Archinect - News 2014-10-25T19:16:34-04:00 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/86525459/a-dolls-house-auction-raises-nearly-90-000-for-kids-charity-in-london "A Dolls’ House" auction raises nearly £90,000 for KIDS charity in London Justine Testado 2013-11-14T13:40:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T22:28:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k6/k6d4h2nake1tmvhf.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The <a href="http://www.cathedralgroup.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cathedral Group</a>'s A Dolls' House raised close to &pound;90,000 at the end of the live auction event on Nov. 11 at <a href="http://www.bonhams.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bonhams</a> in London. The project invited 20 well-known UK architects, who collaborated with artists and other designers, to create their own doll houses with the goal to raise &pound;100,000 for the <a href="http://www.kids.org.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KIDS</a> charity. Architects included <a href="http://www.adjaye.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adjaye Associates</a>, <a href="http://fashionarchitecturetaste.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FAT</a>, <a href="http://www.makearchitects.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAKE</a>, <a href="http://www.zaha-hadid.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a>, <a href="http://coffeyarchitects.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coffey Architects</a>, and <a href="http://egretwest.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Egret West</a>.</p> <p> The doll houses were then auctioned for online from September to noon on Nov. 11, and finally at the live auction event that evening. To read more on the project, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/82617423/doll-houses-designed-by-20-big-name-architects-such-as-adjaye-zaha-drmm-fat-make-to-be-auctioned-for-kids-charity-in-november" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p> Here's a part of the Cathedral Groups press release on the event:</p> <p> "The stylish event saw over 400 guests come together to celebrate and bid on the selection of dolls&rsquo; houses, including models by Zaha Hadid and David Adjaye. The highest bid of the evening was for Zaha Hadids&rsquo; dolls&rsquo; house, &lsquo;This must be the place&rsquo; reaching an impressive &pound;14,000.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5b/5bg72950wjgni4qz.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Not far behind was the 1.5m hi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/82617423/doll-houses-designed-by-20-big-name-architects-such-as-adjaye-zaha-drmm-fat-make-to-be-auctioned-for-kids-charity-in-november Doll houses designed by 20 big-name architects such as Adjaye, Zaha, DRMM, FAT, Make to be auctioned for KIDS charity in November Justine Testado 2013-10-09T17:52:00-04:00 >2013-10-11T08:45:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5t/5tfyy7ujq4bosg88.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> A Dolls' House, a project by <a href="http://www.cathedralgroup.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cathedral Group</a>, adds a contemporary twist to a childhood pastime. The UK developer rounded up 20 big-name UK architecture firms -- like <a href="http://www.adjaye.com/%E2%80%8E" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adjaye Associates</a>, <a href="http://www.zaha-hadid.com/%E2%80%8E" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a>, <a href="http://coffeyarchitects.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coffey Architects</a>, <a href="http://drmm.co.uk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dRMM</a>, <a href="http://dugganmorrisarchitects.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Duggan Morris</a>, <a href="http://fashionarchitecturetaste.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FAT</a>, <a href="http://www.makearchitects.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAKE</a>, and <a href="http://egretwest.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Egret West</a> -- in collaboration with designers and artists to have each of them create their own modern version of a doll house that will be auctioned in November to raise &pound;100,000 for <a href="http://www.kids.org.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KIDS</a>, a charity that supports disabled children, young people, and their families throughout England. The doll houses will also be presented and exhibited at <a href="http://www.bonhams.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bonhams</a> before they are auctioned at an evening event on November 11.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o2/o2wo4gmn4hzrxqjt.jpg" title=""><br><br> Aside from showing off the personal visions of each design team, these one-of-a-kind doll houses include at least one element designed specifically as a learning aid for children with a disability.</p> <p> Among the list of well-established names and their reinvented doll houses include <a href="http://www.makearchitects.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAKE Architects</a> whose "Jigsaw ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/3694814/sticks-and-stones-can-architects-be-built-in-the-classroom Sticks and stones: can architects be built in the classroom? Paul Petrunia 2011-04-21T16:37:09-04:00 >2011-04-21T17:10:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a3004980c909035d2416cd8211327c97.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... one of the big problems in Britain &ndash; a country infamous for its visual illiteracy, or so say outsiders &ndash; is that architecture isn't taught to children, not much in the home, and much less at school. What an all-embracing discipline it is, though, for teachers and pupils alike: a fusion of art, maths, geometry, geography, physics, technology, politics, economics and environmental concerns.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Guardian's Jonathan Glancey discusses the architectural education, or lack thereof, in the British early childhood education system.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/2687966/i-honestly-don-t-think-that-i-would-have-been-an-artist-had-i-not-lived-in-the-house I honestly don’t think that I would have been an artist had I not lived in the house. Donna Sink 2011-04-12T22:17:36-04:00 >2011-04-14T08:31:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t9/t9tqisai1axgu5a8.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"There&rsquo;s not one bit of drywall or plasterboard or anything like that, so everything has a material that is itself."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jen Graves interviews artist Leo Berk, who claims his childhood home, the Ruth Berk house by "not-quite-legitimate architect, in a good way, Bruce Goff", was the formative experience that made him become an artist.</p>