Monday, 30 November 2009
Sunday, 29 November 2009
"Museum of Nature is next step in continuum of imaginative nature restoring project, which started year 2000 as Restoration exhibition. Restoration series was about restoring single nature objects in means of technology and building skills.
Museum project takes one step further. I make plans and construct visually buildings, which protect nature from treaths of pollution and and what is more important from actions of man himself.
... While putting nature into a museum you have to take under consideration aspect of audience/ consumer. Nature becomes joyride for turists or beautyfull landscape turns into a meditative theatre show."
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Some weird stuff by Kenji Kawasaki including panoramic head camera, finger brush and cat duster.
interview with kenji
ten in one gardening tool and some more
subway chin rest and more
you can find out more about history of useless inventions here
Saturday, 28 November 2009
Photography credits Boris Zeisser (24harchitecture) and Kiattipong Panchee
Thank you Architecture Review
Thursday, 26 November 2009
(text from ARPLUS)
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Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Keetwonen, Amsterdam is the name of the biggest container city in the world and one of many such developments now inhabited primarily by students in Amsterdam:
On the approach road to the Blackwall Tunnel, London, office blocks:
In the 2012 Olympic Park, the ‘View Tube’ offers views of the venues for the Games currently being built:
The Freitag Shop, Zurich, a design inkeeping with their stock: unisex bags made from recycled truck tarpaulins, bicycle inner tubes and seat belts, with no two alike. The genius of the idea was that, like the building’s containers, the bags were utilitarian and environmentally responsible yet individual at the same time.
Gustav Metzger Project Stockholm, planned 1972, realised 2007 June
The project placed 120 cars around a rectangular, clear polyetene construction two and a-half to four-meters high. ‘The engines of these 120 cars run from morning to night, producing exhaust gases that are piped into the interior of the structure, so that it increasingly becomes a grey, acrid nightmare’.
Hong Kong artist Pak Sheung Chuen’s installation is the outcome of his stay in an average two person flat (6.7m x 2.7m x 2.2m) in Busan, Korea. He carried on living his normal daily routine there, but in the meantime collected all of his breath in transparent plastic bags until they consumed the entire living space. The work is a performative investigation into the everyday living situation of the place as well as a sculpturally investigation into the air-space which is defined as the negative space of the place. After completion he felt as if part of his life had been absorbed by the apartment.
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
'Biojewellery’ started out by looking for couples who wanted to donate their bone cells. Subsequently bioengineered bone tissue was taken to a studio at the Royal College of Art to be made into a pair of rings. The bone was combined with traditional precious metals so that each partner has a ring made with the tissue of their partner. The rings were exchanged in a ceremony that saw the two people literally giving a piece of themselves to their cherished partner.
Monday, 23 November 2009
Christien Meindertsma has spent three years researching all the products made from a single pig. Amongst some of the more unexpected results were: Ammunition, medicine, photo paper, heart valves, brakes, chewing gum, porcelain, cosmetics, cigarettes, conditioner and even bio diesel.
Meindertsma makes the subject more approachable by reducing everything to the scale of one animal. After it's death, Pig number 05049 was shipped in parts throughout the world. Some products remain close to their original form and function while others diverge dramatically. In an almost surgical way a pig is dissected in the pages of the book - resulting in a startling photo book where all the products are shown at their true scale (1:1).
Initial credits: Julie Joliat
The project was exhibited in the Kunsthal in Rotterdam in 2008.
Images of Kunsthal exhibition : Kenji Masunaga
PIG 05049 won the Index Award 2009 in the category play.
thank you Laura Allen!
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Friday, 20 November 2009
Most architects who build do not make buildings; they make information that makes buildings. Making buildings requires acquiring knowledge not only of the world of information exchange, but also of the world of making things. It is an expertise that goes beyond the architectural drawing and an expertise that many designers cannot claim to fully possess or practice.
Design through Making is not only directed at architects, but engineers, educators, fabricators, machine operators, and anyone with an interest in the manifestation of ideas. It seeks to challenge outmoded notions that building production is preceded by design, and making is merely the cooking of the raw, or the end game where no further design ideas are explored. Here, a hybrid mode is recognised where the investigation of ideas is fully engaged with the tactile, physical nature of architecture and building processes. It is an issue that celebrates the re-emergence of making, not merely as an immense resource for ideas, experimentation and customisation, but as a critical resource that will redefine architectural practices.
This title includes the work of Block Architecture, Mark Burry, Thomas Heatherwick Studios and Walter Pichler; there is also a special feature on Japanese traditions in architecture. Contributors include: Iain Borden, Sarah Chaplin, David Dunster, Jonathan Hill and Mark Prizeman.
Bob Sheil is a lecturer, researcher and practising architect based in London, UK. He runs diploma unit 23 at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, where he also teaches material-forming techniques and is Director of web information systems. He has been a guest lecturer at Edinburgh University Faculty of Architecture, University of Cambridge School of Architecture, Slade School of Art and Tulane University, New Orleans, USA. He is also a founding partner in sixteen*(makers), a workshop-based architectural practice.
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LINK to sixteen* (makers)
LINK to AMAZON
LINK to BARTLETT LIBRARY
118 WallyPower is a luxury, high performance superyacht which brings technology and design together in perfect harmony. It won the MYDA (Millennium Yacht Design Award). vertical bow, lateral air inlets, and angular deck superstructure are the main features of interest, but the whole thing is pretty awesome! It really is a beautifully crafted vessel, but at a lofty $33million i don't think we'll ever be mooring one up, unless it's on the wall with a poster of one.
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Please have a look to last nights film on Anish Kapoor.
Anish Kapoor is one of the most influential sculptors of his generation, known for works of staggering complexity and scale. He now faces his biggest challenge yet as the first living British artist to have a solo show occupying the entire Royal Academy gallery. His response is a series of audacious installations.
With exclusive access to his studio, Alan Yentob follows him through a period of intense productivity. Kapoor talks candidly about his childhood in India, his early years as an artist and his creative process.
An insight into one of Britain's most accomplished and popular sculptors. (BBC)
LINK to BBC
LINK to Anish Kapoor Website