In light of B&B Italia’s debate for London Design Festival, ‘Can Design Save Europe’, we speak to Architecture and Design Critic for the FT Edwin Heathcote, Director of the V&A Martin Roth and Olympic Torch designers Jay Osgerby and Edward Barber about the power of design as a force of change on the European economy. The recent recession and subsequent arts spending cuts has sparked debate around the fate of the arts and craft industry, locating it a time of change and redevelopment. While the major manufacturing powers continually look to the East we question what the future holds for European design and manufacture, and if designers themselves should focus on functional products made available to the masses rather than luxury products for the minority.
Kickstarter, a site based on the seductive idea of “crowdfunding” – in which consumers collectively invest in a product in order for it to become reality – has taken on a life of its own. From straightforward consumer products (like a cool watch) to creative projects (Roman Mars’ radio show) and even to large-scale Urbanism projects (including an entire riverwater pool), Kickstarter has evolved to finance ever more complex, ambitious, and risky endeavors.
But are there limits? Can you harness the purchasing power of the public to “crowdfund” anything? To, say, design/build a city?
More images of the first ever crowdfunded skyscraper, BD Bacatá, after the break…
Architects: Hernandez Silva Arquitectos
Location: Zapopan, México
Architect In Charge: Jorge Luis Hernández Silva
Design Team: Alejandro Aponte Gómez, Diana Quiroz Chávez, Roberto Peña, Leslie Chávez Sánchez, Andrea Assad Álvarez
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 587 sqm
Photographs: Carlos Díaz Corona
ASAR Consulting Engineers shared with us their winning proposal in the competition to design the JAY mixed-use complex in Tehran, Iran. With the aim of a long-term plan to create a vibrant urban complex in a 54 hectare area site, their proposed response to these challenges begins with a public garden which improves the existing green spaces and plays a role as an urban structure to integrate the 4 different zones of the project. The program includes about 173 hectares of commercial, recreational and administrative activities. More images and architects’ description after the break.
DawnTown, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting architecture in Miami, is announcing an open call for portfolios for their Design Build competition. Now in its fifth year, Dawntown seeks the talents of a designer or design team to create a…
Architect: Wendell Burnette Architects
Location: Ellington, Wisconsin
Project Size: 5,000 square feet
Photography: Bill Timmerman
Architects: hke architekten
Location: Brühler Str. 69 A-2340 Moedling
Project Coordinator: Albert Huber
Team Staff : Waltraud Derntl, Elke Niedermüller, Ralf Rüssel, Xiaoguang Song, Sören Fleischhauer, Stefan Schweighofer, Michael Hieselmayr, Muaz Esen
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Gerald Zugmann, Courtesy of hke architekten
Design: Jason Kelly Johnson & Nataly Gattegno at Future Cities Lab
Team: Ripon DeLeon (lead), Osma Dossani, Jonathan Izen, assisted by David Spittler
Client: ZERO1, San Jose Public Art Program, National Endowment for the Arts
Consultant: Elliot Larson created the Twitter trends [xml link]
Technology: Text to Speech Module by TextSpeak, Arduino Mega and Uno, WiFly Shield by Sparkfun, Verizon Mifi, LCD panels by Sparkfun, LEDS by superbrightleds.com, IR sensors by Sharp
Photography: Peter Prato
As we announced earlier, Pritzker Prize Laureate Wang Shu of Amateur Architecture (China), Rahul Mehrotra of RMA architects (India) and Francine Houben of Mecanoo (The Netherlands) participated in GREENHOUSE TALK at the 2012 Venice Biennale. The informal discussion focused on the current reality of design culture in the great countries of Eastern Asia and Europe.
The video begins with an introduction (in Italian) by architect and Senior curator of MAXXI Roma, Pippo Ciorra, which then leads into some fascinating commentary (in English, with Italian subtitles) by the highlighted protagonists.
The GREENHOUSE TALK event was promoted by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Rome, in collaboration with MAXXI and NAi.