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”

Otto Wagner 3D Doodles Fallout Film Van Cenation – WIRed #57


On Episode 57 of WIRed, we discuss the legacy of Otto Wagner, the 3D printing pen, the Fallout fan film-turned-web series done good, and RVD vs. Cena at ECW One Night Stand in 2006! Continue reading “Otto Wagner 3D Doodles Fallout Film Van Cenation – WIRed #57”

Three Buildings by Otto Wagner

English: Photo of the architect Otto Wagner.
English: Photo of the architect Otto Wagner. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two weeks ago on July 13th, 2013, architect, author, and professor Otto Wagner would have turned 172 years young!  Wagner, a former professor at Vienna’s Academy of Fine Arts, left behind a great legacy, mainly in the capital of Austria where he crafted a defining architectural style and aesthetic for the Viennese Secession.  He was able to reshape Vienna by taking a modern approach to architecture and urban planning, taking inspiration from Roman structures and considered architecture in relation to art, science and urban lifestyles at the turn of the 20th century by denying common design conventions.  Wagner advocated using construction materials in their purest forms (unmodified) — like glass and marble –, and as a result those materials produced the neat & sleek lines associated with twentieth century modernist architecture. His main goal was to have Vienna become more livable for his fellow citizens and have the city be something its citizens could be proud of. Continue reading “Three Buildings by Otto Wagner”