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INTERIORS: The Monthly Zine Mapping Film's Fascinating Spaces

01:00 - 9 February, 2014
INTERIORS: The Monthly Zine Mapping Film's Fascinating Spaces, Panic Room, Issue 1. Image Courtesy of Interiors Journal
Panic Room, Issue 1. Image Courtesy of Interiors Journal

Originally appearing on Metropolis as A Pair of Artists Use Architecture to Study Film, Colin Warren-Hicks profiles "Interiors", a monthly zine that analyzes important spaces in Films and TV through reconstructed architectural plans - and whose creators also contribute to Archdaily on a monthly basis

Can a good film director be a good architect? That's the premise behind Interiors, a monthly online zine that critically investigates the link between film and architecture. Each issue breaks down, in architectural notation, a memorable set or scene from a movie or television series. (Lately, the subjects have expanded to include a Justin Timberlake music video and even a stage from Kanye West's Yeezus tour.) The diagrams are accompanied by a lengthy essay that supplements the spatial analysis.

Read more about "Interiors" - and see a collection of plans produced for the journal - after the break

Up, Issue 15. Image Courtesy of Interiors Journal Dial M for Murder, Issue 22. Image Courtesy of Interiors Journal Le mépris (Contempt), Issue 2. Image Courtesy of Interiors Journal Psycho, Issue 10. Compare the floor of Room 1 of the Bates Motel with that found in Steven Jacobs's book, The Wrong House: The Architecture of Alfred Hitchcock. Image Courtesy of Interiors Journal +10

VIDEO: Klemens Torggler's Mesmerizing, Rotating Door

00:00 - 9 February, 2014

Austrian company Klemens Torggler have recently invented the "Evolution Door," a very cool new door that slides itself open/closed - without the use of tracks. A special system of rotating squares means the door just requires a gentle nudge to close, and then momentum takes care of the rest. Words can't really explain the cool factor, so check out the video above and another after the break!

Insulation Grown From Fungi

00:00 - 9 February, 2014
Insulation Grown From Fungi, Courtesy of Ecovative
Courtesy of Ecovative

Inspired by the woods of Vermont, a US biotechnology startup have developed a system for using agricultural byproducts with fungal mycelium (a natural, self-assembling binder) to grow high performance insulation. Ecovative Mushroom® Insulation is seen as a viable competitor to plastic foams that can be found in both in packaging and building insulation, for which the project recently won second place in the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge.

Courtesy of Ecovative Courtesy of Ecovative Courtesy of Ecovative Courtesy of Ecovative +6

Snow Reveals Opportunities for Public Space

00:00 - 9 February, 2014
Snow Reveals Opportunities for Public Space, Image via This Old City.
Image via This Old City.

Traffic imprints found in Philadelphia’s record snowfall has revealed some clever opportunities for public space. As reported by This Old City, snow formations have carved examples of unused streetscape that could be easily reclaimed as pedestrian space. This would not only improve traffic safety, but would also enhance the city’s walkability and desirability. Learn more and see examples here

Mitsulift HQ / Raed Abillama Architects

01:00 - 9 February, 2014
Mitsulift HQ / Raed Abillama Architects, © Géraldine Bruneel
© Géraldine Bruneel

© Géraldine Bruneel © Géraldine Bruneel © Géraldine Bruneel © Géraldine Bruneel +22

Maire School and City hall / ideaa architectures

01:00 - 8 February, 2014
© Alain-Marc Oberlé
© Alain-Marc Oberlé
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rammersmatt, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Laurent Dugo, Benoît Herrmann, Sandro De Pin
  • Area

    690.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Alain-Marc Oberlé © Alain-Marc Oberlé © Alain-Marc Oberlé © Alain-Marc Oberlé +22

VIDEO: Inspired by Archigram, A Humanoid Walking City

00:00 - 8 February, 2014

Walking City: Architecture + Evolution + Movement” is an awesome new video from Universal Everything that we came across on Fast Co.Design. In it, the humanoid figure, a literal "Walking City," shape-shifts: one moment like the Plug-In City, another like Bucky Fuller's geodesic domes. 

For another awesome project inspired by Ron Herron's The Walking City, check our popular post on Manuel Dominguez's "Very Large Structure." And check out the fun gif of “Walking City: Architecture + Evolution + Movement" after the break.

Baladrar House / Langarita Navarro Arquitectos

01:00 - 8 February, 2014
Baladrar House / Langarita Navarro Arquitectos, © Luis Diaz Diaz
© Luis Diaz Diaz

© Luis Diaz Diaz © Luis Diaz Diaz © Luis Diaz Diaz © Luis Diaz Diaz +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    03720 Benissa, Alicante, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    María Langarita, Víctor Navarro
  • Collaborators

    Roberto González, Juan Palencia, Marta Colón, Paula García-Masedo
  • Structures

    Mecanismo S.L.
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Ziya Imren Wins Competition for Instanbul's Beykoz School Complex

01:00 - 8 February, 2014
Ziya Imren Wins Competition for Instanbul's Beykoz School Complex, © Ziya Imren Architects
© Ziya Imren Architects

Ziya İmren Architects has recently won an invited competition for the design of the Beykoz School complex in Istanbul. The firm’s winning proposal distinguished itself by embedding its layout within the steep site’s natural surrounding and organizing school as a “cascading” hierarchy of spaces. 

Michael Bloomberg Named U.N. Envoy for Cities and Climate Change

00:00 - 8 February, 2014
Michael Bloomberg Named U.N. Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, NYC. Image © CC Flickr User Arturo Yee
NYC. Image © CC Flickr User Arturo Yee

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has been appointed to be the U.N. special envoy for cities and climate change. Upon receiving the news, Bloomberg tweeted: "Cities are taking measurable action to reduce emissions, emerging as leaders in the battle against climate change... I look forward to working with cities around the world and the UN to accelerate progress [to combat global warming].” You can read more here on USNews. 

Le Corbusier, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and Their Flights of Fancy

01:00 - 8 February, 2014
(Left) Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in Alghero, Sardinia, May 1944, (Right) Le Corbusier leaning against his Plan Voisin. Image © (Left) The John and Annamaria Phillips Foundation, (Right) Fondation Le Corbusier
(Left) Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in Alghero, Sardinia, May 1944, (Right) Le Corbusier leaning against his Plan Voisin. Image © (Left) The John and Annamaria Phillips Foundation, (Right) Fondation Le Corbusier

This article by Avinash Rajagopal, originally published in Metropolis Magazine as 'The Little Prince' and Le Corbusier investigates the link between Le Corbusier and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, writer of The Little Prince.

On October 22, 1929, a French architect got on the inaugural flight of the Aeroposta Argentina, a pioneering airline service that flew from Buenos Aires to Asuncion del Paraguay, flown by a French co-pilot. The act of flying would deeply influence the creative output of both passenger and pilot.

The former, of course, was Le Corbusier. The latter was Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, later to be famous as the creator of The Little Prince (1943), the well-beloved tale of a planet-hopping, fox-befriending, flower-loving space child.

Read on after the break for more about the pair

Barkow Leibinger Places Third in Berlin’s Tallest Tower Competition

01:00 - 8 February, 2014
Barkow Leibinger Places Third in Berlin’s Tallest Tower Competition, Courtesy of Barkow Leibinger
Courtesy of Barkow Leibinger

In a competition that ultimately crowned Frank Gehry as winner, Berlin’s Barkow Leibinger placed third with their 150-meter “faceted stacked building” proposal clad in glass. Aimed to be Berlin’s tallest building, the apartment and hotel tower is planned to be the city’s first high-rise residential development since the 1970s. 

Urbanprem Minami Aoyama / Yuko Nagayama & Associates

01:00 - 8 February, 2014
Urbanprem Minami Aoyama / Yuko Nagayama & Associates, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano +11

127 Subsidized Dwellings in Barcelona / Bru Lacomba Setoain

01:00 - 8 February, 2014
127 Subsidized Dwellings in Barcelona / Bru Lacomba Setoain, © Jordi Surroca
© Jordi Surroca

© Adriá Goula © Adriá Goula © Adriá Goula © Jordi Surroca +16

Residential Building in Vase Stajića Street / Kuzmanov and Partners

01:00 - 8 February, 2014
Residential Building in Vase Stajića Street / Kuzmanov and Partners, © Miljan Cvijetić
© Miljan Cvijetić

© Miljan Cvijetić © Miljan Cvijetić © Miljan Cvijetić © Miljan Cvijetić +19

De La Isla Hotel / Estudio Larrain

01:00 - 8 February, 2014
De La Isla Hotel / Estudio Larrain, Courtesy of Estudio Larrain
Courtesy of Estudio Larrain

Courtesy of Estudio Larrain Courtesy of Estudio Larrain Courtesy of Estudio Larrain Courtesy of Estudio Larrain +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Panamericana Sur 2053, Castro, Los Lagos, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Rodrigo Larrain Galvez, Rodrigo Larrain Illanes
  • Collaborators

    Pedro Leyton, Alonso De Orbegoso, Sebastian Suzuki
  • Constructor

    Constructora Tecsa S.A.
  • Area

    14179.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Estudio Larrain

Coupdeville Architects Design Zero Carbon House in London

01:00 - 8 February, 2014
Coupdeville Architects Design Zero Carbon House in London, Courtesy of Coupdeville Architects
Courtesy of Coupdeville Architects

Coupdeville Architects has proposed designs for an environmentally responsible, carbon zero building in London. The earth sheltered structure is set into an existing slope on the site where it is arranged into three zones: an adult's area and a children's area both connected through larger living spaces. Following a requirement that the design provide areas "that allow the buildings occupants to be immersed on all sides by the site," all spaces are connected directly to the gardens. Not only has this allowed for optimal levels of sunlight into the rooms, but has allowed for excellent views from within and of the building.

Finnish/Chinese Architects Explore Copying and Collaboration at the Shenzhen Biennale

01:00 - 7 February, 2014
Finnish/Chinese Architects Explore Copying and Collaboration at the Shenzhen Biennale, © Tuomo Tammenpää
© Tuomo Tammenpää

As part of the Shenzhen Architecture Biennale, Finnish practice Lassila Hirvilammi Architects entered into a collaboration with Chinese architect Gigi Leung to explore the themes of copying, authenticity and knowledge transfer between cultures. Working with master craftsmen, they created two versions of the same space (each influenced by their respective cultures), intentionally blurring the line between copying and taking inspiration.

Read on for more on this lesson in sharing differing architectural understandings

© Tuomo Tammenpää © Pekka Turunen © Tuomo Tammenpää © Tuomo Tammenpää +20