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The Paris-based designer and researcher Anna Saint Pierre is rethinking architectural preservation through her Granito project, which was awarded the Best Conscious Design prize at this year’s WantedDesign Brooklyn.. Image © Anna Saint Pierre/Rimasùu The Paris-based designer and researcher Anna Saint Pierre is rethinking architectural preservation through her Granito project, which was awarded the Best Conscious Design prize at this year’s WantedDesign Brooklyn.. Image © Anna Saint Pierre/Rimasùu

Anna Saint Pierre's Granito project is harvesting the ingredients for new architectural building blocks from demolished structures.

Rapid urban change comes and goes without many even noticing it. Entire slices of a city’s history disappear overnight: What was once a wall of hewn stone is now fritted glass and buffed metal. The building site is always, first, a demolition site.

This is the thread that runs through Granito, a project by the young French designer and doctoral researcher Anna Saint Pierre. Developed in response to a late-20th-century Paris office block due for a major retrofit, one involving disassembly, it hinges on a method of material preservation Saint Pierre calls “in situ recycling.” Her proposal posits that harvesting the individual granite panels of the building’s somber gray facade could form the basis of a circular economy. “No longer in fashion,” this glum stone—all 182 tons of it—would be dislodged, pulverized, and sorted on-site, then incorporated into terrazzo flooring in the building update.

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the work makes a comment on the prevalence of technology in our lives and how we are becoming under constant surveillance.

The post humans since 1982 transforms drones and CCTV cameras into sculptural artworks appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.

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The Midnight Charette is an explicit podcast about design, architecture, and the everyday. Hosted by architectural designers David Lee and Marina Bourderonnet, it features a variety of creative professionals in unscripted and long-format conversations that allow for thoughtful takes and more personal discussions. Honesty and humor are used to cover a wide array of subjects: some episodes provide useful tips for designers, while others are project reviews, interviews, or simply explorations of everyday life and design. The Midnight Charette is available for free on iTunes, YouTube, Spotify, and all other podcast directories.

On this episode of The Midnight Charette podcast, hosts David Lee and Marina Bourderonnet discuss how to create a design portfolio that will you interviewed and hired. The two cover everything from the critical points most designers overlook and what employers look for in a portfolio to format, binding, book sizes, graphics, what projects to include and exclude, cover design, layout, ordering work, digital submissions, and more.

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© Siming Wu © Siming Wu
  • Architects: cnS
  • Location: Jiangbin Road, Fengze District, Quanzhou City, Fujian, China
  • Category: Renovation
  • Design Director: Guanqiu Zhong, Gang Song, Zhiyuan Zhu
  • Design Team: Xin Jin, Hairui Lin, Zhanjun Wen, Xianggeng Lin, Zihao Liang, Mengqian Li, Xiaomao Liu, Jiabin Cai, Qingwen Pan, Liu Tan, Ruibo Li, Yaqian Cai
  • Construction Team: NCG
  • Proprietor: Quanzhou Vanke Beifeng Real Estate
  • Area: 29500.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2019
  • Photographs: Siming Wu, Guanqiu Zhong

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Esplendor / Paola Vega. Image Courtesy of Triba Esplendor / Paola Vega. Image Courtesy of Triba

Design trends are often the result of foreign cultural influences, avant-garde creations, and innovative solutions for people's ever-evolving needs. Although the design world seems like one big mood board, some cities have managed to outshine the rest with their recent projects.

As part of their annual Design Cities Listing, Metropolis Magazine has highlighted 10 cities across 5 continents with intriguing projects that have harmonized contemporary urbanism with traditional and faraway influences.

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