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This is How Urban Agency Made a 150kg Concrete Model

10:00 - 9 August, 2016

As part of the Danish contribution to the 2016 Venice Biennale Urban Agency embarked on a challenging feat: the construction a 1:50 concrete model. The firm—based in Dublin, Copenhagen and Lyon—contributed three projects to the "Human Architectures" exhibition at this year's Danish Pavilion.

The video shows the careful, painstaking process of molding, setting and assembling the 150kg model. Urban Agency told ArchDaily,

Landscape as architecture / João Gomes da Silva and Paulo David

02:00 - 31 July, 2016
Landscape as architecture / João Gomes da Silva and Paulo David, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Diogo Nunes © Stefano Serventi + 37

  • Architects

    João Gomes da Silva and Paulo David
  • Location

    Centro Cultural de Belém, Portugal
  • Category

  • Exhibition

    Landscape as architecture - João Gomes da Silva and Paulo David
  • Área

    2124.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photography

Zupagrafika Honors Brutalism in Paris with Paper Models

16:30 - 18 May, 2016
© Zupagrafika
© Zupagrafika

Following “Brutal London,” Zupagrafika has released another collection of illustrated paper cut-out models, “Paris Brut," which portrays the Brutalist architecture of Paris from the late-’50s through the 1970s. The set features buildings from the city’s arrondissements and banlieues, the latter of which became a central locality for Habitation à Loyer Modéré, a type of public-private, rent-controlled housing in France.

Paris Brut is made up of six illustrated models to assemble: Orgues de Flandre, Les Choux de Créteil, Cité Curial-Michelet, Cité des 4000, Centre National de la Danse and Plan Voisin interpretation. The whole set is eco-friendly (printed on recycled paper and cardboard), and includes a short technical note on each building’s architect, year of construction, and exact location.

Moleskine Recreates Game of Thrones Intro With Paper Architectural Models

08:00 - 24 April, 2016

To promote the launch of their new Game of Thrones notebooks, Moleskine has released a video that recreates a portion of the series’ title sequence using only paper architecture models. Made by Milan-based animation studio Dadomani, the stop motion video uses over 7,600 paper cutouts.

The video shows the fortress in King’s Landing, starting with a view of the surrounding houses before panning to the castle where its cogs and gears begin to spin. Slowly the castle folds into itself, becoming a page in the Moleskine notebook.

US Architecture School Bans Styrene as Model Making Material

14:00 - 20 April, 2016
US Architecture School Bans Styrene as Model Making Material, via Madeleine Underwood, Student Life
via Madeleine Underwood, Student Life

By next Fall, the architecture students of Washington University in St. Louis will no longer be allowed to use Styrene on their projects. The university's newspaper, Student Life reports that the commonly used white plastic material was deemed in 2014 by the National Research Council's National Toxicology Program as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen." Thus the Sam Fox School of Design is taking its own measures to protect their student's health. A number of other schools and cities have already banned Styrene since the NRC's ruling.

How I Developed Ergo Kiwi, an Ergonomic Craft Knife that Your Fingers Will Thank You For

09:30 - 19 January, 2016
How I Developed Ergo Kiwi, an Ergonomic Craft Knife that Your Fingers Will Thank You For, © Christian Borger
© Christian Borger

If you've been through architecture school you're probably wary of craft knives, which can puncture the skin of an non-alert, caffeinated student at a fraction of a second's notice. Even if you manage to avoid the hospital, though, these scourges of the studio still know how to hurt you: their designs are the antithesis of ergonomics, making a marathon modeling session a mighty endurance battle against hand cramps and joint pain. Aiming for a more comfortable solution, architecture graduate Sean Riley developed the Ergo Kiwi, and today is launching a Kickstarter campaign to help bring the product to market.

In addition, Riley has also meticulously cataloged his design and production process. At ArchDaily, we thought it gave a fascinating insight into not only the design of Ergo Kiwi, the but the steps involved in developing and bringing to market a convincing product. As a result, we invited him to share his story.

Courtesy of Sean Riley © Christian Borger Courtesy of Sean Riley © Christian Borger + 27

Ittyblox Unveils Collection of Miniature 3D-Printed Parisian Buildings

06:00 - 6 January, 2016

Netherlands-based Ittyblox has created yet another series of miniature 3D-printed buildings, this time featuring typical and iconic buildings and sites in Paris. Adding to their series of New York, London, and Chicago, among others, the new Parisian series follows suit as a 1:1000 scale model of customizable city blocks.

Courtesy of Ittyblox Courtesy of Ittyblox Courtesy of Ittyblox Courtesy of Ittyblox + 14

Exhibition: Dutch Design Supermodels

17:11 - 6 December, 2015
Exhibition: Dutch Design Supermodels

Dudoc (Dutch Urban Design Centre) Vancouver in co-operation with the Consulate General of the Netherlands is excited to present the Dutch Design Supermodels travelling exhibit that showcases the ingenuity of design and architecture from the Netherlands. View 3-D printed scale models of a century’s worth of iconic buildings & chairs designed by great Dutch architects.

See How a Brooklyn Artist is Creating a Miniature Scale-Model of a Gothic Cathedral from Scratch

08:00 - 26 July, 2015
See How a Brooklyn Artist is Creating a Miniature Scale-Model of a Gothic Cathedral from Scratch, Apse Floor. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis
Apse Floor. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis

Ryan McAmis, an artist from Brooklyn, New York, is designing and building a miniature, scale model of a late Gothic Italian Cathedral, recreating everything from the stained glass windows to the vaulted ceiling, wall tombs and paintings. He first creates the pieces from a variety of materials, ranging from hand scribed brickwork on treated paper, to clay and wood. He then combines the materials together and creates a silicon mold, casting each piece in white plastic to be hand painted later. See more photos and read about his process after the break.

Round Windows. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis Fresco. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis Window. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis Apse and Tomb. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis + 13

Exhibition: ARCHI DEPOT TOKYO

19:30 - 6 July, 2015
Exhibition: ARCHI DEPOT TOKYO, Courtesy of Archi Depot Foundation
Courtesy of Archi Depot Foundation

The architectonic models of 41 Japanese architects are on display at the Triennale di Milano. Using models created by a wide variety of Japanese architects – including Kengo Kuma, Tetsuo Furuichi, Shigeru Ban, Arata Isozaki, Koh Kitayama, Rike Yamamoto, Archi Depot Tokyo Exhibition explores the visions of the architects.

Zupagrafika's "Eastern Block" Series Brings Warsaw to Life in Paper

12:00 - 31 May, 2015
Zupagrafika's "Eastern Block" Series Brings Warsaw to Life in Paper, © Zupagrafika
© Zupagrafika

In the spirit of their popular London series, Polish studio Zupagrafika has designed another set of paper cut-out models, entitled "Eastern Block." The series highlights Warsaw's modernist architecture, ranging from the quintessentially functional (Rotunda PKO) to regionally recognized works (Za Żelazną Bramą, Smolna 8, Mokotów) and a prefabricated block on the city's outskirts (Tarchomin).

© Zupagrafika © Zupagrafika © Zupagrafika © Zupagrafika + 16

London's Soane's Museum Unveil A Series Of New Spaces

05:15 - 21 May, 2015
London's Soane's Museum Unveil A Series Of New Spaces, Courtesy of Soane Museum
Courtesy of Soane Museum

In an article for The Observer, Rowan Moore dives into a set of newly recreated rooms in London's Soane's Museum, a gallery dedicated to Sir John Soane's collection of architectural curiosities set within his eccentric former home. The experience, according to Moore, "of an internal world of unknown boundaries" has just become more extensive. Visitors will now be afforded the opportunity to visit a series of private spaces that give "a view into Soane’s bizarre mind," following extensive restoration work led by Julian Harrap.

New London Architecture Unveils Updated 1:2000 Scale Model Of The UK Capital

05:00 - 24 April, 2015
New London Architecture Unveils Updated 1:2000 Scale Model Of The UK Capital, © Paul Raftery
© Paul Raftery

New London Architecture (NLA), an independent resource and forum for debate about the city's built environment, have unveiled a new, large-scale interactive model of the UK capital. Designed to provide a visual history of the city, NLA also intend for it to spark questions about its future. This model replaces an earlier one, which was revealed on the day that it was announced that London's bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games has been successful. Now, a decade later, the present projection of the city's built future has been mapped across the model, highlighting the locations of the 263 tall buildings planned or under construction. Visitors are also able to track the route and impact of new transport links, such as HS2 and Crossrail.

Help Fund Ittyblox's 3-D Printed Miniature Cities

16:00 - 28 March, 2015
Help Fund Ittyblox's 3-D Printed Miniature Cities, Courtesy of Ittyblox
Courtesy of Ittyblox

Ever wanted your very own Flatiron Building to sit on your mantelpiece? What about a Guggenheim for your desk, or a block of London apartments for your side table? Ittyblox, a Dutch company based in Den Bosch, is determined to make this dream a reality, 3D printing 1:1000 models of iconic buildings and city blocks. The models are printed in full color and designed to slot into modular baseplates, which can be arranged into complete cityscape dioramas. Buildings currently in production hail from London, Miami, New York, and Chicago, with a new building added each week.

A New, Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Blade Runner Model Shop

12:00 - 19 March, 2015
A New, Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Blade Runner Model Shop, via Imgur
via Imgur

It's a well-known fact that architects, almost without exception, love the 1982 film Blade Runner. Architects also love scale models. So what could possibly be more exciting than seeing photos of the model shop of the film? Enter this Imgur album of 142 photos from behind the scenes, posted earlier this week by user minicity. After the break, check out our selection of images of the Tyrell Corporation's imposing pyramidal fortress, among other things, under construction.

via Imgur via Imgur via Imgur via Imgur + 14

Video: Frei Otto Experimenting with Soap Bubbles

08:00 - 15 March, 2015

“The computer can only calculate what is already conceptually inside of it; you can only find what you look for in computers. Nevertheless, you can find what you haven’t searched for with free experimentation.” - From A Conversation with Frei Otto, by Juan Maria Songel

For Frei Otto, experimentation with models and maquettes was a fundamental part of his work as an architect. In 1961, he began to conduct a series of experiments with soap bubbles (featured in the video above). His experiments centered on suspending soap film and dropping a looped string into it to form a perfect circle. By then trying to pull the string out a minimal surface was created. It was these created surfaces that Otto experimented with.

Through these types of experimentation he was able to build forms and structures that were previously believed to be impossible. “Now it can be calculated, but for more than 40 years it was impossible to calculate it. I have not waited for it to be calculated in order to build it.”

Zupagrafika Honors London’s Brutalist Architecture with Paper Models

01:00 - 4 February, 2015
Zupagrafika Honors London’s Brutalist Architecture with Paper Models , © Zupagrafika
© Zupagrafika

Polish studio Zupagrafika has released a collection of five paper cut-out models representing London’s brutalist architecture from 1960s and 70s. Scattered around the districts of Camden, Southwark and Tower Hamlet, the “raw concrete (paper) tour begins with iconic tower blocks (Balfron Tower and Space House), leads through council estates doomed to premature demolition (Robin Hood Gardens and Aylesbury Estate) and concludes with a classic prefab panel block (Ledbury Estate).”

The series, "Brutal London" is Zupagrafika’s unique way of cataloging London’s modernist architecture at risk of demolition.

© Zupagrafika © Zupagrafika © Zupagrafika © Zupagrafika + 25

These Collapsible Paper Models Help Museum-Goers Navigate the Rijksmuseum

00:00 - 24 October, 2014
These Collapsible Paper Models Help Museum-Goers Navigate the Rijksmuseum, Paper Pathfinder. Image © MVO&
Paper Pathfinder. Image © MVO&

Marijin van Oosten of MVO& has revolutionized the way visitors navigate museums: The Dutch graphic designer has designed a collapsible, 3D paper model of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum to help ease visitor confusion through the 19th century museum's 100 rooms. Dubbed the “Paper Pathfinder,” the innovative concept was awarded a Dutch Design Award this week.

An image of the Paper Pathfinder collapsed, after the break.