Remember the long-unrivaled Google Earth program being a resource-intensive and clunky desktop or mobile application? Pepperidge Farm remembers, and apparently all of that is officially just a memory. Starting today, Google Earth has been relaunched as a more-widely accessible web application for Google Chrome. Now, ANYONE can access the full Google Earth product, at NO charge, without needing to download and install bulky software or a mobile application (however, a new mobile app for Android has just been released, with versions for iOS and mobile browsers coming at a later date). Continue reading Google Earth’s Relaunch puts Architecture Front and Center
Wow. This is just TOO easy…
Anyway, Frank Gehry inaugurated his first building in Australia, with the formal opening of the Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology in Sydney (or the UTS, as all the kids call it). As his first in the country (and as with nearly ANY Gehry building), the building has provided a chance for a WHOLE NEW part of the world to offer criticism on the polarizing style of the world’s most well-known love-him-or-hate-him architect. At least the media attention has given us some entertaining responses, both positive and negative. After the break, we round up some of the most amusing. Continue reading The 4 Most Amusing Responses to Frank Gehry’s UTS Business School
With Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in attendance, Frank Gehry presented the model for the future National Center for Social Action Through Music building in Lara state. The project is Gehry’s second in Latin America, following the recently inaugurated Biomuseo in Panamá. Continue reading I Give You, Frank Gehry’s Design for Venezuela’s New National Music Center
It’s time for Episode 111 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses Frank Gehry the Musical, the awesome axial engine, the Game Boy Raspberry Pi Edition & the infamous “Cane Dewey” promo! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading From Gehry Musicals to Cane Dewey – WIRed #111
In this month’s episode of Doc’D, host Montez McCrary (in FULL hipster garb) is going to dig into the life of famous and influential architect Frank Gehry, his best design work, and what the man, the myth, THE LIVING LEGEND is up to now-a-days. Continue reading Doc’D #9 – Frank Gehry
It’s almost romantic. Almost. No, no it’s really not; but they are kind of a match made in design and science. Musicians have their favorite instrument (and brand), video game enthusiasts have their favorite games, chefs have their favorite foods and spices to create their delicacies, and architects have their favorite material to utilized in the designs of their buildings. It seem’s appropriate to talk about the materials the these design professionals seem to love since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so….here we go! Continue reading Six Building Materials & The Six Architects That Luv ‘Em!
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.
Continue reading Deconstructivist Architecture – Doc’D #5
This week’s episode of The PractitioNERD discusses the World Headquarters of Stalking gets a new HQ (http://goo.gl/sNom9), Solar Spheres better than Solar Panels (http://goo.gl/2gdw0), the subliminal release of Shenmue 3 (http://goo.gl/yL6iu), and ECW? Born out of Controversy? Really? (http://goo.gl/1bgfT)
…also, THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK!! Continue reading Facebooking Gehry, Solar Energy Spheres, Secret Shenmue 3 & E-C-W is Born! – WIRed #10
Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder of Facebook, has hired famed architect Frank Gehry to design a new campus headquarters outside of San Francisco Bay, California. When I last written about Mr. Gehry, I praised his vernacular-based design choice for a home in New Orleans as part of Brad Pitt’s Make It Right organization, breaking away from is signature jagged edge and curvature designs. For the Facebook headquarters expansion project, it seems that Gehry is again resisting temptation to place form over function, and is making both aspects work together 50/50. A tip of my hat and a thumbs up to you, Mr. Gehry. Continue reading Frank Gehry, architect of the Facebook HQ Expansion; “Like” if you Approve
Famed architect Frank Gehry has completed his first home for Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation. Located in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, LA, this two-family home is a new addition in a neighborhood that encountered some of the worst damage in the aftermath of the flooding during Hurricane Katrina. The house also conforms to LEED Platinum Standards, which was due to the inclusion of weathering-resistant materials for the siding, an array of solar panels on the roof — along with the high-efficiency roofing– and many other eco-friendly products. What make this piece of news newsworthy to me is that this house doesn’t seem like something that was designed by Gehry, as the so-called “starchitect” is known for his structures deemed “outlandish,” “over-the-top,” “attention-seeking,” and typically void of representing local vernacular. [PICTURES TO BE ADDED LATER; WORDPRESS EXPERIENCING ISSUES WITH DETAILED POST EDITING]
Continue reading Frank Gehry’s Vernacular New Orleans House; FRANK. GEHRY. VERNACULAR?!? WHAT?!?