Archinect - News 2015-07-29T01:03:53-04:00 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/113652533/towards-biology-tells-the-metaphysical-tale-of-ricardo-bofill-s-la-f-brica "Towards Biology" tells the metaphysical tale of Ricardo Bofill's La Fábrica Justine Testado 2014-11-14T15:51:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:54:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v0/v0g4eisskm9ik910.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura collaborated with <a href="http://www.onionlab.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Onionlab</a> from Barcelona to create a video-audio installation titled "Towards Biology" as part of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101261428/ricardo-bofill-s-time-space-existence-exhibition-on-la-fabrica-for-the-2014-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Time Space Existence" exhibition</a> at the soon-to-conclude <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/230035/venice-biennale-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Biennale 2014</a> in Italy.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gk/gk5hpc6rcczqgyf2.jpg"></p><p>The exhibition explores going beyond the physical existence of La F&aacute;brica&nbsp;-- the repurposed cement factory in Barcelona that has served as the Taller de Arquitectura's creative headquarters and Ricardo Bofill's private residence since the mid-1970s -- and reimagines it in different contexts, specifically in Venice.</p><p>In "Towards Biology", the rotunda-shaped screen draws in viewers to listen and watch a poetic narrative about La F&aacute;brica, which symbolizes the fundamentals of Taller de Arquitectura and the firm's approaches to architecture.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/et/et77o050r53ost3g.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f0v94zd2d46fny4x.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gl/gl6q6wyh9k2kclnx.jpg"></p><p><strong>Scroll further down to watch the installation in English or Italian.</strong></p><p>Project credits:</p><p>Produced by Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura and Onionlab<br>Technical direction: Onionlab<br>Technical Engineering: Lloc Audiovisu...</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/88541265/between-a-womb-and-a-cathedral-architects-of-air-s-the-most-beautiful "Between a womb and a cathedral": Architects of Air's "The Most Beautiful" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-12T13:31:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T19:02:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r6/r63uw59zid7dkivc.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Reactions to Alan Parkinson's luminaria range from rhapsodic and enlightened, to energized or calmed. These giant inflatable structures, first designed by Parkinson in the 1980s and now touring worldwide under his "Architects of Air" organization, resemble multi-colored bouncy citadels, and create a totally immersive experience of light and color to anyone who walks their winding interiors. Imagine a Verner Panton wormhole opening into a florescent clerestory; a near-psychedelic secular pilgrimage through some giant creature's digestive system.</p> <p> To celebrate over twenty years of designing, building, and touring the luminaria, Architects of Air has released <em>The Most Beautiful</em>, a photo book with nearly glowing images from inside the structures and a quick look at the luminaria's design history.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jp/jpbmd9woqfj679dk.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Since putting the first luminarium on tour in the early 1990s, Architects of Air has designed over fifteen more structures and inflated them all over the world. Made out of a custom fle...</p>