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RGB Project Made in China by Archiactivity

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Article source: Archiactivity

A symbol of China’s, the Great Wall (GWC) snakes through the countryside over deserts, hills and plains. The GWC was created under Qin Empire (221-206 BC), but most of the current wall dates from de Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), with approximately 6.400Km. Around 40% has disappeared, 20% has been restored and 40% is in poor condition, in approximately 2.450Km to apply RGB_Project This proposal aims to generate the occasion and potential of the GWC as a main axis through the northern China, in the boundary with Inner Mongolia, a region that is important as a potential break for advancing desertification and climate change, to generate Green_Spots along this natural path in sustainable and replicable landscape structures to help stop desertification, revitalize the area and be an asset to the population: the N=MxRGB_Project.

RGB Project Made in China

  • Architects: Archiactivity
  • Project: RGB Project
  • Location: China
  • Software used: sketchup, v-ray and gimp

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Jacob’s Ladder in Brooklyn, New York by BanG studio

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Article source: BanG studio

In conjunction with their participation in American Express’ Partners in Preservation program, Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn has commissioned BanG studio to design, fabricate, and erect an art installation inside the synagogue’s main sanctuary. The given theme of the piece is Jacob’s Ladder reflecting the synagogue’s special connection to the story.
In Genesis, Jacob stops for the night en route from the house of his father, Isaac to Paddan-aram. He dreams of a ladder set upon the earth and stretching to heaven. In his dream, angels ascend and descend the ladder. God appears to Jacob promising the land on which he sleeps to him and his descendants. When Jacob awakens he realizes that, “surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.”

Image Courtesy Todd France

  • Architects: BanG studio
  • Project: Jacob’s Ladder
  • Location: Brooklyn, New York
  • Photographs: Todd France
  • Software used: Rhino with Grasshopper for the modeling with excel spreadsheets to keep track of tabulated information and then we rendered with Mental ray and 3dStudio Max with Photoshop to touch up

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Branching Morphogenesis by LabStudio

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Article source: LabStudio

Branching Morphogenesis explores fundamental processes in living systems and their potential application in architecture. The project investigates part-to-whole relationships revealed during the generation of branched structures formed in real-time by interacting lung endothelial cells placed within a 3D matrix environment. The installation materializes five slices in time that capture the force network exerted by interacting vascular cells upon their matrix environment.

“Special Issue: 2009 International Science and Visualization Challenge.” Science Magazine, Vol. 327, No. 5968, Feb. 19, 2010.

  • Design: LabStudio
  • Project: Branching Morphogenesis
  • Credits: Jenny E. Sabin & Andrew Lucia
  • Collaboration: Peter Lloyd Jones and LabStudio, Simulations with Christopher Lee
  • Assembly Team: Dwight Engel, Matthew Lake, Austin McInerny, Marta Moran, Misako Murata, Jones Lab members
  • Software used: Processing  for simulations and Rhinoceros  for the modeling and construction documents.

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2050 Ultra Flood Plain in Ayutthaya, Thailand by Shma Company Limited

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Article source: Shma Company Limited

Design Process

The goal of modern development has created a clear separation between agricultural and industrial activities, between human and nature, between fluid and solid territories, which become a threat to human living. As we move forwards and slowly detach from nature, we neglect the power of it and forget how we once live with it. Ayutthaya is the city which illustrates such on-going situation clearly, from the day when water was city’s breath to the day when water become city’s catastrophe to local economy, society and environment. In planning for the prospect Ayutthaya we shall try to understand the formation of crisis, in order to determine the new balance between water, Ayutthaya living and Chao Phraya river basin.

2050 Ultra Flood Plain

  • Architects: Shma Company Limited
  • Project: 2050 Ultra Flood Plain
  • Location: Challenger Hall, 1-3 Impact, Mueng Thong Thani, Thailand
  • Use: Part of the Architect Expo 2012 “Water Brick” Thailand by Association of Siamese Architects(ASA).
  • Site Area: length = 5503 mm; width = 1453 mm; Area 7.7 sq.m
  • Model material: Polyurethane Foam/hard wood/lighting effect
  • Period of Design: 2011-2012
  • Design constrcution: March-April 2012
  • Material: Animation/model/plate/booklet

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Reverse of volume RG in Houston, Texas by Onishi Yasuaki

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Article source: Onishi Yasuaki

In his installation, reverse of volume RG, Yasuaki Onishi uses the simplest materials – plastic sheeting and black hot glue – to create a monumental, mountainous form that appears to float in space. The process that he calls “casting the invisible” involves draping the plastic sheeting over stacked cardboard boxes, which are then removed to leave only their impressions. This process of “reversing” sculpture is Onishi’s meditation on the nature of the negative space, or void, left behind.

Image Courtesy Nash Baker

  • Architects: Onishi Yasuaki
  • Project: Reverse of volume RG
  • Location: Rice Gallery, Houston, Texas
  • Photography: Nash Baker

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Mini Rooftop in New York by HWKN

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Article source: HWKN

A space for urban tastemakers without logos or branding. HWKN scouted the location, created the design and oversaw construction of the temporary event location for MINI’s ”Creative Use Of Space” campaign. The sheer surprise of encountering a hill on a roof in NYC is heightened by design elements derived from MINI cars that utilize object-in-field design, like deploying brake lights into a field of sheet metal instead of at a seam.

Mini Rooftop

  • Architects: HWKN
  • Project: Mini Rooftop
  • Location: New York
  • Software used: Rhino, VRay, AutoCAD and the Adobe Suite

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Huginn & Muninn Sauna in Piacenza, Italy by Atelier Forte

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Article source: Atelier Forte

AtelierFORTE presents the sauna Huginn&Muninn. The sauna, made of spruce wood, accommodates two people. As the Scandinavian tradition it’s powered by a wood stove. The portholes on the walls frame the sunsets on the Piacenza hills, and a warm light floods in the small space.

Huginn & Muninn Sauna

  • Architects: Atelier Forte
  • Project: Huginn&Muninn Sauna
  • Location: Piacenza, Italy
  • Software used: Google Sketchup

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Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Article source: Patrick Dougherty

For three weeks in May, visitors to the Garden witnessed the creation of a monumental, site-specific sculpture made entirely of woven sticks and twigs by internationally renowned artist Patrick Dougherty.

Dougherty arrived on-site of with no preconceptions as to what he will create. Using locally gathered natural materials and drawing on inspiration from the surrounding environment, he designed a larger-than-life sculptures that may remind visitors of a nest, cocoon, or even a fairy dwelling.

 

Ain’t Misbehavin' (Image Courtesy Zan Maddox)

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Tokyo Reflections in Japan by cheungvogl

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Article source: cheungvogl

The story goes that before the Tokyo subway system was used as a tunnel system; the underground spaces were inhabited by almost forgotten alien species. This ancient species was divided into two groups: the observers and the inter-actors.

‘Tokyo reflections’ is a temporary interactive installation in Tokyo station, Japan and other stations across the network, where the public is able to experience the typical behaviors of this nearly forgotten species. One can participate as an ‘inter-actor’ in an open communicative way, encouraging gatherings in small groups. On the other hand, you can take the place of the observers which just stand around the inter-actors, but documenting more than participating in the activity viewing everything from the underside of their eyes. it is believed that these species failed to reproduce as it mixed its genetic code with the human species and observing genes became too dominant. The theory is still awaiting scientific proof.

Rendering

  • Architect: cheungvogl
  • Name of Project: Tokyo Reflections
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan

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Pasadena Bike Transit Center in Los Angeles, California by Peter Tolkin Architecture

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Article source: Peter Tolkin Architecture

Amidst the ever increasing density of the Los Angeles region, the Pasadena Bike Transit Center signals the emerging viability of alternative modes of transportation. Commissioned by the City of Pasadena through a grant by Caltrans, the Pasadena Bike Transit Center will be a prototype for future locations along the MTA Gold Line. Serving the needs of bicycle commuters, the project lies in an alleyway directly across from the Memorial Station platform in Old Town Pasadena and is intended to complement the growing network of commuter trains and bicycle routes throughout the Los Angeles region.

Module

  • Architects: Peter Tolkin Architecture
  • Project: Pasadena Bike Transit Center
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Approximately: 1,425 sq. ft. (pictured configuration)
  • Client: City of Pasadena
  • Architect Team: Peter Tolkin, Design Principal; Maria Iwanicki, Project Architect; Nuri Miller, Christopher Girt, Jeremy Schacht, Ted Rubenstein
  • Structural Engineer: Gilsanz Murray Steficek, Inc.
  • Awards: AIA Honor Award, Los Angeles Business Council Award for Design Excellence

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