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 Archinect's curated Kickstarter page.
After a two-year postponement, Staten Island Arts 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.
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.
The LIX 3D printing pen is becoming a popular contender in the 3D printing market. Wait 60 seconds and the pocket-sized lightweight LIX pen lets you draw whatever you like in mid-air. Let the 3D printing craze continue...
Much like 3D printing, another type of technology that's been gaining more attention in recent months is 3D digital preservation. A notable name in that field is non-profit organization CyArk, who is currently campaigning for the digital archiving of the New York State Pavilion, which Nelson Rockefeller commissioned architect Philip Johnson to design for the 1964-65 World’s Fair.
Chicago-based design studio Luftwerk is a pro at transforming some of modern architecture's most iconic works into mesmerizing structures of light, sound, and space with their site-specific project INsite. This time, they hope to bring the digital magic to Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House.
If you don't already have one, the A:LOG compiles handy design info, technical guidelines, building elements, references, dot-grid paper at multiple scales, and illustrated living scenarios into one sleek portable "architect's notebook". The notebook also comes in imperial (U.S.) and international (metric) versions.
Once upon a time, a young English multimillionaire wanted to use crowdsource funding to work towards building a traveling floating-island structure the size of Manhattan that would become the home of a future civilization. The floating island concept isn't brand new, like in Vincent Callebaut's LILYPAD proposal shown above. Perhaps what made the Arc Island idea extreme was the "let's build our own country" part.
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Scott and Julie Brusaw's Solar Roadways can be installed on various surfaces like roads, parking lots, and sidewalks. The solar panel paving system also has an integrated LED lighting, can stay ice and snow-free, and can provide renewable energy to homes and businesses. After receiving plenty of private and federal funding -- and international press, the Brusaws are preparing to implement grand-scale production of the panels.
Non-profit group GA Collaborative set up The Masoro Project with a local builder's association in Rwanda to further develop EarthBag construction for Rwandans to build their own homes. Although the Indiegogo campaign wasn't fully funded, the project continues to gain recognition.