” A great architect is not made by way of a brain nearly so much as he is made by way of a cultivated, enriched heart.”- Frank Lloyd Wright

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This Chinese City’s Property Market Is Even Chillier Than Its -22-Degree Weather

This Chinese City’s #Property #Market Is Even Chillier Than Its -22-Degree Weather

This Chinese City’s Property Market Is Even Chillier Than Its -22-Degree Weather

The Bayuquan cityscape in Yingkou is filled with housing projects, most of them empty or unfinished

Here in the frigid, wind-battered northeast Chinese port city of Yingkou, real-estate developer Zhang Wang is hoping that weather might be a selling point for potential apartment buyers.

Temperatures in the region plunge to -30 degrees Celsius (-22 Fahrenheit) in the winter. But in Yingkou, they…

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Architecture for high fliers

#Architecture for high fliers

Catering for the exclusive world of private jets and luxury aviation, leading architecture firms are designing statement terminals that celebrate the glamour of travel

Architecture for high fliers

Foster + Partners – Spaceport, New Mexico

Most of us are happy with a new pair of socks and a peck on the cheek for father’s day, but Jay-Z was given a private jet. Jim Carrey’s got one too, as has John Travolta. Google’s three top…

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#Video // Twinkle Twinkle

An architectural light installation made of glass. The sculpture was shown in Spring 2014 at the biannual celebration of light culture - Luminale in Frankfurt am Main, in front of the Deutsche Bank towers.

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Gehry-Designed Project Seen Bringing NYC Vibe to L.A.

Gehry-Designed #Project Seen Bringing #NYC Vibe to L.A.

Gehry-Designed Project Seen Bringing NYC Vibe to L.A.

A couple looks through a pair of binoculars from the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. Downtown Los Angeles has 52,400 residents, more than double the number in 2006, according to a study. // Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Billionaire Stephen Ross’s Related Cos. new project in the sleepy end of downtown Los Angeles is designed to invigorate Grand Avenue the way its Time Warner Center…

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Ecology and Design: Parallel Genealogies

#Ecology and Design: #Parallel Genealogies

Ecology and Design: Parallel Genealogies

Andrea Hansen, Tokyo Bay Marine Fields, 2009

The past two decades have witnessed a resurgence of ecological ideas and ecological thinking in discussions of urbanism, society, culture and design. In science, the field of ecology has moved away from classical determinism and a reductionist Newtonian concern with stability, certainty and order, in favor of more contemporary understandings of dynamic…

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Ready-made and bursting with color, inflatable objects inhale air and glowing color to create the luminous room of the Luis Pons Design Lab creative laboratory.

Project Details:
Location: Miami, USA
Architects: Louis Pons Design Lab – www.louispons.com
Status: Finished 2004

Ready-made and bursting with color, inflatable objects inhale air and glowing color to create the luminous room of the Luis Pons Design Lab creative laboratory. Originally conceived as a changeable space to host both office and living areas, it is shaped by a series of mobile containers that function as room dividers and storage spaces.

It has been undertaken by assembling the parts of pre-existing products easily found in the marketplace (supermarkets, hardware stores and pharmacies), in order to design an installation which best reflects our philosophy. The project was accomplished with a very small budget, and with the additional objective of overcoming the challenges moving as well as shipping and handling materials. It is also the first of many design installations that uses inflatable products to speak about today’s culture scene.

Lab Office, #Miami by LUIS PONS Project Details: Location: Miami, USA Architects: Louis Pons Design Lab - www.louispons.com Status: Finished 2004 Ready-made and bursting with color, inflatable objects inhale air and glowing color to create the luminous room of the Luis Pons Design Lab creative laboratory.
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Vagrants hole up on Manhattan Bridge

Vagrants hole up on #Manhattan Bridge

Vagrants hole up on Manhattan Bridge

A shelter made between the beams of the Manhattan bridge roadway, and locked with a key lock, that is the width of a coffin and stretches over the bikepath on the northside of the bridge. // photo William Farrington

Crafty hobos are turning the Manhattan Bridge into a veritable shantytown, complete with elaborate plywood shacks that are truly “must see to believe.”

One of the coffin-sized living…

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The house is located inside the Belas Clube de Campo, a private condominium, where topography allowed maximizing exterior areas and offering privacy to the users.

Project Details:
Location: Belas, Sintra, Portugal
Type: ResidentialHouses
Site Area: 2133 sqm
House Area: 587 sqm
Photography: Joao Morgado – Architecture Photography

The project extends throughout three floors; the first floor comprehends garage, maid room, laundry room and technical area; the second floor comprehends the office, living room, kitchen and bedrooms; the third floor is entirely occupied with the master bedroom.

The tension between the house and garden is obtained through the creation of “balconies” that are intentionally higher than needed. The same tension was created between the house and the sky through the thick solar shades. Autonomous vegetation occupies the extensive gardened areas.

Single #House in Belas, #Portugal by Estúdio Urbano Arquitectos The house is located inside the Belas Clube de Campo, a private condominium, where topography allowed maximizing exterior areas and offering privacy to the users.
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WHEELWRIGHT PRIZE 2014 Finalists Announced

WHEELWRIGHT PRIZE 2014 Finalists Announced

Harvard University GSD announced the finalists of the 2014 Wheelwright Prize, a $100,000 grant awarded annually to a single architect to support travel-based architectural research. Established in 1935 for GSD alumni, the prize was transformed by the GSD leadership in 2013 into an open competition available to early-career architects worldwide, with the aim of fostering new forms of research…

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Opinions differ greatly on the former Communist Bloc’s movement towards brutality in architecture – are these buildings dreadful or visionary? And few architectural choices can claim to have caused quite so much controversy either: should we preserve the legacy of the movement, or should we try to bury it and all its unpleasant associations?

The case for the latter would stand in the form of the destruction of the Jewish Quarter in Bratislava, or in the shuttering of Budapest’s many culturally significant art cafés. Eastern Europe had reveled in baroque splendor for centuries, but it took less than five decades for the Soviet regime to replace form with function.

However, you shouldn’t think of all USSR era buildings are being grey towers of concrete, housing dozens of families. In fact, we would recommend some of the more striking examples as reasons to visit the former Communist states.

Opinions differ greatly on the former Communist Bloc’s movement towards brutalist architecture – are these buildings dreadful or visionary?

The main entrance to the Memento Park, designed by architect Ákos Eleőd

The Memento Park, Hungary
If you only get the chance to visit one brutalist example in all your Balkan travels, make it this one. There are more than 40 statues in this Budapest park. These giant statues have a very socialist feel to them – there’s a huge worker running with a flag, flying his patriotism in his hand (the Republic of Councils monument), and then there are the boots.
These boots are enormous. Formerly belonging to an incredible 25 meter statue of Stalin himself, the boots are all that remains since it was toppled during the Hungarian Revolution of ’56. The Ozymandius-like remains can give you a feel of how large the complete thing once was.

Slavín Hill, Slovakia
In Bratislava, the one thing you must make sure not to miss is the climb up Slavín Hill. At the top of the hill, there’s an obelisk towering almost 40 metres above your head, but this isn’t the main attraction.

No, look down – here you will see the UFO. We’re not joking: there’s a flying saucer floating above the Danube. This construction is actually part of the New Bridge, and has a fantastic restaurant inside which offers amazing views. However, if you look in the other direction, you’ll see an inverted pyramid – the Slovak Radio Building. Not something you’d see constructed by modern firms such as McCormick Architecture, that’s for sure!

Salute Hotel, Ukraine
Seeing these brutalist monuments are all well and good, but what about actually experiencing them? Well, at the Salute Hotel in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, you can do just that!

Salute Hotel, Ukraine

Salute Hotel, Ukraine

The hotel was constructed in 1984, still during the Soviet era, and from the outside it looks more like an airport’s flight control tower than anything else.

However, step inside and you’ll be transported right to the modern day. With 90 rooms boasting luxury and comfort, as well as beautiful decoration, the Salute combines the old with the new. It’s definitely worth a visit, even if you just go for the balcony views.

Article by Tom Bowers
The #Brutal Beauty of Eastern European #Architecture Opinions differ greatly on the former Communist Bloc’s movement towards brutality in architecture – are these buildings dreadful or visionary?
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