Archinect - News 2014-09-17T01:37:38-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/108733059/win-tickets-to-archleague-s-beaux-arts-ball-2014-craft-in-new-york-on-september-20 Win tickets to ArchLeague's Beaux Arts Ball 2014: Craft in New York on September 20 Justine Testado 2014-09-12T15:19:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T14:08:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/93/93uqykcwg3nmzzh3.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://archleague.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural League of New York</a>'s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108182106/the-arch-league-announces-2014-beaux-arts-ball-craft-co-chaired-by-tod-williams-billie-tsien" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beaux Arts Ball 2014: Craft</a> on September 20 is coming up! Tickets to the festive event are currently <a href="https://archleague.secure.force.com/ticket#sections_a0FA000000CUXBfMAP" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on sale</a>, but guess what: Archinect is giving away<strong> two pairs of tickets</strong> to<strong> two</strong> lucky readers! (two tickets for each winner)</p><p><strong>TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:</strong> In the comment section below, give at least one example of a building or architectural detail that exemplifies the art of "craft". <strong>Two winners will be chosen on Monday, September 15.</strong></p><p>Read on for more details...</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ed/ed5txq1u8qz7it2v.jpg"></p><p>Taking place this year at the historic Weylin B. Seymour's in Brooklyn, the ball's 2014 theme "Craft" celebrates the value of artisanship and multi-disciplinary collaboration in creating architecture. Nine architects and designers will work with <a href="http://nbnyprojects.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nuit Blanche New York</a> to create digital projection interpretations that will highlight the "craft" of the interior design of Weylin B. Seymour's, which is an 1875 George B. Post and Peter B.Wight-designed former Williamsburgh Savings Bank.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kc/kcgpjsu3hzsjo43i.jpg"></p><p>For the next two w...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104485874/flaunting-foam-and-function-in-an-insulation-installation-at-makeshift-society-brooklyn Flaunting foam and function in An Insulation Installation at Makeshift Society Brooklyn Justine Testado 2014-07-18T18:40:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T19:23:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7aqv5rtuz593n4nn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From preventing drafts and keeping moisture out of walls, to being used as inexpensive material for crafting 3D models, rigid insulation foam is a familiar friend to many architects and designers during the creative process. But what to do with all those scraps?</p><p>Designers Elisa Werbler and Lucy Knops of <a href="http://thefoamagency.tumblr.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Foam Agency</a> (TFA) are inviting architects and designers around the Brooklyn community to send their foam scraps to be permanently showcased in<em> An Insulation Installation</em> at the <a href="http://makeshiftsociety.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Makeshift Society</a>'s newest location in Brooklyn.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://www.bustler.net/images/uploads/TFA_GIF.gif"></p><p>The installation reclaims the foam back to their original place in a transparent wall, while also sharing the back-stories of the collected foam pieces that'll add a collaborative vibe to the Makeshift space.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8q/8qpfb8x1967px5my.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nm/nm8zgyijfueiujwt.jpg"></p><p>Werbler and Knops -- who are both product design grad students at New York's School of Visual Arts and are doing their summer residency at Makeshift -- established The Foam Agency this year to celebrate the foam and its purpose in the creative process.</p><p>TFA'...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104332295/72-hour-interactions-to-revive-witten-germany-into-an-urban-art-playground-in-three-days “72 Hour Interactions” to revive Witten, Germany into an urban art playground in three days Justine Testado 2014-07-16T16:22:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T16:22:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v4/v4o13xg372f2lcqn.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The world championship for the "72 Hour Interactions" realtime competition is taking place in Witten, Germany later this month! For 72 intense hours starting July 23 at 6 p.m., five international teams will venture out and transform Witten's neglected public sites through nothing other than creativity and architectural design &mdash; while having fun in the process.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/ei0nay805mighckn.jpg"></p><p>Each team will represent one of the cities in the Ruhr valley: Hagen, Hattingen, Herdecke, Wetter and Witten. Sixty participants from abroad and from the region will transform neglected sites throughout the city through means of what the competition organizers describe as "gameful architectural interventions".</p><p>Learn more about the competition on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/72_hour_interactions_to_revive_witten_germany_into_an_urban_art_playground_/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102785435/35-of-the-world-s-palaces-gathered-into-one-quaint-interactive-infographic 35 of the world's palaces gathered into one quaint, interactive infographic Justine Testado 2014-06-26T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T23:04:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u4/u4uw7jrlb5jf7ezx.jpg" width="514" height="625" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although it can't compare to experiencing their grandeur in real life, <a href="http://www.movoto.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Movoto</a>&nbsp;gives a snapshot of 35 of the world's most recognized palaces in one interactive infographic. The Movoto team created the graphic and focused on analyzing palaces to catch a glimpse of the power, wealth, the rich history, and the architectural styles of various countries.</p><p>Hovering over the infographic displays each palace's dimensions (to scale, based on pixels), descriptions, resident, and current status.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ia/iag5rt63oyboo90s.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ik/ikzx4760e2k3dijt.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qv/qvypgnl3jlxcu79x.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t1/t1li36r21mtyj8ay.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lk/lki63280sn2ojxxl.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yc/ych6c1qpn55r5bo7.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p>See the full infographic <a href="http://www.movoto.com/blog/novelty-real-estate/palaces-around-the-world/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99486387/piecing-together-creativity-with-atelier-d-s-oblika-architectural-puzzle Piecing together creativity with Atelier-D's OBLIKA architectural puzzle Justine Testado 2014-05-09T18:43:00-04:00 >2014-05-13T23:06:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/43/43qdtfm1i7s05e79.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Twenty-two is the magic number for the OBLIKA architectural puzzle. Crafted by Jonathan Dorthe of <a href="http://www.atelier-d.ca" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atelier-D</a> from Montreal, Canada the 22-piece wooden puzzle could be a nifty tool for coming up with new design ideas or simply a fun therapeutic way to take a break during those hectic weeks at work or school.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yz/yz0styumx3i5whp7.jpg"></p><p>Plus, the puzzle's sleek aesthetics make it appropriate for creative minds of any age. Each geometric piece is made of 9 1/2'' x 9 1/2'' wide x 1/4'' thick wood that features an etched linear design. Then you can arrange the pieces inside the wooden frame to form a neat square or skip the frame and go crazy putting together any shape you want. The puzzle also includes a paper grid with examples to spark ideas.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fv/fv1qcgcsjf8fn8hq.jpg"><br><br>"I was inspired by a childhood game 'tangram' which is a simpler version. I wanted to make it more architectural and more complex," Dorthe wrote in an email. "That's why I added lots of pieces of different shapes and even circular shapes. The laser etched pattern adds a graphi...</p> 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>