TEDx: Mark Foster Gage, Architect, Innovator, Possible Bender of Design Realities…

Mark Foster Gage is not only an architect and the
current Assistant Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, he’s also known to be quite an innovator of the practice with his design methodology merging advanced technologies (interactivity, virtual reality, robotics, 3D printing, spacial social media, etc.), philosophical speculation and interdisciplinary collaboration (with musicians, technology companies, clothing lines, media outlets, etc.).

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The Amazing, Sustainable Hovering Cube Home in Sydney…

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How many times have you come across a building or a house, and you’re initial reaction was “who decided to build that” and/or “HOW did they manage to build that”? Reasons for this burst of wonder could range from a house built on a small parcel of land or some futuristic home injected in the middle of same-y, cookie-cutter developer homes.  However, it could a case similar to the North Avoca Studio home in Sydney, Australia by architect Matt Thitchener, in which the building in question essentially defies the odds as it literally hovers above the ground! Nope; I’m NOT kidding… Continue reading “The Amazing, Sustainable Hovering Cube Home in Sydney…”

When Architecture and Halloween Come Together, Cool Things Happen…

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First off, HAPPY HALLOWEEN from The PractitioNERD! I hope that you have fun, stay safe, and enjoy the costume parties and trick-or-treating! Now, the common route people take when deciding a Halloween costume is selecting one that aligns with their interests.  Some people point toward their professions, so in the case of architects and those in the design-build profession, this often results in elaborate contructions of elaborate costume pieces resembling buildings and other structures. Thanks to a recent poll by the folks over at ArchDaily, their readers from around the world submitted their architecture-themed costumes. Continue reading “When Architecture and Halloween Come Together, Cool Things Happen…”

Some of The Diverse Contemporary Architecture of Africa…

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The diverse continent of Africa is also host to diverse architectural projects, but many people outside of the continent are unaware (save for probably Kere’s lovely structures based on the local vernacular). Thanks to a wonderful slideshow post by Victor Delaqua of ArchDaily, we can catch a glimpse of some of the varied contemporary design projects installed in Africa. Of the 18 selected buildings from Mr. Delaqua’s original post (from 14 countries), here are my 7 favorite architectural projects from that post. Continue reading “Some of The Diverse Contemporary Architecture of Africa…”

Influential Italian Architect and Historian Leonardo Benevolo Passes Away at 93

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Late last week, it was reported by the Italian media that Leonardo Benevolo, one of the foremost architects, critics, and historians in Italy, passed away at his home on January 5th, 2017 in Brescia following a long illness. Benevolo was considered to be an extremely influential figure in architectural history, as he aimed to continuously examine the problems within our cities and the possibilities on how to solve them. Continue reading “Influential Italian Architect and Historian Leonardo Benevolo Passes Away at 93”

Zaha Hadid – Doc’D #57

In this architecture/technology/video game/pro wrestling-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the life, work and legacy of architect Dame Zaha Hadid.

1) “Hadid: Updated Version” by Philip Jodidio [http://amzn.to/2fG17k8]
2) “Dame Zaha Hadid | Full Q&A | Oxford Union [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0gLhcPOtdM]
3) Zaha Hadid Architects [http://www.zaha-hadid.com] Continue reading “Zaha Hadid – Doc’D #57”

Learn EVEN MORE About Structures with the Mola Structural Kit II!

A couple of years ago, I wrote about the first Mola Structural Kit, an interactive kit aiming to change the way people study and teach structures around the world, as well as how you could “learn yourself about structures.” Just recently, Mola, the kit’s creator, is returning with a second edition of their interactive structural kit after selling over 4000 of their first kit in more than 50 countries in 2014.  You can now financially back the kit’s newest expansion on Brazilian crowdfunding website Catarse. Continue reading “Learn EVEN MORE About Structures with the Mola Structural Kit II!”

Philip Johnson – Doc’D #53

In this architecture-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the life, works and legacy of architect Philip Johnson.

“The Architecture of Philip Johnson”: http://amzn.to/2dEXAHt
Charlie Rose Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n2S8uSqUCw
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Dorkly presents: The Death Star’s Architect SPEAKS OUT!

So I guess the cat’s out of the bag; Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens is the freaking AWESOME-SAUCE! I know I could have said “cat’s pajamas” after I already made a cat reference, but, oh well… Anyway, the latest animation from Dorkly is essentially a post-mordem conference that gives the architect responsible for the Death Star’s design a chance to defend himself and prove … Continue reading Dorkly presents: The Death Star’s Architect SPEAKS OUT!

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Al Jazeera’s ‘Rebel Architecture’ on Spain’s ‘Guerrilla Architect’

The first episode of Al Jazeera’s new series “Rebel Architecture” — featuring architects who use design as a form of resistance and activism — featured Spanish architect Santiago Cirugeda. Based in Seville, Cirugeda reclaims abandoned urban spaces for the public, even though the act of “self-building” is very illegal in Spain. Cirugeda’s buildings serve a social function and are typically quickly-built and mobile structures created from recycled materials. Architecture being used as a social function is a quality that Santiago feels contemporary architecture has lost sight of in its obsession with the aesthetic. In the première episode of “Rebel Architecture”, the show looked at his latest project: a conversion of an abandoned cement factory into a vibrant cultural center, and the negotiations with the authorities to let his National Architects’ Collective turn it into a vibrant cultural centre. Continue reading “Al Jazeera’s ‘Rebel Architecture’ on Spain’s ‘Guerrilla Architect’”