Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2013

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Topping the list with American statistician, sabermetrician, psephologist and writer Nate Silver, Principal of FiveThirtyEight, Fast Company’s 2013 compilation of business’s 100 most creative people proves the undeniable value of creativity in business today. This year, a New York landscape architect whose floating islands in Manhattan may one day buffer the city from voracious storms made the list’s top ten, followed by one of the most influential artists of our time as well as an architect and concept designer who are both redefining commercial architecture. Find out who, after the break.

House in Sonvico / Architetti Pedrozzi & Diaz Saravia

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Architects: Architetti Pedrozzi & Diaz Saravia
Location: ,
Area: 250 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Pino Brioschi

Turkey: Fighting for Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Space

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The impending destruction of the last public park in Istanbul was the straw that broke the camel’s back last Tuesday. When a peaceful demonstration to save Taksim Gezi Park was met with violent police retaliation, the situation quickly escalated into a nationwide protest against the increasingly authoritarian Turkish government. At this moment all across the country, thousands are standing up not only for Gezi Park but for the right to shape the place that they call home.

More information on the situation in after the break.  

Haus am Moor / Bernardo Bader Architects

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Architects: Bernardo Bader Architects
Location: , Austria
Area: 220 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adolf Bereuter

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Courtesy of Juráš Lasovský

‘Prague: Bridge-Building over the Vltava River’ Competition Entry / Juráš Lasovský

The intention of architect Juráš Lasovský… for the ‘Prague: Bridge-Building over the Vltava River’ competition was to disrupt the serenity of the Prague basin landscape by proposing a residential bridge connecting the quarters of Podolí, Císařská louka and Smíchov. While

Light Matters: Seeing the Light with James Turrell

James Turrell: Roden Crater, East Portal. 2010. Photograph by Florian Holzherr, www.architekturfoto.net

Light matters, a monthly column on light and space, is written by Thomas Schielke. Based in Germany, he is fascinated by architectural , has published numerous articles and co-authored the book „Light Perspectives“. 

From early nocturnal studies in a lonely hotel room to transforming a volcano in the world’s biggest landscape art project to, most recently, lighting up the Guggenheim in New York, the American artist James Turrell is driven by  his fascination with light. He explores perception for visual experiences where light is not a tool to enable vision but rather something to look at itself.

More , after the break…

Yuppie Ranch House + Barn / ELASTICOSPA + 3

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Architects: ELASTICOSPA + 3
Location: ,
Team: S. Pujatti, A.Del Maschio, M. Luis y Garcia, D. Musmeci, L. Macrì, A. Morassut, M. Burigana, R.Cauz
Area: 350.0 sqm
Year: 2004
Photographs: Betta Crovato

Films & Architecture: “The Fall”

is a visually very powerful film. It is the result of a tremendous effort from its director Tarsem Singh, who travelled around the world in order to find the right locations for each scene. The film includes footage shot in over 20 different countries, with places such as Taj Mahal, the Valkenberg Hospital in Cape Town, or the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris. In fact, the mentioned “Blue City” in the movie, is the actual Jodhpur, an old city of Rajasthan, where local people painted their houses in blue colour thinking they would prevent the heat effects. 

It is not only about the diversity of these spaces but also the way that Singh is able to put all those elements together as part of a massive surrealistic world. A tour through some of the most amazing places in the world that we hope you enjoy and let us know your thoughts about it.

TAOA Studio / Tao Lei Architecture Studio

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Architects: Tao Lei Architecture Studio
Location: 798 Art Bridge Gallery, Chaoyang, , China, 100015
Architect In Charge: Lei Tao Architecture Studio
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Tao Lei Architecture Studio

Sentmenat / MIRAG

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Architects: MIRAG
Location: , Spain
Area: 18,300 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Jordi Surroca

Halfdansgade 8 / Danielsen Architecture

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Architects: Danielsen Architecture
Location: ,
Area: 1944.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Torben Åndahl, Jersø, Christensen Photography

River Room / Shaun Lockyer Architects

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Architects: Shaun Lockyer Architects
Location: Chelmer, ,
Architect In Charge: Shaun Lockyer Architects
Design Team: Jen Lambkin, Corinne Bolton
Area: 292 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Scott Burrows

Brampton Soccer Centre / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

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Architects: MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects
Location: , Ontario, Canada
Area: 165,000 sqft
Year: 2007
Photographs: Tom Arban

Pasarón Stadium / ACXT Arquitectos

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Architects: ACXT Arquitectos
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Jesús Llamazares, Galo Zayas
Design Team: Galo Zayas, José Espada, Ismael Ameneiros, José Rodríguez Laiño Daniel Dapena
Structures: Mecanismo S.L
Area: 19,975 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Héctor Santos-Díez

NP House / NoArq

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Architects: NoArq
Location: Famalicão,
Author: José Carlos Nunes de Oliveira
Area: 490.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Arménio Teixeira, Courtesy of

Richard Rogers Joins Preservation Efforts for Preston Bus Station

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As reported by BDOnline, Richard Rogers of Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners has announced his support in the long-standing battle to save ’s from demolition. In a letter to the English Heritage, Rogers described the 1969 brutalist landmark as “truly a major modern building and an outstanding piece of 20th century architecture” that is in dire need of refurbishment.

“Preston Bus Station is not only admired internationally, but it also continues to be fully functioning. It is a critical transport hub,” he stated. “I would encourage you to consider listing the bus station and support a much-needed refurbishment.”

ASU Health Service / Lake Flato Architects

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Architects: Lake Flato Architects
Location: 451 East University Drive, , AZ 85281, USA
Architect In Charge:
Architect Of Record: Orcutt Winslow
General Contractor: Okland Construction
Civil: Evans, Kuhn & Associates
Structural: Caruso Turley Scott
Area: 34500.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Bill Timmerman

Arxiu Històric Municipal D’Elx / Julio Sagasta + Fuster Arquitectos

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Architects: Fuster Arquitectos + 
Location: Carrús, Elx. Alicante,
Team Manager: Julio Sagasta Sansano + Francisco Fuster Selva
Clients: Ajuntament d’Elx + Conselleria de Cultura Generalitat Valenciana
Project Area: 2,377 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Diego Opazo