Exploring modern design and a technological future, the 1930s World Fair’s held in Chicago, San Diego, Cleveland, Dallas, and New York featured architects and industrial designers such as Raymond Loewy, Norman Bel Geddes, Henry Dreyfuss, and Walter Dorwin Teague. A modern, technological tomorrow unlike anything seen before, the World Fair’s presented visions of the future including designs for the cities and houses of tomorrow with a lifestyle of modern furnishings which were viewed by tens of million of visitors.
Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s exhibition is currently on display at the National Building Museum in Washington DC thru July 10, 2011. Building models, architectural remnants, drawings, paintings, prints, furniture, along with period film footage are all included within the exhibit.
This tower studio is the latest addition to a musician’s residence that includes her home and a detached music studio. A master violinist and music teacher who performs around the world, the client wanted to expand her house by adding a tower studio that would regale her with treetop views as she practiced, alone, with students, or fellow musicians.
Architect: Centerbrook Architects and Planners, LLP
Location: Guilford, Connecticut, USA
Project Team: James C. Childress (FAIA), Alex Daivs Booth, Kyle Kirkwood (Associate AIA)
Structural Engineer: Michael Horton & Associates
Contractor: Triangle Builders
Photographs: Warren Jagger Photography Inc.
We’ve told you before about the POST2000TALKS, a cycle of conferences architecture related that started in Lisbon during fall 2010, parallel to the major event ‘Triennal of Architecture of Lisbon’. A new lecture is coming up: ‘Open Format’ presented by Isabelle Bentz, Partner of Hosoya Schaefer Architects.
‘Open Format’ stands as a title for research-based projects developed at the media department of Hosoya Schaefer Architects, Zurich. Amongst other projects Isabelle Bentz will present the movie MobiGlobe, which is a media installation for the Volkswagen Autostadt in Wolfsburg. It is showing mobility as the systemic interplay between transportation, city, structure, resource flows and lifestyle.
More information here: http://post2000talks.blogspot.com/
Jensen Architects/Jensen & Macy Architects designed playful custom mobile workstations for the offices of this web services company. They allow employees to easily relocate as job requirements necessitate, plugging into the overhead power-data-telephone raceway at any point in the office.
Architect: Jensen Architects/Jensen & Macy Architects
Location: 350 Ninth Street, San Francisco, California
Project Team: Mark Jensen (Principal), Mark Macy (Principal), Dean Orr, Patricia Pollock
Electrical Engineer: Engineering Network
Contractor: Oliver & Company
Project Area: 5,500 sqf
Photographs: Sharon Risedorph
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.