Archinect - News 2015-09-03T17:44:29-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/134499490/this-studio-illustrates-minecraft-s-architectural-capabilities-to-create-imaginary-worlds This studio illustrates Minecraft's architectural capabilities to create imaginary worlds Justine Testado 2015-08-17T16:34:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T21:50:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/76/76xvtfizxy81sw5x.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The BlockWorks studio proves, yet again, that architects can use Minecraft as a design tool to produce rather magical results with impressive detail. The team of architects, designers, and animators envision mystical cubic worlds in response to what they refer to as "Briefs", which include commissions from YouTube personalities, gaming networks, museums, and film studios as well as original submissions to actual Minecraft design competitions.</p><p>Although the designs are largely fictional, BlockWorks draws inspiration from real-world buildings from throughout history and even structural details by today's starchitects. As expected, the team's growing portfolio is pretty spectacular, and surely retains one's attention for a good amount of time.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vr/vrcrzii4cmsenlwy.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4z/4zwofgmxqynsl5wf.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rq/rqcdgxxhhwiydfd7.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0l/0lfzeqrnrktnpbh7.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8z/8zqbw5g8jk47nzv1.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xo/xogew70hw24b0w43.jpg"><br><br>You can check out more of BlockWorks' projects in greater detail on their <a href="http://blockworksmc.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>. Also, sneak a peek at some their project trailers below or on their <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZEgEAyjv1YHP-jvjLQpaCA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">YouTube channel</a>.</p><p><em>All images <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BlockWorksmc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">via</a>. H/T <a href="http://www.kotaku.com.au/2015/08/when-minecraft-meets-architecture-magic-happens/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kotaku Australia</a></em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133129910/four-centuries-of-american-house-architecture-surveyed-in-one-charming-poster Four centuries of American house architecture surveyed in one charming poster Justine Testado 2015-07-31T19:16:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T20:35:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8i/8ig5xalz9g08burj.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://popchartlab.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pop Chart Lab</a>&nbsp;&mdash; the studio that gained renown for their infographics on culturally relevant topics like beer, cats, comic-book villains, famous TV characters, and so on&nbsp;&mdash; recently came out with "The Architecture of American Houses: A Structured Survey from 1600 to the Present", an enticing graphic chart that packs in four centuries' worth of American housing architecture.</p><p>The poster is a nifty conversation starter, showing off 121 styles ranging from 17th century post-medieval English homes, the distinct Tudor facades, the gabled roofs and A-Frames of midcentury modernism, to the McMansions that rose in the 1990s. The illustrations are conveniently organized into seven main categories and 40 subdivisions. Each poster is also individually numbered and signed by the artists.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/il/ilq35tqrb2vqa7cy.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7t/7t973xyxitaykhqr.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c8/c8mtd96eyn9z5zsm.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lz/lzdxcpxs1l1f5wmy.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/my/myex243izodlqghc.jpg"><br><em>Images via popchartlab.com</em></p><p>The poster is available for purchase <a href="http://popchartlab.com/products/the-architecture-of-american-houses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>h/t <a href="http://www.visualnews.com/2015/07/25/home-in-on-4-centuries-of-american-house-architecture-with-this-print/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Visual News</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132645838/urbancampsite-amsterdam-lets-visitors-camp-in-style-in-these-artsy-tents UrbanCampsite Amsterdam lets visitors camp in style in these artsy "tents" Justine Testado 2015-07-24T15:41:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T17:42:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k2/k2c9phhzs7m5m0ec.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you happen to find yourself wandering <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/362290/ijburg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IJburg</a>'s Centrumeiland artificial island in Amsterdam this summer, you might encounter a peculiar group of art installations randomly camped out in what feels like the middle of nowhere. Although the installations alone are enough to draw in passers-by, they're actually part of UrbanCampsite Amsterdam, an outdoor public exhibition wherein you can, yes, go camping.</p><p>Founders Annette van Driel and Francis Nijenhuis launched UrbanCampsite Amsterdam this past June after a successful first exhibition last year. As a way to brighten up the "sandy piece of wasteland" on the IJburg island and attract visitors to the developing neighborhood, the project offers all the basics of outdoor camping&nbsp;&mdash; but appeals to anyone looking to add a "luxurious" artsy twist in their experience.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ji/jicekm5h54oim4cj.jpg"></p><p>The campsite features 12 very different installations mostly built out of waste materials. With an <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/287980/airbnb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb</a> reservation, a lucky number of visitors can spend the night in these char...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131897122/celebrating-concrete-architecture-in-a-mini-block-party Celebrating concrete architecture in a mini "block party" Justine Testado 2015-07-15T13:04:00-04:00 >2015-08-06T09:01:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vj/vjyq89jijd3r55nt.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Long inspired by historic modernist concrete structures throughout the last century, Mumbai-based product designers&nbsp;Nitin Barchha and Disney Davis of <a href="http://materialimmaterial.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Material Immaterial</a> made an artful ode to concrete's lasting architectural influence in <a href="https://www.behance.net/gallery/27507881/SPACES" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"SPACES"</a>, a collection of miniature blocks cleanly carved into charming homes.</p><p>The designers made each humble yet sophisticated abode using a particular concrete mix to replicate the material's smooth finish. Each of the nine pieces&nbsp;&mdash; which measure at 62 x 62 x 51 millimeters&nbsp;&mdash; has its own design of volumes and voids that enable numerous arrangements when grouped altogether in the central "Kund".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qv/qvru0jh1k0em1d92.jpg">&nbsp; <img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hk/hk952hbyekclw520.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ea/ea7tqzex816y29rj.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f28626ogvh15qrxj.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/we/webfd9iijxfyxq2x.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gk/gka3w8uzp33osqra.jpg"></p><p>h/t <a href="http://www.ignant.de/2015/07/14/concrete-miniature-buildings-celebrate-classic-architecture/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ignant</a></p><p>Check out more of these crafty architectural designs on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Stephanie Clark&rsquo;s embroidered architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126538317/stephanie-clark-s-embroidered-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stephanie Clark&rsquo;s embroidered architecture</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119347379/artist-charles-young-crafts-mini-paper-metropolis-on-the-daily" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Artist Charles Young crafts mini paper metropolis on the daily</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119424546/these-stalaclights-are-a-witty-tribute-to-the-forever-growing-skyscraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">These "Stalaclights" are a witty tribute to the forever-growing skyscraper</a></p><p><a title="Deconstructing architectural icons, with gifs!" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100938778/deconstructing-architectural-icons-with-gifs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deconstructing architectural icons, with gifs!</a></p><p><a title='"Birdbnb" exhibits elaborate birdhouse replicas of over 50 Airbnb listings' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/89302472/birdbnb-exhibits-elaborate-birdhouse-replicas-of-over-50-airbnb-listings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Birdbnb" exhibits elaborate birdhouse replicas of over 50 ...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131329607/snarkitecture-s-10-000-sq-ft-indoor-beach-at-the-national-building-museum Snarkitecture's 10,000 sq ft indoor BEACH at the National Building Museum Justine Testado 2015-07-07T14:07:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T23:36:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6dspvysncsw6tsw4.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Following Bjarke Ingels Group's wildly successful <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103881621/delve-into-the-big-maze-at-the-national-building-museum-in-washington-d-c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG Maze</a> last summer, one could only wonder how Washington D.C.'s <a href="http://www.nbm.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Building Museum</a> would one-up itself this time around. Enter Alex Mustonen and Daniel Arsham of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/94643/snarkitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Snarkitecture</a>, who envisioned the 10,000 square-foot indoor BEACH that opened on July 4 in the Museum's Great Hall.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ft/ftf9zl0aede2ampn.jpg"></p><p>Decked out in Snarkitecture's all-white aesthetic, the monochromatic installation has beach chairs and umbrellas on the "shoreline" and an "ocean" of nearly 1 million recyclable translucent plastic balls for visitors to "splash" in, facing a mirrored wall that creates the illusion of a vast expanse. The Museum commissioned Snarkitecture to design the giant ball-pit&nbsp;&mdash; which was <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/snarkitecture_brings_the_beach_indoors_at_the_national_building_museum_this/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first announced</a> back in April&nbsp;&mdash; for the annual &ldquo;Summer Block Party,&rdquo; which consists of various public programming, exhibitions, and events.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q0/q0l6oof32bq4hpfs.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ao/aolxorvwcdqw3owg.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d0/d0o6rc7tixgkxdz4.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5m/5mtp5x1p370q1a0w.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3n/3n7ay8q2jj8coj4m.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ko/korf7u2kieofpq2j.jpg"></p><p>'We see the commission as an exciting opportunity to create an architectural installation that reimagines the qualities and possibilities of ma...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125994868/archinect-to-host-party-book-launch-for-treatise-why-write-alone-at-the-neutra-vdl-saturday-may-2nd Archinect to host party & book launch for "Treatise: Why Write Alone?" at the Neutra VDL Saturday, May 2nd! Justine Testado 2015-04-24T12:48:00-04:00 >2015-05-06T22:45:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z0/z09vi8j32jlphcrh.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Mark your calendars for Saturday evening, May 2! Archinect is heading out to the Neutra VDL House in Los Angeles for the "Treatise: Why Write Alone?" West Coast book launch. Archinect, Neutra VDL House, and The Graham Foundation will be co-hosting the event.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d9/d9lm43u9q0ulwwkg.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/we/wejfeupmnjixu418.jpg"></p><p><em>The Neutra VDL House in Silver Lake, Los Angeles will be hosting the event. (Photo: David Hartwell</em>)</p><p>Organized by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/90423/bureau-spectacular-jimenez-lai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular</a>, "Treatise" is a publication project featuring the collective works of 14 young design offices, who each explore the concept: <em>"Why Write? And why write alone?" </em>"Treatise" originates from Lai's Graham Foundation grant to pursue non-conformist approaches to architecture, and it made its debut as an exhibition in Chicago's Graham Foundation <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118901375/treatise-why-write-alone-to-debut-at-the-graham-foundation-this-friday" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in January</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.popupcoffee.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cognoscenti Coffee</a> will be serving espresso and espresso-based drinks -- including espresso-based cocktails! Special guests will soon be announced.</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/treatise-why-write-alone-book-launch-party-tickets-16715976937" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RSVP now</a></strong>. (The event is free!)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u8/u82mxcjw2tcn9omy.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6g/6g1q9w4nzahxe7id.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5l/5l6tvla8s8muswyy.jpg"><br><em>View of &ldquo;Treatise: Why Write Alone?&rdquo;, 2015, Graham Foundation, Ch...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124277215/the-hole-idea-celebrates-the-simple-joys-of-creating-spontaneous-architecture "The Hole Idea" celebrates the simple joys of creating "spontaneous architecture" Justine Testado 2015-04-01T15:16:00-04:00 >2015-04-01T15:19:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lv/lvwiqhw3of4xfwq1.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architectural design can be as playful as a child's imagination and still be taken seriously. Coated in a sunny yellow and candy-colored circular openings, "The Hole Idea -- Now in Technicolor" in Winnipeg is a snow tunnel that may seem like a kids-only zone at first glance, but is an engaging installation that can spark the curiosity of anyone who is trudging by in the snow. Since it was first installed in January after winning the popular <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114590743/winners-of-warming-huts-v-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Warming Huts 2015 competition</a>, The Hole Idea has attracted visitors of all ages. The project's success continues with its recent win of an Ontario Association Of Architects Award.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/61/61daneuj756vcni3.jpg"></p><p>Designed by Toronto-based <a href="http://www.weissau.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Weiss Architecture + Urbanism</a>, the playful concept for The Hole Idea -- which was named after a 1955 Looney Tune animation of the same name -- evokes childhood memories of Saturday morning cartoons, colorful playgrounds, and building snow forts.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v1/v1l4azcv6gybx902.jpg"></p><p>The firm worked alongside Blackwell Engineering and the Canada Culvert fabrication team to complete th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124217768/detroit-s-p-funk-inspired-mothership-is-ready-to-get-the-party-started Detroit's P. Funk-inspired Mothership is ready to get the party started Justine Testado 2015-03-31T20:24:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T13:32:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3bphae9z441291pg.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Most people would probably be envious of the lucky DJs that got to spin tunes in The Mothership (I know I am). Ann Arbor-based practice <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/75903361/anya-sirota-akoaki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anya Sirota + AKOAKI</a> looked to legendary funk collective <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-Funk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">P-Funk</a> and their iconic album <em><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mothership_Connection" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mothership Connection</a></em> to design the swanky modular DJ and broadcast booth for Detroit's North End neighborhood and its local music scene.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xs/xs8dnig2qobrucou.jpg"></p><p>Akoaki created The Mothership to mark the start of the collaborative <a href="http://www.onemile.us/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">O.N.E. Mile</a> initiative, which brings together architects, designers, and artists to revive the public spaces along historic Oakland Avenue for a series of experimental cultural events all year long. The Mothership made its debut during O.N.E. Mile's free (and unprecedented) Mothership Launch event this past October, where 12 honorary members of Parliament-Funkadelic did a special live performance in an empty garage on Oakland Avenue. The mobile unit is still stationed there but has more future public appearances in tow.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nh/nhmcnrf946qmrqzl.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3s/3sp1jr0h95wuzh23.jpg"></p><p>The Mothership is constructed by an aluminu...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119980904/brutal-london-cutout-replicas-commemorate-iconic-brutalist-structures Brutal London cutout replicas commemorate iconic brutalist structures Justine Testado 2015-02-04T19:09:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T21:45:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f1/f1482gu80zyi9a0d.jpg" width="514" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Assembling those paper cutouts from the back of the cereal box is a delightful childhood memory for many. Poznan-based design studio&nbsp;<a href="http://www.zupagrafika.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zupagrafika</a> brings back that pastime with their "Brutal London" paper cutouts that would look good on any shelf or desk. Following the Warsaw-inspired "Eastern Block" collection, Brutal London is Zupagrafika's latest addition to cataloging modernist architecture at risk of extinction -- be it demolition in England or thermomodernization in Poland.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k6/k624pmvf83cpo63u.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r5/r5zvbqzz9oamvm69.jpg"></p><p>The collection features five illustrated mini models of 1960s-1970s brutalist structures in the Camden, Southwark, and Tower Hamlet districts of London: the iconic Balfron Tower and Space House, the demolished <a href="http://www.architecture.com/Explore/Buildings/RobinHoodGardens.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens</a> and <a href="http://www.southwark.gov.uk/news/article/92/260_new_homes_begin_to_appear_as_iconic_estate_is_demolished" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aylesbury Estate</a>, and the prefab Ledbury Estate. Made out of 100% recycled paper and cardboard, the models depict original details from the buildings' facades, down to the graffiti.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ke/ked9568yacohf9vm.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/08/08rtct4axkl3aayu.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1j/1jb78bd2rkd5gw85.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kg/kgjgx6d2vxd44thb.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cz/czyde269htgkyt3x.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mk/mkj13kvdpdytm70z.jpg"></p><p>Young ones could perhaps learn a quick fact or two about brutalist architecture as they cut out and a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117903891/celebrate-with-the-architecture-lobby-at-their-2015-new-years-resolutions-party-benefit-tomorrow Celebrate with THE ARCHITECTURE LOBBY at their 2015 New Years Resolutions Party + Benefit tomorrow! Justine Testado 2015-01-08T19:26:00-05:00 >2015-01-09T14:27:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gj/gjiibc0qaqg53pg2.jpg" width="514" height="254" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In need of some weekend plans? <a href="http://www.architecture-lobby.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture Lobby</a> will be hosting their 2015 New Years Resolutions Party + Benefit tomorrow night, January 9, at 60 Lispenard St. in New York, NY.</p><p>Dance the night away or enjoy drinks at the open bar all while supporting The Architecture Lobby's fighting mission to end unethical architectural practices.</p><p>Attire: All black or all white. Bring your dancing shoes!</p><p><strong>Purchase your tickets (or donate) <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-architecture-lobbys-2015-new-years-resolutions-party-benefit-tickets-15006248092" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</strong></p><p>Listen to Archinect's discussion with Quilian Riano about the Architecture Lobby from the Archinect Sessions podcast episode #7:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116666690/architecture-for-all-ages-the-top-youth-inspired-projects-of-2014 Architecture for All Ages: The top “youth-inspired” projects of 2014 Justine Testado 2014-12-29T13:00:00-05:00 >2015-01-02T15:28:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/po/po4ui9hnhvfex2ig.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Curiosity is a driving force in architecture, design, and just about every creative field. Whether it was through collaborative projects in grade school, reading comic books, or sitting in a corner doodling away, it's not unusual for creative practitioners to say their interests were formed during their childhood and teenage years, if not somehow reaffirmed later in life.</p><p>Below is a loosely threaded list of end-of-the-year picks (in no particular order) of fun and educational projects that focus on youth participation as well as projects that echo childhood nostalgia and curiosity. Just like the kid who always asks "Why?", these fun uplifting projects are a reminder that inquisitiveness should never run dry and, regardless of age, learning never stops.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/103117101/never-too-young-15-librarian-recommended-architecture-books-for-young-children" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Never Too Young; 15 Librarian-Recommended Architecture Books for Young Children</strong></a> &darr;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/md/mdtczide1vo7oaq7.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/95659740/the-winning-narratives-of-the-first-fairy-tales-architecture-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The winning narratives of the first Fairy Tales Architecture Competition </strong></a>&darr;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/po/po4ui9hnhvfex2ig.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101654926/constructing-holden-caulfield-learning-to-build-character-through-literary-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>"Constructing Holden Caulfield": Learning to build character through literary arc...</strong></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116352277/choi-shine-s-bit-light-lets-you-create-a-multitude-of-illuminated-sculptures Choi + Shine's BIT Light lets you create a multitude of illuminated sculptures Justine Testado 2014-12-19T16:33:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T21:32:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tm/tmf6jflkv6rlt20a.jpg" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/86364/choi-shine-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Choi + Shine Architects</a>, who envisioned the beautiful <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100460/choi-shine-wins-bsa-unbuilt-architecture-award-for-land-of-giants" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Land of Giants</em> in 2010</a>, developed a new lighting system called the BIT Light&trade;. BIT's name is primarily derived from the Korean word for light (&#48731;) which is somewhat pronounced like "bit" in English. It also stands for Bulb with Integrated Technology and describes its fun modular design.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e9/e92yqrbj9drww812.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6d8q2owzd0m2607k.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vy/vyqbuceb46l6au6t.jpg"></p><p>Each BIT light consists of a low-voltage LED light source encased in a translucent polycarbonate shell. Magnetic connectors enable multiple BITs to be physically and electrically linked to each other and to a power source, while letting users get creative and arrange the lights in literally hundreds of forms. BIT's user-friendly design also makes it easier to adjust the amount of illumination inside a space without needing advanced technical skills or professional assistance.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p9/p9jhs5fcy8cjeh6c.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/il/ilkzx5tg7uv0d9d2.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b9w9u1ov3vd4tje4.jpg"></p><p>Choi + Shine is currently working on adding more colors, forms, materials, and connectors to the mix.</p><p>Learn more about the BIT Light <a href="http://www.thebitlight.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100460/choi-shine-wins-bsa-unbuilt-architecture-award-for-land-of-giants" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Choi+Shine wins BSA Unbuilt Arc...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109801173/festivities-ensue-at-the-beaux-arts-ball-2014-craft-in-new-york Festivities ensue at the Beaux Arts Ball 2014: Craft in New York Justine Testado 2014-09-25T17:35:00-04:00 >2014-09-25T20:22:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fh/fhic3bttagw147ln.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://archleague.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural League of New York</a> hosted another successful <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</a> this year at Weylin B. Seymour's in Williamsburg, New York this past Saturday night. In spirit of the ball's 2014 theme "Craft", eight architects and designers collaborated with Nuit Blanche New York in creating digital art projections inspired by the gorgeous interior motifs and details of the historic Weylin B. Seymour's building.</p><p>Digitally carved onto the arches of the venue's central domed hall, the installation helped create a festive environment as hundreds of well-dressed guests enjoyed drinks and desserts, and danced the night away with music by pazel. It was a fancy occasion indeed.</p><p>Want more insight to the Weylin B. Seymour's building? Check out the ArchLeague's <a href="http://archleague.org/2014/09/beaux-arts-ball-2014-craft-feature/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">feature</a> on the building's restoration.</p><p>Check out photos from the ball and the Benefactors Dinner below.</p><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/83234719/a-quick-recap-of-the-beaux-arts-ball-2013" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A quick recap of the Beaux Arts Ball 2013</a></p> 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>