Nashtifan Windmills

May 10, 2017 / 0 comments

In the village of Nashtifan in northeastern Iran, Mohammad Etebari serves as the last keeper of an ancient tradition. Now elderly, Etebari has dedicated his life to keeping the town’s few dozen historic windmills turning. LINK: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/01/nashtifan-iran-windmills/

ZHA & Form – Salerno Maritime Terminal Design Process

May 10, 2017 / 0 comments

A series of drawings, models and photographs that lead to the design of a hadid building:   Inaugurated on 25 April 2016, the new Salerno Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects is integral to the city’s urban plan. Begun by Mayor Vincenzo De Luca, now Governor of the Campania Region, and continued under the city’s…

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3D WALKTHROUGH OF ANCIENT ROME

February 29, 2016 / 0 comments

It’s impossible for anyone to see what Ancient Rome looked like in all of its splendor, since we’ve failed to invent a time machine. But the above video, which shows a 3-D rendering of Rome in 320 AD, is about as close as we can get. The video was created by Rome Reborn, an academic…

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MOBILE CONSTRUCTION FAST FOOD RESTAURANT

February 26, 2016 / 0 comments

It will never make the Michelin Guide, but New York City’s newest restaurant is almost certainly one of the world’s most exclusive. Most of the patrons are drawn from an elite group of high-beam artists, namely ironworkers laboring hundreds of feet above the street. The dress code is severe: hard hat, overalls, safety vest and…

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GRAPHS AND QUOTES FROM THE BIG RETHINK

February 25, 2016 / 0 comments

Part 2: Farewell to modernism − and modernity too Here she contrasts three paradigms − or as she prefers, ‘cultural ecologies’ − Modernity, Deconstructionist Postmodernism (the transitory, hyper-relativist mode of thought usually referred to as Postmodernism) and Ecological Postmodernism, which she implies is the emerging long-term successor to modernity. Her vision of Ecological Postmodernism is…

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GIANT WATER PURIFIER

February 22, 2016 / 0 comments

Spanish architect Andrés Jaque has created a towering network of water-purifying pipes for this year’s courtyard installation at MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York (+ slideshow). Jaque and his firm Office for Political Innovation were the winners of the 2015 Young Architects Program (YAP), which invites emerging architects to create a temporary structure for the courtyard at…

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ARCHITECTURAL HACK: REINVENTIONS OF CITY BUILDINGS

February 21, 2016 / 0 comments

We’re used to seeing transformed buildings in our cities – think hotels in town halls and bars in banks. But here are some of the more unusual proposals and projects – from a skate park in a church to a swimming pool in a metro station The payphone that became a disco: how street furniture…

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INSERT DADAISM INTO PARAMETRICISM

February 16, 2016 / 0 comments

What is parametric architecture all about? It’s obviously and shockingly enough about parameters and the way with play with them – of course, we use an algorithmic approach in order to optimize these parameters, but as a parametric enthusiast myself I can’t help but admit that sometimes it’s just entertaining to randomly play with shapes…

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Les Machines de l’Île

February 11, 2016 / 0 comments

Machines of the Isle of Nantes or Les Machines de l’Île de Nantes are a set of gigantic mechanical animals designed by Francois Delarozière and Pierre Orefice as an artistic, touristic and cultural project based in Nantes, France. The project is a combination of the ‘invented worlds’ of Jules Verne, the mechanical universe of Leonardo…

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BRITISH ARCHITECTURE IS EXPERIENCING A DULL PERIOD

February 9, 2016 / 0 comments

Lack of experimentation and a culture of narrow-mindedness in schools has led to a dull period in British architecture, according to Archigramfounder Peter Cook. Addressing an audience during a lecture at the Royal Institute of British Architects, Cook said the last 20 years had seen a dearth of interesting architecture, and claimed that agenda is often placed above creativity. “We’re in a…

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