Archinect - News 2014-10-20T22:36:48-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/107093782/rubber-duckie-you-make-globalization-so-much-fun Rubber Duckie, you make globalization so much fun Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-21T14:32:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T09:54:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2fcc877b8a71ee702c831124ff3cbb65.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A six-story-tall floating "Rubber Duck" is making its West Coast debut at the Port of Los Angeles, where it will lead more than a dozen battleships and sailboats in the Tall Ships Festival L.A. parade [...] Dubbed the world's largest rubber duck, the giant inflatable was created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. "The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties," Hofman said on the event's website. "It can relieve the world's tensions as well as define them."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Adorable? Certainly. Humorous? Obviously. Architecture? Maybe.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.florentijnhofman.nl/dev/project.php?id=197" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hofman's website</a>, the Rubber Duck "doesn't discriminate people and doesn't have a political connotation... The Rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!" This description accounts for all rubber duckies ever. What distinguishes this Rubber Duck is where its been. The giant inflatable has appeared on the shores of Beijing, Pittsburgh, Sydney, Osaka, S&atilde;o Paulo and others, to delight folks around the world. The ocean is the globalized world's bathtub, and this giant duck its bath toy.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/42b822e0c1117ec8010ae5bfe1338f75.jpg"></p><p>Hofman claims the duck "doesn't have a political connotation", but its difficult to not see it as a symbol for globalized commerce. With the same universal cuteness the world-over, it visits ports (such as in Los Angeles) that support global shipping infrastructures, networking economies and cultures with a universally accessible cuteness. The duck's path is paved by human, economic forces, not natural ocean ones&nbsp;&mdash; un...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/82671282/the-world-s-first-inflatable-concert-hall-arrives-in-japan-s-disaster-hit-north-eastern-coast The world's first inflatable concert hall arrives in Japan's disaster-hit north eastern coast Archinect 2013-09-25T12:08:00-04:00 >2013-09-30T18:23:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f6/f675df616fdec3bff722c819bdcf3dd4.jpg" width="514" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A giant purple structure believed to be the world's first inflatable concert hall is to open on Japan's disaster-hit north eastern coast. British sculptor Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki created the unusual Ark Nova, a balloon made of a coated polyester material that has been erected at a park in the town of Matsushima. The structure, which organisers say is a world's first, measures about 18m and 35m wide when fully inflated with room for about 500 guests.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/73293916/hirshhorn-bubble-risks-operating-at-a-loss-internal-smithsonian-report-says Hirshhorn ‘Bubble’ risks operating at a loss, internal Smithsonian report says Archinect 2013-05-16T13:13:00-04:00 >2013-05-20T11:40:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4l/4ld8181aniu1adl1.jpg" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Hirshhorn Museum&rsquo;s proposed Seasonal Inflatable Structure, also known as &ldquo;the Bubble,&rdquo; a project announced in 2009 and intended as an architecturally and culturally transformative space on the Mall, would operate at a loss in each of three scenarios examined in an assessment done by the Smithsonian.</p></em><br /><br /><p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve said from the beginning, and the secretary [G. Wayne Clough] has said it, this is a bold project,&rdquo; said Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian&rsquo;s undersecretary for history, art and culture. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve encouraged this, but it has to be raised by private money. In terms of doing that, we&rsquo;re still trying to raise money for construction of the Inflatable Structure. We&rsquo;ve been at this for some years. We hope its time has come now, but if not, we look forward to a better time.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/69671963/big-air-package-the-largest-inflated-envelope-in-history-by-christo Big Air Package: The Largest Inflated Envelope in History by Christo Archinect 2013-03-18T14:30:00-04:00 >2013-03-19T18:19:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/76/769e2cde44c5589fd306418172518a10.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Big Air Package is the latest project from artist Christo installed at the Gasometer Oberhausen in Germany, a facility that still holds the record as the largest disc-type gas holder in Europe that was converted into an exhibition hall in the 1990s. Big Air Package is the largest ever inflated envelope without aid of a skeleton (Gasometer Oberhausen bills it as the largest indoor sculpture in history) and reaches 90 meters high, with a diameter of 50 meters and a volume of 177,000 cubic meters.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9f/9fb5441f7114851e4282a9808932e87b.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/29/295c4734b7d2af1607d9dd8068fe9f01.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f5/f5edb8096ac42aa5f1b93b34e70c65a2.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fd/fd8521a1eb1713fc21a7c3bdf76ad3ab.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/51874508/bubbletecture-step-inside-casabubble-and-airclad-inflatables Bubbletecture: Step inside CasaBubble and Airclad inflatables Archinect 2012-06-18T20:55:00-04:00 >2012-06-24T23:16:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8f/8f377a0d028c5c03f57215e32de2c16d.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A pair of exhibitors at next weekend's Dwell on Design show will have a new take on living in a bubble. AirClad, a British company that makes an inflatable pool house, and CasaBubble, a California firm that designs pneumatic backyard guest rooms, are trying to capitalize on the outdoor-living and small-space trends with structures built using little more than lightweight PVC and air.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/40617152/grenade-winner-of-the-pfff-inflatable-architecture-competition Grenade - Winner of the Pfff Inflatable Architecture Competition Alexander Walter 2012-03-07T18:46:00-05:00 >2013-05-19T00:42:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uj/ujvyexy2bdel4n84.jpg" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The results of the Pfff Inflatable Architecture competition, organized by CityVision and FARM, have recently been announced at MACRO - Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome. Competition winner is the concept 'Grenade' by Emmanuel Sitbon and Selma Feriani of Paris-based SITBON ARCHITECTES.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/7621300/columbia-university-gsapp-and-soa-unveil-temporary-contemporary-pavilion-bob Columbia University GSAPP and SOA Unveil Temporary/Contemporary Pavilion – BOB Paul Petrunia 2011-05-25T18:51:21-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gj/gjowqrqsl1jye3ph.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>BOB</em>, an inflatable cloud above a public bathroom and forum, will officially open on June 1, 2011. The pavilion is the result of a pedagogical experiment involving graduate art and architecture students at Columbia University. Supported by the Bridge Grant for the Art and Architecture, Professors Galia Solomonoff (GSAPP), Nathan Carter (GSAPP), and Liam Gillick (SoA) advised and provoked a joint team from the Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation, and Planning (GSAPP), and the School of the Arts (SoA).<br><br> The pavilion will be open from June 1st to July 25th, and features a public restroom installation, a projection screen, twelve student-designed seats and a bar beneath an inflatable canopy. The public restroom, which includes a composting toilet, is enclosed by a screen for the projection of ideas. Reconsidering the idea of graffiti and public anonymity, images and shadows are cast upon a translucent scrim. Privacy is preserved, but information is not restricted by solid wal...</p>