Archinect - News 2017-08-19T14:49:56-04:00 Piecing together creativity with Atelier-D's OBLIKA architectural puzzle Justine Testado 2014-05-09T18:43:00-04:00 >2014-05-13T23:06:27-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Twenty-two is the magic number for the OBLIKA architectural puzzle. Crafted by Jonathan Dorthe of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atelier-D</a> from Montreal, Canada the 22-piece wooden puzzle could be a nifty tool for coming up with new design ideas or simply a fun therapeutic way to take a break during those hectic weeks at work or school.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Plus, the puzzle's sleek aesthetics make it appropriate for creative minds of any age. Each geometric piece is made of 9 1/2'' x 9 1/2'' wide x 1/4'' thick wood that features an etched linear design. Then you can arrange the pieces inside the wooden frame to form a neat square or skip the frame and go crazy putting together any shape you want. The puzzle also includes a paper grid with examples to spark ideas.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>"I was inspired by a childhood game 'tangram' which is a simpler version. I wanted to make it more architectural and more complex," Dorthe wrote in an email. "That's why I added lots of pieces of different shapes and even circular shapes. The laser etched pattern adds a graphi...</p> Atelier Bow-Wow helps design Honolulu's first "indoor park" pavilion Justine Testado 2014-02-12T14:30:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T17:20:04-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interisland Terminal</a> from Honolulu is on a mission to show the creative potential of their city's neighborhood with their latest endeavor known as Kaka'ako Agora. Located in the neighborhood of Kaka'ako, the project is an empty warehouse-turned-community space designed and planned in collaboration with Japanese architecture firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atelier Bow-Wow</a>.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Surrounded by plenty of local outdoor parks, Kaka'ako Agora will be the first "indoor park" for the Honolulu neighborhood. Once complete, the new space will serve as a local gathering area for various public programs, educational use, and other community-driven purposes.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Interisland Terminal recently launched a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> with a $15,000 goal to partially raise funds to purchase building materials for the pavilion's final pieces. The Kickstarter closes on Sunday evening, March 16.</p><p>For more details on Kaka'ako, click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Expensive cities are killing creativity Archinect 2013-12-23T13:10:00-05:00 >2013-12-27T14:45:26-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York - and San Francisco, London, Paris and other cities where cost of living has skyrocketed - are no longer places where you go to be someone. They are places you live when you are born having arrived. They are, as journalist Simon Kuper puts it, "the vast gated communities where the one percent reproduces itself".</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Creativity is rejected: Teachers and bosses don’t value out-of-the-box thinking Archinect 2013-12-12T20:48:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T20:47:45-05:00 <img src="" width="590" height="590" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is the thing about creativity that is rarely acknowledged: Most people don&rsquo;t actually like it. Studies confirm what many creative people have suspected all along: People are biased against creative thinking, despite all of their insistence otherwise. &ldquo;We think of creative people in a heroic manner, and we celebrate them, but the thing we celebrate is the after-effect,&rdquo; says Barry Staw, a researcher at the University of California&ndash;Berkeley business school who specializes in creativity.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #338 Nam Henderson 2013-10-22T11:45:00-04:00 >2013-10-23T06:23:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="774" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Michael Abrahamson currently a doctoral student in Architecture History and Theory at the University of Michigan provided a review of "Air Rights" &ndash; an exhibition by the Drone Research Lab (DRL) at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning...Responding either to the author or to projects found in the exhibition (perhaps both?), Darkman criticized "The BLDGBLOG type inquiry walks a fine line between futurism and self-indulgance"</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> For the latest edition of the&nbsp;<strong>In Focus</strong> series, dedicated to profiling the photographers who help make the work of architects look that much better, Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">spoke with Stockholm-based English photographer Robin Hayes</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Abrahamson</a>&nbsp;currently a doctoral student in Architecture History and Theory at the University of Michigan <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">provided a review of "Air Rights"</a> &ndash; an exhibition by the Drone Research Lab (DRL) at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.&nbsp;Therein he explains "<em>The exhibit seems to argue that the site of misbehavior and appropriation is shifting from the tagged surfaces of graffiti to aberrant spatial practices of collection and documentation...The show is a mixed bag, displaying everything from a metaphoric play on US intelligence procedures to a pragmatic consumer drone kit. Notably absent is any attempt at using drones for the fabrication of habitable spaces</em>".</p> <p> Responding either to the author or to projects found in the exhibition (per...</p> Denise Scott Brown and the myth of individual creativity Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-17T21:43:00-04:00 >2013-10-20T19:57:05-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Modern architecture, despite breaking with the past stylistically, nonetheless maintains this image of the gifted architect as a lone autonomous genius who overcomes gravity and prevails over his client [...] Rather than an inner activity done in solitude, it has been found that people often discover their thoughts and ideas through interactions with others [...] The centrality of collaboration in architecture is often overlooked in a culture celebrating and branding &ldquo;starchitects.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Referring to recent statistics concerning <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">women in architectural practice</a> and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denise Scott Brown Pritzker controversy</a>, architect&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Esther Sperber</a>&nbsp;calls for an overhaul of how we think about creativity and authorship in architecture. Her piece for <em>Lilith</em>,&nbsp;"Revising Our Ideas about Collective Inspiration", argues that what is perceived as "creative genius" relies on cultural and social affirmation, and is therefore a necessarily collective act.</p> <p> Endorsing D.S.B.'s demand that the architecture community "salute the notion of joint creativity", Sperber's piece recognizes issues of gender inequality within the practice, but is more concerned with the whole notion of individual intellectual ownership -- creativity just doesn't work this way, and prestigious awards shouldn't either.</p> <p> As creative industries adapt "orchestrated serendipity" strategies to capitalize on collaborative processes, the presumption that intellectual production belongs to any one individual dissolves. Sperber'...</p> LEGO® Architecture Studio now in stores Justine Testado 2013-08-02T12:47:00-04:00 >2013-08-07T14:12:00-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="441" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> You can never be too old to play with LEGOs. Yesterday, the beloved brand released its latest series, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEGO Architecture Studio</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Endorsed by REX architecture, Sou Fujimoto Architects, SOM, MAD Architects, Tham &amp; Videg&aring;rd Arkitekter, and Safdie Architects, the set includes a guidebook written in collaboration with leading architects and edited by Christopher Turner. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here for a preview (PDF)</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <br> Every toolkit includes over 1,200 monochromatic LEGO bricks, slopes, planes, and more that let you learn the fundamentals of design in a LEGO context. And instead of the usual step-by-step manual, the kit has a 272-page guidebook full of tips, techniques, inspiration, and even intuitive exercises to really get your creativity flowing.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> At $150 a set, the price is pretty steep. But in comparison to actual building costs <em>and</em> having complete freedom with your project? It's probably worth it.<br> &nbsp;</p> Go Ahead, Have a Beer at the Office Paul Petrunia 2012-04-30T16:43:00-04:00 >2012-05-02T02:56:02-04:00 <img src="" width="575" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New psychological research shows that mild intoxication can actually boost creative problem solving.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Are you bummed that it's Monday again? New research may turn your frown upside down, because it looks like you now have an excuse to get a little buzz on at work, in the name of creativity.</p>