From Private Home to Multipurpose Facility, or the Barn at Critter Creek by Furman + Keil Architects (Or BOTH; No Need to Pick Sides…)

In a previous life, Critter Creek existed as purely residential home for over 20 years, but its time was running out as it was scheduled for demolition for the family’s new home.  However, the family and design firm Furman+Keil Architects opted to re-purpose the building and relocate it to a new location in order to preserve the memories and spirit of the place. First, the … Continue reading From Private Home to Multipurpose Facility, or the Barn at Critter Creek by Furman + Keil Architects (Or BOTH; No Need to Pick Sides…)

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The Canòdrom is Dear Design Studio turning a Greyhound Stadium into Tech/Startup Offices…

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What do you do when a 1960’s-era Antoni Bonet i Castellana-designed rationalist building that worked as a greyhound stadium track has outlived its use? If you’re Dear Design Studio, you refurbish it into a research park. Dear Design Studio won a competition for their take on the interior design of the building after its 2016 refurbishment, which was likely very impressive since they had to adapt the former greyhound stadium’s facilities into an open, dynamic and flexible space for technology companies and start-ups. Continue reading “The Canòdrom is Dear Design Studio turning a Greyhound Stadium into Tech/Startup Offices…”

Project.DWG and LOOS.FM turn Recycled Plastic Waste into Building Materials…

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…”

This Winery In Mexico Is Made Of Recycled Boats & Eyeglass Lenses

Inspiration for any artist endeavor, or ANY endeavor for that matter, can come from the strangest and unlikeliest of places.  This is not lost on architects Alejandro D’Acosta and Claudia Turren, the Ensenada, Mexico-based team behind the Vena Cava winery in Baja’s Guadalupe Valley, often called the “Napa of Mexico”.  Why you ask; well, this winery is made almost entirely of old, recycled boats. This isn’t too much of a surprise from the same design team that most often find inspiration for they projects from random items in dumpsters, local factories, demolition sites and junkyards (much of it coming from the United States). Continue reading “This Winery In Mexico Is Made Of Recycled Boats & Eyeglass Lenses”

San Fran Arena with DIY Speakers Ends the Power, SERIOUSLY! – WIRed #24

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…also, Pearl Harbor Day, “Man of Steel,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” and ALL THE THINGS!!

This week on WIRed, a new community arena for the Golden State Warriors and San Fran, build you own speakers, the end and final issue of Nintendo Power, and celebrating the WWE’s most awkward lowlights.   Continue reading “San Fran Arena with DIY Speakers Ends the Power, SERIOUSLY! – WIRed #24”

Got Cardboard, Wires & a Cup? Make Your Own Speakers!

https://i0.wp.com/www.instructables.com/files/deriv/FKS/ITB6/HA4LFYJ9/FKSITB6HA4LFYJ9.LARGE.jpg  Do you want some decent-sounding basic speakers on the cheap? Well, if you have happen to have a soldering iron, coated copper magnet wire, spare wires, a paper cup, a standard 3.5mm headphone plug, and assorted paper and cardboard scraps, you can build that basic set of speaker yourself. From scratch. FOR FREE (should you have those aforementioned items just lying around; like I would – I like tinkering with things)!

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Return of the London Olympics: The Summer Game’s Shooting Venue

And now…the long awaited “Part 3” of my “coverage” of works of architecture being erected for the upcoming 2012 Olympic Summer Games that start next month in London. First I covered the nomadic basketball arena, second was the natatorium, and now I’ll be covering the London Olympic Shooting Venue.  This building will accommodate the 10, 25 and 50 m Sport Shooting events for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and after the Summer Games have concluded, the three temporary and mobile buildings will be dismantled (a’la the basketball arena before mentioned) and rebuilt in Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.   Continue reading “Return of the London Olympics: The Summer Game’s Shooting Venue”

China’s Dilemma of New Construction vs. Architectural Legacy/Heritage

The art and method of reusing building materials from older buildings for newer building is nothing new; the Romans harvested construction materials from older structures to build new monuments, just as later Roman monuments were harvested for new construction in medieval times.  This strategy, from the “pro” side, of considering the “design-science of the life of buildings” rather than just the “art of building” was a suggestion of futurist Steward Brandt.  A problem, the “con,” that could arise from that is the structures that could have been deemed culturally and historically significant were razed for the sole purpose of new construction.  Granted, the importance of historic preservation may or may not have been as important then as it is today, but now it has become a legitimate alternative, guideline, and preference in architecture.  Unfortunately for China, according to an article in Architect: The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects, they may have fallen into the “con” category.

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