The battle carries on as world-famous artist Christo fights for approval to construct a temporary work of art that will suspend 5.9 miles of silvery, luminous fabric panels high above the Arkansas River, along a 42-mile stretch between Salida and Cañon City in south-central Colorado. Over the River has been on the drawing boards for 20 years now, with over $7 million of Christo’s money invested into it with environmental studies, mock-ups, surveys from the air and wind tests.
In November, Christo received approval from the federal Bureau of Land Management, which owns 98 percent of the riverfront. This was a huge step forward in the project and now only a few more local permit approvals are standing in the way.
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Together, BIG + Times Square Alliance + Flatcut + Local Projects and Zumtobel celebrates Valentines Day with a BIG red pulsating heart in the middle of Times Square, New York. The 10-foot-tall heart pulsates as the 400 transparent, LED lit, acrylic tubes sway in the wind. Once people touch the heart-shaped sensor, the light grows brighter and the pulse beats faster. Joining hands with more people will increase the intensity of the heart.
“The heart reflects what Times Square is made of: people and light – the more people, the stronger the light,” Bjarke Ingels, Founder & Partner, BIG.
See the love with the video above and more images after the break.
We recently came across an opportunity to work with a friend of ArchDaily to expand our Tokyo Architecture City Guide that we could not pass up. Carlo Fumarola shared with us his knowledge and photographs of Tokyo. Today, we bring you twelve buildings from his list. Check them out after the break.
Also be sure to check out the previous Tokyo City Guide with 12 additional buildings.
Architects are nothing if not romantic.
And, over the last few days, Architects across the world have stepped up and tweeted their affection. You can peer into their angsty souls by searching for the hashtag #architectvalentines on Twitter (which was started a few days ago by Bryant Turnage aka- @turnageb). Obviously, nothing says romance more than sleep deprivation and illusions of grandeur. So, this Valentines Day, we Architects are getting in touch with our sensitive side. Check out some of the softer sides of the profession HERE.
To commemorate the love-fest, I’ve assembled a few of mine and Bryant Turnage’s quotes here. Feel free to print them out and give them to that special someone. And, please add your own in the comment section below, or tweet them with the hashtag #architectvalentines.
And, If you still need proof of the romantic inclinations of Architects, just ask “Architecture Ryan Gosling” (HERE).
Much love, & Happy Valentines, from the Architects.
more love from coffee with an architect after the break
DRDS recently won the international competition for South Korea’s Land and Housing Corporation. Located in Jinju, South Korea, the aim of their proposal is to create a sustainable campus with integrated green architectural design features for a new corporate headquarters building. The 65,000sm program consists of administrative offices, public services, welfare and cultural facilities that include sports facilities, exhibition hall, classrooms, broadcasting studios, library, credit union, cafeteria, child care and conference center. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Photographer Cristobal Palma shared with us the extended version of his video of the Xi’an Expo, a project by Plasma Studio + GroundLab that we saw during several stages, from the award winning entry in 2009, to conceptual design and opening, when it was visited by more than 200,000 people on the first weekend.
The Expo embodies the idea of transformation as the site was formerly a sandpit where the water was severely degraded during the 1980s. Efforts over the past two decades have restored the ecosystem and now the Expo is able to demonstrate what can be accomplished through the use of the most advanced technology, ideas, and materials, as seen on the video. As we reported earlier, the 37 ha complex includes three buildings that are interconnected with a dynamic landscape of unfolding paths and networks of water, circulation and foliage.
More videos by Cristobal Palma at ArchDaily:
Landscape architect, James Corner, has a way of not only designing captivating landscapes, but making places where people want to be. While thousands have experienced his transformation of New York’s industrial rail line, Corner’s impact is also evident in major metropolises on an international level as his competition entries and built work inspire a sense of urban renewal and restore confidence in their settings. In fact, Fast Company has recently named James Corner Field Operations as one of 50 most innovative companies of the world for “creating intimate green spaces out of industrial urban blight.”
More about JCFO after the break.
Architects: deAlzua+ & Atelier 9.81
Location: Méricourt, France
Design Team: Geoffrey Galand and Cédric Michel; Annabelle Maze, Head of Project; Julien Evrard, operational follow-up; Vanessa Barrois, François Claye
Contracting Owner: Town of Méricourt
Tech.Research.Dept: B&R Engineering
HQE Tech.Research.Dept: Solener
Project Area: 1500 sqm
Budget: €2,500,000 Net
Photographs: Courtesy of deAlzua+ & Atelier 9.81
The Department of Landscape Architecture at Penn State is announcing a call for the inaugural A.E. Bye / Landscape Architecture Archives Research Fellow for the calendar year 2012. The Fellowship provides a $2,500 stipend for a minimum of one week…
Architect: 3XN Architects
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Type: Office and commercial (KPMG takes over 2/3 of the building, while the remaining 1/3 is rented. The ground floor has commercial spaces)
Size: 35.000 sqm (33.500 sqm office, 1.300 sqm commercial space, 22.000 sqm parking)
Photographs: Adam Mõrk
The concept for the Father and Son skyscraper, designed by IAMZ Studio, is divided into three main elements including the shape, style and urban design along with green areas implemented into the design. The main reason for the skyscraper typology is to decrease the crowding in the capital Cairo. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: Elías Rizo Arquitectos – Elías Rizo Suárez, Alejandro Rizo Suárez
Location: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Collaborators: Pablo Alexanderson, Rossana Valdivia, Jorge Verdín, Jenny Mora, Paola Hernández, Alma Osnaya, Jenny Camarena, Gabriela Chávez, Roberto Contreras, Carlos Miramontes
Interior Design: Ana Laura Oroz e Interiorismo Colectivo
Project Area: 620 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Marcos García