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Night Lights: Aerial Drones Illuminate Uncanny Long-Exposure Landscapes

20 March, 2018 - 19:00
[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Photography & Video. ]

Circling drones cast soft light on landscapes below (and create UFO-style patterns in the skies over) gorgeous natural settings in this series of surreal nature images by photographer Reuben Wu.

Dubbed LUX NOCTIS II, this series follows up on a previous set of ground-illuminated works created in a similar vein. But in this case, the use of drone technology adds a fresh dimension to the sequel imagery, both in terms of the quality and source of light as well as the figures created by the aerial micro-vehicles giving it off.

The photographer has traveled around the world to capture sandstone mountains, bubbling volcanoes, gorgeous lakes and rivers, often employing (natural or artificial) light to set the scene.

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Crosstown Concourse / Looney Ricks Kiss

20 March, 2018 - 19:00
© Nicholas McGinn © Nicholas McGinn
  • General Contractor: Grinder, Taber & Grinder, Inc.
  • Mepf Engineer: OGCB, Inc.
  • Structural Engineer: Structural Design Group
  • Civil Engineer: SR Consulting
  • Lighting, Sustainable/Site/Civil Concepts, Acoustics, Daylight Modeling Consultant: ARUP
  • Mechanical Consultant: Newcomb & Boyd
  • Code Consultants: Code Solutions Group
  • Signage/Branding/Wayfinding: Loaded for Bear

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"In French we have a word for this – grotesque"

20 March, 2018 - 18:50

Readers question whether Philippe Starck has lost his touch, following plans for a "phantasmagoric" hotel with a house on its roof, in this week's comments update. Read more

Nieto Sobejano

20 March, 2018 - 18:44
Nieto Sobejano
Museum & Research Centre Madinat Al Zahra . Córdoba Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos . + divisare A visit to the Madinat al Zahra archaeological site and the allotment reserved for the museum and offices arouses contradictory emotions. On the one hand, nostalgia for a remote, undiscovered past impregnates the landscape stretching towards the Cordoba Hills, while … Continue reading Nieto Sobejano

Julianna Fraccaro Store / Arquitetura Nacional

20 March, 2018 - 17:00
© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi

Nice Pool

20 March, 2018 - 17:00
Earlier today I was posting a project to World-Architects – L'Accostée House by Bourgeois / Lechasseur architectes – and was particularly taken with one aspect of it: the lap pool. Located on the first floor of the three-story split-level, the pool is tucked into the hillside, away from exterior windows. But it's far from a dark space.

[Photo: Adrien Williams, courtesy of v2com]

The narrow windows on the left, in the photo above, borrow light from an adjacent living space, but it's the white space beyond the wood ceiling that is most intriguing. There, as the photo below reveals, is a tall space, where the compressed feeling of the pool opens up dramatically.

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Adjaye Associates Among Team of Designers To Create Strategy for Grenfell Estate

20 March, 2018 - 16:30
//'>Flickr user paulhird</a> licensed under <a href=''>CC BY-SA 2.0</a> Grenfell Tower was destroyed by fire in 2017. Image © <a href=''>Flickr user paulhird</a> licensed under <a href=''>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>

Adjaye Associates is among a team of high-profile architects tasked with generating ideas for the overhaul of Lancaster West Estate, an area of London containing the ruined Grenfell Tower, tragically destroyed by fire in 2017.

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Walmart files patent for autonomous robot bees

20 March, 2018 - 16:23

US supermarket giant Walmart is seeking to patent technology that would see drones pollinate crops like bees. Read more

Adjaye and Cullinan among architects working on ideas for Grenfell Tower estate

20 March, 2018 - 15:43

Adjaye Associates and Cullinan Studio are among six architecture firms working to generate ideas for the refurbishment of London's Lancaster West Estate, where Grenfell Tower is located. Read more

Résidence Courcelette / NatureHumaine

20 March, 2018 - 15:00
© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams

Text description provided by the architects. The first step for this detached house from the late 1940s was to open the rear facade onto the garden with a 24-foot (7.4 m) sliding bay window. By taking away the intermediary support element, this intervention removes the barriers to the outdoor terrace.

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Campo Baeza

20 March, 2018 - 14:24
Campo Baeza
International Book Fair. Guadalajara Alberto Campo Baeza . photos: © César Béjar . + divisare We wanted to make the most beautiful pavilion in the world to represent Madrid at the Guadalajara International Book Fair 2017 in Mexico. The idea at the heart of the project is to create a recognizable space which all the … Continue reading Campo Baeza

MVRDV Releases Alternative Proposal for Taoyuan Museum of Art

20 March, 2018 - 14:00
Courtesy of MVRDV + JJP Courtesy of MVRDV + JJP

MVRDV has released details of their alternative design for the Taoyuan Museum of Art, an entry for an international competition ultimately won by Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop. The MVRDV scheme, developed in collaboration with JJP Architects and Planners, seeks to become a nature-centered cultural destination, transforming the area into a “cherry room for the city.”

Throughout the design process, MVRDV drew inspiration from the natural world, recognizing the potential for public spaces in the rapidly-expanding Taoyuan City to blur the boundaries between the built and natural environment.

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Goodsten / Hitzig Militello Arquitectos

20 March, 2018 - 13:00
© Federico Kulekdjian © Federico Kulekdjian

David Chipperfield

20 March, 2018 - 12:08
David Chipperfield
Impact concert hall . Edinburgh David Chipperfield Architects Evolving design proposals for The IMPACT Centre on display. This will be Edinburgh’s first purpose-built music venue in over a century and central to its design will be a hall offering world-class acoustics. _ Following an international two-stage competition, a team led by DCA London was selected … Continue reading David Chipperfield

David Chipperfield reveals visuals of new Edinburgh concert hall

20 March, 2018 - 11:00

David Chipperfield reveals new home for Scottish Chamber Orchestra

David Chipperfield Architects has released images of a performance centre proposed for Edinburgh, which will become home to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Read more

Shotgun House / Alejandro Soffia

20 March, 2018 - 11:00
© Juan Durán Sierralta © Juan Durán Sierralta
  • Collaborator: Francesco Borghi
  • Structural Engineering: José Manuel Morales
  • Builder: Mauricio Jara
  • Sanitary Installation: Patricio Moya
  • Electrical Installation: Rodrigo Díaz
  • Constructive System: Panel SIP. Walls of 1,22 x 2,44 x 0,11. Slabs of 1,22 x 4,88 x 0,21
  • Finishings: Exterior, Fibrocement; Interior, Pine 1 x 4” albayalde
  • Model: Alejandro Soffia, Gerardo Bambach

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Landscape Representation: The Role of Architectural Plans in Parks and Public Spaces

20 March, 2018 - 10:00
Parque Zaryadye Plan / Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image via Diller Scofidio + Renfro Parque Zaryadye Plan / Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image via Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Frequently imperceptible to the inhabitant, the architectural plans of landscape designs are unquestionably the best tool for understanding certain relationships between elements and the strategic organization of the work. They are therefore an essential part of any good architecture project.

The distribution and type of vegetation, topography levels, the relationships between the preexisting urban or natural context, the possible routes and incorporated activities, and the materiality and the dimensional precision required for its construction are some of the considerations that are usually reiterated in this type of representation.

The result permits the communication of intentions in an organized way, while clearly exposing the concerns of the authors; for this reason, we invite you to review a series of different examples of architectural plans of public spaces that enables a comprehensive approach to the role of each project.

Şışhane Park / SANALarc

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