Archinect - News 2017-08-24T06:58:42-04:00 Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Tomás Saraceno's spiders Nicholas Korody 2015-10-07T13:10:00-04:00 >2016-03-26T11:03:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the first few seconds you&rsquo;re blind in the darkness. Then a reflex forces your pupils wider and your photoreceptor rod cells become more sensitive, sending a neural signal that alerts you to four glowing cubes that seem to be floating in mid-air in front of your body. It takes another few seconds for the glow to connect to its source, illuminate the supports of the plexiglass boxes, and finally render their content legible: a series of startlingly-complex and impossibly-delicate spiderwebs.</p><p>Here drawing back the curtain doesn&rsquo;t destroy the magic. Quite to the contrary, Tom&aacute;s Saraceno&rsquo;s collaboration with various arachnids for the first&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> has a power that extends beyond some mere trick of the light and runs deeper than a one-liner about non-human construction. It's a reprise of a project he's exhibited before, notably at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tanya Bonakdar Gallery</a>, but within an architectural context it conjures a particular significance.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>The Argentine-born, Berlin-based Sara...</p> (Un)natural Architectures: Scorpion Design Temperature-Controlled Burrows Nicholas Korody 2014-07-03T19:28:00-04:00 >2014-07-08T17:40:29-04:00 <img src="" width="628" height="439" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Scientists have discovered that scorpions design their burrows to include both hot and cold spots. A long platform provides a sunny place to warm up before they hunt, whilst a humid chamber acts as a cool refuge during the heat of the day.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This recent discovery of scorpion architecture adds to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a sizeable list of impressive non-human architecture</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Anthills consist of a complex network of paths. Comparative to the size of an individual ant, these structures are mega-skyscrapers.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Likewise, termites build huge structures that have been dubbed "cathedrals." Reaching up to 6m high or more, termite cathedrals are clustered in large arrays that cover whole landscapes.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This complex web of branches was built by&nbsp;the vogelkop gardener bowerbird. In direct refutation of the "less is more" aesthetic exemplified by both ants and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, these birds embellish their structures with any bright things they can find.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="">Primates, including humans, are probably the most avid builders. For example, from an early age, orangutans learn to design and construct elaborately woven nests high in trees.&nbsp;</p><p>Far from trivial &ndash; and humor aside &ndash;, studying animal architectures helps destabilize the normative understanding of architecture as a...</p> Animalistic Architecture Metropolitan Monk 2012-10-10T10:33:00-04:00 >2017-03-06T20:21:43-05:00 <img src="" width="620" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We&rsquo;ve previously looked at buildings designed to look like other things (care to live in a giant conch shell, anyone?), as well as crazy structures shaped like fruit (a roundup surprisingly dominated by oranges and tomatoes). But a post over on MetaFilter got us thinking about the zoological forms that buildings occasionally take on.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Winners of URBAN ANIMAL: 2012 Animal Architecture Awards Alexander Walter 2012-09-06T19:10:00-04:00 >2012-09-11T09:34:05-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ned Dodington, founder of, today announced the winners of the 2012 Animal Architecture Awards. This year's competition, titled "URBAN ANIMAL", called for designs that reshape, expand and redefine the context of urban thought and space while keeping in mind the needs (and possible benefits) of synanthropic species &mdash; wild animals that &ldquo;live near, and benefit from, an association with humans and the somewhat artificial habitats that humans create around them&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p> See also: Bat Cloud, the top award winner, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously in the Archinect News</a>.</p> Editor's Picks #227 Nam Henderson 2011-09-04T13:59:55-04:00 >2011-09-05T13:51:10-04:00 <img src="" width="591" height="444" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>theids wants to start a conversation about the Animal Architecture Awards. To theids, "this is not Animal Architecture. I feel that they have taken a term that was already being used to describe other projects... which pre-dates this competition that has been hosted for 3 years. " der flaneur cautioned "Zoomorphic is an architecture book for 1st year students that want to see 'cool animal-looking buildings'."</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>News</strong></p> <p> Apple&rsquo;s just-opened 4th Street (N. Calif.) store, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">is designed so that the new sidewalk, store window panels and inside stone floor tiles all are dimensioned and positioned to present a symmetrical appearance</a>.</p> <p> <strong>subtect</strong> feels "<em>This is a really terrible drawing. if you draw the room volume as a single point perspective, then follow through with the tile and sidewalk lines for fuck sake. The end gaps between the glazing and the storefront perimeter are different widths.</em>" while <strong>tagalong</strong> believes "<em>the cube is actually quite the disappointment, the rear window is a conventional rear window, the only glass that wraps is the exterior so it's all just fake aesthetics...probably started off with the idea for wrap around visibility but at some point got VE'd out due to not being able to reconcile the structural C column with visibility,</em>"&nbsp;However, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Gachich</a>&nbsp;thinks this is just "<em>Another example of architects designing for architects. Looking for some kind of peer recognition, never t...</em></p> Animal Architecture Awards 2011 - The Winners Alexander Walter 2011-08-15T13:53:08-04:00 >2011-08-17T09:27:42-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winning entries for the 2011 Animal Architecture Awards have just been announced. Now in its third year, the award contest "All Creatures Great &amp; Small" invited critical and unpublished essays and projects to address how architecture can mediate and encourage multiple new ways of species learning and benefiting from each other - or as the organizers call it, to illustrate cospecies coshaping.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>