The Real-Life “My Neighbor Totoro” House People Used to be Able to Sleep In…

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While Studio Ghibli had actually built a real-life version of the house from My Neighbor Totoro in Aichi Prefecture, you weren’t allowed to spend the night in it. It turns out ANOTHER replica existed in Nagasaki Prefecture that patrons could spend the night for $45 USD (or 5,000 yen) a night. That doesn’t seem to be the case now, as this replica of Satsuki and Mei’s house is now managed by a local nursery school. Continue reading “The Real-Life “My Neighbor Totoro” House People Used to be Able to Sleep In…”

The Hábitat Learning Community in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, México

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Lara Hermanos’ Habitat Learning Community is a school located in Santa Anita, Jalisco, Mexico that is focused on childhood education and development, operating with a new educational concept in Mexico inspired by Italian philosopher Reggio Emilia.  The building is a complex environment comprised of contrasts with multiple factors, plus it could aims to be a polysensory and self-learning space. Based on that, the Habitat Learning Community doesn’t resemble the traditional school building, but is instead a diverse, stimulating and welcoming environment.  The school’s program emphatically involves the development of each child with the relationship of the context. The building space is transformable and ductile, allowing different methods to experience and use it during certain parts of the day or any other time period.  This helps the child, who becomes the main factor, take part in a personalized, comfortable and safe space to help them in their self-learning. Continue reading “The Hábitat Learning Community in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, México”

Remember “KerPlunk”? Here’s the Kerplunk House. It kind of resembles the Board Game “KerPlunk”. There You Go…

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Design collective I STIFFEN THEE (yes, that IS their name) designed the Kerplunk House to bridge the gap between built space and existing space but having architecture play the role of nature, rather than merely resembling it. Part of this 224 square foot building’s focus on playing off of nature is the fact that the pattern of organization is not readily apparent. The house was built as a multipurpose living and working space that would also act as the initial structure for a desert propagation center, as a mini-forest of desert flora was planted and transplanted over time in its surrounding area. Continue reading “Remember “KerPlunk”? Here’s the Kerplunk House. It kind of resembles the Board Game “KerPlunk”. There You Go…”

ArchDaily’s 5 Ways Architecture Students can Prepare for Architecture School During Summer

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It’s that time again where there will be a brand new crop of incoming freshmen who are anticipating a new chapter in their lives as they prepare for architecture school in the fall. I can tell you from experience that entering the environment of a architecture studio classroom for the very first time is both exciting and scary, as new challenges lie ahead, however some self-doubt and nervousness can rear its ugly head. While it’s true that most architectural skill are better developed while under the tutelage of experienced professors and professionals, there are some easier tasks that incoming architecture students can take part in to make the transition into their first day in a studio environment much simpler. Fortunately, ArchDaily has you covered with five (5) ways incoming architecture students can get themselves mentally prepared for the fall. Continue reading “ArchDaily’s 5 Ways Architecture Students can Prepare for Architecture School During Summer”

The “Trace” App by Morpholio Lets You Update Construction Design Changes On The Fly!

I recall in my days in the world of architecture as an intern where I’d go to job sites to document existing features, take measurements, and make changes to exiting construction documents on paper and digitally in AutoCAD — or even searching and finding the original construction documents in the school district archives because the school claimed to have lost them; I’m looking at you Alamo Heights ISD.  Anyway, more times than not you’d be on a project site and find  a problem that needed immediate attention. The problem is that once the project heads to the Construction Administration phase is NOT the best time for big design changes, new field conditions, client changes, errors, etc., etc…. Thankfully, Morpholio has updated their TracePro iPhone app, allowing users to alter job sites by simply “importing key components of the design process into the Construction Administration phase.” Continue reading “The “Trace” App by Morpholio Lets You Update Construction Design Changes On The Fly!”

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…”

Can the Documentary “Starship Chicago” Save the Thompson Center from Demolition?

Opening in 1985, Helmut Jahn’s Thompson Center became home for various agencies of the State of Illinois, with its design playing off of the designs of more traditional American statehouse. For example, the glass walls symbolize government transparency and the large atrium space compared to that of most US statehouses. Additionally, the structure’s short, sloped glass curtain wall with a protruding truncated cylinder structure on top stands out from the rectilinear skyscrapers that make up downtown Chicago’s skyline. The design attracted controversy as its unusual form and immense atrium made the building a constant focus for negative press for the last 30+ years, however the city gradually became accustomed to the Thompson’s Center’s unique presence and see it as a symbol of pride and a celebration of Chicago being the architecture capital of the world (and, personal opinion, it is). Continue reading “Can the Documentary “Starship Chicago” Save the Thompson Center from Demolition?”

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…”

The Oficinas Nexans Chile; A Greatly Lit & Circulated Office Space…

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This commission by Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados and  Ignacio Correa involved the remodeling the offices of Nexans Chile SA, located on the 2nd floor of a 1950s building, located within the southern area of Santiago, Chile.  The offices older configuration, part of the longitudinal direction of the plant, consisted of a central corridor divided two areas of open workstations, including private offices, meeting rooms and bathrooms. The problem: other than the wear-and-tear of age, these spaces were organized against building facades, resulting in the limited illumination of natural light in the work spaces located towards the center area of the plant. Continue reading “The Oficinas Nexans Chile; A Greatly Lit & Circulated Office Space…”