Stop right there. Before I begin this post with a cliché dictionary definition, I direct you to what’s usually overlooked in these openings: the part of speech.
Without reading the definition, we know. Design is the act that connects the human being to the object outside him: the way in which intentions, thoughts, concepts take form.
On a basic level, design connects human beings through the shared experience of said object – be it functional or purely aesthetic. But it’s not just the object which connects us – it’s the idea that inspired it. On another level, and perhaps at its purest, design connects by inaugurating us into a collaborative spirit of innovation.
The AIA’s latest Design Conference, Design Connects, has invited bloggers to reflect how design connects us in a way that will build a better future. We at ArchDaily, biased as we may be, think we have the answer (it’s in the invitation): the Bloggers.
To read how design and the Internet connect us to thousands of elementary school kids, the sci-fi dsytopias of a NASA scientist, and a poverty-defying advocate looking to change the world - all in 24 hours – keep reading after the break.
WAI Architecture Think Thank has completed a study for an architecture, urbanism and spatial politics laboratory in the center of Beijing. Conceived as an avant-garde institution for the education of environmental and spatial design, their design creates an educational center based on the principle of open learning and cross-disciplinarity. The building arranges the multiple programs in a sequence of open spaces and sloping floors that together form a continuous loop of learning experiences. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: POPOVbass Architects
Location: Potts Point, NSW, Australia
Practice team: Alex Popov, Brian Bass Shayne Evans, Leigh Woodley, Rob Meneses, AyaMaceda, NikDunoski
Consultant/Construction team: Fozzard’s Consulting Engineer – Structural Consultant Illias Design Group Pty Ltd – Hydraulic Consultant
Photographs: Courtesy of POPOVbass Architects
Addicted to checking your favorite site, like ArchDaily, for constant updates, or checking in with Facebook or Foursquare? Don’t worry – you’re not alone, and Columbia’s Spatial Information Design Lab can prove it. In addition to sharing your whereabouts with friends, your geographic mark provides valuable insight in examining the psycho-geography and economic terrain of the city.
More about the study after the break.
Architect: JCY Architects and Urban Designers
Location: Clarkson, Western Australia
Quantity Surveyor: Davson & Ward
Photographs: Damien Hatton
In the competition for the church of Våler, Krill Architecture… focused on a concept of an open ring in the woods. Tapping on a source of collective creativity in modern architecture, their design offers the chance to bring the development
Hanok Garden, a landscape project in South Korea by Y Design Office, strips one of the older Korean traditional courtyard houses into its barebones with a small deck for resting. The old house is simply turned into a public garden. More is taken away than what gets added. The project asks and challenges the very basic questions about a person, a house, a city and nature. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Location: Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Project Team: Bert Dirrix, Timo Keulen, Remco Mulder, Tom Kuipers, Quyen Dang, Iwan Westerveen.
Advisors: Adviesbureau Tielemans, Bouw constructies bv, advies- en ingenieursbureau dhv bv, Jansen Raadgevend Ingenieurs Bureau
Contractor: Bam Utiliteitsbouw bv
Interior Architecs: Bert Dirrix, Timo Keulen, Remco Mulder, tribe productions bv
Photographs: Arthur Bagen
Selected in an open design competition, the scheme by Denton Corker Marshall for a new library for a university of international standing deftly bridges the past and the present. Located in a highly visible and central site on the side of the campus lake, its circular form responds to the strong circular buildings and roadways that distinguish the campus pattern. Conceived as earth architecture, it cleverly integrates building and landscape to become an occupied tropical landform. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: Pedro Barrail + Marcelo Barrail + Lourdes Mendez
Location: Asuncion, Paraguay
Client: Fundacion Milenio & Hsbc Bank Paraguay
Built Area: 57 sqm
Completion: April 2011
Collaborators: Ing. Martin Barrail
Materials: Wood and Steel. graphite color paint.
Photographs: Courtesy of Pedro Barrail, Marcelo Barrail, Lourdes Mendez
We have been covering the progress of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture over the last several months, our most recent being President Obama’s speech at the ceremony for the official ground breaking. Adjaye Associates recently shared with us some insight into the inspiration for the design and its grounding principles. We also have several new perspective renders illustrating the internal experience. More details after the break.
After receiving a lot of compliments on our “From MadMen to Mies” graphic, we decided to let you take a little piece of Mies (the original Mad Man) with you wherever you go. Click through the gallery below to find the wallpaper for the technological device of your choosing – iPad, iPhone, Android phone, MacBook, or Samsung Tablet. Take one, or heck, take all. In this case, less isn’t more.
Architects: Herszage & Sternberg Architects
Location: Holon, Israel
Landscapte Architect: David Gat
Photographs: Shai Epstein
Last week, we received copies of two of Steven Holl’s newest publications, Scale and Color Light Time. Published by Lars Müller, the books examine Holl’s preoccupation with light and color as ways to inform the shaping of space. Holl’s architecture has consistently defined itself with formal gestures grounded in light and meaningful applications of textures and colors. While accurate to associate Holl with water color, the books shows the range such a medium has had over Holl’s career, as it has afforded the flexibility to serve as both an exploratory and explanatory tool.
More about the books after the break.