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…”

Need To Save Crumbling Buildings? Just Use LEGO!

Courtesy of Jan Vormann

Artist Jan Vormann has spent 10 years exploring the world, visiting roughly 40 cities across Europe, Central America, Asia, and the United States, while making and installing LEGO masonry interventions to city walls and buildings in moderate disrepair.  His ongoing project, Dispatchwork, started making these colorful toy-block repairs and additions — some using only a handful of LEGO bricks while some installations use up to 20 pounds of LEGO bricks — in Bocchignano, Italy, and later expanded to Tel Aviv and Berlin. Continue reading “Need To Save Crumbling Buildings? Just Use LEGO!”

10 Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Unity Temple; Oak Park Illinois


To further feed to the frenzy of The PractitioNERD becoming a Frank Lloyd Wright fan site, I bring you the news that Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has nominated 10 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings to be added to the list of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage sites. Should the nominations be approved by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in 2016, the group that includes Fallingwater, Taliesin West, Hollyhock House in Los Angeles, the posthumously built Marin County Civic Center and Unity Temple will be the first modern American architecture to receive such designation. The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy called the selections “the most iconic, fully realized and innovative of more than 400 existing works by Frank Lloyd Wright.” Continue reading “10 Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites”

Floating MP3Cassette Band Gems – WIRed #119

It’s time for Episode 119 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses floating architecture in Nigeria, how to hack an MP3 player and an old cassette tape, a Behind The Music style look at a Nintendo Rock Band, and some of the best matches on the WWE Network! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Floating MP3Cassette Band Gems – WIRed #119”

Al Jazeera’s “Rebel Architecture” showcases “Working on Water”

The last time we discussed Al Jazeera’s new series ‘Rebel Architecture’, the topic was on Spain’s ‘Guerilla Architect’, and this time, as we take a look back at the series, we’re gonna discuss architectural structures that float on water. It’s not quite walking on water, but it’ll do since this story in just incredibly interesting.  In Nigeria, architect Kunlé Adeyemi has been designing floating buildings in order to resolve overcrowding and flooding issues in the country’s waterside slums. Adeyemi states that he is “constantly inspired by solutions we discover in everyday life in the world’s developing cities.” However, despite his studio’s (NLÉ) easy-to-build, low-cost, sustainable floating building prototype and the praise and awards they have accumulated, Adeyemi continues to struggle getting construction approval from the local authorities.

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Mola Structural Kit; Go Learn Yourself About Structures

Image cortesy of Catarse

Let’s be honest: when it comes to buildings, architectural design alone won’t do; engineering IA A MUST. So, in order to successfully visually demonstrating the behavior of architectural structures, the Mola model will actually simulate real structures (or at least give you a better idea of how a building would work structurally).  The Mola allows users to assemble, visualize and experience the feel of the structures themselves. Brazilian architect Márcio Sequeira de Oliveira came up with the idea for this interactive model when he was overseeing a postgraduate course and was growing concerned with the abstract approach that was given to topics related to structure.

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Noisy Designs ClickDrives Gaming Ads of nWo! – WIRed #91

It’s time for Episode Ninety-One of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses noisy architecture, making cars smarter with ClickDrive, looking back at gaming commercials and nWo parodies! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Noisy Designs ClickDrives Gaming Ads of nWo! – WIRed #91”

Still Kicking: Five of the Oldest Man-Made Structures Still Being Used

When it comes to making a pointless argument about which of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is the best, it’s really NO CONTEST; the Great Pyramids of Giza are the only ones left standing, so it wins…..I guess. . However, there are plenty of other ancient structures that were not included in that “Wonders of the World” list as well, and many of them have been around for at least over 1,000 years.  Plus, these five buildings are still being used. Here are five of the many still-standing ancient structures that are great and amazing feats in human engineering! Continue reading “Still Kicking: Five of the Oldest Man-Made Structures Still Being Used”

Chicago’s 5 Great Buildings + Animation = YAY!!

The best part of interning in Chicago back in 2006 was getting a chance to visit and experience the many great buildings in the city and surrounding areas. As far as the United States is concerned, Chicago is the capital of global architecture; c’mon, it’s the birthplace of the skyscraper for crying out loud! Just discussing and limiting a conversation to only five of Chicago’s great buildings is doing this city a huge disservice, because there are SO MANY! Above is a video is a nice and short animation by Al Boardman showcasing five of the Windy City’s great buildings, including (but not limited to): SOM’s The Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), Bertrand Goldberg’s Marina City, and SOM’s John Hancock Center. Enjoy! Continue reading “Chicago’s 5 Great Buildings + Animation = YAY!!”

These Ice Buildings are Really…Cool. I Apologize.

Again, sorry about that pun; I’ve been watching “Batman & Robin” because I felt a need to punish myself. Anyways, we typically think of buildings being made of materials like concrete, brick, steel, and other things.  But what about ICE; you know frozen water?  I’m taking about entire structures made of the stone cold stuff, not some piece of novelty furniture or some bar you saw on television. Here are 5 of my favorite and extravagant complete ice structures found ACROSS THE WORLD!! Continue reading “These Ice Buildings are Really…Cool. I Apologize.”