Take a gander at our latest roundup of Kickstarter and crowdfunding projects for Archinect's curated Kickstarter page! Here are our picks for June 2014:
Marcus Bree of Brisbane-based Little Building Co. 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 Jørn Utzon), Bree set up a Kickstarter to fund the first 1,000 kits and other major production and marketing costs.
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 this fall. Last month, the project was chosen as an official winner of the WorldWide Storefront competition.
This film shines a spotlight on the New Khmer Architecture movement that was prominent in Cambodia during the 1950s-60s, as well as the need to preserve the structures built during that period. For a country whose history is commonly limited to the Khmer Rouge regime, this film also wants to preserve the stories of a generation of Cambodian architects and individuals who experienced the country's modern golden age.
After being named one of 10 Notable Entries in the popular Folly 2014 competition at the Socrates Sculpture Park, New York-based firm stpmj's Invisible Barn has been given the opportunity to have their structure permanently realized at the Sagehen Creek Field Station in UC Berkeley. The barn's mirrored exterior blends seamlessly with its environment, making a forward statement of integrating architecture and nature.
212box founder Eric Clough has believed that if 800 million people donated $4, they can collectively (and eventually) build a 622 m. monument dedicated to creativity and human inquiry. Backers are lured into the mysterious project by solving a series of clues from a range of topics relevant to the tower's design that Clough periodically releases on Kickstarter. So far, he's even had artists like LEGO Architecture creator Adam Reed Tucker contribute.
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Siza Vintage is a limited edition collector's box that analyzes the earlier works of Pritzker Prize laureate architect Álvaro Siza Vieira in three different perspectives through photography, illustration, and text. Drawing from personal experiences of growing up around Siza's work and the current economic issues of Portugal, the creators started the project to highlight the lack of debate in architectural accountability, urban spaces, and their impact on the quality of everyday life.