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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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Calvin Klein in Berlin, Germany by J. MAYER H. Architects (designed using ArchiCAD)

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Article source:  J. MAYER H. Architects

The event presented the Spring 2011 and Resort 2011 offerings which were showcased within the context of a special installation piece created by prominent Berlin-based, J. MAYER H. Architects, who was commissioned by CKI to create a unique and impactful experience that unites the various lines under an overall theme and concept to express a total lifestyle statement.

Image Courtesy Ludger Paffrath

  • Architects:  J. MAYER H. Architects
  • Project: Calvin Klein
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Project Team: Juergen Mayer H., Wilko Hoffmann, Thomas Gillioz
  • Project: December 2009 – June 200
  • Presentation: July 7th, 2010 at Muenze, Berlin, Germany
  • Client: Calvin Klein, Inc.
  • Represented by: LOEWS GmbH
  • Construction by: Liganova GmbH
  • Photographer: Ludger Paffrath, Berlin and J. MAYER H. Architects
  • Software used: ArchiCAD

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LOG by Abrahams May Architects

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Article source: Abrahams May Architects

LOG seeks to address the scale of the typical s’chach roof found on Sukkot. Typically the s’chach roof is an assemblage of branches, small sticks, and other plant material. LOG exaggerates the scale of these members into one piece that is able to provide shade for the inhabitants. As a means of showcasing this element, the walls become 4 pieces of 1” thick glass, with no other columns or supports, so the log foundation floats above. The two programmatic devices: a table and a candle, are elegantly hung from above. Above all the design shows a simplicity of concept, impeccable craft, and a restraint against excessive assemblages.

LOG

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Monument of Alpini in Rossano Veneto, Italy by Paolo Didonè (designed using ArchiCAD)

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Article source: Paolo Didonè

A MAP is a whole of symbols recalling territorial concepts. The project is this as well: a map where takes place an abstract analysis of our territory and the bond established between mountains and human beings during particular circumstances.
A PLATFORM: the strength of our bonds is our base.
A map of life.
The concepts of belonging, the interweaves and the relations that define a life. Its and fragility, the solidity and unpredictability of how everything could end.

Monument of Alpini

  • Architects: Paolo Didonè
  • Project: Monument of Alpini
  • Location: Rossano Veneto, Italy
  • Software used: ArchiCAD

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