buildings?…

The comic strips from The Leewardists aren’t unfamiliar to us here at The PractitioNERD, as their humorous take on the architecture culture and profession strikes our funny bones with perfect accuracy.  In the above comic, The Leewardists image an alternate take on how buildings would be designed if left solely to landscape architects, structural consultants, fire fighting consultants, sustainability consultants and government consultants. Of course, … Continue reading The Leewardists Ask: What If OTHER Professions Designed Buildings?…

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Need To Save Crumbling Buildings? Just Use LEGO!

Courtesy of Jan Vormann

Artist Jan Vormann has spent 10 years exploring the world, visiting roughly 40 cities across Europe, Central America, Asia, and the United States, while making and installing LEGO masonry interventions to city walls and buildings in moderate disrepair.  His ongoing project, Dispatchwork, started making these colorful toy-block repairs and additions — some using only a handful of LEGO bricks while some installations use up to 20 pounds of LEGO bricks — in Bocchignano, Italy, and later expanded to Tel Aviv and Berlin. Continue reading “Need To Save Crumbling Buildings? Just Use LEGO!”