Archinect - News 2015-03-31T11:42:25-04:00 Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for March 2015 Justine Testado 2015-03-27T20:12:00-04:00 >2015-03-27T20:16:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Time for the latest Kickstarter picks for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>. Check out what sorts of crowdfunding projects made it onto this month's list...</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Organic Growth. Summer Pavilion on Governors Island 2015</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Izaskun Chinchilla Architects was chosen as one of the winners in the 2015 &lsquo;City of Dreams&rsquo; Pavilion competition to have their proposal "Organic Growth" constructed on Governors Island, NY. Dubbed by the firm as "NY's biggest bike bouquet", the proposed 95 sq.m. canopy puts space-filling waste materials to crafty use.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Billion Oyster Pavilion</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Another winning City of Dreams Pavilion design by BanG Studios. All the materials in the Billion Oyster Pavilion would be used by the New York Harbor School to rebuild oyster habitats in NY's waterways.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 CGarchitect Visualization Conference</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>'s Jeff Mottle and CGSchool business partner Brian Zajac teamed up to create the first annual CGarchitect 3D Architectural Visualization Conference. Out of an ambitious fund...</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for February 2015 Justine Testado 2015-02-27T19:31:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T22:07:09-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's already time for the next round-up of Kickstarter and crowdfunding projects for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>. Check out this month's list right below.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BOOKNITURE- Furniture Hidden in a Book</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Designed by Hong Kong-based MIKE/PLATEAUS, BOOKNITURE is a sleek Origami Structure "book" that unfolds like an accordion into a clever portable piece of furniture. The Kickstarter, which has already far surpassed its initial goal, will help fund necessary tools for mass production.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">re Brut: Brutalist Architecture Re-Imagined</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As a winning design in a student studio seminar course/competition, the "re Brut" pavilion reinterprets the Brutalist architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Kickstarter funds would support the pavilion's realization for the UIC School of Architecture's annual Year End Show (Y.E.S.)</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obelisk: Volume I: On Art, Architecture, &amp; Antiquities</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>OBELISK Vol. 1 contains 36 articles and interviews from the Obelisk quarterly journal. Most of the articles in the 240-...</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for January 2015 Justine Testado 2015-01-30T13:26:00-05:00 >2015-01-30T13:26:58-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Our first Kickstarter list of 2015! Here you'll find our latest selections of crowdfunding campaigns that piqued our interest for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>.</p><p><strong><a href="http://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Parabola Chair</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>After two years of development and 15 full-sized prototypes, designer Carlo Aiello's Parabola Chair recently won the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">prestigious 2014 Red Dot Design Award</a>. Aiello's Kickstarter campaign could help bring the chair to a wider market.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MODUS: The Ultimate 11-in-1 Portable Sketching Tool</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The MODUS combines multiple essential drawing tasks into one nifty portable tool. It has the exact dimensions of a credit card, so it can slip right into a wallet. It's also made of 6061 Aluminum that can prevent RFID theft.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Life-size Animated Film</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>London-based animated filmmaking team Daisy Jacobs and Chris Wilder are crowdsourcing funds in hopes to bring their next film project together, where 2D painted characters interact with real-world 3D objects. You can check out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the trailer</a> of the team's last life-size animated film, "The...</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for November 2014 + December 2014 Justine Testado 2014-12-26T15:48:00-05:00 >2014-12-26T20:39:13-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the blink of an eye, another year has passed. Check out our last 2014 list of interesting crowdfunding campaigns for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brave the Storm - Aguantar La Tempestad</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As annual typhoons continue to rage in the Philippines, the "Brave the Storm" project has been working to bring to affected communities an improved withstanding aerodynamic shelter based on traditional bamboo building techniques.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARCHITECTURE | EMBRACING ART</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This collaborative project by architects Hee Jun Sim and Su Jeong Park of Archiworks with Dutch artist Karel Stoop features a rotunda-shaped outdoor pavilion (to be designed by Sim and Park) whose inner walls will showcase Stoop's abstract paintings. If all runs smoothly, the pavilion is expected to be open to the public in May 2016.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project GREGORY</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In the search for alternative solutions to alleviate homelessness, Project Gregory thought of creating living spaces behind billboard advertisements. The creators are currently designing a resid...</p> A Chat with the Architect who Invented the Hoverboard: Episode 4 of Archinect Sessions out now! Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-30T11:08:00-04:00 >2014-12-17T18:56:48-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken</a>&nbsp;speak with architect Greg Henderson about his&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hoverboarding technology</a>,&nbsp;and its potential applications in architecture. Greg's architectural background led us to discuss the history of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working Out of the Box</a>, and what may come next for the series, now that employers have more jobs than there are architects to fill them.</p><p>We also consider the problematics of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helsinki Guggenheim's Stage One entries</a>, and whether&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's bird flipping</a>&nbsp;makes him into a crotchety old man or defiant punk.</p><p>Listen to episode four of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>&nbsp;podcast, "A Chat with the Architect Who Invented the Hoverboard":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to subscribe</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&#8203;</a></p><p><strong>Shownotes:</strong></p><p>Greg He...</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for September + October 2014 Justine Testado 2014-10-26T13:28:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T22:01:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We have our latest selection of crowdfunding campaigns from Kickstarter that piqued our interest. In our September and October 2014 picks for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>, you'll find floating objects, more 3D-printing gadgets, sea-plastic furniture, and some stylish everyday products.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Floating Sauna</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>It was smooth sailing for Seattle-based goCstudio's "wa_sauna" campaign, which aims to bring their wood-fired floating sauna project to life by next summer. Right now, the studio is working to have the first wa_sauna be built and is searching for the best locations for its 2015 launch.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Carvey: The 3D carving machine for the maker in all of us</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Created by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inventables</a>, Carvey is a 3D-carving machine that let you make quality objects out of wood, metal, plastic and other materials in three steps: create your design on Easel (Carvey's software program), pick your material, and click carve. At this point, the Kickstarter has raised over $500K -- and it still has about three weeks left...</p> The long-lost design bible of the New York subway is (briefly) back in print Alexander Walter 2014-09-10T15:37:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T16:27:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To many designers, the manual became an exemplar of the form&mdash;and a design classic in its own right. [...] When Hamish Smyth and Jesse Reed, who work at the New York design firm Pentagram, stumbled across a copy a few years ago, it was buried under old gym clothes in a locker. They digitized the manual, and now they&rsquo;re reprinting it with the blessing of the MTA. A complete reissue, which includes a new essay on the manual&rsquo;s history, is being sold on Kickstarter starting today [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for August 2014 Justine Testado 2014-08-29T18:47:00-04:00 >2014-08-29T18:57:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Take a gander at our latest roundup of Kickstarter and crowdfunding projects for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>! Here are our picks for August 2014:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Space Rites: Interactive Installation &amp; Performance Series</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>After the success of their musical architecture <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dithyrambalina</a> campaign, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Orleans Airlift</a> is working with sound artist Taylor Lee Shepherd and the Lower 9th Ward community in an interactive art installation at the deconsecrated St. Maurice Church. As performers and visitors sing, dance, and speak, Shepherd's reclaimed-TV oscilloscopes will translate the sounds into responsive visuals in the church. Funds will support materials for artwork production and pay the musical performers.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dirty Furniture Magazine</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Dirty Furniture</em> is a new indie biannual design magazine founded and edited by an experienced group of design writers consisting of Pete Maxwell, Anna Bates, and Elizabeth Glickfeld. Each issue focuses on a piece of furniture as its theme and uses it to explore and provoke ...</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for July 2014 Justine Testado 2014-07-31T17:14:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T13:45:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Time for this month's Kickstarter picks! <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Potato salad-making aside</a>, check out our latest selection of crowdsourced fundraisers right below for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a> that are surely worth a look.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>ClassAct: Active School</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">actLAB NYC</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ClassAct</a>: Active School is on a mission to rebuild low-cost classrooms in the rural Filipino communities still struggling to recover from Super Typhoon Haiyan and the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that devastated the region in October 2013. actLAB is looking to crowdsource funding to have their classroom prototypes built for the students to use.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Architecture Lobby presents San Precario Exhibition</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Based in the repurposed Weigh Station venue in Callicoon, NY, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North School Studio</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture Lobby</a> set a stretch goal to improve the San Precario exhibition's design and content. The exhibition is dedicated to San Precario, a&nbsp;faux "patron saint" figure created in Italy in 2004 to raise awareness of precarious worker issues and unstable architectur...</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for June 2014 Justine Testado 2014-06-30T14:07:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T14:08:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Take a gander at our latest roundup of Kickstarter and crowdfunding projects for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>! Here are our picks for June 2014:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Sydney Opera House Architectural Model Kit</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Marcus Bree of Brisbane-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Little Building Co.</a> continues to showcase his talent in crafting exquisite 3D model kits of architectural icons with his Sydney Opera House Architectural Model Kit. After gaining approval and support from Jan Utzon (who is the son of the Opera House's architect J&oslash;rn Utzon), Bree set up a Kickstarter to fund the first 1,000 kits and other major production and marketing costs.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Circus for Construction: WWStorefront Official Selection</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Spectacle Syndicate's Circus for Construction is "a traveling event space for collecting, constructing, and exhibiting works of art and architecture". This traveling design circus -- which needs to actually be built -- has plans to stop by various cities on the U.S. Eastern Seaboard and host a variety of fun local public events for th...</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for May 2014 Justine Testado 2014-05-21T15:39:00-04:00 >2014-05-22T15:16:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Say hello again to Archinect's Kickstart this! It's been a couple months since our last round-up, so let's have a look at our favorite picks for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Culture Lounge @ the St. George SI Ferry Terminal</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>After a two-year postponement,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Staten Island Arts</a> from New York is ready to open the Culture Lounge, a 2,500 sq.ft creative space in the high-trafficked Staten Island Ferry Terminal that aims to encourage tourists and residents to engage in local arts and culture, and connect with various international artists. So far, Staten Island Arts already passed the halfway point of their $11,000 Kickstarter goal to gather funds for critical operational items.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Death in Venice</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Depressing thoughts aside, the "Death in Venice" exhibition draws from the "Fundamentals" theme of the upcoming Venice Biennale this summer and highlights the history and role of architecture in death and dying. The exhibition's Kickstarter campaign was successfully funded just last week.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>LIX - Th...</strong></a></p> 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="" 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="" 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="" 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=""></p><p>Illuminating modern architecture landmarks is nothing new for Gallero and Bachmaier, who have collaborated with video designer and programmer&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Liviu Pasare</a>&nbsp;and co...</p> 108 eighth-grade students design their school's library in Berkeley Justine Testado 2014-02-28T20:25:00-05:00 >2014-03-05T15:29:00-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What good is a school without a library? A team of 108 eighth-grade students at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">REALM Charter School</a> in Berkeley, CA let their curiosity take the lead in designing their school's own reading space, which they call X-SPACE.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>X-Space started out as a school project in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio H</a>, an in-school curriculum led by&nbsp;director Emily Pilloton and 8th-grade teacher Hallie Chen that lets students in grades 8-11 design and build in socially-engaged projects.<br><br>The idea and name of X-Space came from the students' desire for a place to study, to relax, to learn and discover "X"&nbsp;&mdash; the unknown. In short, they wanted a welcoming library space for fellow students at the growing charter school.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Another product of the project is the X-shaped "STAX" shelving system the students helped construct. The stackable shelves were designed from low-tech 13-ply finished plywood and made using high-tech CNC technology with the help of Autodesk CEO Carl Bass.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Studio H launched a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> on Feb. 25 and has already raised o...</p> Atelier Bow-Wow helps design Honolulu's first "indoor park" pavilion Justine Testado 2014-02-12T14:30:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T17:20:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interisland Terminal</a> from Honolulu is on a mission to show the creative potential of their city's neighborhood with their latest endeavor known as Kaka'ako Agora. Located in the neighborhood of Kaka'ako, the project is an empty warehouse-turned-community space designed and planned in collaboration with Japanese architecture firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atelier Bow-Wow</a>.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Surrounded by plenty of local outdoor parks, Kaka'ako Agora will be the first "indoor park" for the Honolulu neighborhood. Once complete, the new space will serve as a local gathering area for various public programs, educational use, and other community-driven purposes.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Interisland Terminal recently launched a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> with a $15,000 goal to partially raise funds to purchase building materials for the pavilion's final pieces. The Kickstarter closes on Sunday evening, March 16.</p><p>For more details on Kaka'ako, click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> "Modern Ruin" documents the rise, fall, and revival efforts of historic New York State Pavilion Justine Testado 2014-02-11T13:34:00-05:00 >2014-02-11T14:31:15-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="306" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>So continues the battle of saving neglected pavilions from their ultimate fate of destruction. <em>MODERN RUIN: A World's Fair Pavilion</em> by filmmaker and film educator <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Matthew Silva</a> tells the eventful tale of Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion in the last 50 years.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The film starts with the pavilion's debut during the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, to its post-fair use in the '60s-'70s as a concert venue and roller-skating rink, followed by its gradual demise since then -- including efforts in recent years for the structure's preservation.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Silva set up a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> to gain support for post-production of the film's final cut. At this point, the fund already surpassed its initial goal of $10,000 and now has 12 days left to reach its stretch goal of $30,000. The extra money will give Silva access to more archival material on the pavilion and will let him collaborate with other professional filmmakers to improve the film's production quality.</p><p>Featuring interviews from nearly two dozen ind...</p> Nine days left for L.A. Forum's DINGBAT 2.0 Kickstarter campaign Justine Testado 2014-02-07T15:17:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T21:52:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With a little over a week left, the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design launched their first <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a> to support the production and distribution of their upcoming book, <em>DINGBAT 2.0</em>, the first in-depth study of the ubiquitous dingbat apartment -- a common, easy-to-identify structure in Los Angeles that apparently no one&nbsp; talks about.</p><p>Co-edited by former L.A. Forum Board of Directors president Thurman Grant and former board member and Radical Craft principal Joshua G. Stein, each section of the book offers a look into its history, future, and value in L.A.'s urban identity. Features include essays, winning entries of the Dingbat 2.0 competition, and panel discussions between some notable figures.<br><br>Here's more detail about the book:<br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>"Just as Banham used Los Angeles as a lens through which we could imagine a new form of urbanism emerging across the globe, Dingbat 2.0 uses the dingbat apartment type to explore the seemingly paradoxical potential for individual ide...</p> Crowdfunding for investors may soon get easier Alexander Walter 2014-01-21T13:11:00-05:00 >2014-01-27T19:30:03-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] developer Ben Miller says, until now, it&rsquo;s been impossible for local people to invest in development right across the street. &ldquo;Who owns your environment? You don&rsquo;t know,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;Who&rsquo;s building your environment, who&rsquo;s building your city? Not you.&rdquo; Miller is co-founder of the group Fundrise, which has started selling shares of private real estate projects to the public online. [...] First they bought 1351 H Street with private capital, then crowdfunded about a third of it.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crowdfunding Startups Let You Be Your City's Urban Planner</a></p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for November + December 2013 Justine Testado 2013-12-04T10:22:00-05:00 >2013-12-09T18:28:12-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> And just like that, it's already December. For the last two months of 2013, let's have a look at our favorite picks from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>.<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> 1. <strong>'<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">REM' - Rem Koolhaas Documentary by Tomas Koolhaas</a></strong><br> Directed by Rem's son, Tomas Koolhaas, this feature-length documentary has two shoots left before starting post-production. Tomas' architecture documentary branches out from the traditional approach of the film genre, featuring a behind-the-scenes look into the details of his father's work process as well as stories from everyday people that use his built projects.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br> 2. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The Pop-Up City Book by The Pop-Up City</strong></a><br> Jeroen Beekmans and Joop de Boer of the Amsterdam-based blog The Pop-Up City is finally at the brink of publishing their first book. Readers will get to flip through 260 pages of stories and colorful illustrations about the making of cities, design and culture.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> 3. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The DIY Concrete House Ring by Linda Bennett</strong></a><br> The complex process of making used in the...</p> Spacemaker VR lets designers "walk through" their own 3D creations Justine Testado 2013-11-22T09:56:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T08:40:03-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The Spacemaker VR by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Digital Physical</a> is a virtual reality software system that can add some new perspective to the entire design process. The Spacemaker lets designers export their 3D files and test out their creations, even during the design process. The software also includes customizable presentation display and realistic 3D models of world landmarks -- suitable for travel enthusiasts or perhaps a source of inspiration.<br><br> Digital Physical recently launched a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a> in hopes for a beta release by the first half of 2014.</p> <p> Here's more info DP sent us:</p> <p> "Digital Physical, which includes a number of virtual reality veterans, architects and user experience designers, has set the funding goal at $100,000 USD. The Spacemaker system will include realistic 3d models of world landmarks and buildings, a real-time 3d visualizer, and a simple 3d model creation workflow to enable designers to quickly and easily experience what it's like to walk inside their designs."<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> "'Its b...</p> WUHO Gallery Kickstarts fund for the first Deborah Sussman retrospective Justine Testado 2013-11-07T13:23:00-05:00 >2014-08-20T14:07:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Love Deborah Sussman? Woodbury University's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WUHO Gallery</a> in Los Angeles began the "Deborah Sussman Loves LA!" <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> on Oct. 25 with a goal to host the first retrospective dedicated to the iconic graphic designer this December. Funding will mainly support installation of the exhibition as well as the creation of a poster and a panel discussion.</p><p><img alt="" title="" src=""></p><p>Here's a description of the exhibition:</p><p>"This December 2013, Woodbury University&rsquo;s WUHO Gallery will host an exhibition dedicated to the groundbreaking environmental graphic design of Deborah Sussman. This will be the first retrospective of her early work, including projects completed while she was at the Eames Office up to the 1984 Olympics. This will be a month-long celebration that will include a panel discussion, gallery exhibition, and poster publication. The exhibition is curated and organized by Catherine Gudis, Barbara Bestor, Thomas Kracauer, and Shannon Starkey."</p><p><img alt="" title="" src=""></p><p><img alt="" title="" src=""></p><p>"From her years with the Eames Studio in the 1950s and 1960s, her pa...</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for October 2013 Justine Testado 2013-10-28T11:49:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T11:50:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="186" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Can't believe October is almost over. Well, that means it's time for our monthly round of Kickstarters picked from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> 1. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Painting an entire favela in Rio de Janeiro by Favela Painting</strong></a><br> Since 2005, Haas &amp; Hahn of the Favela Painting project and local community members have literally painted the town with their colorful pieces in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. They now aim to achieve their ultimate dream to plaster and paint an entire hillside favela.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> 2. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dithyrambalina-Musical Architecture for New Orleans by New Orleans Airlift</strong></a><br> Two years ago, New Orleans Airlift and artist Swoon successfully funded The Music Box prototype, which transformed the inside of a 150-year-old house into a temporary village of interactive, musical houses. The musical architecture project continues with Dithyrambalina, described as "a sonic playground, performance venue and laboratory for musical architecture in New Orleans."</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> 3. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>CONSTRUCTION MATTER...</strong></a></p> Editor's Picks #336 Nam Henderson 2013-10-08T00:31:00-04:00 >2013-10-08T10:39:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In the latest edition of the <strong>Working out of the Box</strong> feature, Archinect talked with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architect-turned-public-design-instigator Bryan Boyer</a>.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Galloway</a>&nbsp;commented "<em>very good article and very interesting career path. Very inspiring, Bryan</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Meanwhile the newest edition of the <strong>Student Works</strong>, showcased a project completed in 2011, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Reticulated Form: Full Scale Prototyping" aka Saltworks</a> an innovative outdoor installation designed, fabricated, and assembled by students in Joe MacDonald&rsquo;s and Arash Adel&rsquo;s Option Studio at Washington University in St. Louis.&nbsp;<strong>3tk</strong> was curious "<em>about how this fits ergonomically.&nbsp; Nice sculptural quality to it - hope it's still around when I finally get back there some time!</em>"...</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br> Earlier this week AIA President Mickey Jacob, FAIA,<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> issued the following statement regarding the partial federal government shutdown</a> "<em>The AIA is a non-partisan professional association; we work with members of both political parties. And like most Americans, AIA membe...</em></p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for September 2013 Justine Testado 2013-09-23T19:09:00-04:00 >2013-10-02T11:58:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Check out our latest roundup of Kickstarter fundraisers that we picked from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>!<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br> 1. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Made in the Lower East Side: miLES Storefront Transformer</strong></a> by miLES<br> The Made in the Lower East Side (miLES) Storefront Transformer is a portable 6-ft cube that can be easily set up and rearranged for various types of pop-ups. The Storefront provides basic functional elements and infrastructure like shelves, partitions, tables, seats, a stage, lighting, WiFi, speakers, power strips, and more that can program any storefront. Funding will support the transformation of a vacant storefront in New York into a local pop-up with 7 weekly themes this winter.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> 2. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>ZEUS: The World's First ALL-IN-ONE 3D Printer / Copy Machine</strong></a> by AIO Robotics<br> After 5 years in the making, the ZEUS is a multifunctional machine that offers the complete 3D printing experience with the ability to 3D scan, print, copy, and fax objects all from one machine--and at an affordable price. The ZEUS ...</p> The Mebotics "Microfactory" could be the next step in 3-D printing technology Justine Testado 2013-09-11T15:06:00-04:00 >2013-09-16T23:59:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="466" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Like any other technological device currently out there, newer 3-D printing machines aim to out-do the competition and take things to the next level. Enter <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mebotics LLC</a>, a group of four friends who spent the past year building the Microfactory. Becoming known as "the world's first Machine Shop in a Box", the Microfactory combines additive and subtractive manufacturing into the same machine.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Aside from 3-D printing up to four colors and with multiple materials, the Microfactory can do other tasks like cut wood and precisely mill and etch parts into shapes--even something as intricate as a circuitboard. Its noise-reducing housing and WiFi connectivity also makes it possible for the machine to be operated anywhere, anytime.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Other features include a shop-vac hose enabling the machine to "clean up after itself" as it operates, a full on-board computer, and industry standard built-in software. And to no surprise, the hybrid-manufacturing machine ain't cheap, with preorder pric...</p> Magical Sesame Ring opens gates of public transit Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-25T00:44:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T20:16:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The days of rummaging frantically for the card that gets us onto public transit may be over. A team of engineers from MIT has created the 3D-printed "Sesame Ring," which has an embedded RFID tag that lets you tap it to a RFID-based fare reader and hop on.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Syncing public transit and wearable technology, the waterproof Sesame Ring can be used in place of the Charlie Card, Boston's mass transit smart card. Available in customizable colors and sizes, the first batch of $17 rings have already sold out, but their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a> will ensure that you get yours by Christmas.</p> <p> Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More 3D-printing technology from MIT</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wearable architecture</a> to go with your Sesame Ring.</p> Marina Abramovic Tries to Kickstart OMA-Designed Art Institute Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-08T18:40:00-04:00 >2013-08-24T05:46:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The [Marina Abramovic Institute] was launched last year, and designed by none other than OMA, under the direction of partners Shohei Shigematsu and Rem Koolhaas. The architects are poised to explore programming for the center and produce mock-ups--depending on Kickstarter results. The funding Abramovic is after is to cover this "first phase" work on the project.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> Performance artist Marina Abramovic is the latest established artist seeking funding for large-scale projects using&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>,&nbsp;the democratic fundraising platform.&nbsp;The&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marina Abramovic Institute</a>, to be located in Hudson, New York, will use the funds from Kickstarter backers for its first-phase of development and programming. Abramovic's "long durational works," such as her 2010&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">residency at MoMA</a>, are in line with her rationale for using Kickstarter:</p> <p> "By inviting the broader public to contribute to our early development, Kickstarter helps to affirm and build the engaged community necessary for sustaining MAI into the future. With your contribution, you become a founder of the institute not only financially, but also conceptually, by partaking in the very experiences we hope to create."</p> <p> And from the Kickstarter FAQ, in response to "Why did Marina choose to work with OMA?"</p> <p> "MAI is a new type of multidisciplinary center that requires an innovative design to fulfill its func...</p> Harvest Dome 2.0 is finally afloat Justine Testado 2013-08-05T17:39:00-04:00 >2013-08-19T21:01:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> After two years of steadfast trial and inevitable error, Harvest Dome 2.0 was finally docked into the Harlem River at the Inwood Hill Park Inlet in New York during its debut last week.</p> <p> Created by husband-and-wife team Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SLO Architecture</a>, the first Harvest Dome crashed into Rikers Island where it was later destroyed by NYC's Department of Correction in October 2011. Without losing hope, Schachter and Levi launched a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter fund</a> we helped promote last year to build Harvest Dome 2.0. And to their success, they raised $7,596 out of their $7,500 minimum goal.<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> The cactus-like 24-foot-diameter orb was built entirely out of over 400 disposed umbrella skeletons collected around NYC and a ring of 128 two-liter soda bottles to keep it afloat. A bright addition to Harvest Dome 2.0 is the LED lights inserted into each bottle to create a glowing halo that illuminates the river at night.<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The dome was built as an artistic representation of NYC'...</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for August 2013 Justine Testado 2013-08-01T18:25:00-04:00 >2013-08-06T17:59:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> It's time for our latest selection of Kickstarter projects from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>!</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marina Abramovic Institute </a><br> The Marina Abramovic Institute in Hudson, NY will be an interdisciplinary performance and education center, home to long durational work and the Abramovic Method. The MAI space will host lectures, workshops, and other communal activities to foster collaboration between art, science, technology, and spirituality. MAI plans to begin the design process, which will be led by world-renowned architects Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Art Museum </a><br> The Urban Art Museum will not be a single structure, but rather an urban network of commissioned art pieces to be installed in select areas of the Mills50 Main Street District in Orlando, FL. The Urban Art Museum will restore blighted structures, reduce pollution, deviant activity, increase the attractiveness of the district and to promote organized urb...</p> Help The Draftery on Kickstarter The Draftery 2013-05-22T11:06:00-04:00 >2013-05-22T11:06:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Draftery</a> is a curated drawing archive with multiple platforms. We promote graphic works by lesser known architects, artists, students, and other practitioners.&nbsp;</p> <p> Along with our web-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archive</a>, we also publish <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Figures</em></a>, our printed biannual. It is the only journal that we know of that continuously places contemporary architectural representation at the forefront of discourse.&nbsp;Each issue of <em>Figures</em> showcases a selection of thematically-related architectural drawings.&nbsp;</p> <p> We are currently working on producing the third issue of Figures, but we need help raising funds to cover production costs. We have launched a Kickstarter campaign that can be found here:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> We've worked hard to keep the conversation alive. With our third issue, our goal is to broaden the journal's audience base as well as offering it at a higher quality. We hope that members of this community will join us in producing this issue by sharing this news to their networks, and if able, pledgin...</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for May 2013 Archinect 2013-05-03T20:21:00-04:00 >2013-05-14T16:27:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> It's been a while since we rounded up our selections from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page.</a>.. so here we go...</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>STEAM Carnival</strong></a><br> by Two Bit Circus<br><em>The carnival reimagined with robots, fire, and lasers to inspire young inventors in science, technology, engineering, art, and math</em><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Siteseekr! Experience sites through the eyes of architects.</strong></a><br> by Linda Feinberg<br><em>An exciting new resource for tourists, enthusiasts of architecture and design, historians, students &amp; more!</em><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>PARKING LOT PROJECT-an OLD building made into cool NEW stuff</strong></a><br> by Architecture for Humanity-Denver<br><em>We're repurposing old building parts into a much needed Outdoor Classroom and cool rewards so you can have a piece of it too!</em><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>From Sea To Shining Sea</strong></a><br> by Evan Mather<br><em>Feature length time-lapse video and audio collage of the USA's diverse physical landscape via the interstate highway system.</em><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The D*Table - Dynamic Living</strong></a><br> by The D*Haus Company Limited<br><em>The D*Table, 8 tables in 1 but infinite possibilit...</em></p>