Archinect - News 2014-07-24T00:41:37-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/88601546/hello-wood-uses-365-sleighs-to-build-an-11-meter-christmas-tree-in-budapest Hello Wood uses 365 sleighs to build an 11-meter Christmas tree in Budapest Justine Testado 2013-12-11T14:10:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T23:54:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7d/7div7vbnmbz7peb4.jpg" width="514" height="720" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The holiday season is in full swing &mdash; or sleigh, in this case. <a href="http://hellowood.eu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hello Wood</a>, an architecture and design studio, built an 11-meter tall Christmas tree in one week using 365 sleighs in front of the Palace of Arts in Budapest. (Watch the video below.)</p> <p> After Christmas, the temporary structure will be dismantled and the sleighs will be given to the kids living in the <a href="http://www.sos-childrensvillages.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOS Children&rsquo;s Village</a> homes in Hungary.<br><br> Here are the project details:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0x/0xzlaepntwlnnk5u.jpg" title=""><br><br> "Visitors can step in and have a look at the construction from the inside. The base is made of steel, it weights 4.5 tons, so the construction is perfectly safe from the heavy winds of winter. The four stems of the installation hold 325 kilograms each.</p> <p> First, the carpenters of Hello Wood made the 10.5 meters tall wooden frame, which was brought to the scene, where it was put together with the help of a crane and the use of welding techniques."</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9n/9ntm7gbghlsjvfnx.jpg" title=""></p> <p> "Then came the alpinists of Hello Wood, who were working on the installation for four consecutive days...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86525459/a-dolls-house-auction-raises-nearly-90-000-for-kids-charity-in-london "A Dolls’ House" auction raises nearly £90,000 for KIDS charity in London Justine Testado 2013-11-14T13:40:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T22:28:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k6/k6d4h2nake1tmvhf.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The <a href="http://www.cathedralgroup.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cathedral Group</a>'s A Dolls' House raised close to &pound;90,000 at the end of the live auction event on Nov. 11 at <a href="http://www.bonhams.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bonhams</a> in London. The project invited 20 well-known UK architects, who collaborated with artists and other designers, to create their own doll houses with the goal to raise &pound;100,000 for the <a href="http://www.kids.org.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KIDS</a> charity. Architects included <a href="http://www.adjaye.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adjaye Associates</a>, <a href="http://fashionarchitecturetaste.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FAT</a>, <a href="http://www.makearchitects.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAKE</a>, <a href="http://www.zaha-hadid.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a>, <a href="http://coffeyarchitects.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coffey Architects</a>, and <a href="http://egretwest.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Egret West</a>.</p> <p> The doll houses were then auctioned for online from September to noon on Nov. 11, and finally at the live auction event that evening. To read more on the project, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/82617423/doll-houses-designed-by-20-big-name-architects-such-as-adjaye-zaha-drmm-fat-make-to-be-auctioned-for-kids-charity-in-november" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p> Here's a part of the Cathedral Groups press release on the event:</p> <p> "The stylish event saw over 400 guests come together to celebrate and bid on the selection of dolls&rsquo; houses, including models by Zaha Hadid and David Adjaye. The highest bid of the evening was for Zaha Hadids&rsquo; dolls&rsquo; house, &lsquo;This must be the place&rsquo; reaching an impressive &pound;14,000.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5b/5bg72950wjgni4qz.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Not far behind was the 1.5m hi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/82617423/doll-houses-designed-by-20-big-name-architects-such-as-adjaye-zaha-drmm-fat-make-to-be-auctioned-for-kids-charity-in-november Doll houses designed by 20 big-name architects such as Adjaye, Zaha, DRMM, FAT, Make to be auctioned for KIDS charity in November Justine Testado 2013-10-09T17:52:00-04:00 >2013-10-11T08:45:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5t/5tfyy7ujq4bosg88.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> A Dolls' House, a project by <a href="http://www.cathedralgroup.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cathedral Group</a>, adds a contemporary twist to a childhood pastime. The UK developer rounded up 20 big-name UK architecture firms -- like <a href="http://www.adjaye.com/%E2%80%8E" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adjaye Associates</a>, <a href="http://www.zaha-hadid.com/%E2%80%8E" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a>, <a href="http://coffeyarchitects.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coffey Architects</a>, <a href="http://drmm.co.uk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dRMM</a>, <a href="http://dugganmorrisarchitects.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Duggan Morris</a>, <a href="http://fashionarchitecturetaste.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FAT</a>, <a href="http://www.makearchitects.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAKE</a>, and <a href="http://egretwest.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Egret West</a> -- in collaboration with designers and artists to have each of them create their own modern version of a doll house that will be auctioned in November to raise &pound;100,000 for <a href="http://www.kids.org.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KIDS</a>, a charity that supports disabled children, young people, and their families throughout England. The doll houses will also be presented and exhibited at <a href="http://www.bonhams.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bonhams</a> before they are auctioned at an evening event on November 11.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o2/o2wo4gmn4hzrxqjt.jpg" title=""><br><br> Aside from showing off the personal visions of each design team, these one-of-a-kind doll houses include at least one element designed specifically as a learning aid for children with a disability.</p> <p> Among the list of well-established names and their reinvented doll houses include <a href="http://www.makearchitects.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAKE Architects</a> whose "Jigsaw ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80375825/designing-our-world-summercamp-middle-schoolers-get-lessons-in-architecture-urban-design "Designing Our World" summercamp: Middle-schoolers get lessons in architecture, urban design Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-26T16:43:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T20:15:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e9/e9nqdqmw1mjjd0in.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A day camp sponsored in part by the University of Georgia is introducing middle school students to architecture, landscape architecture, and planning [...] Over the course of a week, the children take field trips, practice using design tools and techniques, and discuss issues related to planning and design. In addition, they have the opportunity to meet and interview design professionals, including some CED faculty.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/79464626/moma-releases-young-frank-architect-storybook MoMA releases "Young Frank, Architect" storybook Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-14T18:41:00-04:00 >2013-08-19T23:18:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ib/ibeucmx7n2023c2o.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Young Frank sees creative possibilities everywhere, and likes to use anything he can get his hands on&mdash;macaroni, old boxes, spoons, and sometimes even his dog, Eddie&mdash;to create things like chairs out of toilet paper rolls and twisting skyscrapers made up of his grandfather&rsquo;s books. But Old Frank is skeptical; he doesn&rsquo;t think that&rsquo;s how REAL architects make things.</p></em><br /><br /><p> &#8203;MoMA's new children's book, <em>Young Frank, Architect</em> tells the story of a budding architect living with his architect grandfather in modern-day New York City. Hoping to give a lesson in design professionalism, Old Frank takes Young Frank on a trip to MoMA, where they find inspiration in their kindred Franks (Gehry and Lloyd Wright). Written and illustrated by <a href="http://www.vivaandco.com/work/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Viva</a> (whose graphical work has been featured by&nbsp;<em>The New York Times,&nbsp;</em><em>The New Yorker,&nbsp;</em>Le Creuset and PUBLIC Bikes), <em>Young Frank, Architect</em> is a gorgeous example of multi-layered children's storytelling -- part showcase of MoMA's architecture and design collection, and part allegory for architectural innovation (with perhaps a bit borrowed from the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/07/how-to-land-your-kid-in-therapy/308555/?single_page=true" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cult of self-esteem</a>).</p> <p> <em>Young Frank, Architect </em>is on sale exclusively through the <a href="http://www.momastore.org/museum/moma/ProductDisplay_Young%20Frank%20Architect_10451_10001_162154_-1_26683_11486_162167" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA store</a>, until its wide-release in September.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/73173661/a-classroom-for-the-21st-century-where-are-the-best-places-for-learning A classroom for the 21st century: where are the best places for learning? Archinect 2013-05-14T18:21:00-04:00 >2013-05-21T18:07:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d2/d274eb6b1213f4c9cbc4b1e1f3549126.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... how does using a different physical space have an impact on learning? Bosch argued that changing the environment helps teachers and students to break free from old habits: "One of the things you can do is create an environment where you cannot function the same way as you used to. What happens when you go out of the school into a theatre, you have to improvise. When you improvise, you start learning and developing."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/72308546/architecture-as-child-s-play Architecture as Child's Play Places Journal 2013-05-01T19:31:00-04:00 >2013-05-06T13:28:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iv/iv1v5lj8e9s0ekf0.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At university, students from other courses felt that we in architecture weren&rsquo;t really studying at all; to them the studio seemed like some kind of uber-kindergarten, legitimated for academic credit.... The architecture profession seemed from the outside, and perhaps even to us on the inside, to promise an idyllic eternal childhood of balsa and glue and gee-whiz drawings on computers.</p></em><br /><br /><p> On Places, Naomi Stead discusses the popular conception of architecture as a kind of "child's play."</p> <p> What do dollhouses and architectural models have in common? Why should we care about Lego Architecture and Architect Barbie and the romantic depiction of architects in Hollywood movies?</p> <p> She concludes: "If the profession of architecture is constructed from the outside as an escapist daydream, available for the idle fantasizing and wish-fulfillment of all, then this leaves the whole profession operating inside a doll&rsquo;s house: idyllic, hermetic and controlled, but largely powerless to act in the actual world."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/63950936/after-newtown-architects-weigh-school-design-changes After Newtown, Architects Weigh School Design Changes Archinect 2012-12-22T17:46:00-05:00 >2012-12-30T18:33:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d4/d48950f0ebc831828aad6f370c172667.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mark Simon, a founding partner of Centerbrook Architects and Planners, agrees. &ldquo;I think [bars and other fortifying techniques] send the wrong message to both kids and teachers,&rdquo; he says. Based in Centerbrook, Connecticut, Simon has designed 20 school buildings, including five public elementary schools, though none in Newtown. &ldquo;Buildings tell stories, and when a building is designed that way, it tells you that it doesn&rsquo;t trust you. And kids intuit that they&rsquo;re not trusted,&rdquo; he says.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/63409153/our-hearts-are-with-the-families-at-sandy-hook-elementary-school Our hearts are with the families at Sandy Hook Elementary School Paul Petrunia 2012-12-14T15:25:00-05:00 >2012-12-21T16:12:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sw/sw2xi00mzdcq469h.jpg" width="514" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> I'm sorry for using this platform for a personal, off-topic, message. It's been a while since I have. But, today's tragedy in Connecticut is about as sad as it gets. This isn't an issue of politics or civil rights. This is an issue about humanity, and good vs. evil. I hope that if anything positive comes out of today's event, it's that the gun control debate will end in this country.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/62198666/are-playgrounds-too-safe Are Playgrounds Too Safe? Archinect 2012-11-26T15:42:00-05:00 >2012-11-26T15:42:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7aos686jvn7fve2r.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some child-development experts and parents say decades of dumbed-down playgrounds, fueled by fears of litigation, concerns about injury and worrywart helicopter parents, have led to cookie-cutter equipment that offers little thrill. The result, they say, is that children are less compelled to play outside, potentially stunting emotional and physical development and exacerbating a nationwide epidemic of childhood obesity.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/59353836/fentress-architects-co-creates-app-for-children Fentress Architects co-creates app for children Archinect 2012-10-15T11:32:00-04:00 >2012-10-15T11:52:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/25/2522h2boeprsyffy.jpg" width="473" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From the Eiffel Tower in Paris, to St. Basil&rsquo;s cathedral in Moscow, to the Forbidden City in Beijing, the architecture featured in Clover is among the world&rsquo;s most memorable. &ldquo;We purposely selected works that most children would find fascinating,&rdquo; says Josh Heidebrecht, Clover co-creator and Soma Creates founder. &ldquo;Each building is from a different culture and shows a different perspective on the world.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/48972621/make-a-buckminster-fuller-blanket-fort Make a Buckminster Fuller Blanket Fort Archinect 2012-05-19T17:26:00-04:00 >2012-05-20T23:34:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d4/d4c557deb14c499193d40ad420800873.jpg" width="514" height="523" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 1975 Buckminster Fuller first defined the term tensegrity, a portmanteau of &ldquo;tensional integrity.&rdquo; It refers to structural systems that derive their stability from various elements acting against each other with equal force, like the surface tension of a bubble. Tensegrity lies at the heart of giant projects like the Georgia Dome. But you can apply it to build the ultimate blanket fort, supported by finely balanced brooms that never touch one another.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/23426586/new-york-s-public-architecture-gets-a-face-lift New York’s Public Architecture Gets a Face-Lift Archinect 2011-10-10T15:21:44-04:00 >2011-10-10T19:36:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d1/d1b7f170912511f78347a8815a2fce68.jpg" width="514" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed by 1100 Architect with an interior by Lee H. Skolnick Architecture &amp; Design Partnership, the Children&rsquo;s Library Discovery Center, as it&rsquo;s called, is part of a quiet revolution reshaping the city&rsquo;s public architecture. Piecemeal across the five boroughs, New York is gradually being remade.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/7362918/calling-all-young-arts-critics Calling all young arts critics Paul Petrunia 2011-05-23T13:16:22-04:00 >2011-05-23T13:16:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/79/799c76e424fe2124a31dfea75c6f76c6.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Next month sees the launch of the Guardian's fourth annual young arts critics competition, open to all readers aged 18 and under. To help us get it under way, we want to put your questions to our team of critics.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/6904255/creatives-unite-for-japan-relief-effort “Creatives Unite for Japan” Relief Effort Alexander Walter 2011-05-19T13:33:24-04:00 >2011-05-20T14:07:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uh/uhldrbii3asx8sx0.jpg" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The Art Directors Club and One Club, in partnership with AKQA, have joined together to form Creatives Unite for Japan, a new charitable program that provides the creative community with a direct way to help victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Creatives Unite for Japan is strictly a donation program, with each organization featuring a banner on their home pages with program information and <a href="http://www.adcglobal.org/programs/japan/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PayPal link</a>. One hundred percent of donations will go to fund <a href="http://www.ashinaga.org/en/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Ashinaga Foundation</a>, a non-profit organization formed in 1963 that provides aid to children who have lost parents due to hardship, economic or natural disasters.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;This is not a call for entries, it&rsquo;s a call for a cause,&rdquo; said Rei Inamoto, chief creative officer, AKQA and ADC board member who developed the program mission and logo design. &ldquo;Because right now, Japan does not need ideas that win gold, silver or bronze Cubes or Pencils, they need our support. We urge fellow creatives around the world to un...</p>