Whoopsies! 176 lb. Concrete Slab Falls From Year-Old Zaha Hadid Library

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Insert Scooby-Doo impression: Ruh-Roh! That’s right, Scooby. On January 2nd of this year, a 176-pound chunk of concrete cladding has fallen from year-old Library and Learning Centre at the University of Economics Vienna, which opened its doors in October 2013. Hadid’s Library and Learning Center, clad in fiberglass-reinforced concrete, is the crown jewel of the Austrian business school’s new campus. Noted for the massive, angled black volume that cantilevers out over the main entrance, the building won the Royal Institute of British Architects’ European Award in 2014. Continue reading “Whoopsies! 176 lb. Concrete Slab Falls From Year-Old Zaha Hadid Library”

Scallops In Yo’ BODY!! – WIRed #128

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It’s time for Episode 128 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses a stimulating retirement and nursing home, tiny scallop robots to repair our bodies, the worst loadouts possible in Team Fortress 2, and the rocky beginnings of Rocky Maivia! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Scallops In Yo’ BODY!! – WIRed #128”

The Cozy and Relaxing Peter Rosegger Nursing Home

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Resting on the grounds of the former Hummelkaserne barracks, now stands this new two-story nursing home, designed by Dietger Wissounig Architekten in Graz, Austria. The compact building is square-shaped, contains asymmetrical cut-outs that divide the home into a spatial concept of eight housing communities, with four communities on each floor.  Each community is grouped around a central location referred to as a “village square,” stretching from one end of the first floor through to the other end, while being partly covered by a roof terrace.  Public axis is open along the right angles, while the two gardens that cut into the home are reserved only for the residents, and more open spaces — including the four atria on the second floor and direct access to a public park planned by the City of Graz on the east side of the building — exist in and adjacent to the property. Continue reading “The Cozy and Relaxing Peter Rosegger Nursing Home”

Otto Wagner 3D Doodles Fallout Film Van Cenation – WIRed #57

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On Episode 57 of WIRed, we discuss the legacy of Otto Wagner, the 3D printing pen, the Fallout fan film-turned-web series done good, and RVD vs. Cena at ECW One Night Stand in 2006! Continue reading “Otto Wagner 3D Doodles Fallout Film Van Cenation – WIRed #57”

Three Buildings by Otto Wagner

English: Photo of the architect Otto Wagner.
English: Photo of the architect Otto Wagner. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two weeks ago on July 13th, 2013, architect, author, and professor Otto Wagner would have turned 172 years young!  Wagner, a former professor at Vienna’s Academy of Fine Arts, left behind a great legacy, mainly in the capital of Austria where he crafted a defining architectural style and aesthetic for the Viennese Secession.  He was able to reshape Vienna by taking a modern approach to architecture and urban planning, taking inspiration from Roman structures and considered architecture in relation to art, science and urban lifestyles at the turn of the 20th century by denying common design conventions.  Wagner advocated using construction materials in their purest forms (unmodified) — like glass and marble –, and as a result those materials produced the neat & sleek lines associated with twentieth century modernist architecture. His main goal was to have Vienna become more livable for his fellow citizens and have the city be something its citizens could be proud of. Continue reading “Three Buildings by Otto Wagner”

Meet Hypercubus, a.k.a., An Interesting First Impression

After you either responded with “OOHs”‘, “AHHHs”, or “what? wait? I don’t even”,  I shall attempt to get you up to speed to give you an understanding of the Hypercubus house, designed by Studio WG3 in Styria, Austria.  The concept behind the  Hypercubus house is based on three fundamental concepts:

1) Utilizing open areas with available and self-sufficient infrastructure,
2) The construction and transportability of small modular living units, and finally
3) Creating a new regional tourism concept — the prepaid apartment — using a uniform design.
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