Archinect - News 2014-08-22T17:49:54-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/105787826/when-cities-become-science-where-does-art-fit-in When Cities Become Science, Where Does Art Fit In? Alexander Walter 2014-08-04T14:22:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T14:23:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/64/64dc9080493585e8b7df595648695b22.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But, with all this push to quantize and characterize, there are dangers. Cities clearly are more than a new kind of physics problem. They are also creations of the human imagination and, as such, they live or die by the quality of the imagination we bring to them. Thats why no discussion of the health of cities can be complete without thinking about the role of art &mdash; public art.</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/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/101186753/the-mythologically-inspired-shinseon-play-wins-the-first-young-architects-program-seoul The mythologically inspired “Shinseon Play” wins the first Young Architects Program Seoul Justine Testado 2014-06-05T19:35:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T19:29:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j9/j9eewfgc8qx8eue6.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Jang Won Choi, Kyung Min Kwon, and Cheon Kang Park of collaborative team MOON JI BANG recently won the inaugural Young Architects Program Seoul in South Korea with their proposal, "Shinseon Play". The proposal draws inspiration from traditional Korean mythology with features like gently swaying "clouds", a trampoline, and a grassy meadow -- making it an ideal outdoor installation for the summer season.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j2/j27pfmsoe99wugbi.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wx/wxtg6gdveruj7eb2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gf/gf3174cr49f2qpvt.jpg"></p><p>Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/shinseon_play_wins_the_first_young_architects_program_seoul/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99726458/insite-by-luftwerk-turns-mies-farnsworth-house-inside-out-with-light-and-sound INsite by Luftwerk turns Mies' Farnsworth House inside-out with light and sound Justine Testado 2014-05-15T13:23:00-04:00 >2014-05-23T00:00:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/ei43mwneapu7ja1o.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whether you're a diehard Miesian fan or could care less about the modernist architecture canon, we've heard of ol' Farnsworth time and time again since its completion in 1951 in Plano, Illinois. But Chicago-based artists Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero of <a href="http://luftwerk.net" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luftwerk</a> want the public to see the historic Farnsworth House in a whole new light &mdash;&nbsp;literally &mdash;&nbsp;with their digital installation project called INsite.<br><br>INsite highlights the house's characteristic clean lines through site-specific digital video projections and original music compositions, thus rendering it into a new structure of light, sound, and space. In addition to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98957852/should-it-stay-or-should-it-go-preservationists-weigh-options-to-protect-farnsworth-house-from-flooding-damage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent preservation efforts</a> to protect the Farnsworth from more floodwater damage in the future, INsite could help revive public interest&nbsp;in an eye-catching way that is suitable for these tech-friendly times.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/un/un2xoqib6hzb5sl8.jpg"></p><p>Illuminating modern architecture landmarks is nothing new for Gallero and Bachmaier, who have collaborated with video designer and programmer&nbsp;<a href="http://liviu.stoptime341.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Liviu Pasare</a>&nbsp;and co...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98842514/we-built-this-city-the-smartest-urban-crowdfunding-projects We built this city: the smartest urban crowdfunding projects Alexander Walter 2014-04-28T13:46:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T13:53:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ts/ts3au3ggn1k92qbo.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From pedestrian bridges to city centre waterslides, sculpture parks to public pianos, here are some of the smartest and wackiest crowdfunded projects for urban improvement</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/96032669/bright-nights-at-ted2014-vancouver-with-chrome-powered-aerial-sculpture Bright nights at TED2014 Vancouver with Chrome-powered aerial sculpture Justine Testado 2014-03-19T17:47:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T20:58:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vw/vwmhiu2j0reoefqy.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Donning a spectrum of colors and moving beams of light, the "Unnumbered Sparks" installation comes to life every night as it hovers near the site of the 30th anniversary <a href="http://conferences.ted.com/TED2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TED2014 world conference</a> in downtown Vancouver, Canada.</p><p>Artist <a href="http://www.echelman.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Janet Echelman</a> and director of the Google Data Art Group <a href="http://www.aaronkoblin.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Koblin</a> -- who both spoke at TED2011 -- collaborated in designing the aerial sculpture just in time for TED2014. Echelman officially introduced the work earlier this week at the conference.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o2/o2jrdigmqd3kecdz.jpg"></p><p>The 745-foot net, which is powered by Google Chrome and other modern web technologies, can be choreographed by visitors using their smartphones or tablets to "paint" the sculpture in real time.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0n/0nxjjf1vzbtsgnns.jpg"><br><br>Visitors in the area will be able to interact with Unnumbered Sparks every night until Saturday, March 22.</p><p>Check out the video below to see the creative process behind the piece.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94978858/advanced-geometry-with-oyler-wu-collaborative-s-the-cube Advanced geometry with Oyler Wu Collaborative's "The Cube" Justine Testado 2014-03-05T20:24:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:21:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f0by6jwvrcxz7pyq.jpg" width="514" height="519" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>L.A. architectural practice <a href="http://oylerwu.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oyler Wu Collaborative</a> designed "The Cube" from a fundamental notion: to challenge the spatial and geometric properties of the cube, a geometric form long regarded as a basic element for design, art, and science. Built for the 2013 Beijing Biennale, the sculpture transforms a solid idea into an abstract piece -- and just a really cool-looking installation that surely makes a nifty backdrop for picture-taking.</p><p>We'll let Oyler Wu explain the intricate details behind the project:<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pt/ptpt5o01cgp2iwhf.jpg"><br><br>"The Cube was designed with the intention of challenging the perceptual reading of the volumetric object. Beginning with this iconic and basic geometry, the overall scheme is designed to maintain the clear presence of the six-sided object in space.</p><p>Closer inspection of the scheme, however, is intended to reveal a more nuanced and experiential spatial effect - one that moves beyond the object and offers a radically different reading. Approximately sixteen meters tall and constructed of ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94950433/in-indianapolis-a-bike-path-to-progress In Indianapolis, a Bike Path to Progress Archinect 2014-03-05T11:07:00-05:00 >2014-03-05T18:18:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bf/bfe80aee5adc88856a89b53ea3d5b37a.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Before the path arrived, Indianapolis didn&rsquo;t have a mainstream bike scene &mdash; just streets designed to improve traffic flow. Now, children and the elderly have joined the spandex swarms of longtime cycling enthusiasts... The public art along the trail accentuates the path&rsquo;s role as a sculptor of the city&rsquo;s evolving identity. For example, Donna Sink&rsquo;s &ldquo;Moving Forward&rdquo; is a series of seven stained-glass-hued eco-friendly bus shelters covered in lines from poems by local writers.</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/93312930/winning-sculpture-of-2014-times-square-heart-design-unveiled Winning sculpture of 2014 Times Square Heart Design unveiled Justine Testado 2014-02-10T17:39:00-05:00 >2014-02-11T14:32:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ps/psbc9fzkldqmbwx4.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>How about we start the week with a heart-warming project right on time for Valentine's Day! "Match Maker," the winning sculpture of the 2014 Times Square Valentine Heart Design competition, was unveiled in New York's Times Square today. Designed by Brooklyn-based Young Projects in collaboration with Kammetal, "Match Maker" is an interactive heart-shaped sculpture that matches individuals based on their zodiac sign.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Have a glimpse of the winning and finalist installations:</p><p><strong>Winner:</strong> <strong>Young Projects - Match Maker</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gu/gunw66y80s9pnqi6.jpg"><br><br><strong>Haiko Cornelissen Architecten - TWEET HEART NY</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oz/oz2rv4d9ctmlmqqk.jpg"><br><br><strong>Pernilla Ohrstedt Studio - O Heart</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8a/8apkot3qpaj2sjns.jpg"><br><br><strong>Schaum/Shieh Architects - My Fuzzy Valentine</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/29/29mkoq2rtpopuhij.jpg"><br><br><strong>SOFTlab - Sweet Heart</strong><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ms/msz1x6gtbr3x7nru.jpg"><br><br><strong>The Living - Vapor Valentine</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i3/i3zmc76mxr0066rj.jpg"><br><br>Learn more about each project at <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/young_projects_wins_2014_times_square_valentine_heart_design_competition/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86311570/5-pointz-graffiti-mecca-in-long-island-city-faces-imminent-destruction 5 Pointz "graffiti mecca" in Long Island City faces imminent destruction Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-11T18:21:00-05:00 >2013-11-15T11:53:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8h/8hcrzo6sk2ga36ez.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The artists behind New York&rsquo;s graffiti haven 5 Pointz have learned that their last-ditch legal effort to save the outdoor gallery will likely fail. &ldquo;The building, unfortunately, is going to have to come down,&rdquo; federal judge Frederic Block said in New York&rsquo;s eastern district court on Friday. [...] &ldquo;I&rsquo;m getting the sense that the traditional academic way of looking at things needs to be updated,&rdquo; Block said.</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/85306327/heatherwick-chosen-to-create-potentially-world-s-most-expensive-public-art-piece-for-new-york Heatherwick chosen to create potentially world's most expensive public art piece for New York Archinect 2013-10-29T18:20:00-04:00 >2013-10-29T18:20:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/28/28e35f1727abc673eb23c9d4bfb9fce2.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It isn't clear what the artwork will look like, though a person familiar with the matter said it would have a "gathering" theme. But it will be expensive: Mr. Ross, chairman of builder Related Cos., has told friends and associates the company intends to spend as much as $75 million on the centerpiece and surrounding public space.</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/80010418/spirit-of-space-presents-art-in-the-city-a-short-film-honoring-chicago-s-public-art Spirit of Space presents "Art in the City", a short film honoring Chicago's public art Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-21T20:26:00-04:00 >2013-08-28T03:14:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a1raf1szf04fyrx2.jpg" width="514" height="218" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The success of a public work of art is measured not merely by aesthetics, but rather, by its magnetic qualities that inspire interaction. The art is a reflection of the City, the art becomes a part of the City, the art is instrumental in making the City.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Acting as poetic translators between cities and their citizens, the creative agency&nbsp;<a href="http://spiritofspace.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spirit of Space</a>&nbsp;uses digital media to showcase humanity's built environment, consequently enhancing the citizen's self-awareness and appreciation of architectural space. Their film for Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill, entitled <em>Art in the City</em>, visits a selection of public art installations in Chicago, presenting the structures within an engaged society, with quotations from their creators superimposed on the footage.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z3/z3hshpc8o3bnaox4.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>Art in the City</em>'s perspective contextualizes the art as truly part of its city, rather than tightly framing it as an isolated portrait. While not an explicit critique of the public art, the film and featured quotations are bold strokes, meant to inspire dialogue and enthused interaction, but not push a specific argument. In line with Spirit of Space's agenda, the film provokes questions of public art's purpose, civic relationship, and whether it "succeeds". Inherent to these questions ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/58618930/pop-rocks-soft-urban-boulder-field Pop Rocks: Soft Urban Boulder Field Alexander Walter 2012-10-04T14:22:00-04:00 >2012-10-08T18:35:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cw/cwu2alu1dyg7odsk.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Vancouver hosted a fascinating hybrid of public spatial art and waste material upcycling in its downtown area this summer: Pop Rocks, a temporary installation that covered a full city block. The project is fabricated entirely from post-consumer and post-industrial waste from the metropolitan Vancouver region.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>The installation, an equal collaboration between <a href="http://www.msaprojects.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Matthew Soules Architecture</a> and <a href="http://www.afjdstudio.net/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AFJD Studio</a> (Amber Frid-Jimenez &amp; Joe Dahmen), engages tactically with these materials to produce soft forms that extend the typical range of active and passive social activities, fostering unexpected social encounters and new perspectives on the city.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/55191225/high-above-columbus-circle-a-living-room-tv-included High Above Columbus Circle, a Living Room, TV Included anthony dong 2012-08-12T22:40:00-04:00 >2012-08-20T20:57:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8m/8mkqfcwmqna4piz3.jpg" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Imagine you&rsquo;re a New York City building official, and the mayor&rsquo;s office has decided to let an artist build a living room six stories up in the air and wrap it around a historic statue of Christopher Columbus in the middle of one of Manhattan&rsquo;s busiest intersections. Oh, and the plan is to have 100,000 people climb up stairs to view it.</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/14393128/panorama-istanbul Panorama / Istanbul Orhan Ayyüce 2011-07-23T14:42:02-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1z/1zj72263516zkh7d.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Panaroma is a public art which criticize the lack of public space and the confused function of the few open/green spaces in &#304;stanbul. Art Project by Andreas Fogarasi. Project architect &amp; construction supervision by Alper Derinbo&#287;az.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The installation is planned to move inside Istanbul every 3 months as follows: Kad&#305;k&ouml;y, Be&#351;ikta&#351;, Levent, Emin&ouml;n&uuml;. Therefore the structure needed to be built in manner to be easily transportable as it was going to visit important public spaces in Istanbul. In order for it to be portable and to give it an &ldquo;architectural luna park&rdquo; quality Panorama was designed to include smaller parts that could be assembled at will. The contrast between the mobile steel construction and architectural elements like the marble casings and marble steps emphasized the main idea of the work. The white circle that hangs there in an &ldquo;illogical&rdquo; way presents an attractive element that invites the viewer to the platform. To be left alone with this white circle creates a contradictory state in the backdrop of the beautiful panorama of the Moda coast.</p> <p> Panorama may not be functional or easily legible but it presents a happy surprise for those who will come across it. The confusion about its functionality en...</p>