Bjarke builds a model! (and explicates his design process)
Proving that he can hold his own against 8 to 14-year old contenders, Bjarke Ingels demonstrates some model-building basics by participating in the "Build Your Own Pavilion" challenge, whose participants are usually still in grade school. Admittedly, Bjarke's nimble paper crinkling is integrated... View full entry
Brutal paper cut-outs (of real-life buildings)
Poland-based studio Zupagrafika has a thing for modernist and Brutalist architecture. And to share that passion, it has created playful illustrated paper cutout models of Brutalist buildings in London; modernist buildings in Warsaw; and a new series, Paris Brut, featuring Brutalist architecture from the 1950s–70s located in the city center and outlying banlieues.
Cheaper than a train set, more visceral than a video game: Zupagrafika's sets of the Les Choux de Creteil, the Cite des 4000, and the Orgues de Flandre (among others) will keep your fingers busy in assembly and your mind deeply engaged in the thorny issues surrounding the relative success and... View full entry
Bigger than a Breadbox winner "The Pulp Canopy" will be showcased at Boston Society of Architects in June
Khôra exhibition curators Robert Trumbour and Aaron Willette organized the Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building competition as a means to explore the medium of installation in the architectural realm, specifically the medium's increasing appeal among emerging architects and designers... View full entry
Brutal London cutout replicas commemorate iconic brutalist structures
Assembling those paper cutouts from the back of the cereal box is a delightful childhood memory for many. Poznan-based design studio Zupagrafika brings back that pastime with their "Brutal London" paper cutouts that would look good on any shelf or desk. Following the Warsaw-inspired "Eastern... View full entry
Artist Charles Young crafts mini paper metropolis on the daily
No, these aren't props from an upcoming Wes Anderson film. These mini paper structures are all part of Paperholm, a daily project by Scottish artist Charles Young. Constructed by hand with only watercolor paper, PVA glue, the occasional dressmaking pin, along with an eye for detail... View full entry
Self-Folding Robot Based on Origami
While still experimental, engineering techniques drawn from origami promise the development of pop-up devices that could assemble themselves from flat, composite materials cheaply and efficiently, the [Harvard and MIT] researchers said. Potential applications range from self-assembling satellites to shape-shifting robots that could be used in search-and-rescue missions.
Researchers at Harvard University and MIT have engineered a self-assembling paper robot inspired by the Japanese paper-folding artform origami. Since the journal Science published the report yesterday, the bots have been widely described as the "world's first Transformer."On that note, paper... View full entry
Archinect test drives FiftyThree's Pencil and Paper app for iPad
Ever since I spotted FiftyThree's beautifully designed iPad pen, aptly called “Pencil”, I couldn't wait to get my hands on one (like literally).Made by the creators of the award-winning “Paper” drawing and sketching app for the iPad, Pencil is promised to be “the most natural and... View full entry
UPDATE: ACADIA 2014 Call for Papers deadline extended to April 22
UPDATE: The Call For Papers deadline has been extended to April 22nd 12AM PDT.Due to popular demand, the final deadline to submit papers for the ACADIA 2014 | Design Agency conference has been updated to April 22 at 12 a.m. PDT.Submissions are welcome from specialized researchers, practitioners... View full entry
Last reminder! ACADIA 2014 Call for Papers deadline is April 1 (UPDATE: April 22!)
UPDATE: The Call For Papers deadline has been extended to April 22nd 12AM PDT.Just a heads up that the deadline to submit papers for the ACADIA 2014 | Design Agency conference is April 22 (UPDATED!)!Submissions are welcome from specialized researchers, practitioners, students, and others... View full entry
Gert Wingårdh's stunning installation at this week's Stockholm Furniture Fair
Swedish architect Gert Wingårdh and Finnish illustrator Kustaa Saksi have joined creative forces to design the installation that will set the stage for talks on design and architecture at the fair. They have each started out from their own perspective while adhering to a shared vision... View full entry
Crazy Cardboard Towers Bring Ornament Back to Architecture
The project, called Night Blooms, is the work of Wil Natzel, an architect with a taste for the eclectically romantic and for unusual materials.
“My larger approach to architecture is embedded in the history of architectural ornamentation,” he says, “As an alternative to a city filled with purely performative architecture” — being the boring walls, doors, stairs, pathways, and other bits that define the spaces we use.
Paper Craft Weds Japanese Tradition And Modern Architecture
“Working with paper forces me to be humble, since this medium has a character of its own that asks for cooperation,” Siliakus explains on her website. In the beginning, she worked by hand, using an X-acto knife and a bone folder to prototype each piece dozens of times.
Sketching Out a New Course for Architects
Two blocks from the stately columns, arches and sculptures of Grand Central Terminal, a rogue band of architects is engaged in a retrograde venture: They're teaching a new generation how to draw and paint the elements of classical architecture—all those columns, arches and sculptures—with nothing more than pencils and paints on paper. No computers. Ever.