Zaha Hadid – Doc’D #57

In this architecture/technology/video game/pro wrestling-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the life, work and legacy of architect Dame Zaha Hadid.

1) “Hadid: Updated Version” by Philip Jodidio [http://amzn.to/2fG17k8]
2) “Dame Zaha Hadid | Full Q&A | Oxford Union [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0gLhcPOtdM]
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Deconstructivist Architecture – Doc’D #5

What if you took the basic elements of most buildings, hacked them into pieces, then reassembled them seemingly without any rhyme or reason? That’s the basic visual effect of the Deconstructivist architectural movement, which is about examining fragmentation and distortion in architectural design forms to a sort-of controlled chaos, maybe discomforting, possibly confusing, but just fascinating. We now close 2013 with a look at Deconstructivist Architecture.

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When Classic Schoolhouses Meet Modern Art: The Little Red Schoolhouse

It’s uncommon nowadays to find any of those classic little red schoolhouses from the likes of Little House on the Prairie or Lassie (assuming it was red; I only remember the reruns being in black-and-white), but it seems that they are trying to make a comeback. Kinda of, sort of; with a modern twist.  Also, it’s not used as a schoolhouse, but rather as a youth center in Rosklide, Denmark.   Continue reading “When Classic Schoolhouses Meet Modern Art: The Little Red Schoolhouse”

Frank Gehry’s Residence, 2012 AIA 25-Year Award Winner; Can You See The House?

I hope you can see it; it should be the easiest Where’s Waldo puzzle you’ve ever come across (remember Waldo kids?). The American Institute of Architects (remember them) conducted an interview with famed architect Frank Gehry — the recipient of the 2012 25-Year Award and architect of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial project — to talk about his unorthodox residence in Santa Monica that has hugely impacted and influenced architectural practice and theory in the last 30+ years.  Plus, there’s a story that the Homeowner’s Association forced Gehry to put a chain link fence on the property, so he did; by incorporating it INTO the house itself.  Now that’s what we, on the internet, call “pwnage.”  Check out more about the house (and a video; ooh-la-la) after the break.

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Have Martians Landed in the Netherlands? This Building Looks Like They Might Have!

TAKE US TO YOUR PROJECT MANAGER!! What you see above you is the headquarters of The Decos Technology Group, a technology company located in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.  This building, which heavily resembles a meteorite that had just fallen from space, was designed by Dutch architectural studio Inbo Architects, and is located in a business park that is dedicated to space-related commerce, so at least the space-themed … Continue reading Have Martians Landed in the Netherlands? This Building Looks Like They Might Have!

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