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”
Tiny houses and the culture surrounding it have been taking over the mainstream. Tiny house websites, blogs, magazines, TV shows and online videos have shared storage tips and tricks to save space, looking for interesting vacation areas, or renting one out on your property (a’la Airbnb). This past Thursday, comedian Kevin Hart, with help from Booking.com, revealed his customized tiny house in Herald Square Park of New York City. Continue reading “Kevin Hart Designed a Customized Tiny House, And Soon You’ll Be Able to Rent It!”
This week, joined my buddies J.C., Tina, and Jericho as a guest on episode 5 of the “Countdown City Wrestle-Cast” to preview WWE Hell in a Cell — live this Sunday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX — as well as this year’s Mixed Match Challenge, and heap on the big ol’ CONGRATULATIONS to Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks for the awesome … Continue reading Check out This Week’s “Countdown City Wrestle-Cast” to preview ‘Hell In A Cell 2018’! I’M ON IT!
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!”
It’s a shame when an interesting work of architecture goes into a state of being unused, underutilized, and unwanted. That’s the current case of I.M. Pei’s Terminal 6 at New York City’s JFK Airport. Terminal 6 was built in 1969, and was an example of clean lines, being brightly-lit, and showing off large open spaces. However, by the end of October 2011, the building will no longer exist. Continue reading “Good-bye & Farewell to JFK Terminal 6…”
Many say “nobody likes a copycat.” If you’re just going to redo something that already exists and make no type of change to make it something unique, then what’s the point? One the other hand, many see it as a form of flattery; acknowledging the positives and influence of the already existing entity, and wanting to pay respect to it through replication. Well, this plan being put into action by China may as well be tethering back-and-forth over this issue. Continue reading “China Is Cloning This Entire European City”
In New York City, a golden phoenix is rising out of the ashes and rubble of Ground Zero. It is……..a brand, spanking-new skyscraper. The new One World Trade Center Complex (1WTC) is on the way to being the most environmentally and technologically advanced structure ever attempted at this scale. Continue reading “The NEW One World Trade Center: The Soon-to-be Greenest Skyscraper Ever!!”