Archinect - News 2018-12-17T00:07:32-05:00 Looking back at SOFTlab's interactive “Iris” inside the Mirror Chapel in Prague Justine Testado 2018-11-06T13:33:00-05:00 >2018-11-07T13:40:38-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Located within the intricate interiors of the Mirror Chapel in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prague</a>, &ldquo;Iris&rdquo; is an interactive installation that New York-based design studio <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOFTlab</a> created for the city's 2018 Signal Festival, which took place last month.</p> <p>Designed to blend the elements of light and sound, the circular installation has mirrors that rotate in response to movement and LED lights that respond to ambient sound.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of Signal Festival.</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;As the mirrors rotate, they open the perimeter allowing not only direct views of the Mirror Chapel, but also creating a &lsquo;Mise en abyme&rsquo;, mixing the surrounding chapel, viewers, and light in a vertically fragmented, recursive, and panoramic image,&rdquo; SOFTlab describes.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of Signal Festival.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of Signal Festival.</figcaption></figure><p>The mirrors reflect both the Mirror Chapel's embellished surroundings while infinitely reflecting the viewer inside the installation's circular space. But when the viewer moves closer to the mirrors out of curiosity, they suddenly ...</p> A look at the incredible structures of Burning Man 2018 Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-09-05T14:57:00-04:00 >2018-09-05T16:12:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>While <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels's 30-ton Orb</a> installation&ndash;described by some as a giant disco ball&mdash;has transfixed many of the festival goers at Burning Man this year, the annual festival saw a slew of spectacular artworks worth checking out. Adhering to the theme of&nbsp;<em>I, Robot</em>, the playa was transformed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">larger-than-life works</a> that helped create a unique event for the more than 70,000 visitors descending on Black Rock City. From a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">massive, spiraling wooden temple</a> to a memorial celebrating Burning Man's co-founder Larry Harvey, who passed away earlier this year, here is a selection of the art of Burning Man 2018.</p> &lt;span id="selection-marker-1" class="redactor-selection-marker"&gt;&lt;/span&gt; &lt;span id="selection-marker-1" class="redactor-selection-marker"&gt;&lt;/span&gt; Is that Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye floating in a Danish fjord? Alexander Walter 2018-07-31T13:57:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A five-tonne, 6m tall model of Le Corbusier&rsquo;s Villa Savoye has been towed into a fjord in Denmark and subsequently sunk as part of a summer art exhibition. Created by Danish artist Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen, the installation appears as a half-submerged vision of a once visionary future. It&rsquo;s also a critical comment on the importance of modernity today.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The project is a critical comment on the current status of modernity after the scandals of Cambridge Analytica, the Trump election and Brexit," Danish artist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen</a> tells <em>ICON Magazine</em>.</p> <p>"After these scandals, I think our sense of democracy and the public sphere has been distorted through the new use of digital technologies to manipulate elections. Our sense of Modernity has been 'flooded'. I sense the need to 're-state' our political institutions - because our old ones have 'sunk'."</p> <p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Floating Art 2018</a> festival is still running until September 2 in the Danish town of&nbsp;Vejle.</p> Dream the Combine's 'Hide & Seek" installation to provide interactive setting for Warm Up Summer Music Series at MoMA PS1 Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-06-28T15:53:00-04:00 >2018-06-29T12:52:53-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The eagerly-awaited, annual&nbsp;<em>Warm Up&nbsp;</em>series of concerts and events has launched, with an interactive setting provided by Minneapolis-based practice <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dream the Combine</a>, winners of this year&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA PS1</a>&nbsp;Young Architect&rsquo;s Program&nbsp;competition. Titled&nbsp;<em>Hide &amp; Seek</em>, the winning installation, featuring a large-scale, network of mirrors, will activate the courtyard through September, playing host to more than 75 musical artists.&nbsp;</p> <p>This year's construction, done in collaboration with Clayton Binkley of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARUP</a>, features nine intersecting elements sprawled across the entire MoMA PS1 courtyard. Scriptive elements, ranging from trampolines to runways, invite visitors into performance and establish platforms for improvisation while the horizontal structures contain interactive mirrors, that move in the wind or with human touch.<br></p> <p><br></p> <p>Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers, founders of the&nbsp;experimental design practice, drew their inspiration for the project from performance artist Lorraine O&rsquo;Grady, whose piece &ldquo;...</p> Yayoi Kusama 'Narcissus Garden' on view at the Rockaways this summer Alexander Walter 2018-06-18T19:09:00-04:00 >2018-06-18T19:10:34-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama&lsquo;s reflective&nbsp;Narcissus Garden, which she first showed at the Venice Biennale in 1966, is set to open in the Rockaways on July 1. The work, which is comprised of 1,500 mirrored, stainless steel orbs, will be installed in a former train garage at New York&rsquo;s Fort Tilden, a former US military base on the beach. Kusama&rsquo;s Narcissus Garden was also on view at Philip Johnson&rsquo;s Glass House in 2016 and at&nbsp;England&rsquo;s Chatsworth House in 2009.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Gateway National Recreation Area at Fort Tilden, T9 building. Site of Yayoi Kusama&rsquo;s Narcissus Garden for Rockaway! 2018. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Pablo Enriquez.</figcaption></figure><p>"Narcissus Garden was first presented in 1966 when Kusama staged an unofficial installation and performance at the 33rd <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Biennale</a>," explains the project description issued today by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA PS1</a>. "The silver spheres, originally made from plastic, were installed on the lawn in front of the Italian Pavilion, reflecting the landscape of the exhibition grounds. Kusama herself stood among them, barefoot and dressed in a gold kimono, alongside yard signs inscribed with the words 'Narcissus Garden, Kusama' and 'Your Narcissism for Sale.' Throughout the opening day of the exhibition, Kusama remained in the installation, tossing the spheres in the air and offering to sell them to visitors for 1200 lire (approximately $2) each. The action, which was viewed both as self-promotion and a critique on the commercialization of cont...</p> FreelandBuck's LA edition of the world-traveling MINI LIVING Urban Cabin just opened on a Downtown Los Angeles rooftop Alexander Walter 2018-06-07T17:49:00-04:00 >2018-06-07T23:31:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The 8th <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Design Festival</a> kicked off today with a plethora of events happening throughout the city over the next four days. One of the featured attractions appears to have fallen out of the sky and landed on the rooftop of the ROW DTLA building: MINI LIVING Urban Cabin is a site-specific installation designed by LA/NYC-based studio <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FreelandBuck</a> in cooperation with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MINI LIVING</a> and will be open to visitors by day and welcome overnight guests after 10pm. The LA edition of this traveling urban cabin is the third stop around the world since its launch in 2017.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu</figcaption></figure><p>"The Urban Cabin is a continuous installation project, a small living unit that travels to various locations across the world, adapted for each city by local architects," the project description explains. "Each variation is designed with limited space and inspired by local surroundings, demonstrating creative approaches to the challenge of saving space while creating unique ...</p> An empty Beirut skyscraper now transformed by an artist's colorful installation Hope Daley 2018-06-07T14:51:00-04:00 >2018-06-07T14:51:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Lebanese artist Jad El Khoury has long been creating interventions in Beirut&rsquo;s urban landscape to draw attention to these symbolic sites of warfare [...] Khoury has now taken on the imposing Murr Tower for a two-month installation: &lsquo;The Burj El Murr soars from Beirut&rsquo;s skyline, filled with scars, constantly provoking the city&rsquo;s residents, whose past is shadowed by war, and present is spent dealing with those harsh memories.&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Artist</a>&nbsp;Jad El Khoury's&nbsp;temporary <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">installation</a>&nbsp;<em>Burj El Hawa</em>&nbsp;<em>(Tower of Air)&nbsp;</em>inhabits a 34-story skyscraper in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beirut</a>, known as Murr Tower or the Beirut Trader Center. Using brightly colored curtains found in a typical Beirut home, Khoury transforms this empty building which was used as a snipers hideout in the Lebanese Civil War in 1975.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>View of the blinds &copy; Jad El Khoury</figcaption></figure><p>A towering presence in the city, the skyscraper now projects the artist's message of hope and vitality to the community rather than one of war and unresolved conflict.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>View of Burj El Murr overlooking Beirut &copy; Jad El Khoury</figcaption></figure><p>Khoury's installation&nbsp;<em>Burj El Hawa</em>&nbsp;will remain in the skyscraper until July 2018.</p> The Ice Box Challenge pits Passive House vs Regular House, on public display this summer in New York Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-05-17T14:45:00-04:00 >2018-05-18T14:53:47-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On the bustling streets of Broadway Boulevard in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York City</a>, two multi-colored huts are trying to get the public excited about hyper efficient buildings. Part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ice Box Challenge</a>, the&nbsp;environmental public art installation has been touring the world, demonstrating the merits of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Passive House</a> design.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>The Challenge, which has popped up in Brussels, Seattle, Vancouver, and now New York City, involves two small sheds&mdash;one built to Passive House Standards, and the other, to the local city's building codes. One ton of ice is then placed inside each, and left outside in the summer heat for one month. The display then invites passersby to check out the progress, and see which building design and construction has done a better job at keeping the ice from melting.&nbsp;</p> <p>The New York City huts have been designed by Stark Architecture, a Vancouver based firm with its certification in Passive House design.&nbsp;The Ice Boxes have been coated in a colorful mural by the street artist&nbsp;Olivier Binam&eacute; an...</p> UNStudio and Swiss furniture brand USM join forces in Milan to explore the boundaries between work and domesticity Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-04-20T14:06:00-04:00 >2018-04-20T14:06:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>"Work rules our lives today more than ever," says the design team behind <em>Homework</em>, an installation at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan Design Week</a>'s furniture focused event, the 2018 Salone del Mobile, that explores the historically shifting boundaries between private and public spaces.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; USM</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; USM</figcaption></figure><p>In 2012, a <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjs9J7Pk4XOAhVLNSYKHb9tA94QFggeMAA&amp;;usg=AFQjCNHQkZUN-XinKZVzdUqZHN_RRDe2UQ&amp;sig2=c3ETwBU1k-kKGUA4p92eYw" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">study</a> by a bed manufacturer found that 80% of young New York City professionals work from bed regularly. As technology increasingly invades our home life, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the way we occupy domestic interiors</a> has greatly shifted with the potential for work to be exported virtually anywhere. Many of the most profound revisions to the architecture of daily life have occurred through the blurring of these spaces and how they change the ways in which we inhabit them.<br></p> <p>USM, a Swiss manufacturer that specializes in modular furniture, is exploring what this might mean for them. Enlisting the help of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNStudio</a>, the team created a theatrical installation that envisions the changes taking place within the world of work. </p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; USM</figcaption></figure><p>In their...</p> 10 captivating architectural installations for your Friday inspiration Archinect 2018-04-20T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-04-20T16:05:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p> <p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p> <p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Installations</em></a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Minima | Maxima</a> in Astana, Kazakhstan by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY</a>; Photo: NAARO<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lowline</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">raad studio</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art Center College of Design, Drawn Out / Light Mass</a> in Pasadena, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Darin Johnstone Architects</a>; Photo: Joshua White /<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Framed Conoids</a> in Houston, TX by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SMLA</a>; Photo: Paul Hester<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DIGFABMTY 1.0</a> in Monterrey, Mexico by undergrad students from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tecnologico De Monterrey Campus Monterrey</a> in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arquidromo</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Swing Time</a> in Boston, MA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">H&ouml;weler + Yoon</a>; Photo: John Horner<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Currents</a> in Atlanta, GA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOFTlab</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2525 Main</a> in Irvine, CA; Ceiling System Designer and Manuf...</p> MVRDV creates a jewelry inspired installation for Milan Design Week 2018 Hope Daley 2018-04-19T13:41:00-04:00 >2018-04-19T13:41:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> collaborated with Bvlgari for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan Design Week</a> 2018 in an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">installation</a> embodying the Italian jewelry brand&rsquo;s creative approach. The firm transformed Bvlgari&rsquo;s iconic Serpenti bracelet into a unique architectural experience. Finely crafted scales fill an entire room combined with mirrors to create a kaleidoscope effect, introducing the visitor to Bvlgari's world of precious and unconventional materials.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Serpenti installation for Bvlgari at Milan Design Week 2018, by MVRDV. Image: MVRDV.</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;With this installation, we wanted to capture the colors, materials and inventiveness of Bvlgari as a world-renowned brand,&rdquo; says Jacob van Rijs, co-founder, MVRDV. &ldquo;By turning their timeless Serpenti pattern into&nbsp;a space, jewelry becomes architecture. Enter the Serpenti!&rdquo;<br></p> <p>The showcase at&nbsp;Milan Design Week<strong>&nbsp;</strong>takes place in the Brera Design District as part of Milan&rsquo;s Fuorisalone. The installation is on view until 22 April 2018.<br></p> 17 job opportunities with firms who designed these dynamic art installations Hope Daley 2018-04-18T12:00:00-04:00 >2018-04-18T11:59:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong><strong></strong></strong>This week we rounded up jobs with firms who have created imaginative public&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">installations</a>. Whether permanently established or temporarily set up, these spaces allow for experiences outside of people&rsquo;s day-to-day interactions. Search through opportunities currently active on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Jobs</a> and check out some unique projects along the way!</p> <p><strong><strong></strong></strong><strong>TEN arquitectos</strong> is currently hiring a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Summer Intern</a> in their NYC office.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Aztec Empire at The Guggenheim Museum by TEN arquitectos with J. Meejin Yoon. Image: TEN arquitectos. </figcaption></figure><p>In collaboration with J. Meejin Yoon, TEN arquitectos fabricated The Aztec Empire installation at The Guggenheim Museum. Designing around&nbsp;Frank Lloyd Wright's&nbsp;undulating walls, the firm worked to accommodate more than 450 objects in the exhibition.&nbsp;</p> <p>TEN arquitectos is looking for a 3rd or 4th year undergraduate or graduate school student for their Summer Internship position. The individual will collaborate with the design team in development of concept design through compl...</p> First photos of Edoardo Tresoldi's wire mesh cathedrals at Coachella Alexander Walter 2018-04-13T14:00:00-04:00 >2018-04-16T18:04:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Gates just opened at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival</a>, and for the next two weekends, droves of festival goers will flock to the small town of Indio, California to see their favorite bands, performers (Beyonc&eacute;, anyone?)&mdash;and a host of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">large-scale art installations</a> by emerging artists, designers, and architects.</p> <p>One of the most anticipated pieces this year is the site-specific installation <em>Etherea</em> by Italian artist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Edoardo Tresoldi</a>, who gained enormous popularity worldwide with his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">stunning wire mesh sculptures</a> inspired by classical architecture. Even though Tresoldi has collaborated with a number of music festivals before, such as Life Is Beautiful, Roskilde, The Secret Garden Party, Eaux Claires, and DERIVE, this new <em>Etherea</em> installation is Tresoldi's biggest artwork to date and is also the largest of the Coachella art pieces.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>"Etherea" by Edoardo Tresoldi at Coachella 2018 &copy; Roberto Conte</figcaption></figure><p>Here is how Tresoldi explains <em>Etherea</em>: "[...] research, focused on the experie...</p> Wire mesh artist Edoardo Tresoldi to present large-scale installation at Coachella Festival Alexander Walter 2018-04-04T15:22:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Just a few more days until the anticipated 2018 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival</a> swings its doors open, and huge crowds, that have made the pilgrimage to this Southern California desert valley, get to enjoy the season's hippest music as well as various <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">large-scale art installations</a> by emerging artists, architects, and designers. <br></p> <p>Announced to present a three-piece installation at the festival is Italian artist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Edoardo Tresoldi</a>, who <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">made quite a splash</a> with some of his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent</a> architectural wire mesh sculptures&mdash;resembling holograms of classical architectures past.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Edoardo Tresoldi. &copy; Alessandro Villa</figcaption></figure><p>Tresoldi&mdash;named by Forbes as one of the&nbsp;30 most influential European artists under 30&mdash;is currently in Coachella, working on the installation, but images will be under tight wraps until the first day of the festival, April 13. <br></p> <p>Until then, check out these stunning photographs of some of his previous work.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Basilica di Siponto, Manfredonia, 2016, Edoardo Tresoldi. &copy; Roberto Conte</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Archet...</figcaption></figure> The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston gets its own giant bean sculpture by Anish Kapoor Justine Testado 2018-03-27T20:04:00-04:00 >2018-03-28T22:10:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Looks like Houston has a giant, shiny bean-shaped sculpture of its own now. Completing its two-day installation today, &ldquo;Cloud Column&rdquo; by Anish Kapoor &mdash; the same artist who created Chicago's infamous &ldquo;Cloud Gate&rdquo; &mdash; is the first of two sculptures on the Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza&nbsp;at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum of Fine Arts, Houston</a>'s upcoming Glassell School of Art.&nbsp;The school and plaza, making up phase one of the museum's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">expansion</a>,&nbsp;are scheduled to open May 20.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>View south of the Glassell School and Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza. Courtesy Deborah Nevins &amp; Associates / Nevins &amp; Benito Landscape Architecture.</figcaption></figure><p>Conceived by Kapoor in the late 1990s and realized in 2006, Cloud Column is made of hand-worked stainless steel. Working for at least five hours early Monday morning, crews used a 650-ton crane to hoist up the 21,000-pound oblong sculpture (attached to a 6,000-pound crate) into its exact positioning on the plaza. After the sculpture was set in place, a member from Kapoor's London installation tea...</p> DOPIUM.LA: Big Art Little Chinatown Anthony Morey 2017-11-14T20:16:00-05:00 >2017-11-15T12:09:10-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Only a dream can kill a dream.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Developed with some of the minds behind&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One Night Stand LA</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DOPIUM.LA</a> aimed to preserve the original beauty of Chinatown, while showing its inspirational influence on an emerging community of creatives in Los Angeles.</p> <p>For one night, a group of artist, architects and atmospheric maestros turned the Mandarin Plaza into a space to remember; into an experience sparking the thrill of pleasure and inspiration - like Dopamine through the brain, and Opium* through the vein.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514" alt="Projection by Chris Fortuna" title="Projection by Chris Fortuna"></a></p><figcaption>Two spectators enjoying their shadowed existence.</figcaption></figure>&rdquo;Opium&rdquo; as a part of the name is a reference to the organic relief it originally provided as a natural form of medicine, and is in no way making light of controversial issues. We aim for this event to represent art as a creative catharsis, our own way of expressing ourselves as means to escape the climate we&rsquo;re in for one day, at least. <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Dopium LA</figcaption></figure><p>Featured artists created original pieces to bring the plaza (aka the "Canvas") to life through mixed media, from sculpture...</p> Architecture students at UVA honor bicentennial with a digitally fabricated pavilion Zaneta Hong 2017-10-29T15:04:00-04:00 >2017-10-29T15:06:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Students and faculty from the University of Virginia created a temporary addition to Thomas Jefferson&rsquo;s vision for a living and learning community. The final product &ndash; a series of interlocking arches made of nontoxic, recyclable polypropylene plastic &ndash; is very different from the neoclassical style that Thomas Jefferson admired. However, Jefferson, who had a chemistry lab installed in the Rotunda, likely would have been fascinated by the technology used in its production.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><img src=""></figure><figure><img src=""></figure> Feast your eyes on Pink Intruder's colorful, food-inspired mural in Valencia, Spain Justine Testado 2017-10-26T16:10:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>David Moreno and Miguel Arraiz of urban intervention art group <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pink Intruder</a> created a fruitful splash of color with the&nbsp;MUPFPP Mural in their hometown Valencia in Spain. Inspired by the fruits and vegetables in the city's orchards, Pink Intruder designed the welcoming (and obviously Instagram-friendly) mural at the Valencia Congress Center for the 2017 Annual Gathering and the Mayors&rsquo; Summit of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP).</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Noel Arraiz.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Noel Arraiz.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Noel Arraiz.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Noel Arraiz.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Noel Arraiz.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Noel Arraiz.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Noel Arraiz.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Noel Arraiz.</figcaption></figure><p>Check out more of Pink Intruder's fun installations, like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renaixement</a>&nbsp;at Burning Man 2016 and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ekklesia</a> for Spain's 2015 Fallas Festival.<br></p> MVRDV presents a tetris-like structure you can reconfigure at Dutch Design Week Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-10-23T14:46:00-04:00 >2017-10-24T15:10:15-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dutch Design Week</a>&nbsp;kicked off in Eindhoven over the weekend, with&nbsp;over&nbsp;600 exhibitions and events taking place across the city as part of the&nbsp;week-long festival. The theme this year is "stretch,"&nbsp;with initiatives exploring cutting-edge sustainable design, the role of robots and the future of flexible living. Projects range from&nbsp;shingles made of waste plastic to&nbsp;jackets created from self-growing textiles; from an Embassy of Robot Love to a small robotic firefly; from paint made out of fungus to a hotel that incorporates individual users&rsquo; wishes designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; The Why Factory/Delft University of Technology TU Delft</figcaption></figure><p>Titled&nbsp;(W)ego, the Future City is Flexible installation from the Rotterdam-based firm features&nbsp;nine tetris-shaped rooms that can be moved into different configurations, allowing it to adapt to the different needs of visitors.&nbsp;The firm developed the project in collaboration with their in-house research lab, the Why Factory. Run together&nbsp;with Delft University of Technolog...</p> DAZZLE, new interactive installation at the San Diego Airport, is inspired by a camouflage technique used on ships during WWI Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-14T14:39:00-04:00 >2017-09-18T12:19:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ueberall International,</a> an LA based design firm, in partnership with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">E Ink</a>&nbsp;created DAZZLE, an interactive work of public art at the San Diego airport's new rental car station.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>DAZZLE. Image: E ink</figcaption></figure><p>The interactive facade is created with e-paper, a technology similarly used in e-readers, but applied here on an architectural scale. Made with over 2,000 interactive tiles, the installation spans a third of a mile.&nbsp;The design is inspired by Norman Wilkinson&rsquo;s &ldquo;Razzle Dazzle&rdquo; camouflage technique used on ships during World War I.<br></p> <figure><p><img src=";w=514"></p><figcaption>Razzle Dazzle on WWI ship. Image via Wikipedia. </figcaption><p><br></p><p>Watch the video of the instillation bellow:</p></figure> Ai Weiwei's massive public exhibition, set for October, receives opposition from the Washington Square Park Association Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-29T14:41:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Chinese artist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei</a>'s newest project, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Good Fences Make Good Neighbors," is set to open in October of 2017</a>. The famous provocateur was commissioned by the Public Art Fund, in celebration of its 40th birthday, to build one of his largest public works ever. In total, the project will included ten major fence-themed installations as well as smaller works spread throughout Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn.&nbsp;</p> <p>One of the bigger pieces for the massive citywide art exhibition was set to land under the Washington Square Park Arch; however, the Washington Square Association released a statement on Friday asking the Public Art Fund to withdraw its plans to house this particular piece under the Arch.&nbsp;</p> <p>The neighborhood association's objections to the installation as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">stated in their letter</a> signed by President Trevor Sumner are as follows:</p> <ul><li><em>The installation will make impossible the erection, under the arch, of our holiday tree that traditionally goes up the weekend after Thanksgiving, and stays u...</em></li></ul> Tiny, cartoonish homes by artist Richard Woods pop up in British seaside town Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-25T15:12:00-04:00 >2017-08-26T21:16:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>For his latest project, Holiday Home &ndash; part of this year&rsquo;s Folkestone Triennial (2 Sept to 5 Nov) &ndash; Woods has created six colorful bungalows, situated in unexpected locations around the town.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Richard Woods is known for his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architectural installations</a> that feature colorful, geometric patterns and playful decorative facades. For his latest project, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK</a> artist has installed six tiny, cartoon-like homes across the town of Folkestone. <br></p> <p>In his interview with&nbsp;<em>the Guardian</em>, the artist explained the idea of the project came from visiting the seaside town and receiving a "strange leaflet saying, 'Have you thought about turning your property into cash?'" He goes on the explain, "the idea grew out of that: to make six identical bungalows and install some in very desirable locations, some not, but keeping it very open-ended."</p> Sam Fox Architecture students install 'Spectroplexus' at St. Louis Lambert International Airport Liam Otten 2017-08-10T19:30:00-04:00 >2017-08-10T19:30:18-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The wing of an airplane is a mechanized form. But it&rsquo;s also a shape, like the wing of a bird, that we understand from the living world.</p> <p>Last spring, eight students from the Graduate School of Architecture &amp; Urban Design &mdash; part of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sam Fox School of Design &amp; Visual Arts</a>&nbsp;at Washington University in St. Louis &mdash; designed and began building prototype sections for&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Spectroplexus,&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;a large public sculpture commissioned by the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art and Culture Program</a>&nbsp;at St. Louis Lambert International Airport.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>"Spectroplexus" installed at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. (Photo: James Byard/Washington University)</figcaption></figure><p>This summer, students &mdash; joined by more than a dozen volunteers &mdash;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">spent weeks</a>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fabricating and installing</a>&nbsp;the final piece in the airport&rsquo;s Terminal 2. The finished artwork, which runs nearly 100 feet long, demonstrates how simple organic processes can inspire built systems of great intricacy and complexity.</p> <p>&ldquo;This studio is very different from anything else I have experienced academically,&rdquo; ...</p> Brooks + Scarpa unveils “spinning” Gateway Sculpture in Pembroke Pines, Florida Justine Testado 2017-08-08T17:39:00-04:00 >2017-08-08T17:39:54-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooks + Scarpa</a> designed the Gateway Sculpture to welcome visitors to Pembroke Pines' new City Center in Florida. Painted in a bright, hard-to-miss yellow, the sculpture provides &ldquo;way-finding and anchor[s] a sense of arrival.&rdquo;</p> <p>The steel sculpture rises as tree columns that lead to perforated plates. Located in breezy Pembroke Pines, the sculpture's plates appear to spin continuously in the wind (animation clip below).&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa.</figcaption></figure><p>During the day, the sculpture creates a dappled light effect on the ground, while providing necessary shaded seating. It also includes programmable up lighting at night. Working with a limited budget, Brooks + Scarpa used durable materials like stainless steel and environmentally sensitive paint that could withstand Florida's humid, coastal climate.&nbsp;Large planting areas that surround the structure act as &ldquo;rain gardens&rdquo; that can collect stormwater from the entire building and the hardscape of the publi...</p> New Rooftop Observatory launched at Bold Tendencies Abigail Banfield 2017-07-25T05:36:00-04:00 >2017-07-25T05:36:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Peckham&rsquo;s famous multi-storey car park has a new addition; a new viewing gallery created by Cooke Fawcett. The young practice, based in London&rsquo;s creative Clerkenwell, was formed just two years ago, by directors Oliver Cooke and Francis Fawcett, after working on the Tate&rsquo;s Switch House at Stirling-prize winning practice Herzog &amp; de Meuron.</p> <p>This project, a spectacular kiosk and viewing gallery for arts space Bold Tendencies, will not only provide breathtaking views of London&nbsp;but also act as an interactive setting for installations and specially commissioned art pieces. This arts-focused structure joins (and benefits from) Peckham&rsquo;s famous rooftop hangout,&nbsp;<em>Frank&rsquo;s Bar</em>. Over the past decade, the Peckham multi-storey car park has been slowly transformed by Bold Tendancies, through a programme of culture. Immersive public space and unique views have drawn over a million visitors south of the river, to this unlikely home of the arts. &nbsp;</p> <p>Francis Fawcett: &ldquo;For an avant garde cultural institut...</p> Visitors delight in the Instagram-worthy Jeanne Gang installation at the National Building Museum Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-24T19:52:00-04:00 >2017-07-25T12:20:56-04:00 <p>Studio Gang's &nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2017 Summer Block Party&nbsp;installation</a>&nbsp;called the &ldquo;Hive," <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opened to the public in the beginning of July.</a> Since then, many have flocked to the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Building Museum</a>&nbsp;in Washington D.C to experience the structure made of 2,700 wounded paper tubes. For those not near the D.C. area and therefore unable to experience the installation in real life, here are some of the best photos from Instagram to ease the FOMO (fear of missing out).</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p> </p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> MoMA releases new videos of Jenny Sabin's Lumen installation, the winner of 2017 Young Architects Program Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-27T13:34:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Jenny Sabin's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lumen installation</a>, made up of over a thousand&nbsp;digitally knitted photo luminescent cells that change color in the presence of sunlight, is raised over <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA's PS1</a> courtyard and will open today,&nbsp;on June 27. In the recently published videos, the architect explains the development of the 500-pound solar-active canopy and demonstrates its construction and installation process.&nbsp;</p> <p>Can architecture behave like an organism? | LUMEN (360 VR Video) Part 1 of 4 | AT THE MUSEUM<br></p> <p>Digitally knitting a solar-active canopy | LUMEN Part 2 of 4 | AT THE MUSEUM<br></p> <p>Raising a solar-active canopy at MoMA PS1 | LUMEN Part 3 of 4 | AT THE MUSEUM</p> <p><em>"By night, Lumen is knitted light, bathing visitors in a responsive glow of photo-luminescence; by day, Lumen offers succor from the summer heat, immersing participants in delicious ground clouds of cooling mist. Lumen is a socially and environmentally responsive structure that adapts to the densities of bodies, heat, and sunlight. A lightweight knitted ...</em></p> First-year students in Zurich build a 240 square meter installation in less than 10 days Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-06T17:01:00-04:00 >2017-06-06T17:01:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Located under a freeway overpass in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich</a>, next to the Toni-Areal which houses the University of Arts and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, is a new 240 square meter public architectural installation. The project has been carried out by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ALICE (Atelier de la Conception de l&rsquo;Espace) laboratory</a>, an active unit of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EPFL-ENAC</a> (School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering) that pursues research activities at the intersection of architecture, urban thinking and social sciences.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The installation was carried out by 200 first-year students and was erected in under 10 days. The students prefabricated all the built elements in Lausanne, where ENAC is located, and transported them in shipping containers to Zurich, where ALICE has been partnering with the Zurich University of Arts. The full-size, ephemeral structure, is comprised of 12 various contributions from the students and reflects numerous voices and spatial approaches. The project is meant to question the qualit...</p> An LA architect has recreated Kubrick's infamous "2001" bedroom scene Julia Ingalls 2017-03-30T13:01:00-04:00 >2018-11-29T13:46:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Although the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LACMA</a> exhibition a few years ago featuring props from Stanley Kubrick's films was, as cineastes say, "nifty," there's something even niftier on view at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The 14th Factory</a>: an elaborately detailed, fully inhabitable set recreated from the still-powerful ending of&nbsp;<em>2001: A Space Odyssey</em>. Architect Paul Kember worked with artist Simon Birch to put the set together.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Instead of gazing at individual pieces from the films, you can now essentially occupy the film in a completely new way. As Adam Woodward over at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a> notes, "With its stark white walls, luminous floor and ornate Renaissance decor fit for Louis XVI, the room is instantly recognisable as the centrepiece of arguably the most pored-over ending in movie history. It&rsquo;s also a superlative piece of set design." <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To visit, make sure to make reservations for tickets, selected by date and the time of day of your visit, through the website</a>.</p> Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Installations" Pinterest Board Archinect 2017-02-24T18:26:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Installations</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glimmer</a> in San Francisco, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Variable Projects</a>; Photo: Joseph Chang, Adam Marcus</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luminous Depths</a> in Singapore by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Desai Chia Architecture</a>; Photo: Desai Chia Architecture, Sandy Wong, Issa Weng</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">STIK Pavilion</a> in Tokyo, Japan by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Tokyo</a> Digital Fabrication Lab (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kevin Clement</a>, Project Manager, Design Lead)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Behance</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOFTlab</a>; Photo: Alan Tansey</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANDBOXING</a> in Dallas, TX by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DSGN AGNC</a> (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quilian Riano</a>, Designer), New Cities Future Ruins (Gavin Kroeber, Curator), Ash Studio (Fabrication)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taumascopio</a> in Zingst, Germany by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mattia Paco Rizzi</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Under Magnitude</a> in Orlando, FL by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MARC FORNES / THEVER...</a></p>