The diverse continent of Africa is also host to diverse architectural projects, but many people outside of the continent are unaware (save for probably Kere’s lovely structures based on the local vernacular). Thanks to a wonderful slideshow post by Victor Delaqua of ArchDaily, we can catch a glimpse of some of the varied contemporary design projects installed in Africa. Of the 18 selected buildings from Mr. Delaqua’s original post (from 14 countries), here are my 7 favorite architectural projects from that post. Continue reading Some of The Diverse Contemporary Architecture of Africa…
This is the new passenger terminal for the Beijing Daxing International Airport, which is soon to be the largest aviation hub in the world. Why and how? This large structure will cover an area of 3,369,103.96 square feet thanks to the five “limbs” that spread outward from a central area. The size of this new terminal will relieve pressure from the suburb-based (and really over-crowded) Beijing Capital International Airport. According to Xinhuanet News, each “limb” will showcase images from Chinese culture, including “silk, tea, porcelain, farmlands, and Chinese gardens.” Continue reading Check Out the Structural Bones of this new Airport Terminal in Beijing from Zaha Hadid Architects…
PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D,” is BACK in a new monthly format, and we’re kicking it off with a ‘somewhat fast-paced’ presentation of an architecture-themed episode, in which host Montez McCrary will be talking about the history, influence and lasting legacy of Neoclassical Architecture. Continue reading Neoclassical Architecture – Doc’D #65
However, maybe it is Jetsons ready…
Genyo Takeda, known for working on some of Nintendo’s most iconic games, consoles, and tech, will be stepping down from the company this June. Takeda, 68, was hired in 1971 by future Game Boy creator Gunpei Yokoi, and got started by creating the gun game that nearly sunk Nintendo (not by his doing, but due to the oil crisis of the late-1970s). However, he would go on to produce and direct classic games (like Punch-Out!!, Pilotwings 64, and Dr. Mario 64) and technology (like tapping the NES cart’s RAM to back up save data, the N64 controller’s analog stick and headed up the Wii’s development) as he had long been part of Nintendo’s technology brain trust.
A joint project from Project.DWG and LOOS.FM was recently revealed; a temporary structure project in a community park in The Netherlands. The project, titled the PET pavilion — which follows the elevated and structural framework of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House –, aims to focus on rethinking the ways buildings are developed, built and utilized through the usage of sustainable building, recycling, and waste. To be more specific, the PET pavilion is a study to educate and explore new possibilities of the use of a building material made of plastic waste, rather than a be-all-end-all sustainable solution. Continue reading Project.DWG and LOOS.FM turn Recycled Plastic Waste into Building Materials…
There exist many photo editing programs, both online-based and offline-based. In a sea of options, I wanted to see what made PearlMountain Technology Company’s FotoJet a practical online photo editing program. It must be said that it certainly helps to have had some experience with other photo editing products before jumping into any program of that type. Fortunately for newcomers, that won’t apply for FotoJet, as it lets you edit photos, create collages, make photo cards, posters and practically anything else with the greatest of ease, which — in my mind — makes it one of the best free online photo editors/collage maker available today. Continue reading FotoJet, an AWESOMELY Simple (& Free) Web-Based Photo Editing Suite
Here in the good ‘ol US-of-A (or ANYWHERE that’s NOT Japan), it’s pretty difficult for pinball machines to compete with the advanced visuals of computer and home gaming consoles. It’s probably safe to say that VR isn’t helping things either, but what MIGHT help is the addition of an interactive element that would let players design their own tables. Enter artists Jérémie Cortial and Roman Miletitch, who’ve found an interesting method to make pinball great (and relevant) again. Continue reading Live Your Dream of Designing Pinball Tables with this Drawable Pinball Machine!
In this month’s architecture/technology/video game/pro wrestling-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the life, works styles and legacy of “the greatest American architect of all time”, Frank Lloyd Wright.
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