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TOTEMY: Visualizing the Relationship Between Human and the Forces of Nature

04:00 - 14 July, 2019
© Alicja Biala and Iwo Borkowicz / Totemy
© Alicja Biala and Iwo Borkowicz / Totemy

Architects and designers, just like all citizens, have a responsibility to participate in global conversations regarding the environment. Their power, however, lies in the fact that they are able to make an impact through the conscious decisions they make with their projects, such as sustainable building materials or expressive artworks.

To shed light on the current climate crisis, artist Alicja Biala and architect Iwo Borkowicz have created Totemy, a series of 9-meter-tall sculptures that translate the state of the environment into an immersive architectural experience.

© Alicja Biala and Iwo Borkowicz / Totemy © Alicja Biala and Iwo Borkowicz / Totemy © Alicja Biala and Iwo Borkowicz / Totemy © Alicja Biala and Iwo Borkowicz / Totemy + 23

XTU Reveal Singapore Monument Inspired by Tropical Forests

09:00 - 20 June, 2019
XTU Reveal Singapore Monument Inspired by Tropical Forests, © XTU
© XTU

XTU architects have published their competition entry for the Founder’s Memorial in Singapore’s Bay East Garden. Inspired by the mangroves and banyans of Singapore which stand tall along the coastal regions of tropical areas, the memorial dives its routes into the ground, before shooting skywards.

© XTU © XTU © XTU © XTU + 17

The Landmark At Dubai Creek Harbour

16:00 - 13 May, 2019
The Landmark At Dubai Creek Harbour, The Landmark Open Design competition
The Landmark Open Design competition

Emaar Development is hosting an International Open Design competition for the Design of The Landmark at the heart of the ambitious new world-class mixed-use waterfront development Dubai Creek Harbour. The Development is a 5.6 Million sqm site and is expected to have 48,500 residential units with a population of 175,000 residents, when completed.

Sailing Castle / Cheng Tsung FENG Design Studio

23:00 - 6 March, 2019
Sailing Castle / Cheng Tsung FENG Design Studio, © Wei Chun LIN
© Wei Chun LIN

© Wei Chun LIN © Wei Chun LIN © Wei Chun LIN © Wei Chun LIN + 38

17-Ton Steel Sculpture Finds a New Home in London

05:00 - 8 February, 2019
17-Ton Steel Sculpture Finds a New Home in London, Quadrilinear. Image © Lee Simmons
Quadrilinear. Image © Lee Simmons

Artist Lee Simmons has unveiled a 17-ton, 50-foot sculpture in London’s Marylebone neighborhood. Titled Quadrilinear, the project is made of five layers of laser-cut steel standing four stories tall. The project is slotted through Schoen Clinic by ESA Architects, and was completed over a four-year period with Format Engineers. The stainless-steel column is based on deconstructed maps of historic Marylebone to engage the context, rhythm and fabric of the facade.

Quadrilinear. Image © Lee Simmons Quadrilinear. Image © Lee Simmons Quadrilinear. Image © Lee Simmons Quadrilinear. Image © Lee Simmons + 10

World's Largest Ice Sculpture Festival Opens in China with Chillingly-Cool Architecture

05:00 - 7 January, 2019
World's Largest Ice Sculpture Festival Opens in China with Chillingly-Cool Architecture, © Shutterstock.com
© Shutterstock.com

The world’s largest ice festival has opened to the public in China. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Heilongjiang, North-Eastern China draws 18 million visitors, marveling at the festival’s spectacular castles and sculptures. In total, the 2019 edition saw 120,000 cubic meters of ice and 111,000 cubic meters of snow crafted by thousands of artists in temperatures as low as -35C (-31F) using swing saws, chisels, and ice picks.

Having begun as an annual tradition in 1985, the festival has gained accolades such as the Guinness Record for the world’s largest snow sculpture (250 meters long and 8.5 meters high). The 2019 festival sees more than 100 landmarks, and ice sculptures by artists from 12 countries.

The Harbin Festival will be open for one month, closing on February 5th. Below, we have rounded up our favorite images of the festival so far, demonstrating that red hot architecture can be cold as ice.

SOM Designs Kinematic Sculpture for Chicago Design Week

04:00 - 24 October, 2018
SOM Designs Kinematic Sculpture for Chicago Design Week, Kinematic Sculpture. Image © Benny Chan
Kinematic Sculpture. Image © Benny Chan

Architecture firm SOM has designed Kinematic Sculpture, an origami-like pavilion installation for Chicago Design Week. Exploring kinematics as the science of motion, the sculpture was formed as one of the firm's ongoing interdisciplinary research projects. As a test in integrated design, the structure aims to establish ideas that foster new architectural and structural solutions for pressing challenges in the built environment.

Kinematic Sculpture. Image © SOM Kinematic Sculpture. Image © Benny Chan Kinematic Sculpture. Image © Benny Chan Kinematic Sculpture. Image © Benny Chan + 8

Reddymade Wins the Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition of 2019

09:00 - 17 October, 2018
Reddymade Wins the Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition of 2019, Courtesy of Reddymade
Courtesy of Reddymade

Reddymade has been unveiled as the winner of the Valentine Heart Design Competition installation in Times Square, New York. The scheme is inspired by the “history of the iconic New York urban space and its presence in the eyes of the world as a byword for a thriving intersection of people, place, and culture.”

The winning team explored the tectonic possibilities of intersecting shapes, investigating what happens with two different planes intersect. The resulting sculpture created two converging planes merging together to create an iconic ‘X’ which, when intersected by a cylindrical volume, creates a heart-shaped space. 

Janet Echelman’s Moving Sculpture Creates a “Living X-Ray” of Philadelphia

14:00 - 20 September, 2018
Janet Echelman’s Moving Sculpture Creates a “Living X-Ray” of Philadelphia, © Melvin Epps
© Melvin Epps

Artist Janet Echelman has unveiled her latest site-specific work of public art, with the activation of the first phase of “Pulse” in Philadelphia’s Dilworth Park. Pulse seeks to reshape urban space “with a monumental, fluidly moving sculpture that responds to environmental forces including wind, water, and sunlight.

Inspired by the square’s history as a water and transportation hub, Echelman’s work traces the paths and trolley lines of the subway beneath, with four-foot-tall curtains of colorful atomized mist traveling across the park’s fountain surface in response to passing trains underneath.

© Sean O'Neill / Arup © Sahar Coston-Hardy © Sahar Coston-Hardy © Melvin Epps + 14

Mountain / Zhaohong Zhang

23:00 - 12 September, 2018
 Mountain / Zhaohong Zhang, © Li Zhou
© Li Zhou

© Li Zhou © Li Zhou © Li Zhou © Li Zhou + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tea Valley Entrance, Yu An District of Lu an, Anhui Province , China
  • Category

  • Architect

    Zhaohong Zhang
  • Design Team

    Zhaohong Zhang, Zheng Wu, Peng Li, Yiran Zhou, Hang Yuan, Haobin Ding, Xingxing Shi
  • Project Management

    Xiangzhong Meng , Guangxin Xu, Qiang Tu, Zhang Chen
  • Project Planner

    Zheng Wu
  • Area

    13000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Brazilian Artist Ernesto Neto Creates Giant Installation in Zurich's Central Station

16:00 - 2 July, 2018
Brazilian Artist Ernesto Neto Creates Giant Installation in Zurich's Central Station, ERNESTO NETO, GAIAMOTHERTREE, 2018, Zurich Main Station, Fondation Beyeler. Image © Mark Niedermann
ERNESTO NETO, GAIAMOTHERTREE, 2018, Zurich Main Station, Fondation Beyeler. Image © Mark Niedermann

Brazilian contemporary artist Ernesto Neto recently realized a colorful sculpture made of hand-knotted cotton strips in the atrium of Zurich's Central Station. Titled Gaia Mother Tree, the installation resembles a giant tree and extends from the station's roof to its floor.

Exhibited by the Fondation Beyeler, Neto's sculpture is an immersive work of art, a space that one can enter into and walk around or remain and meditate. The Gaia Mother Tree will be on display until July 29th. A series of activities for adults and children, including musical concerts, workshops and debates, is scheduled to take place under the net of cotton.

Edoardo Tresoldi Unveils Neoclassical Wire Mesh Sculpture at Coachella Festival

12:00 - 16 April, 2018
Edoardo Tresoldi Unveils Neoclassical Wire Mesh Sculpture at Coachella Festival , © Roberto Conte
© Roberto Conte

Italian artist Edoardo Tresoldi, known for his majestic wire mesh sculptures, has unveiled his biggest artwork to date for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. Titled “Etherea,” the site-specific installation represents the culmination of Tresoldi's research in the music field, realized as three transparent structures taking inspiration from Neoclassical and Baroque architecture.

The Italian artist has established a reputation for wire mesh sculptures, having been named by Forbes as one of the 30 most influential European artists. The Etherea sculpture represents the artist’s investigation into architecture as a tool for contemplation, a “dedicated space where the sky and clouds are narrated through the language of classical architecture.”

© Roberto Conte © Roberto Conte © Roberto Conte © Roberto Conte + 16

7,500 Barrels To Feature in Christo's First UK Outdoor Public Sculpture

12:00 - 4 April, 2018
7,500 Barrels To Feature in Christo's First UK Outdoor Public Sculpture, Courtesy of Christo
Courtesy of Christo

Artist Christo has released images of his proposed temporary sculpture for Hyde Park, London, to become his first major outdoor public sculpture in the United Kingdom. Titled “The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake)," the sculpture will consist of 7,506 horizontally-stacked barrels floating on the Serpentine Lake throughout the summer of 2018.

“The Mastaba” will coincide with an exhibition of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work at the Serpentine Galleries, featuring sculptures, drawings, collages and photographs spanning more than 60 years. Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the exhibition will be the artists’ first in a UK public institution since 1979 and will showcase their long-running exploits with barrel forms, chosen initially for their sculptural effect and low cost.

Courtesy of Christo Courtesy of Christo Courtesy of Christo Courtesy of Christo + 7

Gender Neutral Playground Inspires Creativity and Intellectual Development by Combining Art and Architecture

14:00 - 20 January, 2018
Gender Neutral Playground Inspires Creativity and Intellectual Development by Combining Art and Architecture, Courtesy of Luckey Climbers
Courtesy of Luckey Climbers

Having trained at Yale School of Architecture, Spencer Luckey decided to pursue a slightly alternate career designing vertical climbing structures to let children’s imaginations run free. Luckey Climbers are part jungle gym, part work of art that rise up off the ground with undulating platforms sprouting out, creating an abstract space to inspire creativity and intellectual development.

The 2018 BDA Prize [Charlottesville: Identity & Design]

12:30 - 17 January, 2018
The 2018 BDA Prize [Charlottesville: Identity & Design], The 2018 BDA Prize [Charlottesville: Identity & Design]
The 2018 BDA Prize [Charlottesville: Identity & Design]

In light of recent events and discussions regarding the role of public sculpture, memorials and monuments, the 2018 BDA Prize seeks designs that express the identity and values of our diverse community.

Burning Man Selects Design for 2018 Temple

16:00 - 22 December, 2017
Burning Man Selects Design for 2018 Temple, via Burning Man Journal
via Burning Man Journal

The design of the main temple at Burning Man 2018 has been revealed: Galaxia by architect Arthur Mamou-Mani.

Designed using 3D parametric software, the pavilion is formed from 20 timber trusses that spiral in toward a central point the reaches toward the sky. Starting on the ground, the triangular trusses span large enough distances to create a series of spiraling paths toward the center of the structure, where a giant 3D-printed mandala will be displayed. The spaces in between the truss members will also be large enough to serve as alcoves.

via Burning Man Journal via Burning Man Journal via Burning Man Journal via Burning Man Journal + 5

Heatherwick's Copper 'Vessel' Tops Out at New York's Hudson Yards

16:00 - 7 December, 2017
Heatherwick's Copper 'Vessel' Tops Out at New York's Hudson Yards, Courtesy of Related-Oxford
Courtesy of Related-Oxford

Heatherwick Studio’s glimmering staircase monument, ‘Vessel,’ has topped out after eight months of construction at New York City’s Hudson Yards development. Consisting of 154 flights of stairs, 2,500 individual steps and 80 landings, the sculptural public space has now reached its full height of 150 feet, which will allow it to offer sweeping views of Manhattan’s west side when it opens in early 2019.

Courtesy of Related-Oxford Courtesy of Related-Oxford Courtesy of Related-Oxford Courtesy of Related-Oxford + 24