The Worlds First Pop-Up Scent Museum Opens in New York City

Production and design firm, The Department of the 4th Dimension (The D4D), created the world’s first pop-up scent museum for Sephora & Firmenich. The Sensorium: Lucid Dreams from the Sensory World is an interactive exhibition exploring the emotions and instincts behind scent.

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UFO Architecture

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Out of this world…designing for the unknown. The possibilities in design are endless and limitless when it comes to UFOs! The vast impact of ufology in architecture around the world is an interesting discovery. Documentation of some of these designs is shown here in this gallery. The photos prove how design concepts by several architects has been driven by UFO inspired ideas. More images on the UFO inspired designs after the break. (more…)

Tower Block Complex / gmp Architekten

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Following their success in winning first prize in an international competition, the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have been commissioned to realize a tower block complex of ten buildings in . The design by gmp is for a financial enterprise center on a site of about 80,000 square meters in this large eastern Chinese metropolis. The above ground gross floor space of the 120 to 200 meter high tower blocks will be about 500,000 square meters. More images and architects’ description after the break. (more…)

‘Architectural Dreams’ / Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture

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KKA (Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture) presents three architectural dreams consisting of stories and images. In a time when architecture has become increasingly obsessed with shape and surface, they wanted to explore other fields of the profession. KKA wanted to envision alternative futures and societies, to fantasize and write their stories, proposing the unexpected. More project description after the break. (more…)

Vienna Design Week 2011

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The Vienna Design Week 2011, now in its fifth year, is ’s most important international design festival. From September 30 — October 9th, 2011, it will bring some of the best designers of our time to the Austrian capital while simultaneously fostering the talents of tomorrow. The festival is diversified in content — comprising positions of product design, industrial design, and furniture design. For more information, please click here.

Investigating Architecture Through Sculpture

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Architecture often attempts to play with several spatial and formal concepts but the extent of this experimentation is often limited by budgetary and engineering constraints. Sculpture is a medium with which formal and spatial tests can be performed to an aesthetic extent without architectural limitation. There are several modern sculptors whose products can be seen as architecture. Here we will look at the works of , and Anish Kapoor.

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Boffo Building Fashion Competition Winners

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Boffo is a non-profit organization focused on culture and the arts. Through events and exhibitions Boffo draws attention to artists and designers while often giving them an opportunity to display their work. Boffo recently announced the winners of their Boffo Building Fashion competition, an open competition that called for architects to pair with fashion designers to build temporary spaces displaying both talents. Find out who the architects and designers are after the break. (more…)

Busan Opera House Competition Entry / WAHAG Studio

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WAHAG Studio shared with us their competition entry in the international ideas competition to establish a design for the Opera House, which is expected to begin construction in 2014. The opera house will include a variety of facilities that will foster a wide range of artistic activities all the while being accessible to the city’s citizens. The grand scale of this project will be suitable for ’s status as an international city. More images and architects’ description after the break. (more…)

Obscura Digital HQ + BookCaseScreenWall / IwamotoScott Architecture

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-based IwamotoScott Architecture has just shared their latest project with us – a renavoted 1940s warehouse that holds media company Obscura Digital as well as the architects’ new office space.  Upgrading from an unorganized and dimly lit timber warehouse, Obscura looked to Lisa Iwamoto and Craig Scott to outfit the 36,000 sqf building in Dogpatch to suite their needs, while extending the invitation for the firm to set up its practice in the building, as well.   “It wasn’t a formalized agreement but a pretty casual thing,” Iwamoto told Lydia Lee for Metropolis. “Obscura by nature is collaborative. The hope is that by sharing space, we’ll have the advantage of seeing their process and what can be done with digital media, and they’ll get an idea of the architectural possibilities.”

In addition to this great refurbishment, we are fascinated by the architects’ dividing wall entitled BookCaseScreenWall, an amazing hybrid of surface projection technologies with a “traditional” bookcase which sits between their office space and Obscura Digital’s.

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London Tube Map Sparks Debate: “Design” and the Multi-screen World

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Soon after Mark Noad’s vision of the London Tube Map was viewed, debate ensued about whether the integrity of the original diagram was misused to create a hybrid between the original information as a concept of the underground train system and its pathways and the concept of a geographically accurate map.   With a slightly more condensed font style, the map is intended to be more legible, especially on mobile devices.  Eminent typographer and designer Erik Spiekermann headed the debate stating that Harry Beck original depiction of the Tube was not a map at all, “it’s a diagram. Not meant to show geographic relationships, but connections.”

Therein lies the schism between the concept of depiction and illustration.  Fastco Design writer John Pavlus discusses the value of the designer’s intent – to produce something of use – rather than the initial concept of the first drawing.  Most users of the train system diagram are likely to call it a map.  The visual information implies that it will be used to guide travelers to particular destinations, thereby making it useful as a map.  The initial intent of the information becomes irrelevant when its use and usefulness comes into play.  Did Mark Noad achieve the clarification that the Beck’s original diagram was lacking by adding elements of a geographical map into it?

The question that Pavlus concludes with is how does the designer extend his or her role beyond solving problems; how does a designed artifact continue to evolve with each iteration, engage the public and continue to develop new and better uses?

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Vernacular Architecture and the 21st Century

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, the simplest form of addressing human needs, is seemingly forgotten in modern architecture. However, due to recent rises in energy costs, the trend has sensibly swung the other way. Architects are embracing regionalism and cultural building traditions, given that these structures have proven to be energy efficient and altogether sustainable. In this time of rapid technological advancement and urbanization, there is still much to be learned from the traditional knowledge of vernacular construction. These low-tech methods of creating housing which is perfectly adapted to its locale are brilliant, for the reason that these are the principles which are more often ignored by prevailing architects.

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Helios Rehab Sanctuary [Solar + Healing] / Team CLS

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Designed by Team CLS, headed by award winning UK Architect Darren Chan, other members including Emily Lau (Architecture Graduate) and Jonas Sin (Netherlands Architect), the “Helios Rehab Sanctuary” innovates in application of sustainable technologies to create a new and exciting typology. Additional images and a brief description can be found after the break.
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International Design Ideas Competition Entry / AETER Architects

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AETER Architects shared with us their competition entry, titled Eco-Land, for the International Design Ideas Competition for Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point Passenger Terminal Building. Between Shenzhen and , the PTB (Passenger Terminal Building) is a transitional area interrupting the waterfront of the adjacent cities. The proposed PTB abandons its rights of the waterfront and becomes ‘in between’. More images and architects’ description after the break. (more…)

Techno Group Headquarters / Symbiosis Designs LTD

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Symbiosis Designs LTD recently won the design competition to build Techno Group Headquarters in , Jordan. The building massing concept creates a negative space that would be a certain interruption to the continuous street frontal façades, hence a specific and differentiated visual field is announced where the void becomes a captive. More images and brief project description after the break. (more…)

Ningbo Digital / Synarchitects

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Synarchitects has shared with us their forward thinking design for Digital in , . A skew of images can be seen after the jump in addition to a brief description from the designers.
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Extending the Louvre / Carl Fredrik Svenstedt Architecte

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In response to a public debate about rebuilding the historic wing of the Louvre in , Carl Fredrik Svenstedt Architecte shared with us their initiative to extend the Louvre. Destroyed by the French Republic at the end of the 19th century as a symbol of royal and imperial power, this proposal aims to build a more democratic building better suited to the site and our times. More images and architects’ description after the break. (more…)

NYC Port Authority Bus Terminal: The World’s Largest Media Façade

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One of the City’s most forgettable buildings has been transformed into a model of modern technology. The Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT), located in midtown Manhattan between 40th and 42nd street, now boasts the world’s largest transparent media façade completed by GKD Metal Fabrics which effectively covers the building’s outdated steel façade. More images and project description after the break.

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AME-LOT / Malka Architecture

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Stephane Malka, of Malka Architecture has shared with ArchDaily his project AME-LOT, a material reuse, found material, restorative proposal. Further images of the project as well as a narrative from the architect are available after the break.
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