Archinect - News 2015-10-07T15:46:15-04:00 The BEACH to be reincarnated in arts competition for D.C.'s Dupont Underground initiative Justine Testado 2015-09-01T12:55:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T15:38:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The wildly successful BEACH installation is down to its final exhibition days at Washington D.C.'s National Building Museum. Since <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opening on July 4</a>, over 120,000 visitors both young and old "splashed" around in its bubbly waters, lounged about on the "shore", and perhaps saw a live band rock out in the 10,000 square-foot monochromatic ball pit, designed by Brooklyn-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Snarkitecture</a>. Although the Beach closes on September 7, that won't be the last of it.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Recycling the Beach was always part of the plan. Even before the installation opened, representatives of the D.C.-based initiative, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dupont Underground</a>, proposed&nbsp;to transport, store, and re-use its building materials.</p><p>The Dupont Underground has set&nbsp;its sights on revitalizing&nbsp;an abandoned trolley station beneath the Dupont Circle neighborhood into a public venue for arts and design-oriented events. As part of their inaugural programming, the group will take the Beach's more than 650,000 anti-microbial plastic balls and its 6,000 ...</p> Chicago Architecture Biennial finalizes list of participants Justine Testado 2015-08-13T18:59:00-04:00 >2015-08-16T12:17:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With a little under two months left until the big opening weekend in October, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> rounded up a final list of over 100 established and up-and-coming architects, designers, and artists in the contemporary scene. Since the initial roster was announced <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">back in April</a>, approximately 40 firms were added by Biennale Co-Artistic Directors <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sarah Herda</a> and Joseph Grima alongside a notable advisory committee comprising David Adjaye, Elizabeth Diller, Jeanne Gang, Frank Gehry, Sylvia Lavin, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Lord Peter Palumbo, and Stanley Tigerman.</p><p>The participants, who represent more than 30 countries, were chosen following intensive research into contemporary architectural practices and issues around the world. The selection committee made visits to multiple cities including Beijing, Cape Town, Mexico City, and more.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>And now, the final CAB line-up:</strong></p><p>Al Borde (Quito, Ecuador)</p><p>all(zone) (Bangkok, Thailand)</p><p>Andreas Angelidakis (Athens, Greece)</p><p>Andr&eacute;s Jaque / Office for P...</p> Create sonic architecture with mesh, music, and lights at the New Museum this weekend Justine Testado 2015-08-06T14:50:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T10:34:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Museum displays are typically meant to be seen and not touched, but a recent wave of exhibitions is upending those rules. Take DELQA, an interactive music and light installation opening in the New Museum's NEW INC space on August 6. Showcasing the music of Matthew Dear combined with Microsoft's Kinect technology, the project allows participants to touch, push and poke suspended mesh walls to manipulate a musical composition, creating their own unique experience of the space.</p></em><br /><br /><p>If you're on the hunt for weekend plans in NYC, DELQA will be at the New Museum only from August 6-9!</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="How architecture helped music evolve - David Byrne " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How architecture helped music evolve - David Byrne </a></p><p><a title="Frank Gehry: Is Music Liquid Architecture?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry: Is Music Liquid Architecture?</a></p><p><a title="How an &quot;egalitarian incubator&quot; music venue hopes to revive Brooklyn's art scene" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How an "egalitarian incubator" music venue hopes to revive Brooklyn's art scene</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Soundscape New York" captures the sounds of NYC's iconic buildings</a></p><p><a title="Jam to your heart's desire with Stereotank's &quot;Heartbeat&quot; installation in Times Square " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jam to your heart's desire with Stereotank's "Heartbeat" installation in Times Square </a></p> Team Ultramoderne's "Chicago Horizon" wins Chicago Lakefront Kiosk competition Justine Testado 2015-08-05T14:38:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T10:27:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mathematical sponges</a> to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">nature-inspired havens</a>, a sleek spacious canopy by Team Ultramoderne was selected as the overall winning <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Lakefront Kiosk</a> design, as revealed by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> today. Launched in late 2014, the global competition invited architects to propose kiosk designs inspired by the Windy City and its Lake Michigan waterfront.</p><p>The winning proposal &mdash; in addition to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">three commissioned kiosks</a> designed by architects in collaboration with students from local Chicago architecture schools &mdash; will be installed at the Biennial starting this October. So far, the plan is that the winning kiosk will stand as a permanent lakefront installation even after the exhibition gates close in January 2016.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Team Ultramoderne, a three-person team comprising of architects Yasmin Vobis and Aaron Forrest of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ultramoderne</a> in collaboration with structural engineer Brett Schneide, scored the top BP Prize (sponsored by oil/gas company BP) with their proposal "Chicago Horizo...</p> 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="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you happen to find yourself wandering <a href="" 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=""></p><p>The campsite features 12 very different installations mostly built out of waste materials. With an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb</a> reservation, a lucky number of visitors can spend the night in these char...</p> 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="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Following Bjarke Ingels Group's wildly successful <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG Maze</a> last summer, one could only wonder how Washington D.C.'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Building Museum</a> would one-up itself this time around. Enter Alex Mustonen and Daniel Arsham of <a href="" 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=""></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="" 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=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>'We see the commission as an exciting opportunity to create an architectural installation that reimagines the qualities and possibilities of ma...</p> Florida rental home wrapped in foil for art's sake, confusion ensues as expected Justine Testado 2015-06-11T13:53:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T12:55:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Neighbors haven't quite wrapped their heads around what's going on at 402 Ashland Ave., where aluminum foil covers every inch of a house on three sides and dangles like silver earrings from trees...They've asked resident [and artist] Piotr Janowski...He explains that it's an outdoor art project, inspired by Florida's beauty. Code enforcement is still trying to determine if the project is violating any ordinances...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Janowski tells the Tamba Bay Times: "This is art. In their thick, bureaucratic books, I'm sure they have nothing against this."</p><p>Oh, Florida. Maybe <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this artist</a> could give Janowski a few tips, but hey, to each their own.</p><p>More:</p><ul><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Protective wrap covers historical structures near French Fire</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Miami's SkyRise tower faces legal challenges over taxpayer money" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miami's SkyRise tower faces legal challenges over taxpayer money</a></p></li><li><p><a title='Miami Artist Destroyed $1M Ai Weiwei Vase Because PAMM "Only Displays International Artists"' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miami Artist Destroyed $1M Ai Weiwei Vase Because PAMM "Only Displays International Artists"</a></p></li><li><p><a title='Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly-designed "Walkie Talkie" skyscraper melts car with light reflections' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly-designed "Walkie Talkie" skyscraper melts car with light reflections</a></p></li></ul> National Building Museum turns to Indiegogo to fund upcoming BEACH installation Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-02T14:17:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T21:29:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last summer, the National Building Museum in DC installed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's giant wooden maze</a> in its atrium, and attracted over <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">50,000 visitors</a>. Exactly a year later, the museum is planning another large-scale public installation to draw blockbuster attendance: BEACH, a playa-themed ball-pit for the museum's atrium. Brooklyn-based firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Snarkitecture</a> is designing the enclosure that will house around 750,000 translucent balls, and a variety of beachy objects like beach chairs, umbrellas, and a snack shack. BEACH will open on July 4th of this year &ndash; that is, if the Museum can raise the money. Today, NBM announced that it was turning to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Indiegogo to crowdfund $10,000</a> for the installation and related summer programming.</p><p></p><p>Snarkitecture's BEACH installation was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first announced back in April</a>, with no mention of the Indiegogo campaign. As an independent non-profit 501(c)(3), the Museum supports its exhibitions through admissions and outside contributions, but this will be its first crowdfunding effort. It...</p> Feast your eyes on Do Ho Suh's immersive home installations in this short film Justine Testado 2015-05-29T14:05:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T21:40:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Seoul-based cinematographer and photographer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nils Clauss</a> put together a new film highlighting the works of esteemed sculptor and installation artist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Do Ho Suh</a>. Suh's site-specific pieces play with the boundaries of identity and revolve around the physical and metaphorical malleability of space, whether that's captivating viewers into monochromatic structures made of thin translucent fabrics or putting them on edge with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">houses teetering off the roof</a> of a building.</p><p>Clauss' mini film highlights Suh's "Perfect Home" exhibition at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art</a> in Kanazawa, Japan from 2012-2013.</p><p>Spare a few minutes and check out the video below.</p> OMA-designed Chinese Pavilion now open at 2015 Venice Art Biennale Justine Testado 2015-05-23T01:31:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T21:10:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>OMA returns to Venice once again in the debut of the Chinese Pavilion they designed for the 2015 International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, "All the World's Futures", which opened to the public on May 9. Commissioned by the Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation, the multimedia exhibition balances aspects of traditional Chinese culture and society with the works of various contemporary artists and designers all under the theme, "Other Future."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The exhibition features work by notable Chinese creatives like classical composer Tan Dun, Liu Jiakun of Jiakun Architects, artist Lu Yang, filmmaker Wu Wenguang / Caochangdi Work Station, and Wen Hui / Living Dance Studio. The artworks are positioned against a backdrop of digital projections so as to connect the interior and exterior works.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>All images Copyright OMA</em>.</p><p>OMA Asia designed "Other Future" in collaboration with curatorial advisor Kayoko Ota, who was in charge of the Japanese Pavilion at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 Venice Architecture Biennale</a>. Dong...</p> Bigger than a Breadbox winner "The Pulp Canopy" will be showcased at Boston Society of Architects in June Justine Testado 2015-05-14T20:27:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T20:46:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Kh&ocirc;ra exhibition curators Robert Trumbour and Aaron Willette organized the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building competition</a> as a means to explore the medium of installation in the architectural realm, specifically the medium's increasing appeal among emerging architects and designers due to its dual spatial-artistic qualities.</p><p>For the competition, entrants had to further develop a previous proposal into a new site-specific installation for the Boston Society of Architects gallery lobby. Now that the winning submissions have been chosen, they will be realized in preparation for the "Bigger than a Breadbox" exhibition, opening on June 17.</p><p>The top-winning proposal, "The Pulp Canopy", by Katie Donahue and Mason Limke of MYKA investigates the architectural applications of cellulose fiber (paper pulp), which is considered to be the "most abundant raw material on the planet". Originating from its earlier form as The Pulp Wall, The Pulp Canopy consists of discarded paper products t...</p> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anya Sirota + AKOAKI</a> looked to legendary funk collective <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">P-Funk</a> and their iconic album <em><a href="" 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=""></p><p>Akoaki created The Mothership to mark the start of the collaborative <a href="" 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=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Mothership is constructed by an aluminu...</p> One week left to register for the Field Constructs Design Competition! Justine Testado 2015-03-25T18:24:00-04:00 >2015-03-25T18:25:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="578" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Yearning for the chance to design a public installation? Register now for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Field Constructs Design Competition</a> before the final submission deadline on <strong>April 1, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST</strong>.</p><p>The international open competition is currently accepting proposals for a temporary outdoor installation that will be exhibited at the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in Austin, Texas during a week-long program of creative community events in November. All emerging architects, landscape architects, designers, and artists are invited to compete! Registration is now $80.</p><p>Plus, there will be more than one winning proposal. The jury will select 5-8 entries to be realized. Winners to be announced on June 1. They'll receive a US$5,000 reimbursable budget to build their proposals. Authors of the winning proposals will be recognized during a public reception.</p><p>The jury:</p><ul><li>Benjamin Ball, Ball-Nogues Studio, Los Angeles</li><li>Eva Franch i Gilabert, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York</li><li>John Grade, Artist, Seattle</li><li>Virgin...</li></ul> #ProtectCity campaign launched in support of Michael Heizer's "City" Alexander Walter 2015-03-19T19:00:00-04:00 >2015-03-20T14:16:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="167" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Located in Garden Valley, Nevada, Michael Heizer&rsquo;s City is one of the most significant works of art in the United States. Begun by Heizer in 1972, the project is now in its final stage of completion. It will, in the future, be accessible by the public. [...] To see the land developed into a site for military, energy, or waste purposes, would ruin it forever. After 43 years of work, can it really be destroyed like this?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Notable American museums publicly expressed their support on Twitter via&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#protectCITY</a>. The LACMA petition to protect Michael Heizer's&nbsp;<em>City</em>&nbsp;and the Basin and Range can be reached&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Heizer's massive desert sculpture, "City", will make you cry</a></p> Ibañez Kim Studio wins Folly 2015 with "Torqueing Spheres" Justine Testado 2015-03-18T20:40:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:35:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The architectural folly is an opportunity for architects to bring out their eccentric side in the design process, which makes it an entertaining approach when creating a (temporary) public installation. In this spirit, the Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York hosts the international Folly competition. Launched in 2012, the competition calls for early-career architects and designers to submit proposals that are described as contemporary interpretations of the architectural folly. The winning entry is then constructed as a temporary public outdoor installation at the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, New York City.</p><p>Cambridge and Philadelphia-based practice <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iba&ntilde;ez Kim Studio</a> was announced as the Folly 2015 winner with their design, "Torqueing Spheres". IK Studio's distinctive proposal features a series of connected spherical forms that form a social-interactive space.</p><p>More project details below.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Torqueing Spheres combines a simple concept &ndash; a straig...</p> Need another idea for the Bigger than a Breadbox competition? Check out "La Cabane" by Julien Franc Wahlgreen Justine Testado 2015-02-14T12:00:00-05:00 >2015-02-16T12:46:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Inspired by the vintage French Citro&euml;n Type H cargo van, "La Cabane" designed by independent creative director <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julien Franc Wahlgreen</a> functions as a room within a room that can enhance the increasingly common working-from-home experience. Plus, the structure's beach shack or quaint treehouse resemblance creates a fairly inviting environment to get in the zone.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Built in a Copenhagen duplex apartment, La Cabane (which translates to "hut" or "shack" in English) can be placed at the top of a staircase so the user can walk right into their workspace. Constructed by cabinet maker Gustav Sandeg&aring;rd, La Cabane's wooden flaps can be opened widely to create an extra 2.4 square meters of workspace, letting in natural light and providing enough wiggle room to comfortably house one person.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>According to Wahlgreen, opening and closing the flaps becomes a daily ritual that can help the user mentally switch from "work mode" to "family life"/non-work mode. La Cabane's pared down plywood exterior looks l...</p> Get inspired for the Bigger Than A Breadbox competition with Zimoun's "250 prepared ac-motors, 325 kg roof laths, 1.8 km rope" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-13T19:44:00-05:00 >2015-02-14T11:57:31-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="302" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>There&rsquo;s something strangely social about Zimoun's hypnotizing installation, referred to by its list of materials: 250 prepared ac-motors, 325 kg roof laths, 1.8 km rope. Currently on view at Knockdown Center NYC,&nbsp;the laths wiggle and bounce on a pre-programmed sequence, imitating an ambiance of a group gathering, with complementary gesticulations and conversations held at a not quite intelligible but still audible level.</p><p></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zimoun : 250 prepared ac-motors, 325 kg roof laths, 1.8 km rope, 2015</a> from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZIMOUN</a> on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vimeo</a>.</p><p>The installation is one of the Swiss artist&rsquo;s three concurrent exhibitions in New York, collectively referred to as [KE]3 , each with their own structured system put into motion. This &ldquo;sonic architecture&rdquo;, as described by Zimoun, &ldquo;signifies a space of entrance, but also a sound composition that functions more like an organism, something that is not changing into something else over time, but rather is full of variations in its details, and potent in its sonic possibilities. It&rsquo;...</p> Jam to your heart's desire with Stereotank's "Heartbeat" installation in Times Square Justine Testado 2015-02-12T16:29:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T20:26:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The 2015 Times Square Valentine Heart Design competition winner, "Heartbeat", by Brooklyn-based practice Stereotank was unveiled in Times Square New York City just in time for Valentine's weekend. Organized by the Times Square Alliance in partnership with&nbsp;The Architectural League of New York, the annual competition invites architects and designers to send proposals for a Valentine's Day-themed public art installation in NYC's Times Square.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Even if Valentine's Day isn't everyone's kind of thing, the Heartbeat installation spreads the universal love for music. The installation is a heart-shaped beating drum that glows to the rhythm of a strong, deep, and low-frequency heartbeat sound that changes its rate as passersby approach, move around, or play its various percussion instruments and join the base rhythm of the installation's "pulse". In a location like Times Square, Heartbeat continuously orchestrates the sounds of its active environment into an "urban concert" of its own kind.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Hear...</p> The "Bigger than a Breadbox" competition, exploring the medium of installation, nears its final deadline - Last chance to submit your proposals! Archinect 2015-02-12T15:54:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T21:27:41-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Just a few days left to submit your ideas to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building</a> competition! Entries need to be received by <strong>Sunday, February 15, 2015</strong> via the competition website <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></strong>.</p><p>Kh&ocirc;ra exhibition curators Robert Trumbour and Aaron Willette are the organizers behind this call for submissions, hoping for an exploration of the medium of installation design within the architectural realm and its duality of spatial-artistic traits.</p><p>The winning entry will be realized in the lobby at the Boston Society of Architects' BSA Space during the fittingly titled gallery exhibition <em>Bigger than a Bread Box, Smaller than a Building</em>, June 17 &ndash; October 4, 2015.</p><p>Some more details from the brief:</p><p>"From June 17th &ndash; October 4th of 2015 the Boston Society of Architects' BSA Space gallery will host 'Bigger than a Bread Box, Smaller than a Building,' a gallery exhibition that will examine the appropriation of installation in contemporary architectural practice. While in no way...</p> Need some inspiration to submit to the "Bigger Than A Breadbox" competition? Take a peek at Oyler Wu Collaborative's "The Cube" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-12T15:11:00-05:00 >2015-02-18T23:17:24-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We caught a glimpse behind the curtain of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oyler Wu Collaborative</a>&rsquo;s hand-over-hand process in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey&rsquo;s latest piece</a>, where the principal&rsquo;s meticulous and dogged drawing exercises helped push the firm&rsquo;s formal development. Taking a look back at one of their earlier pavilions, &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Cube</a>&rdquo;, initially built for the 2013 Beijing Biennale, helps draw the contingency from line drawing to taught steel.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a> previously described in her introduction to &ldquo;The Cube&rdquo;, the sculpture/pavilion &ldquo;transforms a solid idea into an abstract piece&rdquo;, complicating the supposedly concrete notion of an ideal form, the perfect cube. The pavilion is a clear elaboration on previous work, such as their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taipei Sales Center</a> or the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stormcloud</a> pavilion at SCI-Arc, where solid volumes are stretched and torn by lines and suspensions, testing the spatial limits of what they consider &ldquo;pure&rdquo; forms.&nbsp;OWC has also designed two other pavilions at SCI-Arc, including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Netscape</a> and Centerstage, which fit clearly ...</p> YAP 2015 winner Andrés Jaque/Office to install "Cosmo" at MoMA PS1 this summer Justine Testado 2015-02-05T19:06:00-05:00 >2015-02-05T19:13:31-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>MoMA PS1 announced today that "COSMO" by Andr&eacute;s Jaque/Office for Political Innovation is the winner of the 2015 Young Architects Program competition. Every year, the YAP winning design is realized into a temporary outdoor installation placed in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, New York during the annual Warm Up summer music festivities in late June. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">YAP</a> proposals have to provide seating, shade, and water, and also follow guidelines that address environmental issues and sustainability.</p><p>Made of customized irrigation components, COSMO is described as a moveable party artifact that is also biochemically engineered to filter and purify 3,000 gallons of water in a period of four days. The structure will continuously eliminate suspended particles and nitrates, balance pH levels, and increase the level of dissolved oxygen. As a result, the same body of water will become more purified with each cycle.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Similar to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">last year's winning installation "Hy-Fi"</a>, COSMO is more than...</p> Register now for the Field Constructs installation competition in Austin, TX Justine Testado 2015-01-30T20:50:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T18:48:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="578" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The international <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Field Constructs Design Competition</a> is currently open to all emerging architects, designers, landscape architects, and artists for temporary installation proposals for the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in Austin, Texas. If you haven't registered yet, now's the chance: the early-bird deadline is <strong>February 15</strong>.</p><p>The FCDC jury will select 5-8 proposals to be realized and then publicly exhibited at the nature preserve during a week-long series of creative community events in November. Aside being innovative, proposals should also be engaging minimal-impact outdoor installations that reflect the cultural and natural characteristics unique to the evolving city of Austin.</p><p>All submissions are due on <strong>April 1, 11:59 p.m. EST</strong>.</p><p>Winners will be announced on June 1. They'll receive a US$5,000 reimbursable budget to build their proposals. Authors of the winning proposals will be honored during a public reception.</p><p>FCDC Jury:</p><ul><li>Benjamin Ball, Ball-Nogues Studio, Los Angeles</li><li>Eva Franch i Gilabe...</li></ul> +POOL installation to open at the Ace Hotel in NY next month Justine Testado 2015-01-28T19:38:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T18:48:36-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="263" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Since Archinect first mentioned the Family and PlayLab's +POOL <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in 2011</a>, the initiative has made significant progress toward realizing the world's first water-filtering, floating pool in New York.</p><p>After two wildly successful Kickstarter campaigns in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2011</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2013</a> along with international acclaim, the non-profit support group Friends of +POOL teamed up with the Ace Hotel in New York to present a free public art installation,&ldquo;Doing Something Big When No One Asks You To Do Something Big.&rdquo;</p><p>Opening on February 5 at the Ace Hotel Gallery, the interactive installation will visually depict the four years of research and development that led to the creation of the +POOL. The installation will feature floor-to-ceiling wall drawings of the +POOL that explain its design process and reveal its latest discoveries and anecdotes.</p><p>All are welcome to the opening reception hosted by +POOL&rsquo;s founders and board members on February 5 from 7-9 p.m. The exhibition will be open 24/7 until March 1.</p><p>Learn more abo...</p> Students branch out with algorithms and natural forms for AA Summer DLAB::WHITE Justine Testado 2015-01-07T20:04:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:45:37-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Resembling the surrounding tree trunks in London's Hooke Park forest, the Callipod installation was created by a group of 18 students who participated in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA School of Architecture</a>'s Summer DLAB::WHITE at AA London and AA Hooke Parke for nearly three weeks last summer. Students in the yearly summer workshop explore algorithmic/generative design methodologies fused with large-scale digital fabrication tools that aim to enhance architectural design. Following the Summer DLAB's color-based agenda, WHITE focused on investigating organic formation processes and reinventing them through architectonic structures.</p><p>In the first phase of the workshop, students designed their own proposals that had to include an algorithmic process with a logical approach in the design in addition to illustrating how each concept will be fabricated at a certain scale. The concepts that students developed were then applied in the second phase of realizing the paleolithic-looking Callipod in a span of one week...</p> Christo wins court judgement, keeping alive his vision for 5.9 miles of silver fabric above the Arkansas River Archinect 2015-01-06T00:19:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:58:03-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[ROAR] is concerned about the effects of the $50 million project, which will drill 9,100 holes into the ground, some as deep as 30 feet, and require a crew of 3,000 workers to install over a 27-month period. The area is a habitat for Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep, bald eagles, and Peregrine falcons, and the livelihoods of many locals depend on it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> INABA's Flatiron Plaza installation adds a frame to NYC landmarks Archinect 2014-12-26T17:27:00-05:00 >2014-12-28T16:57:56-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="818" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Back in September, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect published</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">INABA</a>'s winning entry for the first-ever <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flatiron Plaza Holiday Design Competition</a>. Titled "New York Light," the public artwork was recently installed for the holidays and is now open to the public on...well<em>, Flatiron Plaza</em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Project description from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">INABA</a>:</strong></p><p>The Flatiron Plaza is a unique space in New York.</p><p>Standing in the middle of the plaza people can see two of the city&rsquo;s great landmarks: the Flatiron and Empire State buildings. It is a place to experience the magnificence of Manhattan&rsquo;s urban plan &ndash; with a dramatic view of Broadway cutting diagonally through the famous grid. And because Madison Square Park creates a clearing in the urban fabric, the plaza is one of the few places in the heart of the city to see the skyline from street level.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Our public art installation &lsquo;New York Light&rsquo; pays tribute to the special urban experiences from this one-of-a-kind vantage point. Designed to echo the form of the plaza&rsquo;s namesake building, the prow of the st...</p> The "Bigger than a Breadbox" competition is accepting proposals! Justine Testado 2014-12-23T14:57:00-05:00 >2015-01-09T12:43:09-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bigger than a Breadbox</a> is a current open international competition that examines the role of installation design and its hybrid artistic-spatial qualities that have made it an increasingly popular investigative medium in contemporary architecture practice.</p><p>Recently launched by organizers and Kh&ocirc;ra exhibition curators Robert Trumbour and Aaron Willette, participants will explore the use of installation design specifically through the lens of the design-research process. Participants will be required to submit the following:</p><ol><li>"A past built installation project that used the medium to engage a topic (disciplinary or not) external to the installation itself."</li><li>"A proposed installation for the Boston Society of Architects' BSA Space lobby at 290 Congress Street that builds upon the work done in the first project." The 290 Congress Street lobby proposals should be presented as a continued deeper exploration of the past built installation, and not simply be a re-applied concept.</li></ol><p>An overall idea ...</p> Hello Wood to give 5,000 pieces of Christmas Charity Tree firewood to Budapest community Justine Testado 2014-12-22T19:48:00-05:00 >2014-12-23T00:50:24-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Getting caught up in holiday madness has become so normal that it's easy to forget that the holidays can act as a reminder that caring for each other -- no matter how simple the act -- can go a long way. Architecture firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hello Wood</a>, who built the 11-meter Christmas tree <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">made out of 365 sleighs</a> last year, recently built another Christmas tree installation in Budapest called the Charity Tree.</p><p>This time around, Hello Wood worked with Design Terminal and the Hungarian Interchurch Aid to construct the 11-meter Charity Tree, which was built in 5 days from 5,000 pieces of firewood that weigh 150 quintals (or about 30,000 lbs.).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Visitors can also walk inside the tree to find a chapel-like interior space. At night, the tree glows with lighting effects by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Philips Hungary</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>After the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6, all the wood used to make the installation will be given to local families in need. The Charity Tree addresses the issue of the many Hungarian families lacking daily heating during...</p> Stereotank’s HEARTBEAT wins 2015 Times Square Valentine Heart Design Alexander Walter 2014-12-15T19:38:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:19:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Here's one for you lovers out there: in the annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design contest, Brooklyn-based, Venezuelan-born firm Stereotank just came out as the winner with their entry "HEARTBEAT." The interactive installation is scheduled to open for an entire month to couples and singles alike on February 9.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>More information on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Building a collaborative jig-saw pavilion at the Media and Architecture Biennale in Aarhus Justine Testado 2014-12-09T20:51:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:10:50-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="266" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Programming Natural Affect" was one of the collaborative workshops during the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Media and Architecture Bienniale 2014</a> last month in Aarhus, Denmark. Organized by Anna Ulak and Philipp Rahlenbeck of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">openconstructs</a>, the workshop focused on fusing the organic properties of nature and the built urban environment through new media and architecture.</p><p>Participants learned about combining analog and digital production methods as they worked with each other and the organizers in building a small prefabricated pavilion. At the end of the workshop, the pavilion was displayed in the Main Exhibition during the Bienniale.</p><p>Ulak shared further project details below:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Rather than trying to fully control/manage the relationship between the natural and built environment with computation (and its metaphors), this proposal sets out to augment the natural world. Thus creating artificial environments that evokes the organic. An architecture that artificially amplifies the experiences of nature that is diminish...</p>