First look at the 2017 International Garden Festival landscape installations
In response to the all-too-familiar “nature-deficit disorder” in society these days, participants in this year's competition had to create inventive “Playsages” that would inspire, if not remind, today's tech-savvy kids — and adults — to spend more time outdoors. Out of 162 proposals from 30 countries, six lucky designers had the winning schemes that will be exhibited during the 2017 International Garden Festival starting June 23.
Here's a glimpse of the winning projects:↓ LA CHRYSALIDE by landscape architects Gabriel Lacombe & Virginie Roy-Mazoyer↓ PAYSAGE EUPHONIQUE by MANI↓ L'ESCALE by Collectif EscargoHAIKU by architects Francisco A. Garcia Pérez & Alessandra VignottoSOUNDCLOUD by Johanna Ballhaus... View full entry
Holing up in hoity-toity hovels: doomsday architecture for the super-wealthy
Trump is President, the climate is chaos, and the wealth gap is starting to qualify as its own national canyon. So if you've got vats of money and are afraid of all the people who don't, what do you do? Build doomsday architecture to survive the collapse of society! In this piece for The New... View full entry
Watch "Ex of IN House," an unusual, compelling new video from Steven Holl
Poetry, abstracted Venn diagrams of spheres, and a love for natural materials are just some of the components that go into this video from Steven Holl, who acts as a kind of a hyper-thoughtful Huell Howser as he explores a gorgeous new home parented primarily by concept. Entitled "Ex of IN House,"... View full entry
This week's picks for London architecture and design events
This week brings a full diary of talks from successful and inspiring architects and theorists. Largely focusing on the question of city-living, the week's overarching theme is one of discussing the future of the way we live, and how we design our urban landscapes. Check back regularly to keep up... View full entry
For some Uber drivers, their cars double as beds
The vast majority of Uber’s full-time drivers return home to their beds at the end of a day’s work. But all over the country, there are many who don’t. These drivers live near, but not in, expensive cities where they can tap higher fares, ferrying wealthier, white-collar workers to their jobs and out to dinner—but where they can’t make enough money to get by, even with longer hours.
To maximize their time, drivers find supermarket parking lots, airports and hostels where they catch several hours of sleep after taking riders home from bars and before starting the morning commute. View full entry
This week's picks for Chicago architecture and design events
Between preservation lectures and even help landing you that dream job, there is a lot going on in the city.Here is your list of things to do in Chicago over the next couple of weeks.The Last Days of Louis Sullivan | January 25Former entrance to the Chicago Stock Exchange (now at the Art... View full entry
Take a virtual reality tour of "different planes of the digital and physical universe"
You don't need a blacklight for this one: Morphogenesis, a full-length virtual reality experience that transports the viewer through elaborate, thrill-inducing shapes, will definitely take you out of this world, at least for a few minutes. The geometrically derived immersive spaces it generates... View full entry
Trump may eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts — here's why that matters for architecture
According to a report published by the Hill, President-elect Trump is planning significant cuts to federal programs, including the departments of Transportation, Commerce and Energy. What else is on the chopping block? The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the... View full entry
Exquisite play on materiality defines "Maison de Quartier de Chatelaine-Balexert" by Stendardo Menningen Architectes
Designed as an easily accessible community center that, according to its architects, would preserve "a logical continuity and preservation of the existing landscape as well as construct synergies with the surrounding buildings," the Maison de Quartier de Chatelaine-Balexert benefits from a... View full entry
In Hong Kong, a housing shortage is leading people to live in 25 sq. ft. "space capsule pods"
Hong Kong is a crowded city. According to census figures reported by Quartz, 57,100 households live in spaces between 75 and 140 sq ft. And, for the most part, the conditions of these tiny homes aren’t exactly great. Enter Sandy Wong, the inventor of a “space capsule pod”, a 25 sq. ft... View full entry
Deborah Berke-designed stylish, sustainable tower opens in Indianapolis
Nine glassed-in, metal-fin bearing stories make up the new Deborah Berke Partners-designed Cummins Indy Tower, which officially opens this month. With its "projections and inflections," the building simultaneously juts and struts through the metropolis, creating a slender and ecologically... View full entry
Do architecture awards matter?
Almost singing the refrain, "What do awards have to do with it?" writer Ben Willis investigates the disconnect between the plethora of architectural awards, both those that recognize aesthetics and those that focus on data-driven technical specs, and the public's (and for that matter, other... View full entry
Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara to curate 2018 Venice Biennale
The Board of the Venice Architecture Biennale appointed Grafton Architects co-founders Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara yesterday as the curators of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, which will take place May 26 to November 25 in 2018.UTEC campus in Lima, designed by Grafton... View full entry
Norman Foster and RIBA announce 2017 "survival of cities" traveling scholarship
For the tenth year in a row, RIBA and Norman Foster are offering a traveling scholarship in the form of €7,000 (an increase over last year's €6,000) to the destination of the winning student's choice. Students can't enter directly: RIBA and CAA validated schools are allowed to submit only one... View full entry
As the UK and US shift rightwards, architects react
The last year has seen a dramatic political shift to the right in the Western world (and elsewhere), marked in particular by Brexit and the election of Donald J. Trump. Alongside the former, the Tories secured a firm grip on the UK, with Prime Minister Theresa May stepping in to fill the void left... View full entry