Milan Design Week 2013: Akihisa Hirata Designs ‘Amazing Flow’ for Lexus

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Under the guidance of Toyo Ito, Japanese architect envisioned an  futuristic, experienced-based installation which sought to express “manifestations of flow as they relate to people and nature” to the spectators of the 2013 Milan Design Week. Titled “Amazing Flow”, the installation offered a “vision of the city of tomorrow” with a multi-sensory experience that embodied the “Lexus’ world vision” and a glimpse into how cars flow throughout built environment  The display consisted of a continuous, wooden structure that represented a moment in which “roads, humans, wind and water flow as a single entity.”

Compare the installation to the Lexus “Create Amazing” promotional video for the 2014 LF-LC Concept car and watch an interview with Hirata after the break…

A Look at Hollywood’s Love Affair with John Lautner

You have to admit it, really seems to have a thing for John Lautner; his designs are continuously cropping up in tv-shows, films, cartoons, music videos and even video games. The occasional despondent college professor aside, his exuberant mansions are usually typecast as the bachelor-pads of various flamboyant psycho-paths, pornographers or drug-smugglers. Curbed Los Angeles have compiled this excellent video of the various Lautner-featuring scenes, so we thought that we’d take a closer look at some of his buildings, which tend to pop up in all manner of unexpected places.

Read more about Hollywood’s love affair with Lautner after the break…

W-House / Uchida Architect Design Office

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Architects: Uchida Architect Design Office
Location: Oita,
Architect In Charge:
Constructional Engine: Hashimoto Kensetsu
Area: 78 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Hiroyuki Kawano

Courtesy of Building Trust international
Courtesy of Building Trust international

PLAYscapes International Design Competition

Building Trust international just launched ‘PLAYscapes’, an international design competition that challenges professional and student architects, designers, engineers and artists to find exciting design proposals to transform neglected parts of cities into interactive landscapes, encouraging public engagement, community involvement and sustainable adaptive reuse. Proposals should…

Courtesy of Christie's
Courtesy of Christie's

Kickstarter Campaign Seeks Funds To Produce Film About Eileen Gray

As we’ve mentioned before, Irish designer Eileen Gray… was undoubtedly one of the most influential, and most overlooked, designers of the 20th century. However, a new Kickstarter campaign aims to put that right once and for all. The campaign is seeking funds to help renovate Gray’s

Zhujiajiao Museum of Humanities & Arts / Scenic Architecture

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Architects: Scenic Architecture
Location: Shanghai,
Architect In Charge: Zhu Xiaofeng
Design Team: Li Qitong, Xu Lei, Dong Zhiping, Zhang Hao
Client: Shanghai Dianshanhu Newtown Development Ltd.
Structural & Mep: Shanghai Xiandai Huagai Architectural Design Ltd.
Area: 1,818 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Courtesy of Holm Architecture Office (HAO) + AI
Courtesy of Holm Architecture Office (HAO) + AI

National Maritime Museum Competition Entry / Holm Architecture Office (HAO) + AI

Situated outside the city of Tianjin in Northern China, the proposal for the new National Maritime Museum is designed to house both new and old maritime items with a focus on celebrating the historical achievements of Chinese naval exploration through…

Taronga Zoo / BVN Architecture

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Architects: BVN Architecture
Location: , Australia
Client: Zoological Parks Board of NSW
Year: 2011
Photographs: John Gollings

Courtesy of nycobaNOMA
Courtesy of nycobaNOMA

Crafting the Interview 4.0 Event

Now in it’s 4th year, the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NYCOBA) announced their Crafting the Interview event for graduating college students and young professionals seeking feedback on their portfolio. A panel presentation will provide information about the job…

Iberia Center for Contemporary Art / Approach Architecture Studio

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Architects: Approach Architecture Studio
Location: , China
Architect In Charge: Liang Jingyu
Art Director: Lu Qiong
Design Team: Peng Xiaohu, Zhao Ning, Li Honglei, Yang Jieqing, Zhou Yuan, Gu Wei
Engineers: Beijing Jiuyuan Tri-Star Architects Partnership
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Approach Architecture Studio

Country House at El Cobijo-San Vicente De La Sonsierra / Blur Arquitectura

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Architects: Blur Arquitectura
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Alex Borrás, Enric Farrerons, Octavio Pérez
Area: 30,207 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Berta Buzunariz

Courtesy of UCACanterbury School of Architecture
Courtesy of UCACanterbury School of Architecture

SYN City Exhibition

SYN City, a postgraduate research & design unit at UCACanterbury School of Architecture, will be putting on an expo at the Doodle Bar London on April 26 at 6:00pm. Architects and guests have been invited and are attending from London…

University Campus of Segovia / Ricardo Sánchez González + José Ignacio Linazasoro Rodríguez

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Architects: Ricardo Sánchez González + José Ignacio Linazasoro Rodríguez
Location: Segovia, Spain
Architect In Charge: Ricardo Sánchez González,
Design Team: Hugo Sebastián de Erice Navarrete, Sergi Artola Dols, Rafael Rodríguez Merino
Area: 18,500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

Mirror Ball / Y. Architectes

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Architects: Y. Architectes
Location: Saint Priest, Rhône,
Architect In Charge: Yann Fontaine, Yann Drossart, Corinne Drossart
Area: 179.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Brice Robert

Housing Neufrankengasse / EM2N

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Architects: EM2N
Location: Zürich,
Project Leader: Gerry Schwyter, David Duca, Raul Mera
Project Team: Fabian Hörmann, Florian Kaiser, Martin Schriener, Elena Schwarz, Caroline Vogel
Partners: Mathias Müller, Daniel Niggli
Area: 5,800 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Simon Menges

Santiago Calatrava Again Faces “Leaky” Charges

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The architect and engineer has once again made the headlines of Spanish papers – and, once again, for less than favorable reasons.

Calatrava’s latest controversy is a lawsuit filed against him by the famous Bodegas Domecq winery, property of the Ysios Laguardia in Rioja, Spain. Both the Valencian architect as well as those involved in the winery’s construction are being asked to pay two million euros to the winery, a sum that should help cover a renovation as well as the costs the winery has incurred over the last two years fixing the structure’s leaky roof. The owner claims that the leaks have been creating a damp atmosphere (in a building where moisture control is critical for the quality of the wine) and thus damaging his business.

CUNIPIC Headquarters / CODIstudio

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Architects: CODIstudio
Location: , Lleida, Spain
Architect In Charge: CODIstudio
Leading Architect: Oscar FRAGO
Design Team: Cristina ALCALDE, Kenneth McGUIRE
Design & Calculus Of Building Structures: Oscar FRAGO
Area: 425 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of CODIstudio

Tree Art Museum / Daipu Architects

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Architects: Daipu Architects
Location: Song zhuang, ,
Design Team: Dai Pu, Feng Jing, Liu Yi
Area: 3,200 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Shu He