Inspired by Up from Disney/Pixar, National Geographic’s “How Hard Can It Be?” television series transformed fiction into reality when they constructed and flew a 16×16 ft house with 300 balloons.
Taking two weeks from initial assignment to actual flight a team of scientist, engineers, and balloon pilots flew the small house with people on board for one hour at 10,000 feet.
A video and more photographs following the break.
One of the most prominent aspects of a design, if not the most important, is the consideration of the context and environment in which the proposed design will be found. In the case of the Dutch House by Rem Koolhaas, the unique and very challenging environmental conditions and topography of the site led to a design with interesting conditions that respond to these conditions.
More on the Dutch House in The Netherlands after the break.
Architect Alexander Krasinski shared with us his idea for an artificial island in the Persian Gulf, United Arab Emirates. More images and architect’s description after the break.
The city of Leidschendam-Voorburg [the Netherlands] has recently approved the design for a extensive transformation of the Station area. The urban plan, designed by POSAD spatial strategies, connects the different scales that are present, such as the historical center of Voorburg and the adjacent Binckhorst business park. The array of functions of the transport hub – railway, tram, bicycle and bus connections – will profit from this strategic transformation. Images of the project in addition to a description from the architects can be found after the jump.
This paper partition system was first implemented in 2004 after an earthquake in Niigata, Japan. Utilizing white cloth for partitions, joints were made of plywood, and ropes were used for braces. Simple cardboard sheets were offered for insulation and to create a border between families who craved privacy from their neighbors. Initially the cardboard was only used to cover the floor, however after the number of evacuees decreased, the cardboard was used to create partitions for night time privacy.
Shigeru Ban Architects adapted and tweaked the initial honeycomb board design changing it out for a strut beam structure using paper tubes. The change in material provides a quicker response and convenience at any site.
More photographs and information about Shigeru Ban Architects paper partition system following the break.
The new 4,170 sqf Chanel boutique, located in the heart of Soho, was inspired by the artistic feel of the neighborhood, and was designed to reflect its legendary spirit. The work of Peter Marino, the NY architect responsible for the design of Chanel’s worldwide boutiques, its interiors also draws inspiration from signature icons of the house and from materials reminiscent of the brand.
Project description and images after the break.
With regard to its immanent powers, architecture today seems to be both under-challenged and over-charged at the same time. This biomorphic paradigm has reduced architecture’s potential to just dealing with issues concerning geometry, form-making, and manufacturing, whilst depriving it of any political impact. On the other hand, there is a programmatic notion of practice which reduces architecture to a predominantly political project, ignoring the fact that a building must eventually embody its contents through its tectonic and formal definition.
The MAO symposium features four international architects and one architectural critic and curator discussing how they deal with these issues in their work Jacob van Rijs, MVRDV, Rotterdam; Mark Lee, Johnstonmarklee, L.A.; Duncan Lewis, Scape architecture, Bordeaux; Jörg Leeser, BeL, Cologne as well as Philip Ursprung, Chair of Architectural History and Theory, ETH Zurich. The symposium has been curated and will be moderated by Ilka & Andreas Ruby, textbild/RUBY PRESS, Berlin.
For more information on the symposium, click here.
Today at 1pm SCI-Arc will feature Mohamed Sharif: Recent Work. Sharif, principal of Sharif Studio is also a faculty member of SCI-Arc. Prior to joining SCI-Arc, he was Assistant Chair of the Architecture/Landscape/Interiors department at Otis for two years and has taught at schools including his alma mater and RISD since 1994.
Lectures and discussions are held at W.M. Keck Lecture Hall and are broadcast live online. Parking and admission are free, no reservations are required.
Designer of UK Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo, Thomas Heatherwick was one of the speakers featured at the recent 2011 TED conference. Heatherwick and his design team won the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) commission to create the Pavilion following a competition that attracted a shortlist of ambitious architectural proposals. Exploring the relationship between nature and cities Heatherwick Studio sought an approach that would engage meaningfully with Shanghai Expo’s theme, Better City, Better Life, and stand out from the anticipated trend for technology driven pavilions, filled with audio-visual content on screens, projections and speakers.
The Huffington Post sat down with Thomas Heatherwick following his TED talk. Discussing China’s building boom and his creative process the full interview is featured following the break.
The Green Building in Louisville, Kentucky incorporates a variety of green energy sources to achieve the city’s first LEED Platinum rating. Designed by (fer) studio, the building has geothermal, ice storage, solar panels, and a energy recovery ventilator. Watch the video to find out more.
Our full feature on The Green Building, including photographs and drawings, can be found here.