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.
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 Turkey after the break.
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, a monthly column on light and space, is written by Thomas Schielke. Based in Germany, he is fascinated by architectural lighting, 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 Light Matters, after the break…
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.
Architects: Tao Lei Architecture Studio
Location: 798 Art Bridge Gallery, Chaoyang, Beijing, China, 100015
Architect In Charge: Lei Tao Architecture Studio
Area: 200.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Tao Lei Architecture Studio
As reported by BDOnline, Richard Rogers of Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners has announced his support in the long-standing battle to save England’s Preston Bus Station 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.”
Architects: Lake Flato Architects
Location: 451 East University Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
Architect In Charge: Lake Flato Architects
Architect Of Record: Orcutt Winslow
General Contractor: Okland Construction
Civil: Evans, Kuhn & Associates
Structural: Caruso Turley Scott
Area: 34500.0 sqm
Photographs: Bill Timmerman