The Spirit of Cities Captured in Collage

16:00 - 31 January, 2016
SE / Norrland. Image Courtesy of Anastasia Savinova
SE / Norrland. Image Courtesy of Anastasia Savinova

Sweden based visual artist, Anastasia Savinova, has created a series of collages that seek to capture the spirit of cities. Titled “Genius Loci,” her collages form a big house that is composed of many buildings characteristic of each city, visualizing the way of life, the atmosphere, and the feeling of each place. Photographs of architecture are the foundational components of her art work, representing the feeling as a whole.

Silo / RU . Image Courtesy of Anastasia Savinova France. Image Courtesy of Anastasia Savinova Denmark / Copenhagen. Image Courtesy of Anastasia Savinova SE / Sweden / Dalarna. Image Courtesy of Anastasia Savinova +14

Chinese Artist Makes Bricks from Beijing's Smog

16:00 - 1 December, 2015
Day 98. Image via Quartz / Supplied by Nut Brother
Day 98. Image via Quartz / Supplied by Nut Brother

From the Bird’s Nest to the CCTV headquarters, for the past 100 days Chinese performance artist "Nut Brother" has been wandering the streets of Beijing collecting smog with an industrial vacuum so that he can eventually turn it into bricks. He has now began to form his bricks by mixing a combination of the collected "dust and smog" with clay. As he told Quartz, the project is meant to be a symbol. Read the whole story here

Cy Twombly Painting Sells for $70.5 Million to Fund OMA's LA Synagogue Extension

16:00 - 12 November, 2015

OMA's first ever building for a religious institution will be constructed with a little help from one of the United States' greatest 20th century artists. In an auction at Sotheby's in New York yesterday, Cy Twombly's 1968 "Untitled (New York City)" - one of the artist's notable "Blackboard Paintings" - sold for $70.5 million, $30 million of which will be donated to LA's Wilshire Boulevard Temple by the painting's owner, Audrey Irmas, to fund the temple's OMA-designed extension.

As reported by the LA Times, the synagogue's new "Audrey Irmas Pavilion" has been designed to be "clearly in dialogue" with the 1929 Byzantine revival temple, and will be used in the celebration of weddings and bar mitzvahs, as well as for meetings, conferences, and gala events by other nonprofit groups. Though the design has not yet been unveiled, the pavilion is currently slated for a 2019 opening.

Happy Hour Design Studio: LEGO® Challenge

07:00 - 16 October, 2015
Image: Screenshot from Lego Movie.
Image: Screenshot from Lego Movie.

Let your inner designer out and explore the playful side of architecture at this hands-on program for adults. Join other kids at heart and build amazing structures with BSA Space’s LEGO® collection, while enjoying beer, wine, snacks, and conversation. This month’s session is inspired by Canstruction’s 2015 theme: get inspired by Boston!

Macau Architecture Promenade

07:00 - 13 October, 2015
MAP 2015 - Poster
MAP 2015 - Poster

This coming October, the international month of architecture, BABEL is launching a new project: Macau Architecture Promenade. MAP opening is schedule for 10/10 at 6.30 at the Creative Albergue and it will last until 1/11. MAP is a month long celebration of Architecture, and its relations to other arts in the public space. MAP celebrates urban culture, experimentation and innovative practices in order to inspire new ways of thinking about the city.

White on White: Churches of Rural New England

19:30 - 2 October, 2015
Image: Stannard-Greensboro Methodist Church, Stannard-Greensboro Bend Methodist Church, Stannard, Vermont, 1888. Photographed 1972, Steve Rosenthal, cropped.
Image: Stannard-Greensboro Methodist Church, Stannard-Greensboro Bend Methodist Church, Stannard, Vermont, 1888. Photographed 1972, Steve Rosenthal, cropped.

Presenting 40 images by Boston photographer and trained architect, Steve Rosenthal, this exhibition showcases rural New England churches of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. From the early meetinghouse through the changing patterns of Greek and Gothic revivals, Rosenthal’s black and white depictions will trace the evolution of church styles in New England and capture what remains of these architecture gems around the region. The exhibition is organized by Historic New England.

BSA Space Announces Canstruction 2015

18:00 - 30 September, 2015
Image: Canstruction 2013. Photo: Ian Yelich.
Image: Canstruction 2013. Photo: Ian Yelich.

2015 marks the 20th Anniversary of Canstruction Boston. The 2015 theme is "Celebrate 20 years in Boston!" Canstruction Boston is a charity event and exhibition in which teams of Boston-area architects, engineers, contractors, designers and students compete to display colossal sculptures made out of canned goods. After the sculptures are dismantled, all the canned goods will be donated to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank in Lowell, Massachusetts.

The Best Structures of Burning Man 2015

14:48 - 14 September, 2015

It has been a week since the conclusion of this year's Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, Nevada, and images of its most imaginative structures are still surfacing. Even Bjarke Ingels has published a few of his favorite findings from the week-long event. Read on to see of the best structures and installations found at Burning Man 2015. 

Exhibition: The Art of Architecture

19:30 - 24 August, 2015
Oxford Exam Hall Archway
Oxford Exam Hall Archway

On the 25th and 26th September The Gallery on the Corner in Battersea is opening its doors for the first solo exhibition of the Architectural Artist Minty Sainsbury.

Studying Architecture at Cambridge has not only influenced her choice of subject matter but has also taught her to draw with an eye for detail and a spatial understanding of composition.

Part of the exhibition will be a series of street views in which the building in focus is drawn in rich detail and the contextual surroundings are left as silhouettes. By concealing the focal building behind the faceless structures, Sainsbury references a visual experience that you would experience yourself walking in the city streets.

Architecture is the Protagonist in These Intricate Illustrations

12:00 - 8 August, 2015
© Marta Vilarinho de Freitas
© Marta Vilarinho de Freitas

Through her project "Cities and Memory - the Architecture and the City" Architect Marta Vilarinho de Freitas has created a set of illustrations that focus on architecture and the fantasy worlds it can create. The project arose from her thesis on “Communicating Art” at the Superior Artística School in Porto, and seeks to tell stories of the “cities and the life that inhabits in each of them.”

View more images and a text from the architect after the break. 

© Marta Vilarinho de Freitas © Marta Vilarinho de Freitas © Marta Vilarinho de Freitas © Marta Vilarinho de Freitas +14

Inés Esnal’s Prism Installation Brings Vivid Colors and Optical Illusions to NYC Lobby

12:00 - 11 July, 2015
Courtesy of Inés Esnal
Courtesy of Inés Esnal

Artist and architect Inés Esnal’s Prism installation uses colorful elastic rope to form triangular spaces that filter light into the lobby of a new residential building in New York.

The installation's vivid colors and optical illusions provide a bold contrast to the concrete walls.

View images and learn more about the project after the break. 

Courtesy of Inés Esnal Courtesy of Inés Esnal Courtesy of Inés Esnal Courtesy of Inés Esnal +17

Gallery: Assemble's Brutalist Playground Opens at RIBA

16:13 - 11 June, 2015
© Tristan Fewings / Getty Images for RIBA
© Tristan Fewings / Getty Images for RIBA

An exploration of "post-war design for play," The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and artist Simon Terrill has opened to the public at RIBA's Architecture Gallery. The immersive installation draws on a number of historic London estates - Churchill Gardens, Pimlico; the Brunel Estate, Paddington and the Brownfield Estate in Poplar - where playgrounds were once made from concrete and cast into sculptural forms to offer children an abstract landscape for play. Now deemed unsafe, these playgrounds no longer exist. Thus, The Brutalist Playground was envisaged to explore play, "the Brutalist way." 

Images of the complete installation, after the break.

© Tristan Fewings / Getty Images for RIBA © Tristan Fewings / Getty Images for RIBA © Tristan Fewings / Getty Images for RIBA © Tristan Fewings / Getty Images for RIBA +20

Brooklyn Academy of Music Showcases 5 Murals by Michael Graves

12:43 - 29 May, 2015
© Michael Graves via The New York Times
© Michael Graves via The New York Times

Brooklyn Academy of Music is showcasing five murals by the late Michael Graves as part of the institution's permanent visual art collection. All completed in 1974, the paintings were originally commissioned by Charles Gwathmey - one of the New York Five, along with Graves. And, as the New York Times reports, their "heightened use of color and ornamentation" portray a "general shift away from minimalism." Read more about the murals, here

Inside studioMET’s Studio for LEGO Artist Sean Kenney

08:00 - 26 May, 2015
© Chaunté Vaughn
© Chaunté Vaughn

With a budget of less than $250,000, studioMET Architects was tasked with transforming a 4,000-square-foot parking garage with a leaky roof and no plumbing, gas or electricity, into a modern and open studio space for LEGO artist Sean Kenney.

Due to Kenney’s constantly changing scale of work, which can range from a life-sized sculpture to a celebrity portrait, the studio needed to have a flexible workspace. The result is a front area -- containing a desk, lounge and kitchenette -- that can be easily transformed into a loading dock. The workspace also includes a video/stop animation studio and woodshop as well as a storage room for sculptures. 

View photos of the studio space in Brooklyn after the break.

© Chaunté Vaughn © Chaunté Vaughn © Chaunté Vaughn © Chaunté Vaughn +29

Lonely Houses: Sejkko’s Surreal Photos of Traditional Portuguese Homes

14:00 - 25 May, 2015
Courtesy of Sejkko
Courtesy of Sejkko

The son of Portuguese immigrants in Venezuela, Manuel Pita, also known as “Sejkko,” is a scientist and photographer who expresses his creativity on Instagram. In his latest series, “Lonely Houses,” Sejkko’s surreal photos capture the traditional houses of Portugal, edited to “bring them as close as possible to the way my eyes see them,” he explains. 

Courtesy of Sejkko Courtesy of Sejkko Courtesy of Sejkko Courtesy of Sejkko +17

All the Buildings in Sydney Drawn by Hand

13:10 - 17 April, 2015
Courtesy of James Gulliver Hancock
Courtesy of James Gulliver Hancock

From James Gulliver Hancock, author and illustrator of the All the Buildings in New York book and blog, comes All the Buildings in Sydney, a vibrant guide to Hancock's home town.

Packed full of idiosyncratically meticulous and colorful illustrations, the book provides a whimsical account of Sydney's architecture and history. From icons such as Utzon's Sydney Opera House to lesser known gems like Mark Foy's building opposite Hyde Park, to the terrace houses of inner city suburbs, All the Buildings in Sydney presents each building with care, detail, and an abundance of charm.

See more images from All the Buildings in Sydney, after the break…

Courtesy of James Gulliver Hancock Courtesy of James Gulliver Hancock Courtesy of James Gulliver Hancock Courtesy of James Gulliver Hancock +5

8 Mind Bending Optical Illusions by Erik Johansson

08:00 - 28 February, 2015
"The Architect". Image Courtesy of Erik Johansson
"The Architect". Image Courtesy of Erik Johansson

These images by Swedish photographer, artist, and Photoshop genius Erik Johansson are anything but ordinary. What at first appears to be a room, house, or street quickly shifts into a mind-boggling optical illusion, using creative manipulations of perspective to keep the viewer perplexed. From cars driving on the underside of the freeway to people living on their ceilings, Johansson's strikingly convincing realizations of spatial impossibilities will have you second-guessing your surroundings.

More images and a "behind-the-scenes" video, after the break. 

"Closing Out". Image Courtesy of Erik Johansson Courtesy of Erik Johansson "Reverse opposites". Image Courtesy of Erik Johansson Courtesy of Erik Johansson +8

TED Talk: How Painting Can Transform Communities / Haas&Hahn

00:00 - 7 December, 2014

First inspired with a grand vision to transform Rio de Janeiro’s most notorious slum into a community united by color, artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn of Haas&Hahn have found an ingenious and stunning way to empower some of the world’s most impoverished communities through art.