Check Out the Structural Bones of this new Airport Terminal in Beijing from Zaha Hadid Architects…

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This is the new passenger terminal for the Beijing Daxing International Airport, which is soon to be the largest aviation hub in the world. Why and how? This large structure will cover an area of 3,369,103.96 square feet thanks to the five “limbs” that spread outward from a central area.  The size of this new terminal will relieve pressure from the suburb-based (and really over-crowded) Beijing Capital International Airport. According to  Xinhuanet News, each “limb” will showcase images from Chinese culture, including “silk, tea, porcelain, farmlands, and Chinese gardens.” Continue reading “Check Out the Structural Bones of this new Airport Terminal in Beijing from Zaha Hadid Architects…”

Google Earth’s Relaunch puts Architecture Front and Center

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”

Finally, Zaha Hadid’s “Explosive” Drawings, Sketches & Paintings are on display in London

In a recent episode of Section D, Monocle 24 visit a new exhibition at London’s Serpentine Galleries showcasing the paintings of the late architect Zaha Hadid, who I profiled in a past episode of Doc’D. This episode provides an audio tour of the exhibit with additional commentary from the curator of the show. The art show was initially an idea between the gallery and Hadid, as the gallery aimed to … Continue reading Finally, Zaha Hadid’s “Explosive” Drawings, Sketches & Paintings are on display in London

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Zaha Hadid – Doc’D #57

In this architecture/technology/video game/pro wrestling-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the life, work and legacy of architect Dame Zaha Hadid.

1) “Hadid: Updated Version” by Philip Jodidio []
2) “Dame Zaha Hadid | Full Q&A | Oxford Union []
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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”

Awesomely Hilarious (but Fake) Architecture Selfies

IM Pei at the Louvre in 1981

Dear God, I love ArchDaily. Especially when it comes to cute April Fools gags (not jokes, but still funny)…

The architecture website recently published a post that stated that “in response to the recent popularity of ‘selfies’ in social media” that the so-called Society of Architecture Photography (SAP; get it?) searched all through their archives to find and release some rare images “architecture selfies.” The collection of photographs consist of images taken by architects themselves in front of their works. ArchDaily’s Vanessa Quirk reported that SAP’s Director, Chantelle Archambault, told stated that:

“We weren’t sure if we would find any at all, but we were pleasantly surprised to find seven – even one of Le Corbusier at Chandigarh in 1961. I suppose it’s only natural – architects consider travel an integral part of their creative process, and a pilgrimage to a built work is one of the most rewarding experiences an architect can claim.”

If you want to check out this awesome gallery of the newly released “architecture selfies” – including photographs of Mies van der Rohe, Zaha Hadid, Philip Johnson and more – check them out after the break! Continue reading “Awesomely Hilarious (but Fake) Architecture Selfies”

Six Building Materials & The Six Architects That Luv ‘Em!

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!”

20 Architects Design Doll Houses for KIDS

Taking inspiration by the dolls’ house designed by Edwin Lutyens for The British Empire Exhibition way, WAY back in 1922, twenty British design firms took part in designing contemporary doll houses in aid of the disabled children’s charity KIDS. Each doll house was displayed on a 750mm square plinth when they were exhibited during this year’s London Design Festival (which took place on September 14th – 21st, 2013) before each entry was put up for auction. Each doll house design was required to contain “a unique feature to make life easier for a child who is disabled.” Continue reading “20 Architects Design Doll Houses for KIDS”

Pharrell/Zaha Collab on Smartwatches w/ Mad Dog Dropkicks – WIRed #29

On this week’s more stable episode of WIRed (between the yelling and shameless plugs of my CES 2013 posts), I discuss the architectural collaboration between Zaha Hadid and Pharrell Williams, concepts of the Google smartwatch, the PS3 re-release of FMV trailblazer “Mad Dog McCree, and the HIGHEST DROPKICK EVER DONE IN THE HISTORY OF PRO WRESTLING (maybe; still VERY impressive).   Continue reading “Pharrell/Zaha Collab on Smartwatches w/ Mad Dog Dropkicks – WIRed #29”

Prefab Project: A Zaha Hadid & Pharrell Williams Collabo?!?

When looking up the terms “Star-Kitect” and “Rock Star Architect,” it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll see a picture of Zaha Hadid.  News of her design for the vacation home for model Naomi Campbell (located just outside of Moscow) went viral almost instantly, and Glamor Magazine named her “Woman of the Year.”   Hadid’s latest project to catch wind on the internet is her collaboration with musician & author (and aspiring designer) Pharrell Williams, best known as half of the music production team The Neptunes (a favorite of mine) and one-third of the genre-bending music group N.E.R.D. (“Nobody Ever Really Dies”; another favorite of mine).   Continue reading “Prefab Project: A Zaha Hadid & Pharrell Williams Collabo?!?”