The Barcelona Pavilion Just Installed Some Freakin’ Lasers…

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I thinks it’s fair to say that Dr. Evil had a point, and now Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich’s legendary 1929 Barcelona Pavilion will be reaping the benefits. This new laser light installation, titled Geometry of Light, was created by Luftwerk and Iker Gil, and aims to use light and sound to showcase the building’s architectural elements and materials. Since the structure is a shining example of the modernist/international style of architecture, its gridded/open plan and vertical planes allow the installed lights will develop a interpretive layer that re-imagines the pavilion through highlights, animates and traces along and past the travertine floor and steel-framed glass walls.

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Art Deco – Doc’D #61

In this architecture-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the Art Deco architecture movement and style — and yeah, he might throw in a ‘Bioshock’ reference here-or-there… ;-).

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Daaaaang Brutalist Architecture; Why They Be Hatin’ On You?

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Let me introduce you to Brutalism, the blocky unfinished concrete architectural style that was very common in cities around the world at one time, but is now buildings of this style are being demolished at an astounding rate.  From just looking at one of its buildings, one can easily assume that Brutalism got its name from its “brutal”-looking exteriors, it’s actually derived from the French term for béton brut, or “raw concrete” (still, the earlier assumption works).  That material was used by Swiss-French architect and Brutalism originator Le Corbusier in his genre-molding work during the 1950s, which served as a variant on the steel and glass of the Modernist era, but Brutalism’s windowless bunkers with chunky facades make them appears as impenetrable, permanent sand-castles. Continue reading “Daaaaang Brutalist Architecture; Why They Be Hatin’ On You?”

Richardson Romanesque Architecture – Doc’D #17

In this month’s architecture-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the Richardson Romanesque architectural style. Continue reading “Richardson Romanesque Architecture – Doc’D #17”

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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Support this Fundraiser for “Modernism London Style” by Niels Lehmann & Christoph Rauhut

The architectural style of Art Deco is an eclectic artistic and design style (ranging from art to architecture, jewelry, fashion, etc.) that began in Paris in the 1920s, and flourished internationally throughout the 1930s and well into the World War II era.  It represents a built visible expression of the period’s enthusiasm and splendor between World Wars 1 and 2. In London, buildings of this era that were inspired by the Art Deco style reflected the refinement, progress and boldness that describe the modern, big-city metropolis age. Even now, many of these Art Deco buildings have yet to lose their spirit and interest, however (like many buildings) they are not properly documented.  Thankfully, that is all about to change…should the funding be enough.   Continue reading “Support this Fundraiser for “Modernism London Style” by Niels Lehmann & Christoph Rauhut”

You Can Play Some 1-on-1 at NBA Legend Walter “Clyde” Frazier’s Restaurant in NYC

What would you do after retiring form an epic, decorated and legendary career in the National Basketball Association?  How about getting inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987, become a color commentator for the NBA’s New York Knicks, and then get into the restaurant business?  That’s exactly what Walt “Clyde” Frazier did, now with the opening of his restaurant, Fraizer’s Wine and Dine in New York City, designed by Morphosis Architects.  Frazier, now 67, famous in his day not only as an athlete, but as a flamboyant dresser, earned the nickname “Clyde” after the snazzy-dressed protagonist of the 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde (a personal favorite film of mine), and the restaurant seems to really fit his style.  It even has a  foul-shooting basketball court at one end of the bar.  I was immediately sold!

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