Archinect - News 2014-04-19T21:16:47-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/96643127/finding-playground-potential-in-the-energy-carousel-in-dordrecht Finding playground potential in the Energy Carousel in Dordrecht Justine Testado 2014-03-31T15:08:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:33:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dp/dpjkhkbpg7qp8hfc.jpg" width="514" height="651" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For a kid, a lifesize light-up spinning top that you can play in right in your neighborhood sounds like a dream come true -- and such is the case in Dordrecht, The Netherlands.</p><p>The Energy Carousel by Madrid-based firm <a href="http://ecosistemaurbano.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ecosistema Urbano</a> is a play structure that is both engaging and educational. As kids grab onto one of the structure's hanging ropes, the kinetic energy released by their movements is stored in a battery, which later serves as supply to light up the structure at night. The carousel's LED lights shine in various colors depending on how much energy was stored during that day.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ol/oluttxbzz4vzon5c.jpg"></p><p>The Energy Carousel was one of the winning designs in a 2010 invited competition by <a href="http://www.carve.nl/?pm3=20&amp;lg=en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carve</a>, an Amsterdam design group that specializes in developing and engineering public spaces for children. Carve asked 10 European firms to design a multi-age sustainable "unconventional play object" to complete the Governeursplein public square in Dordrecht.</p><p>Since then, it seems the Energy Carousel has provided whirls ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85442238/wired-gets-sn-hetta-shop-and-som-to-push-the-limits-of-lego Wired gets Snøhetta, SHoP and SOM to push the limits of LEGO Archinect 2013-10-31T12:33:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T14:27:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/be299e348e60889c61d57d1b946dfd4e.jpg" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After a freewheeling round of discussions, Sn&oslash;hetta&rsquo;s New York office settled on a unique challenge: building a Lego structure that captured the plastic bricks&rsquo; unique relationship to gravity. &ldquo;A Lego building has a lightness that a real building doesn&rsquo;t have to contend with,&rdquo; says Craig Dykers, Sn&oslash;hetta&rsquo;s co-founder. &ldquo;We thought wouldn&rsquo;t it be interesting to capture the feeling of gravity in a Lego block, where gravity actually has very little influence in many ways on its structure...&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bx/bxt5rjmfe42b815v.jpg"><em>Snohetta found a delicate equilibrium with this boomerang-shaped tower. Photo: Gregory Reid</em><br>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ka/ka2eclyd7fayo3ek.jpg"><br><em>SOM froze its unique LEGO infrastructure in a solid block of ice. Photo: Zack Burris</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/83621058/playscapes-design-competition-results PLAYscapes Design Competition results Justine Testado 2013-10-07T20:25:00-04:00 >2013-10-09T22:24:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kq/kqb41bbozf41bwie.jpg" width="514" height="214" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Building Trust International recently announced the winners for their international PLAYscapes Design Competition. As the name states, PLAYscapes challenged participants to propose their ideas to transform neglected city spaces into interactive places of fun for local communities. More than 500 entrants participated, with many of their projects highlighting the use of sustainable materials and the importance of redevelopment and adaptive reuse in their local cityscapes.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The competition-winning project, "Cape Town Gardens Skate Park" was designed by a multidisciplinary team from the City of Cape Town in South Africa. In the Student category, a team from Lusiada University of Lisbon - Faculty of Architecture and Arts won with their entry, "Bring a Pal and have fun."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/71357663/architecture-students-compete-to-build-largest-cardboard-structure Architecture students compete to build largest cardboard structure Archinect 2013-04-16T11:32:00-04:00 >2013-05-07T16:42:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7c/7czd9mcnbr6p5jvj.jpg" width="514" height="221" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>More than 50 students will attempt to break the nationwide record of 1,655 boxes, currently held by BYU The battle to build the world&rsquo;s largest cardboard structure has been an ongoing rivalry between three schools: UNLV, Harvard University, and BYU. UNLV students have been preparing for weeks to manipulate the cardboard into realistic architectural concepts, using lessons learned in a fundamentals of design course.</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/69898926/skyhouse-outfits-early-nyc-skyscraper-with-giant-tubular-slide-and-climbing-column 'Skyhouse' outfits early NYC skyscraper with giant tubular slide and climbing column Archinect 2013-03-22T19:04:00-04:00 >2013-03-25T20:53:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/88/88a59a84f70530336819498fa94ceb46.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Skyhouse, which occupies four stories of an early skyscraper in Lower Manhattan, shows architect David Hotson manipulating the available space to include features such as a climbing column and tubular metal slide with which inhabitants can move between levels. The living space rises through all four stories and can be accessed with the climbing pole &mdash; safety ropes included &mdash; while the huge German-constructed slide takes you down from the attic right to the entrance.</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/69263330/architects-imagine-a-battersea-power-station-rollercoaster-conversion Architects imagine a Battersea Power Station rollercoaster conversion Archinect 2013-03-11T13:40:00-04:00 >2013-03-11T13:44:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f254c1449612daa25ca05013bb749cd7.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Even though its current owner has boring plans to turn it into flats and a shopping complex, architects can't resist imagining new uses for Battersea Power Station. Architecture firm Atelier Z&uuml;ndel Cristea (AZC) is the latest, rendering a future station that's both a museum of architecture and a giant rollercoaster.</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/65087780/the-abc-of-architects-this-is-so-great The ABC of Architects ~ this is so great! Paul Petrunia 2013-01-08T14:37:00-05:00 >2013-01-09T10:00:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/we/weeh7wm84rl2u6j1.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This work is an alphabetical list of the most important architects with their best known building. A lot of them have been left out with grief because we only need one for each letter and we done an effort to have differents nationalities.</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/57555854/animated-tower-hesav-s-anime Animated Tower (HESAV s'anime!) Archinect 2012-09-18T20:43:00-04:00 >2012-09-20T13:54:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qq/qq9ndnyvilu60y58.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 11 floors tower of the HESAV (Health High School Vaud) has been animated as a rudimentary screen whose pixels are, in fact, all the windows and shutters that students, staff and friends shake for hours. This project announces the celebration "HESAV fait ses 400 coups!" from 1rst to 8th of November 2012 //</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/53238331/play-mini-golf-inside-the-national-building-museum Play Mini-Golf Inside the National Building Museum Archinect 2012-07-09T15:11:00-04:00 >2012-07-11T18:54:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0p/0peq47y7da04alxq.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Don't let your summer get stuck in the rough&mdash;combine your love for the building arts with a putter, ball, and one-of-a-kind mini-golf course designed and built by some of the leading architects, landscape architects, and contractors in the Washington area.</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/48972621/make-a-buckminster-fuller-blanket-fort Make a Buckminster Fuller Blanket Fort Archinect 2012-05-19T17:26:00-04:00 >2012-05-20T23:34:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d4/d4c557deb14c499193d40ad420800873.jpg" width="514" height="523" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 1975 Buckminster Fuller first defined the term tensegrity, a portmanteau of &ldquo;tensional integrity.&rdquo; It refers to structural systems that derive their stability from various elements acting against each other with equal force, like the surface tension of a bubble. Tensegrity lies at the heart of giant projects like the Georgia Dome. But you can apply it to build the ultimate blanket fort, supported by finely balanced brooms that never touch one another.</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/23066079/carsten-h-ller-is-installing-a-slide-at-new-museum Carsten Höller Is Installing a Slide at New Museum anthony dong 2011-10-07T12:28:13-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3i/3iccz533cjmiwxwm.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If all goes as planned, the New Museum&rsquo;s five-year-old building on the Bowery will become something of an amusement park beginning Oct. 26, with visitors hurtling through a giant plastic tube from the fourth floor to the second</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>