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Call for Submissions: N A R R A T I V E S

14:46 - 30 May, 2018
Call for Submissions: N A R R A T I V E S , Call for Submissions Poster, The Architects’ Project
Call for Submissions Poster, The Architects’ Project

ABOUT NARRATIVES
/narratives/ publication is an annual print publication with a quarterly digital output, narratives features architectural projects, products, places and people tapping into the contemporary built environment in Ghana and abroad.

/narratives/ present its readers with the platform to contribute their stories and experiences. The publication is both reflective and critical, plotting the shifting and emerging narratives of architecture at the intersection of politics, economics, society, culture and the environment.

WHAT TO SUBMIT
We are looking for essays, musings, interviews, reviews, photo essays, creative criticisms and short videos about:

– a project (from speculative to built projects, and everything in-between)

– a product (from tried

This Pottery Printer Explores the Boundary Between Digital and Analog Machines

06:00 - 17 April, 2017
This Pottery Printer Explores the Boundary Between Digital and Analog Machines, Courtesy of Tobias Titz / National Gallery of Victoria
Courtesy of Tobias Titz / National Gallery of Victoria

In celebration of the inaugural Melbourne Design Week, which took place in March 2017, Chilean design studio Great Things to People (gt2P) presented their Catenary Pottery Printer, aimed at exploring the boundaries between digital and analog machines. Throughout the design festival, local designers and students used the pottery printer to create their own custom works, with visitors welcomed to watch the craft in action.

Courtesy of Tobias Titz / National Gallery of Victoria Courtesy of Tobias Titz / National Gallery of Victoria Courtesy of Tobias Titz / National Gallery of Victoria Courtesy of Tobias Titz / National Gallery of Victoria + 13

How Do Mysterious "Memory" Materials Work?

00:00 - 3 August, 2014
How Do Mysterious "Memory" Materials Work?, Decker Yeadon's Homeostatic Facade System. Image Courtesy of Design Curial
Decker Yeadon's Homeostatic Facade System. Image Courtesy of Design Curial

Imagine a material that shifts and moves according to the temperature of the outside air - like a flower opening up for sunlight and closing its petals at night. New high-tech smart materials have allowed this idea to thrive and the possibilities are endless. Originally posted on Design Curial, the designer and smart material guru Chris Leferti answers a few questions behind these mysterious materials.

There are many materials that are defining the future: renewable resources, completely new materials such as graphene, but one of the biggest and most fascinating groups -- that continues to grow -- is smart materials.

Find out more about these amazing materials after the break

VIDEO: Kengo Kuma on Architecture, Materials And Music

00:00 - 19 May, 2014

In Kengo Kuma’s work you may see influences of light, transparency and materiality. But when visiting the Woodbury School of Architecture in San Diego, Kengo Kuma shared a few of his not so apparent influences, from Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Kahn to jazz music. Make sure to view “Knowing Kuma” to see the architect’s definition of architecture, materials and more.

Construction of China’s Tallest Building On Hold Due to Concrete Scandal

00:00 - 21 March, 2013
© KPF
© KPF

Scheduled to be the tallest tower in China and the second tallest building in the world by 2015, Kohn Pedersen Fox’s 660-meter-high Ping’an International Finance Center has received a major unexpected set back. Following an industrywide inspection conducted last week, Shenzhen government officials have discovered that a low-quality sea sand has been used by developers to create substandard concrete for KPF’s supertall skyscraper and at least 15 other buildings under construction.

Video: Louis Kahn Talks to a Brick

00:00 - 2 March, 2013
Video: Louis Kahn Talks to a Brick, National Assembly Building of Bangladesh
National Assembly Building of Bangladesh

UPDATE: Unfortunately this video is no longer available. 

"Even a brick wants to be something." - Louis Kahn

In this jaunty little clip, Louis Kahn stresses the importance of honoring your materials to a group of students at the University of Pennsylvania.