Mecanoo’s National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Taiwan

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The recently-opened National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan — inspired by the mass collections of banyan trees that are common in its locale — was designed by Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo.  This single building — which is also the largest performing arts center under a singular roof as well as Taiwan’s most significant cultural investment in a generation — covers a surface area of approximately 35 acres, a little over a quarter of the size of the surrounding 116-acre subtropical park in the area, acting as on of the country’s most culturally significant investment. The building features a 2,236-seat Opera House, a 1,981-seat Concert Hall, a 1,210-seat Playhouse, a 434-seat Recital Hall and an Outdoor Theater that connects the building to the park. Continue reading “Mecanoo’s National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Taiwan”

San Antonio MonsterCon 2012 Booth Walkthrough

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To celebrate this year’s MonsterCon in San Antonio (Sept. 28-29), here’s a video from last year’s MonsterCon showcasing every booth I stopped by at the event at the Wonderland of the Americas! ENJOY EVERYONE!! Continue reading “San Antonio MonsterCon 2012 Booth Walkthrough”

Schoolhouse Stays Dry In Rain As Gaming Marching Band Wrestles on Scaffolds – WIRed #16

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This week, The Classic Schoolhouse Design Goes All “Deconstructivist-style”, How To Go Out In The Rain & Not Get Wet, The Ohio State Marching Band Goes The Way of the Gamer, and Look! Up Above The Ring! Wrestlers On A Scaffold! Plus, San Antonio MONSTER-CON is tomorrow and I may be going as The Doctor for Halloween.   Continue reading “Schoolhouse Stays Dry In Rain As Gaming Marching Band Wrestles on Scaffolds – WIRed #16”

Daily Top 5 of the 2012 E3/Electronic Entertainment Expo (Day 3/4)

DAY 3 (June 6th, 2012)

Aloha, fellow gamers!! This is the time of year that we all look forward to on the yearly gaming calendar (next to the dates of certain game releases we are looking forward to) is the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as “E3.” This year, the conference takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. As with CES 2012 and the AIA 2012 Convention, I will be doing this for the rest of E3, and now that day three of E3 2012 is complete, I wish to provide a few briefs about my five favorite stories made today at the show.

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Artsy, Beautiful Stained-Plexiglas Watertower Lights Up the Brooklyn Skyline

Check out this lovely watertower by Brooklyn artist Tom Fruin called, surprise-surprise, Watertower. This 25′ by 10′ patchwork watertower structure stands at 14-foot-tall, and is made from 1,000 pieces of salvaged plexiglas from New York and steel from Pennsylvania.  It currently rests on top of a building that houses the artist’s studios at 120 Jay Street in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), Brooklyn. Starting on June 7th (that’s tomorrow), the … Continue reading Artsy, Beautiful Stained-Plexiglas Watertower Lights Up the Brooklyn Skyline

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Daily Top 5 of the 2012 E3/Electronic Entertainment Expo (Day 2/4)

DAY 2 (June 5th, 2012)

Aloha, fellow gamers!! This is the time of year that we all look forward to on the yearly gaming calendar (next to the dates of certain game releases we are looking forward to) is the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as “E3.” This year, the conference takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. As with CES 2012 and the AIA 2012 Convention, I will be doing this for the rest of E3, and now that day two of E3 2012 is complete, I wish to provide a few briefs about my five favorite stories made today at the show.

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Daily Top 5 of the 2012 E3/Electronic Entertainment Expo (Day 1/4)

DAY 1 (June 4th, 2012)

Aloha, fellow gamers!! This is the time of year that we all look forward to on the yearly gaming calendar (next to the dates of certain game releases we are looking forward to) is the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as “E3.”  This year, the conference takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.  As with CES 2012 and the AIA 2012 Convention, I will be doing this for the rest of E3, and now that day one of E3 2012 is complete, I wish to provide a few briefs about my five favorite stories made today at the show.

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The Architecture of “Metropolis (1927)”

The classic 1927 silent, black-and-white film Metropolis, from German director Fritz Lang, showcases a look decades ahead where futuristic urban dystopia cities are designed and built in vertical layers (rather than horizontally) based upon reflecting the varied social statuses in society.  The film’s plot involves a futuristic city that is sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, and the son of the city’s mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their social class differences.  The architecture of Metropolis could pretty easily be seen and recognized in several major cities across the world today, and shows influences from a number of architectural styles, including (but not limited to): Futurist, Art Deco, and Gothic.

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Daily Top 5 of the AIA 2012 National Convention (Day 1/3)

DAY 1

Annually around this time of year, the American Institute of Architects convenes for its National Convention and Design Exposition.  This year, the convention takes place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., where the theme this year is “Design Connects”.  Now that day one of 2012 AIA National Convention is complete, I wish to provide a few briefs about the stories made today at the show.  As with CES 2012, I will be doing this for the rest of this convention, so now, here are my favorite stories from day one of the 2012 AIA National Convention.

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I Wouldn’t ‘Leggo’ of this LEGO Sydney Opera House set!

Behold the LEGO model of the Opera House...

I love, love, LOVE LEGOs!  I remember receiving my first 3 LEGO sets when I was 5 years old (just before I started Kindergarten) and having a blast building and playing with them.  As the years went on, I got more LEGO sets, and built several custom buildings for my own enjoyment.  Along with my interest in drawing, LEGOs were very inspirational to my pursuit of architecture in college and graduate school.

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