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A First Look at Kengo Kuma's New V&A Dundee

16 August, 2018 - 14:00
© Rapid Visual Media via The Courier © Rapid Visual Media via The Courier

The V&A Dundee, in collaboration with Rapid Visual Media, have released drone footage and imagery ahead of the building’s opening, marking Kengo Kuma’s first UK project. The footage showcases the new museum jutting out into Dundee’s River Tay, inspired by the cliffs of Scotland.

The museum is formed of 2,500 pre-cast concrete panels hung from complex curving walls, casting shadows which vary depending on weather conditions. As well as being Kuma’s first UK building, the V&A Dundee is also the first dedicated design museum in Scotland.

Having been selected to design the museum in November 2010Kengo Kuma & Associates set about creating a project which would be a “living room for the city” where everyone would feel welcome.

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Outdoor urinals cause uproar after being installed on Paris streets

16 August, 2018 - 13:44

Minimal, open-air eco urinals by design studio Faltazi have been placed across central Paris, prompting protests from local residents and businesses. Read more


16 August, 2018 - 13:00
2semesters 150entradas 150posts 2semestres · Ausserschwyz school . Pfäffikon E2A Competition entry. 2nd prize. _ Für die Kantonsschule Pfäffikon galt es, eine übergeordnete Strategie nicht nur für die Schule selber, sondern für das gesamte Gelände zu etablieren. Der Kontext um die Kantonsschule Ausserschwyz ist mit Verwaltungsbauten, Vergnügungsarchitekturen, Ein –und Mehrfamilienhäusern sehr heterogen geprägt. Auf dem … Continue reading E2A

Loggia d`Ombra / In Praise of Shadows

16 August, 2018 - 13:00
© Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok
  • Architects: In Praise of Shadows
  • Location: Venice 16th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
  • Lead Architects: Fredric Benesch, Katarina Lundeberg
  • Area: 50.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Pedro Kok
  • Collaborators: Ivan Segato, Daniel Elis Karlsson, Björk Tryggvadottir, Lovisa Wallgren
  • Curator: Ulrika Karlsson ( exhibition Plots, Prints, Projections )
  • Producer Loggia: Martinsons
  • Producer Furniture: Källemo
  • On Site Construction: Octopus Scenotecnica
  • Structural Engineer: Anders Wernborg, Riccardo Scattelin
  • Local Partner: Microclima and Non Solo Verde
  • Client: Greenhouse Garden - Reflect, Project, Connect ( Architects Sweden, Swedish Wood, Folkhem, Swedish Institute

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Cities are Avoiding Hosting the Olympics. They Shouldn’t.

16 August, 2018 - 11:30
© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan

The apple of every athlete's eye, the Olympic Games direct the gaze of the world onto one host city every two years, showcasing the best that sport has to offer across both summer and winter events. In a haze of feel-good anticipation, the general buzz around the city before during the four week stretch is palpable, with tourists, media and athletes alike generating contributing to the fervour. With almost an almost exclusively positive public response (the majority of Olympic bids are met with 70% approval or higher), the Games become an opportunity for a nation to showcases their culture and all it has to offer. At first glance, it's an opportunity you'd be a fool to miss. 

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Hidden Valley Desert House / Wendell Burnette Architects

16 August, 2018 - 11:00
© Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman
  • Architects: Wendell Burnette Architects
  • Location: Cave Creek, United States
  • Principal In Charge Of Design: Wendell Burnette
  • Project Lead Collaborator : Qianyi Ye
  • Design Team: Austin Nikkel, Rebecca Gillogly
  • Area: 2500.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Bill Timmerman
  • General Contractor: Verge Design Build – Joby Dutton, Mike Alexander
  • Structural Engineer: Rudow + Berry, Inc.
  • Mechanical / Plumbing Engineer: Otterbein Engineering
  • Electrical Engineer: Woodward Engineering
  • Lighting Design: Creative Design in Lighting
  • Civil Engineer: SSE
  • Interior Design: Wendell Burnette Architects
  • Client: Kim and Keith Meredith

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Brandão Costa

16 August, 2018 - 10:00
Brandão Costa
2semesters 150entradas 150posts 2semestres · new city library . Caminha Nuno Brandão Costa . photos: © André Cepeda . + divisare The design for the new city library in Caminha is part of a programme launched in the 1990s, within the Portuguese network of public libraries, associating the creation of resources with the dissemination of … Continue reading Brandão Costa

Studio Job opts for maximalism inside new Antwerp headquarters

16 August, 2018 - 10:00

Paint-splattered surfaces, spaghetti-print bed sheets and neon wall art all feature in Studio Job's new base in Antwerp, Belgium, in a design that founder Job Smeets describes as being "like a visual assault". Read more

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Student Project | A Moving Story “National Geo-Monument Park” | Nipun Hettiarachchi

16 August, 2018 - 10:00


A Moving story “National Geo-Monument Park” at Alagalla Mountain Range in Sri Lanka, is a landscape architectural project with a whole new concept of appreciating nature in form of natural state.  Making an awareness of nature and its processes through a sequence of spaces to the people and to blend the nature and human instinct.

The UNESCO Geo-park concept has created the base for this project formulation that the Protecting and conserving the heritage of the earth crust, which considering “Geo-Heritage” are more valuable and sustainable approach to the 21st century’s concept of Nature as Habitat.

The concept is to not only to give an awareness on nature and its processes but to working with local communities and give them the opportunity to develop cohesive partnerships with the promoting the area’s significant geological processes, features, periods of time, historical themes linked to geology are established through a bottom-up process.

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Peruvian University Students Win World Architecture Festival's Inaugural 'Water Research Prize'

16 August, 2018 - 10:00
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World Architecture Festival has announced the winner of its inaugural Water Research Prize. First place was awarded to a team of students from Pontificia Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) who designed a water management system that "captures, stores, and treats rainwater and inserts it into pre-existing water networks." 

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Herzog & de Meuron

16 August, 2018 - 08:00
Herzog & de Meuron
2semesters 150entradas 150posts 2semestres · Nordspitze new master plan . Basel Herzog & de Meuron The entry of Herzog & de Meuron has been announced as the winner of the competition for a new master plan for the Nordspitze (the northernmost part of the Dreispitz Areal in Basel). The winning proposal was chosen from six … Continue reading Herzog & de Meuron

Undercover launches space-themed Astronautics jacket with helmet hood

16 August, 2018 - 08:00

Jun Takahashi's cult fashion label Undercover has released a down jacket with a hood based on an astronaut's helmet. Read more

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Sidewalk Labs Unveils Future City Design for Toronto's Quayside Neighborhood

16 August, 2018 - 08:00
Quayside. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs Quayside. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs

Sidewalk Labs has unveiled a new proposal for Toronto's eastern waterfront and a neighborhood development called Quayside. After announcing plans to create a model smart city in Toronto last fall, Sidewalk Labs has been working to pioneer a new approach to future urban developments. Plans for Quayside were revealed during a roundtable discussion on August 14, 2018. As the subsidiary of Google's parent company Alphabet, the team responded to an open call from Waterfront Toronto with a design that features heated pavements, large public spaces and mass timber buildings.

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10 Ridiculously Cool Home Renovation Tips to Help Transform Your Home into a Place Seemingly Built for Royalty

16 August, 2018 - 07:34

Home is the place where most of our time is spent and where we feel most secure. It is like a fortress that saves you from all the possible troubles that you can have. Would you like to give your home a facelift? Well, a home improvement project is one of the easiest ways to increase the appeal and change the appearance of your home.

Home improvement projects usually start with you saying, “Wouldn’t it be great if…?” often followed by a wish for a renovated garage or a remodeled kitchen to increase its aesthetic appeal. Now is the best time to start those essential home improvement projects you have constantly been postponing. Whether you want to update the faucets and fixtures in your kitchen and bathroom or are interested in new outdoor patio furniture, now is the ideal time to start your renovations.

Renovating to Stay? Or Renovating to Move?

Analyze your plan thoroughly if you are renovating your property to sell it. However, don’t be too extravagant since potential property buyers may not be willing to pay an extra buck for the additions, for instance, a pool or hot tub. You are better off fixing some of the major issues, yet overlooked, such as a broken garage door.

Why Rent a Self-Storage Unit While Renovating Your Home

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How to provide your employees with the right environment

16 August, 2018 - 07:22

A healthy work environment makes employees feel happy about coming to work. It also motivates them which results in improved productivity.

Companies spend thousands on trying to motivate employees, but often get no result. There was a time when money used to be the main motivator for people to work. However, things have now changed. The next generation of employees wants more than just money – they want a good work environment.

According to statistics around 155.07 million people are presently employed in the United States, but not all of them are motivated. In fact, it is believed that about 65% of employees are demotivated and would shift to a better company if they get a chance to.

This is a big issue for companies because high turnover rate can cause businesses to deal with major issues. A good way to improve this is to provide employees with a good environment.

Whether you’re a manager at a big firm or an owner of a small business in hopes of creating a healthy work environment, here are four tips that you must pay attention to:

Create an Environment of Communication

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Lookout Path at the Old Gypsum Mines / Batlle i Roig Arquitectura

16 August, 2018 - 07:00
© Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca
  • Architects: Batlle i Roig Arquitectura
  • Location: Les Comes, Carrer de Carles Riba, 65, 08700 Igualada, Barcelona, Eer de Carles Riba, 65, 08700 Igualada, Barcelona, Spain
  • Author Architects: Enric Batlle, Joan Roig, Iván Sáncheza, Mario Súñer, Simone Cicu
  • Linear Metres Built: 800.0 metres
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Jordi Surroca

The Great Castles of America and Their Design Trends, Angelica St. Rose

16 August, 2018 - 06:57

Ever since I was young, I dreamt about what living in a castle would be like. Would I suddenly become royalty, with an arsenal of servants and noblemen to follow my every beck and call, of knights to fight for my honor? Would I suddenly be able to snap my fingers and summon a musician to play any tune I wanted, even if it was the instrumental to some Beyonce song? Could I rule the world?

Okay, okay. Admittedly, my delusions of grandeur as a child had never risen to such ridiculous heights. My fascination for castles didn’t come from fantasies about owning dragons Daenerys-style, or inciting epic wars in my honor. Rather, my reasoning is far more simple: I fell in love with the architecture, the Old World charm of these gallant fortresses. Castles feel like time capsules rooted in modern time, each and every one painting individual stories. Below are a collection of my favorite chateaus all across America.

Boldt Castle (SV – 22,200)

Location — Heart Island, Alexandria Bay, New York  

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Morger Partner

16 August, 2018 - 06:00
Morger Partner
2semesters 150entradas 150posts 2semestres · Dom-Römer Areal housing . Frankfurt Morger Partner Architekten . architecture © by Morger + Dettli Architekten Das Areal zwischen Dom und Römer in der Frankfurter Altstadt wird neu bebaut. Es ist nicht der grosse Massstab gesucht, sondern eine „Renaissance“ der mittelalterlichen Strukturen. In dem Gestaltungsplan sind die Volumen der Bauten … Continue reading Morger Partner