When Architecture and Halloween Come Together, Cool Things Happen…

OCAD University’s Sharp Centre for Design – Will Alsop by Rob Shostak

First off, HAPPY HALLOWEEN from The PractitioNERD! I hope that you have fun, stay safe, and enjoy the costume parties and trick-or-treating! Now, the common route people take when deciding a Halloween costume is selecting one that aligns with their interests.  Some people point toward their professions, so in the case of architects and those in the design-build profession, this often results in elaborate contructions of elaborate costume pieces resembling buildings and other structures. Thanks to a recent poll by the folks over at ArchDaily, their readers from around the world submitted their architecture-themed costumes. Continue reading “When Architecture and Halloween Come Together, Cool Things Happen…”

Whoopsies! 176 lb. Concrete Slab Falls From Year-Old Zaha Hadid Library

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Insert Scooby-Doo impression: Ruh-Roh! That’s right, Scooby. On January 2nd of this year, a 176-pound chunk of concrete cladding has fallen from year-old Library and Learning Centre at the University of Economics Vienna, which opened its doors in October 2013. Hadid’s Library and Learning Center, clad in fiberglass-reinforced concrete, is the crown jewel of the Austrian business school’s new campus. Noted for the massive, angled black volume that cantilevers out over the main entrance, the building won the Royal Institute of British Architects’ European Award in 2014. Continue reading “Whoopsies! 176 lb. Concrete Slab Falls From Year-Old Zaha Hadid Library”

Plywood OnePlus New/Old Twins – WIRed #120


It’s time for Episode 120 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses a house that predominantly showcases plywood, how you can get a OnePlus One phone, how one game is really TWO games, and the reveal of the Brothers Hebner in WWF! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Plywood OnePlus New/Old Twins – WIRed #120”

The No-So-Flimsy Plywood House

Normally, I wouldn’t want and building I frequently visit (or a house I live in) to be completely made of plywood. NORMALLY. As the title implies, plywood is typically a flimsy material — when NOT supported by other structural elements.  Simon Astridge’s project in the Balham area of London has three extensions and involved the total internal refurbishment of a Victorian terraced house in London, and uses concrete, brickwork, natural stone, the aforementioned plywood, and the sky! Yeah, THE FREAKING SKY….through the use of expansive frameless glazing on the top floors.  There’s a film called ‘Details One’ that explores these materials and how they relate to the home. Continue reading “The No-So-Flimsy Plywood House”

Uncle Flair Prints Car Mola – WIRed #118


It’s time for Episode 118 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses a kit that teaches architectural structures, a 3D printed cars takes a test drive, the fate of the games from the Atari Landfill, and the Nature Boy takes on Uncle Grandpa! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Uncle Flair Prints Car Mola – WIRed #118”

Mola Structural Kit; Go Learn Yourself About Structures

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Let’s be honest: when it comes to buildings, architectural design alone won’t do; engineering IA A MUST. So, in order to successfully visually demonstrating the behavior of architectural structures, the Mola model will actually simulate real structures (or at least give you a better idea of how a building would work structurally).  The Mola allows users to assemble, visualize and experience the feel of the structures themselves. Brazilian architect Márcio Sequeira de Oliveira came up with the idea for this interactive model when he was overseeing a postgraduate course and was growing concerned with the abstract approach that was given to topics related to structure.

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It’s the Leaning…Roman Colosseum? WHAT?!?

So, that makes it TWO leaning buildings in Europe that The PractitioNERD has covered in two years. Hmm, makes you wonder…

Last time (if by “last time” was meant by “the last time I reported on a building in Europe that became/is becoming structurally unsound”), I discussed the structural issues in the foundation of Big Ben in London, causing it to lean. Recently, it has been discovered that the famous Colosseum in Rome is suffering a similar fate.   Continue reading “It’s the Leaning…Roman Colosseum? WHAT?!?”

The Mobile Container Hospitals, aka the “Insta-Hospital”!

This is the Mobile Hospital, a container that expands into a medical structure three times its original size, created by designer Kukil Han. The structure can carry the beds, supplies, and has the ability to combine up to four modules to create a mini-hospital with four wings.  Han was influenced by the idea of having a “go-anywhere” solution for providing medical aid to victims globally of natural disasters like floods, earthquakes, tsunamis and storms. Continue reading “The Mobile Container Hospitals, aka the “Insta-Hospital”!”