Ceiling tile that wirelessly charges devices unveiled at CES 2017
The days of having to purchase astonishingly expensive replacement charging plugs accidentally left behind on trips, or for that matter of lugging around charging plugs in general, may be over. At this year's CES in Las Vegas, licensing company Ossia is unveiling a drop ceiling tile that purports... View full entry
Robots could soon maintain the Sydney Opera House's one million roof tiles
One million brilliant white tiles clad the 65m-tall precast concrete roof [...] glazed ceramic tiles need to be hand-checked, or tapped, every five years by specialist engineers, who abseil down the roof “sails” looking for changes in their sound or appearance. Now, thanks to the combined efforts of the opera house, the Getty Foundation, the University of Sydney and the engineering and design group Arup, this expensive, vertigo- inducing process is a step closer to becoming a thing of the past.
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Exploring Alvar Aalto's "benign errors"
Could one of Alvar Aalto's most sublime works be the result of a mistake? And more intriguingly, did Aalto exploit error to acheive a certain aesthetic/politically pointed effect? In this thoughtful piece on Medium, Dan Hill explores the role of "benign errors" in Aalto's work, a term the... View full entry
Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Bathroom Spaces" Pinterest Board
In case you haven't checked out Archinect's Pinterest boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect Firm and People profiles.(Tip: use the handy FOLLOW feature to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect... View full entry
Preserving Central Asia's ancient architecture through code
It is not enough to just catalogue these [structures] in photos and videos, it is our aim to break down the logic of these patterns, and recreate them in code in order to make them more accessible and possibly allowing them to find new life in contemporary applications. By building an open source library, accessible to architects, artists, mathematicians, and software engineers, we can carry these patterns and traditions forward for future generations.
— Metropolis Magazine
Lauren Connell (architect at BIG), Alexis Burson (associate at Pei Cobb Freed & Partners), and Baris Yuksel (Google senior engineer) share their architectural and computer engineering perspectives on Project Agama. The collaboration aims to document and digitally preserve the intricate... View full entry
Call for Projects: Sign up now for the 2016 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition!
Taking place annually for the last 22 years, the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition is back for 2016! Architects and designers worldwide are invited to submit their projects that utilize Italian ceramic tiles in an aesthetically beautiful, original, and functional way. Do you already have a... View full entry
Wooden textiles & low-poly landscapes
[...] "wooden textiles" by designer Elisa Strozyk are a beautiful and surprisingly simple rethinking of the idea of a textile—and they have some interesting implications for terrain modeling and even gaming [...] Strozyk writes that she wanted to find "a new tactile experience" for wood, which she achieved by producing wooden tiles that "are then attached to a textile base. Depending on the geometry and size of the tiles each design shows a different behavior regarding flexibility and mobility."
Mosa to release new Solids tile collection in the U.S. market this December
This post is brought to you by Mosa. Leading Dutch surface specialist Mosa knows that the choice of materials can be what transforms a good design into an outstanding one — especially when it comes to picking out a material as versatile as the ceramic tile. For over 130 years, Mosa continues... View full entry
Mosa's new Scenes tile collection is now available in the U.S.
This post is brought to you by Mosa. The Netherlands has a rich centuries-long history of making tiles, so it's no surprise that Dutch ceramic surface specialist Mosa has been a leading expert in creating reputable products for the global architecture and design field for over 130 years.For... View full entry
Mosa's upcoming Solids tile collection balances adaptive durability and smart aesthetics
This post is brought to you by Mosa.For over 130 years, Dutch ceramic surface specialist Mosa has been recognized by architects and designers worldwide for their reputable products that are crafted with optimal standards of durability, elegant versatility, and cost-effective sustainability. Mosa's... View full entry
Paint picturesque spaces with the new Mosa Scenes tile collection, available this fall
This post is brought to you by Mosa. Having collaborated with architects and designers throughout the world in its 130-year history, Dutch ceramic surface expert Mosa is no stranger to the growing significance of producing building materials that are durable, versatile, and of course... View full entry
Mosa introduces Scenes and Solids tile collections to the American market
With over 130 years of tile-making experience, Dutch ceramic surface specialist Mosa continues its mission of creating reputable products for architects and designers worldwide with the U.S. debut of two new tile collections, Mosa Scenes and Mosa Solids. The Maastricht-based manufacturer... View full entry
Norman Foster, Daniel Libeskind, Guy Nordenson to speak at Innovators talk series at the MCNY
Mark your calendars! Some popular architects will be speaking in the upcoming "Innovators" talk series at the Museum of the City of New York, starting tomorrow May 6 at 6:30 p.m...
Accompanying the current "Palaces for the People" exhibition, each talk will explore the influence of the Guastavino Company, led by a Catalan father-son team whose architecture, construction, and design practices helped shape NYC's built landscape.
Below is the panelist line-up:May 6 - Innovators: Building Design and Construction: Guy Nordensen (Guy Nordenson Associates); Valentine Lehr (Lehr Consultants International); Jill Lerner and Marianne Kwok (Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates); and Corie Sharples (Shop Architects)May 14 - Innovators with... View full entry
First major Guastavino exhibition opening at MCNY on March 26
The upcoming "Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile" exhibition will showcase the works of Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino and his son Rafael Jr. that helped shape the architectural identity of New York City. Opening at the Museum of the City of New York on March... View full entry
Call for Projects: Ceramics of Italy 2014 Tile Competition
This sponsored post is brought to you by Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition: Ceramics of Italy never lets an outstanding project go unnoticed. From corporate headquarters with ventilated porcelain facades to summer homes featuring decorative ceramics, enter your best projects in the 2014 Ceramics... View full entry