Archinect - News 2017-08-20T11:33:22-04:00 Camden Highline gets backing from London Mayor Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-28T02:36:00-04:00 >2017-07-27T14:23:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Another day, another city, another <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">high line</a>&mdash;this time in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>. While in America, we use crowdfunding to help supplement health care costs or to actualize an invention, in England, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spacehive</a> is using this form of alternative financing to help back projects that make local places better. Think kickstarter, but for place-making. Projects range from a 90m temporary water slide in Bristol to a Library of Things in Southeast London where one can rent a violin or camping gear alongside their books. Among such proposals, is a 0.8km garden walk on a disused elevated railway line. Its project title&mdash;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Camden Highline</a>.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>The project plans to transform the obsolete tracks into a new type of green infrastructure for walking and cycling. They are currently seeking &pound;37,412 in order to cary out a feasibility study, including site appraisals and surveys. Thus far, the project has raised 93% of its funding goal to the thanks of 249 backers, including Mayor of London, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sadiq Khan</a>. Khan spoke of the pro...</p> A chess set that forms the New York City skyline Julia Ingalls 2017-06-20T13:53:00-04:00 >2017-06-20T14:10:51-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>First-name-only architects Chris and Ian of Skyline Chess have already rendered landmark buildings of London into chess pieces, and now they're trying to create a similar set of New York City, provided they receive enough funding via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">their Kickstarter</a>. &nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>Each building has been carefully chosen to represent a particular chess piece. As the architects explain:&nbsp;<br></p> <p>"We gave careful consideration to selecting each piece on the board, to ensure that it both visually reflected the appropriate chess piece and also reflected the architectural status and scale of that building in the city.</p> <ul><li><strong>King</strong>&nbsp;- One World Trade Tower&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Queen</strong>&nbsp;- Empire State Building&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Bishop</strong>&nbsp;- Chrysler Building&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Knight</strong>&nbsp;- Flatiron Building&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Rook</strong>&nbsp;- Guggenheim Museum&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Pawn</strong>&nbsp;- Brownstone House"</li></ul><p>Each piece has been weighted and given a felt bottom to make them enjoyable to hold and maneuver.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></figure></figure> "Show audiences that it's okay to dream" by Kickstarting Never Built New York Julia Ingalls 2017-05-23T13:16:00-04:00 >2017-05-23T13:16:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architecture author and curator&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sam Lubell</a> is partnering with the Queens Museum to bring <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Never Built New York</em></a> into the physical display space with a little help from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>. The drive, which needs to raise another $26K in 29 days, hopes to physically model some of the innovative, occasionally wild designs that were proposed decades ago but never realized. Lubell believes the project would "show audiences that it's okay to dream" in terms of imagining large-scale, inventive solutions to contemporary urban problems. The modeling would take place on one of the largest scale models of New York City and its surrounds, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">as explained in the accompanying video to the Kickstarter drive.&nbsp;</a></p> Arckit launches a Kickstarter for its detailed Cityscape and Masterplan kits Julia Ingalls 2017-05-11T15:15:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T15:15:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arckit is expanding from house models</a> into entire cities and master plans, or at least will if they meet their Kickstarter goals.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Kickstarter showcases a series of models with various components including contoured top pieces, textured walls and even transparent, glass-like modular elements.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Contribute to the campaign and check out the video of their new implements <a href=";utm_campaign=e4c8ca7729-Kickstarter&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_6f068dd13a-e4c8ca7729-261857333&amp;mc_cid=e4c8ca7729&amp;mc_eid=ee457ac4ba" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> This Kickstarter wants to turn your window blinds into solar power generators Nicholas Korody 2017-05-11T12:33:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T12:33:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Let&rsquo;s say you want to switch to solar&mdash;for ecological or economic reasons&mdash;but are a renter. Installing solar panels on your roof isn&rsquo;t really an option unless you get permission from your landlord. Enter Solar Gaps, or photovoltaic solar blinds that can be installed easily, and temporarily, on any window. According to their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>, Solar Gaps can reduce your electricity bill by up to 70%</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The smart blinds track the sun throughout the day and adjust their position accordingly. They can generate up to 100W-150W of renewable energy per 10 sq. ft. (&asymp; 1 m2) of a window, which can power three MacBooks. They also are still regular blinds, and so can reduce energy by shading the interior to lower AC costs. Moreover, the Solar Gaps integrate with existing smart home tech, like Google Home, and can be controlled with your smart phone.</p><p>It&rsquo;s a pretty nifty idea, and their implementation is pretty easy to imagine. As of now, they have the look of photovoltaics, so they don&rsquo;t necessarily blend i...</p> Help fund "Mies in London", the riveting tale of Mies' only design for the UK Nicholas Korody 2017-02-08T13:05:00-05:00 >2017-02-10T00:53:30-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="519" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The last project famed architect Mies van der Rohe worked on would have also been his only building in the UK. Made of amber glass and steel, the office tower almost graced Mansion House Square in the City of London. Instead, James Stirling&rsquo;s recently-landmarked, Postmodernist No 1 Poultry building occupies the site. How and why this happened involves, like many stories concerning the post-war development of London, the intervention of the Prince of Wales amidst the cultural and economic tumult that marked the city in the latter half of the twentieth century. It is &ldquo;a tale of 1980s London egos, of personal and political intrigue, and power plays from the peerage, Prince and prime minister. It captures a moment when belief in modernism was fading and when the public realm came to be privatised.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Now, the REAL Foundation is attempting to publish a high-quality publication documenting the story of the building, replete with never-before-seen photo-collages, plans, sections, elevations,...</p> Help fund this Kickstarter for 3D printed maps of Tokyo Julia Ingalls 2016-10-11T13:39:00-04:00 >2016-10-13T23:55:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="444" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The confluence of Google mapping, 3D printing and the desire for inventive home decor has produced a&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> for One Hundred Tokyo, a fully-fledged three dimensional map of Tokyo that is divided into 100 handy pieces. Pick your favorite palm-sized square(s) or collect all 100; it's up to you and your available display space. Nonetheless, these minutely detailed urban segments are cool/notable both for their immediacy and their accuracy; Zenrin, the same urban data providers that work with Google Maps and Microsoft, have "specially equipped vehicles" that compile the metropolitan deets used to produce the models.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>What else is going on with 3D printing? So glad you asked:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Curve Appeal" will be globe's first Freeform 3D printed house</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Earth's first 3D printed office created in 17 days for half the labor cost</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Recreation of Palmyra's Arch of Triumph presented in Trafalgar Square</a></li></ul> Denver collaborative wants to offer mobile laundry service to the city's homeless Nam Henderson 2016-09-02T00:47:00-04:00 >2016-09-02T06:58:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The anticipated outcome of The Laundry Truck is of course the build-out of an aesthetically pleasing and inviting unit. In addition, The Laundry Truck will serve as a location to promote educational services for the target community as well as job training. We are on the precipice of a new era in addressing the urgent needs of people experiencing poverty and homelessness, where homeless individuals are taking the lead in their own journey out of poverty.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The architects and designers over at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Radian, Inc.</a>, along with&nbsp;Bayaud Enterprises and&nbsp;Denver Homeless Outloud, have kicked off their effort to in some small way, address the crisis of&nbsp;homelessness/extreme poverty in Denver, CO.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>On a somewhat related note, Denver recently launched it's own&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Public Restroom Pilot Project</a>.&nbsp;</p> Check out Bagel, the overachieving digital tape measure freshly funded on Kickstarter Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-12T18:42:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T20:01:49-04:00 <img src="" width="530" height="299" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Taking and recording measurements on the fly can be tricky&mdash;getting all the right tools to measure different surfaces and distances, and having a place to scribble them down for later, can easily lead to imprecise or inefficient measurements. The mouthwateringly-named Bagel digital tape measure is trying to change that.</p><p><img alt="" src=";fit=max&amp;v=1466401080&amp;q=92&amp;s=d03320341ba162ee50a9d245209c4bc8"></p><p>The Bagel looks like a basic tape measure, but can measure distances in three different modes: string, wheel, or remote. Digital measurements from these three functions can then be saved on Bagel's internal memory (along with voice memos), or transferred to the Bagel smartphone app via Bluetooth. You can charge it with a micro-USB, and the digital display makes viewing easier and less ambiguous.</p><p><img alt="" src=";fit=max&amp;v=1467009300&amp;auto=format&amp;lossless=true&amp;s=7069711444334563a4e2ee5c3958633b"></p><p>Launched on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> by Bagel Labs of Newport Beach, California, the smart tape measure has already surpassed its $30,000 goal nearly 20-times over. The final prototype is ready for production, and while Bagel still needs to undergo consumer-testing for durability (how high o...</p> Hyper-Reality: Artist envisions our near-future existence submerged in augmented reality Alexander Walter 2016-05-26T15:05:00-04:00 >2016-06-02T01:05:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hyper-Reality is a concept film by Keiichi Matsuda. It presents a provocative and kaleidoscopic new vision of the future, where physical and virtual realities have merged, and the city is saturated in media.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Our physical and virtual realities are becoming increasingly intertwined. Technologies such as VR, augmented reality, wearables, and the internet of things are pointing to a world where technology will envelop every aspect of our lives. It will be the glue between every interaction and experience, offering amazing possibilities, while also controlling the way we understand the world. Hyper-Reality attempts to explore this exciting but dangerous trajectory. It was crowdfunded, and shot on location in Medell&iacute;n, Colombia."</em></p><p>Here are some stills from artist Keiichi Matsuda's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HYPER-REALITY</a> concept film, a fascinating (and slightly disturbing) vision of the near future of the city, of the media, of ourselves, and the blurred sense of 'reality.'</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Watch the video below to dive right in.</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for February 2016 Justine Testado 2016-02-29T20:27:00-05:00 >2016-03-15T23:21:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Have a look at some of the crowdfunding campaigns that caught our attention for this month's list, including a few furniture picks for the end of Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Furniture February</a>. You can also check out&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>&nbsp;for more of our previous favorites.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG Oakland coworking space for the building industry</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>No, this isn't from Bjarke Ingels. The Building Industry Gathering - Oakland is an initiative that's determined to bring about the city's first coworking space that is specially equipped for those working in the AEC industry.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frankfurter Bank</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This furniture piece nods to Max Stoelker's Frankfurter Stuhl chair that he first designed in the 1930s. A longtime fan of the iconic chair, designer&nbsp;Thomas Hirschmann had the idea to "connect" two Frankfurter Stuhl chairs to form this fun, versatile bench.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>SNAP: Design Your Own Furniture</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Made in an array of colors, SNAP by Be-elastic is an easy furniture assembly system that can just as easily spruce up your everyday spaces. I...</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for January 2016 Justine Testado 2016-01-29T21:02:00-05:00 >2016-01-29T22:09:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's been awhile since our last Kickstarter round-up, so here's our first list of 2016! Take a gander at some of the crowdfunded projects that caught our eye this month for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Ghetto Biennale Catalogue</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Created by Haitian art collective&nbsp;Atis Rezistans, The Ghetto Biennale is a cross-cultural arts event that takes place every two years in Port-au-Prince. Now, the Biennale crew is set to publish their first catalog that chronicles the first four events.&nbsp;The publication will&nbsp;"be an important addition to critical resources exploring the scholarship and art history of transculturalism, and hopefully lead to a deeper understanding of marginality in the art world."</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Microscape</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Have the entire Manhattan skyline (or a chunk of it) right on your desk with these awesome Microscapes. These 1:5000 city replicas are 3D-printed from up-to-date aerial scan data, so that means buildings still under construction or in planning can be included. More cities will be added so...</p> MMYST: a crowd-funded, human-animal hybrid building by Fran├žois Roche and Camille Lacadee of New-Territories/M4 Nicholas Korody 2015-09-30T16:14:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T01:08:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="494" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"What we propose here is a different format for making architecture,"&nbsp;Camille Lacadee states in a deadpan tone, "with multiple clients, multiple users, backers, lovers, following a bottom-up mode of exchanges and desire." A robotic arm extends into the frame and offers her a bowl of bird's nest soup, which she takes. "Oh it's hot!"</p><p>Alongside Fran&ccedil;ois Roche,&nbsp;Lacadee&nbsp;heads the&nbsp;ever-mutating, radically-experimental architecture studio currently-known-as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New-Territories / M4</a>. For their new project&nbsp;MMYST, or "mke_Me_yungR_sheltR_tmptation," they've launched a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a> that includes what is likely one of the most wonderfully strange videos that's ever been on the crowd-funding website.</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>According to the campaign description, MMYST would comprise a 140 sqm (1500 ft&sup2;) "experimental hybrid building" to be shared by humans and swiftlets, a species of bird that makes unique nests out of saliva that are prized for their culinary applications.<br><br>Sited on an outcropping of cooled-lava in th...</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for September 2015 Justine Testado 2015-09-28T10:34:00-04:00 >2015-09-27T17:34:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's already time for the next Kickstart This list! Check below to see what sorts of crowdfunding projects made it onto the September round-up for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>.</p><p>On a different note, the former Kickstarter Inc. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> its reincorporation as a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Public Benefit Corporation (PBC)</a>&nbsp;&mdash; which may sound a bit contradictory. According to Kickstarter, PBCs are "for-profit companies that are obligated to consider the impact of their decisions on society, not only shareholders", and more companies are expected to make the switch in the coming years. Will that include architecture firms? Considering that many architects and designers use Kickstarter, how much will the PBC ideology influence the industry?</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright's Call Building Model</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Driven by Frank Lloyd Wright's Organic principles, non-profit group Organic Architecture and Design Archives, Inc. is raising funds to construct an exact full-size replica of FLW's iconic San Francisco Call Building model. The group is...</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for July + August 2015 Justine Testado 2015-08-17T14:16:00-04:00 >2015-08-18T11:11:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Time for the next Kickstart this! list. Check out what sorts of crowdfunding projects made it onto the July and August round-up for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's STEAM RING GENERATOR FOR WORLD'S CLEANEST POWER PLANT</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Bjarke Ingels and Jakob Lange set up a Kickstarter to build the final prototype of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>'s steam ring generator, as part of the upcoming power plant in Copenhagen that is slated for completion in 2017. Once built, the generator will puff out a steam ring for every ton of CO2 burned in the plant.</p><p>Related:&nbsp;<a title="Session 14: His bjark is BIGger than his bjite &ndash; A chat with Bjarke Ingels at the opening of BIG's &quot;Hot to Cold&quot; exhibition" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions 14: His bjark is BIGger than his bjite &ndash; A chat with Bjarke Ingels at the opening of BIG's "Hot to Cold" exhibition</a></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">49 Cities: 3rd Edition deluxe reprint</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Out of print since 2010, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WorkAC</a> principals Dan Wood and Amale Andraos are bringing back "49 Cities", a unique reference guide that "embrace[s] scale and common sense combined with delirious imagination as tools to reinvent the city." The new edition includes interviews between Amale Andraos, Da...</p> Two days left to kickstart the full-length comic zine of Fairy Tales 2nd-prize winner "Beautifully Banal" Justine Testado 2015-07-13T19:07:00-04:00 >2016-09-06T20:24:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="418" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After winning second place in Blank Space's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Fairy Tales Architecture Competition</a>, University of Illinois at Chicago graduate students Alexander Culler and Danny Travis took things one step further to publish their submission, "Beautifully Banal", into a full-length architectural comic zine. The duo initiated a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a> earlier this month that received speedy support, reaching their $1,000 goal in just two days. Now with 52 hours to go, the campaign has garnered $3,578.</p><p>Culler and Travis set up the campaign in an effort to bring a light-hearted story that readers both within and outside of the architectural community can appreciate. Derived from the universal notion of finding one's place in the world, the three-part narrative follows Phineas the fly's journey through three major architectural programs: Residential, Commercial, and Industrial.</p><p>Readers encounter various architectural drawing conventions at different scales like plans, sections, axonometrics, elevations,...</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for June 2015 Justine Testado 2015-06-30T20:48:00-04:00 >2015-06-30T20:48:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Another month has flown by, so that means it's time for the latest Kickstart This! list. Check out what sorts of crowdfunding projects made it onto the June 2015 round-up for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Build a BEACH in D.C.</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The National Building Museum teamed up with Brooklyn-based practice Snarkitecture to bring a life-sized indoor "BEACH" installation&nbsp;&mdash; decked out in Snarkitecture's signature monochrome white&nbsp;&mdash; inside the NBM's Great Hall, set to open on July 4.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the studio residency at the land</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Frankfurt-based architects Nikolaus Hirsch and Michel M&uuml;ller are garnering support for the design of a table-top structure that will ultimately evolve into the permanent space for a communally engaged artist residency. The structure is being built for a northern Thailand initiative founded by artists Rirkrit Tiravanija and Kamin Lertchaiprasert.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Lowline: New Solar Technology to Build an Underground Park</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>If NYC can get a High Line, why not a Lowline? As its name suggests, the Lowlin...</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for May 2015 Justine Testado 2015-05-29T20:52:00-04:00 >2015-05-31T22:36:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Take a gander at the latest roundup of Kickstarter and crowdfunding projects for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>! Here are our picks for May 2015:</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">20 years of neurotitan gallery in Haus Schwarzenberg, Berlin</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Berlin's Haus Schwarzenberg is prepping to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their non-commercial urban art gallery NEUROTITAN with special exhibitions, performances, and festivals featuring a stellar line-up of contemporary artists. Haus Schwarzenberg is hoping to secure enough funding to ensure they can book all the artists to participate in the events.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Make L&eacute;onie Geisendorf's Villa Delin available for everyone!</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The historic Villa Delin is on the market. Designed by Polish-born Swedish architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L&eacute;onie Geisendorf</a> and built between 1966-1970, the house is a brutalist beauty in a well-to-do residential district in Djursholm, Sweden. Although this Kickstarter didn't work out, it opens up an alternative option of having the house preserved as a public museum that is accessible f...</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for April 2015 Justine Testado 2015-04-28T12:44:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T13:04:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Another month has gone by, so that means it's time for the latest Kickstart this! list. Check out what sorts of crowdfunding projects made it onto the April round-up for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Urban Death Project: Laying Our Loved Ones to Rest</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Urban Death Project presents a sustainable burial process that uses decomposition to transform deceased bodies into soil. In a more spiritual sense, the project allows those laid to rest to eventually grow into a new form of life like a tree, bush, or maybe a field.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thames Baths - a new, beautiful lido for the River Thames</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Thames Baths by&nbsp;Studio Octopi would add a self-filtering open-air swimming pool to London's River Thames in ideally two years, instead of 10. The lido would add a communal, recreational space in the river for both swimmers and non-swimmers.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FLATLAND </a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Design and publishing studio Epilogue plans on recreating Edwin A. Abbott's 1884 classic, <em>Flatland </em>-- but with extra perks. Aside the book's on-trend minima...</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for March 2015 Justine Testado 2015-03-27T20:12:00-04:00 >2015-03-27T20:16:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Time for the latest Kickstarter picks for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>. Check out what sorts of crowdfunding projects made it onto this month's list...</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Organic Growth. Summer Pavilion on Governors Island 2015</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Izaskun Chinchilla Architects was chosen as one of the winners in the 2015 &lsquo;City of Dreams&rsquo; Pavilion competition to have their proposal "Organic Growth" constructed on Governors Island, NY. Dubbed by the firm as "NY's biggest bike bouquet", the proposed 95 sq.m. canopy puts space-filling waste materials to crafty use.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Billion Oyster Pavilion</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Another winning City of Dreams Pavilion design by BanG Studios. All the materials in the Billion Oyster Pavilion would be used by the New York Harbor School to rebuild oyster habitats in NY's waterways.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 CGarchitect Visualization Conference</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>'s Jeff Mottle and CGSchool business partner Brian Zajac teamed up to create the first annual CGarchitect 3D Architectural Visualization Conference. Out of an ambitious fund...</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for February 2015 Justine Testado 2015-02-27T19:31:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T22:07:09-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's already time for the next round-up of Kickstarter and crowdfunding projects for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>. Check out this month's list right below.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BOOKNITURE- Furniture Hidden in a Book</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Designed by Hong Kong-based MIKE/PLATEAUS, BOOKNITURE is a sleek Origami Structure "book" that unfolds like an accordion into a clever portable piece of furniture. The Kickstarter, which has already far surpassed its initial goal, will help fund necessary tools for mass production.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">re Brut: Brutalist Architecture Re-Imagined</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As a winning design in a student studio seminar course/competition, the "re Brut" pavilion reinterprets the Brutalist architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Kickstarter funds would support the pavilion's realization for the UIC School of Architecture's annual Year End Show (Y.E.S.)</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obelisk: Volume I: On Art, Architecture, &amp; Antiquities</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>OBELISK Vol. 1 contains 36 articles and interviews from the Obelisk quarterly journal. Most of the articles in the 240-...</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for January 2015 Justine Testado 2015-01-30T13:26:00-05:00 >2015-01-30T13:26:58-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Our first Kickstarter list of 2015! Here you'll find our latest selections of crowdfunding campaigns that piqued our interest for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>.</p><p><strong><a href="http://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Parabola Chair</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>After two years of development and 15 full-sized prototypes, designer Carlo Aiello's Parabola Chair recently won the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">prestigious 2014 Red Dot Design Award</a>. Aiello's Kickstarter campaign could help bring the chair to a wider market.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MODUS: The Ultimate 11-in-1 Portable Sketching Tool</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The MODUS combines multiple essential drawing tasks into one nifty portable tool. It has the exact dimensions of a credit card, so it can slip right into a wallet. It's also made of 6061 Aluminum that can prevent RFID theft.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Life-size Animated Film</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>London-based animated filmmaking team Daisy Jacobs and Chris Wilder are crowdsourcing funds in hopes to bring their next film project together, where 2D painted characters interact with real-world 3D objects. You can check out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the trailer</a> of the team's last life-size animated film, "The...</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for November 2014 + December 2014 Justine Testado 2014-12-26T15:48:00-05:00 >2014-12-26T20:39:13-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the blink of an eye, another year has passed. Check out our last 2014 list of interesting crowdfunding campaigns for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brave the Storm - Aguantar La Tempestad</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As annual typhoons continue to rage in the Philippines, the "Brave the Storm" project has been working to bring to affected communities an improved withstanding aerodynamic shelter based on traditional bamboo building techniques.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARCHITECTURE | EMBRACING ART</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This collaborative project by architects Hee Jun Sim and Su Jeong Park of Archiworks with Dutch artist Karel Stoop features a rotunda-shaped outdoor pavilion (to be designed by Sim and Park) whose inner walls will showcase Stoop's abstract paintings. If all runs smoothly, the pavilion is expected to be open to the public in May 2016.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project GREGORY</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In the search for alternative solutions to alleviate homelessness, Project Gregory thought of creating living spaces behind billboard advertisements. The creators are currently designing a resid...</p> A Chat with the Architect who Invented the Hoverboard: Episode 4 of Archinect Sessions out now! Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-30T11:08:00-04:00 >2014-12-17T18:56:48-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken</a>&nbsp;speak with architect Greg Henderson about his&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hoverboarding technology</a>,&nbsp;and its potential applications in architecture. Greg's architectural background led us to discuss the history of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working Out of the Box</a>, and what may come next for the series, now that employers have more jobs than there are architects to fill them.</p><p>We also consider the problematics of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helsinki Guggenheim's Stage One entries</a>, and whether&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's bird flipping</a>&nbsp;makes him into a crotchety old man or defiant punk.</p><p>Listen to episode four of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>&nbsp;podcast, "A Chat with the Architect Who Invented the Hoverboard":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to subscribe</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&#8203;</a></p><p><strong>Shownotes:</strong></p><p>Greg He...</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for September + October 2014 Justine Testado 2014-10-26T13:28:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T22:01:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We have our latest selection of crowdfunding campaigns from Kickstarter that piqued our interest. In our September and October 2014 picks for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>, you'll find floating objects, more 3D-printing gadgets, sea-plastic furniture, and some stylish everyday products.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Floating Sauna</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>It was smooth sailing for Seattle-based goCstudio's "wa_sauna" campaign, which aims to bring their wood-fired floating sauna project to life by next summer. Right now, the studio is working to have the first wa_sauna be built and is searching for the best locations for its 2015 launch.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Carvey: The 3D carving machine for the maker in all of us</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Created by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inventables</a>, Carvey is a 3D-carving machine that let you make quality objects out of wood, metal, plastic and other materials in three steps: create your design on Easel (Carvey's software program), pick your material, and click carve. At this point, the Kickstarter has raised over $500K -- and it still has about three weeks left...</p> The long-lost design bible of the New York subway is (briefly) back in print Alexander Walter 2014-09-10T15:37:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T16:27:53-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To many designers, the manual became an exemplar of the form&mdash;and a design classic in its own right. [...] When Hamish Smyth and Jesse Reed, who work at the New York design firm Pentagram, stumbled across a copy a few years ago, it was buried under old gym clothes in a locker. They digitized the manual, and now they&rsquo;re reprinting it with the blessing of the MTA. A complete reissue, which includes a new essay on the manual&rsquo;s history, is being sold on Kickstarter starting today [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for August 2014 Justine Testado 2014-08-29T18:47:00-04:00 >2014-08-29T18:57:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Take a gander at our latest roundup of Kickstarter and crowdfunding projects for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>! Here are our picks for August 2014:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Space Rites: Interactive Installation &amp; Performance Series</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>After the success of their musical architecture <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dithyrambalina</a> campaign, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Orleans Airlift</a> is working with sound artist Taylor Lee Shepherd and the Lower 9th Ward community in an interactive art installation at the deconsecrated St. Maurice Church. As performers and visitors sing, dance, and speak, Shepherd's reclaimed-TV oscilloscopes will translate the sounds into responsive visuals in the church. Funds will support materials for artwork production and pay the musical performers.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dirty Furniture Magazine</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Dirty Furniture</em> is a new indie biannual design magazine founded and edited by an experienced group of design writers consisting of Pete Maxwell, Anna Bates, and Elizabeth Glickfeld. Each issue focuses on a piece of furniture as its theme and uses it to explore and provoke ...</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for July 2014 Justine Testado 2014-07-31T17:14:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T13:45:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Time for this month's Kickstarter picks! <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Potato salad-making aside</a>, check out our latest selection of crowdsourced fundraisers right below for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a> that are surely worth a look.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>ClassAct: Active School</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">actLAB NYC</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ClassAct</a>: Active School is on a mission to rebuild low-cost classrooms in the rural Filipino communities still struggling to recover from Super Typhoon Haiyan and the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that devastated the region in October 2013. actLAB is looking to crowdsource funding to have their classroom prototypes built for the students to use.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Architecture Lobby presents San Precario Exhibition</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Based in the repurposed Weigh Station venue in Callicoon, NY, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North School Studio</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture Lobby</a> set a stretch goal to improve the San Precario exhibition's design and content. The exhibition is dedicated to San Precario, a&nbsp;faux "patron saint" figure created in Italy in 2004 to raise awareness of precarious worker issues and unstable architectur...</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for June 2014 Justine Testado 2014-06-30T14:07:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T14:08:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Take a gander at our latest roundup of Kickstarter and crowdfunding projects for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>! Here are our picks for June 2014:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Sydney Opera House Architectural Model Kit</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Marcus Bree of Brisbane-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Little Building Co.</a> continues to showcase his talent in crafting exquisite 3D model kits of architectural icons with his Sydney Opera House Architectural Model Kit. After gaining approval and support from Jan Utzon (who is the son of the Opera House's architect J&oslash;rn Utzon), Bree set up a Kickstarter to fund the first 1,000 kits and other major production and marketing costs.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Circus for Construction: WWStorefront Official Selection</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Spectacle Syndicate's Circus for Construction is "a traveling event space for collecting, constructing, and exhibiting works of art and architecture". This traveling design circus -- which needs to actually be built -- has plans to stop by various cities on the U.S. Eastern Seaboard and host a variety of fun local public events for th...</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for May 2014 Justine Testado 2014-05-21T15:39:00-04:00 >2014-05-22T15:16:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Say hello again to Archinect's Kickstart this! It's been a couple months since our last round-up, so let's have a look at our favorite picks for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Culture Lounge @ the St. George SI Ferry Terminal</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>After a two-year postponement,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Staten Island Arts</a> from New York is ready to open the Culture Lounge, a 2,500 sq.ft creative space in the high-trafficked Staten Island Ferry Terminal that aims to encourage tourists and residents to engage in local arts and culture, and connect with various international artists. So far, Staten Island Arts already passed the halfway point of their $11,000 Kickstarter goal to gather funds for critical operational items.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Death in Venice</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Depressing thoughts aside, the "Death in Venice" exhibition draws from the "Fundamentals" theme of the upcoming Venice Biennale this summer and highlights the history and role of architecture in death and dying. The exhibition's Kickstarter campaign was successfully funded just last week.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>LIX - Th...</strong></a></p>