Wait, Architecture Was Once A Competition in the OLYMPICS?!?

First modern Olympic stadium for the 1896 Games in Athens by VangelisB (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Over the course of the first 40 years of the modern Olympic Games, at least 150 medals were awarded to participants in the categories/competitions of sculptures, painting, literature, music, and (yes) architecture. After he resurrected the modern games after the demise of the original Olympic games and establishing the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Baron Pierre de Coubertin opined and strongly supported the stance that art be an important part of the competition. To be in medal contention however, every submission in those varied artistic field were REQUIRED to be sports-related.

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Cincinnati’s Bunk Spot Gallery is Showcasing Disheveled, Deteriorating Architecture…

Should you happen to be in the Cincinnati area this coming Friday, November 29th and wish to take a break from (or completely avoid) the Black Friday rush, locals Jim Swill and Ben Brown will be presenting a free (yes, I said FREE) joint show at Bunk Spot Gallery, titled “Total Facade”, focusing on deteriorating and damaged buildings. Continue reading “Cincinnati’s Bunk Spot Gallery is Showcasing Disheveled, Deteriorating Architecture…”

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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