Cankaya Art Center and Concert Hall / iki

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iki, a practice based in , , have shared with us their competition proposal for a Concert Hall and Art Center for , capital city of Turkey. Additional renders, plans, sections and a brief architects description after the break.
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Painting Construct / Joseph N. Biondo

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Joseph N. Biondo has paired with internationally recognized abstract painter Ed Kerns to design a conceptual, unbuilt project that will house  Kerns’ Bones Like Iron-Blood Like Mercury. This unique collaboration has resulted in an exploratory exercise of modest materials to create a renewed reality within the material condition of a building. “The materials we use are commonplace however, the care for their methods of assembly and absolute passion for scrupulous detailing are not… To make an extraordinary material special is trite, but to heighten one’s awareness of a humble material can be poetic,” explained Biondo.

More images and more about the project after the break.

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Alexandria / Anonymous Studio

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“Alexandria”, a new digitally fabricated by Jonathan Henry +  Arseni Zaitev from Anonymous Studio, will be placed in the Architecture Gallery of the Southern Polytechnic State University to open its biannual exhibition of young professional work.  As part of the “Summer Salon 2010,” the architecture/art/sculptural installation seeks to raise conversation across the various design communities through its contemporary approach to creating space.

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Pompidou’s Huts / Tadashi Kawamata

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Tadashi Kawamata, a Japanese sculptor and installer, is known for creating urban spaces that utilize simple materials.  Often times, Kawamata selects an single item, whether it is a material or an object, that becomes the basic module of a huge construction.  His latest spaces are occupying the external façade of the Centre Pompidou in Paris. These timbers huts, which are lined with cardboard, attach on to the existing structural framework, like a parasite, and morph into something entirely new.

More about the huts after the break.

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autoR / Carsten Nicolai / Temporäre Kunsthalle

Photo by Benjamin Pritzkuleit © Carsten Nicolai,

In the center of Berlin, an amazing institution known as the Temporäre Kunsthalle is a great venue for contemporary art as exhibits are housed not only within Adolf  Krischanitz’s free plan interior, but also on the exterior.   As each new artist brings his own personality to the building’s exterior, the 11 meter high building, which covers a ground surface of 20 by 56.25 meters, becomes the artist’s blank canvas, patiently waiting for its new treatment.  The most recent exterior exhibition, autoR by Carsten Nicolai, is the third project to be realized on the façade.

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Icup II_Synthetic Landscape / APHIDoIDEA

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Using 4,000 paper cups and 15,000 staples, APHIoIDEA’s newest is gracefully suspended from the ceiling, creating a new spatial experience in previously un-utilized storefronts.  The architectural is part of PHANTOM GALLERIES, an organization that places temporary installations in vacant storefront windows throughout LA to instantly form a new public art gallery.

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UAP + Ned Kahn to create kinetic artwork for Brisbane Airport

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International art-based design studio Urban Art Projects (UAP) has announced their collaboration with artist Ned Kahn and the Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) to convert Brisbane’s new Domestic Terminal short-term multi-level car park in to an eight-storey kinetic public art project.

Kahn, who has developed an international following for his artworks that incorporate the use of natural elements such as wind and light will collaborate with UAP and BAC’s design team to create a 5000 Sq m kinetic façade for the new Domestic Terminal short-term car park. More information, images, and a video showing the effect that will be created after the break. (more…)

Field Rupture / VeeV Design

Photograph © Reid Yalom

A sculptural by VeeV Design, entitled Field Rupture, rests upon the courtyard of a 1950s modern house in Hills, California.  Since the installation is applied over the topological surface, the shifting ground conceptually pushes the surface vertically, and, as the name implies, this action causes the surface to “rupture.” Using a laser cutter to produce the digital fabrication, the sheet metal formation seems to burst from the ground as a “figure of two planes pushing against one another.”

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Between the Waters: The Emscher Community Garden / Marjetica Potrc and Ooze

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Architects: Marjetica Potrc and Eva Pfannes & Sylvain Hartenberg, Ooze ( & Rotterdam)
Location: Sturmshfo, Essen-Altenessen, ‘Emscherinsel’ at the previous ‘Mathias Stinnes Hafen’, Germany
Team: Florian de Visser, Shilesh Hariharan
Areas: 1000 m2
Budget: 200,000 EUR
For the event: Emscherkunst.2010
Use: Art installation: Autonomous water treatment
Client: Emschergenossenschaft
Design Period: 8 months system & community gardens
Construction Period: 2 months
Completion Construction: May 2010
Photos: Roman Mensing, Ooze, Florian de Visser

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Grey Area / Julie Mehretu

The Guggenheim Musuem’s newest exhibit features the work of Julie Mehretu, an abstract painter best known for her densely-layered paintings.  Her work expresses an obsession with architecture, in particular, densely populated urban environments.  In her pieces, Mehretu takes recognizable architectural components, such as the column, façade, and elevation, which are then compressed and combined to capture different perspectives. “Her paintings present a tornado of visual incident where gridded cities become fluid and flattened, like many layers of urban graffiti.” (more…)

Infinity Forest Project / Scale Architecture

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Architects: Scale Architecture
Location: Sydney,
Project Team: Matt Chan, Katie Hepworth, Isabel Cordeiro
Client: City of Sydney
Project Area: 10 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Matt Chan, Kasia Werstak, Jamie Williams Photography, Casey Bryant, Brett Boardman Photography

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Trail House / Anne Holtrop

Anne Holtrop’s follows a series of trails in the ground that were created by the daily circulation of pedestrians. The house becomes the path and transforms the inside into a “walking home.”   As the house branches along the series of paths, it becomes narrower and then wider to provide ever-changing views of the site.  In this way, Holtrop makes a specific link with the environment by showing the house as a product of the site.

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Path Room / Hata Lo + Arvo Tsai

Our reader Hata Lo shared with us this small landscape-, in an exhibition room, with Taiwanese artists . You can read a little brief after the break, along with more photos of their work.

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Le Temps des Environment / Nicolas Dorval Bory Architect

Nicolas Dorval Bory Architect designed an extension artist residency for the International Art & Landscape Center on the island of Vassivière.  Situated in the middle of an artificial hydro-electric lake, the project explores the concept of  ”de-spatialization” and “blurred architecture” by breaking the building components down into fragments, lines and dots.  The building gradually begins to dissolve allowing “its temporal dimension to be experienced as its geometrical dimensions disappear into architecture and landscape.”   The team studied time progression to invent a new kind of space and organization based on their conceptual ideas.

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Built to Wear / Ball Nogues Studio

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A new installation by Ball Nogues Studio for the 2009 Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism, in collaboration with American Apparel.

Curator: Beatrice Galilee

Temporary spatial installations within urban cultures are a rapidly evolving phenomenon. Unlike “permanent” buildings, these structures nimbly respond to the accelerated temporality of cities on the move like Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Increasingly they provide the urban spectacles that “signature” buildings aim to deliver. Like never before, cities are adorned with provisional environments and architecturally scaled events. This situation has been further emboldened by the financial meltdown in 2008 as investors look to spend money on big urban spectacles without the financial commitment of making buildings. Within this economic outlook, the disposable plates of architecture are better investments than a collection of fine tableware. However, an important question looms when cleaning up after the meal: can the plate be composted or should it be colored with crayon and reused as a party decoration?

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Woods of Net / Tezuka Architects

Woods of Net / Tezuka Architects / TIS & PARTNERS, photo by Abel Erazo
Woods of Net / Tezuka Architects / TIS & PARTNERS, photo by Abel Erazo

During this last few months we have presented you several works by the japanese office Tezuka Architects. The houses have very strong concepts, tied to different ways of inhabiting these projects designed specifically for each client.

Now we present you Woods of Net, a permanent for japanese net artist Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam, in collaboration with structural engineers TIS & PARTNERS.

The pavilion is located at the Hakone Open-Air Museum, a unique open museum located in one of the most visited tourist spots in Japan. Woods of Net was added to the collection of art works as part of their 40th anniversary.

After the break, the architects description of the pavilion with photos by Abel Erazo.

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Monster Footprints / MAD

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MAD Architects’ latest contribution to came in the form of two huge .  The design, made for the Urbanism\Architecture Shenzhen & Hongkong Bi-city Biennale, is a sunken space that functions as a playground.  Paved in pink EPDM material, the Monster’s Footprint attempts to enter a very “surreal reality”, and offer a possibility for city dwellers to find their own freedom and joy in the Citizen Square.  The playful space illustrates MAD ‘s ability to bring their design attitude to smaller scale projects.

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Landlines / Urban Art Projects

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The international studio Urban Art Projects (UAP) transformed a standard parking garage into a large scale “art-come-architecture project” on Albert Street in .  The art project entitled ’’ is a contour map of the area that wraps itself around three faces of the 9 floor parking garage.

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