Architecture

Woven Walls by Wies Preijde

Dutch designer Wies Preijde has created these hand-woven 'walls' of thread to create spaces that look as if they've popped off the page.

The semi-transparent partitions come in an array of pale colours, and are designed to overlap and create new patterns and colours. The result produces an oddly holographic effect, says Preijde who hopes they'll one day be in your home or office.

Colour Me Beautiful - Pop House

What a wonderful house
A petrol green staircase, a canary yellow luggage lift, pink kitchen
cupboards… the polychromatic highlighting of interventions in a
monochromatic space portrays a journey from minimalism to abstraction.

Portuguese architect Pedro Gadanho says “I was exploring the notion
that instead of using colour to enhance a surface plan as Le Corbusier
used to do, it would be objects that would be coloured,” continues Pedro.
“If you look at the house, there is no wall that is painted in colour. It’s
always specific moments, objects – almost sculptural objects – that get the colour.”

Tejlgaard + Jepsen: Meeting Dome

Fantastic building is by the Danish architects Kristoffer Tejlgaard and Benny Jepsen who have recently completed the design of a deconstructed geodesic dome. The structure consists of a series of interlocking steel connected to the timber so as to support the complex reticular structure. This system has been designed as a flexible and removable body: once established parameters, can be disassembled and rearranged with a new form.

Full text and more images can be seen at:
http://www.domusweb.it/it/news/tejlgaard-+-jepsen-meeting-dome-/

Kristoffer Tejlgaard + Benny Jepsen, Meeting Dome, cupola geodedica decostruita. Allinge, Bornholm, Danimarca 2012

Kristoffer Tejlgaard + Benny Jepsen, Meeting Dome, cupola geodedica decostruita. Allinge, Bornholm, Danimarca 2012

Transient

The tallest structure ever built as seen by GeoEye

The 828 metre Burj Khalifa skyscraper towers above downtown Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
The no doubt soon-to-be iconic image taken earlier this year by GeoEye 1, the highest resolution
satellite in operation, opens the 2011 calendar of parent company GeoEye.

With over 160 stories, the skyscraper is the tallest structure ever built, taking the title from Taipei
101 in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan.

It took 6 years, 39,000 tonnes of reinforcing steel, 330,000 cubic metres of concrete and 22 million
man-hours to complete. The reinforced piles of the foundations alone contain over 110,000 tonnes of
concrete, buried up to 50 metres deep.

GeoEye 1 orbits 684 kilometres above the Earth's surface providing images exclusively for Google Earth
and Google Maps applications.

Image source: GeoEye

Take a look at the GeoEye gallery for more fantastic images from categories including newsworthy,
natural or manmade features

This one-meter resolution satellite image shows a field located in southeastern Nebraska just northwest
of Offutt Air Force Base, home of the 55th Wing or the Fightin' Fifty-Fifth.

Krakatau volcano, Indonesia


Source http://www.newscientist.com, http://www.geoeye.com

 

New Architectures of Social Engagement - an exhibition at MOMA

Nicolai Ouroussoff has written a very interesting and sincerely felt article entitled
“Real-Life Design: Erecting Solutions to Social Problems” in the Art & Design section
of The New York Times looking at  “Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of
Social Engagement,” an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City
(through Jan. 3, 2011).  “The show, which looks at 11 projects around the world
that have had major social impacts despite modest budgets and sizes, is a rebuttal
to the familiar complaint that the profession is too focused on aesthetic experimentation
and not enough on the lives of ordinary people,” itself, is wonderful, encouraging, and
must be seen.  We need more of this.
source Designalog

An aerial photo of Michael Maltzan’s Inner-City Arts (the white buildings) in Los Angele
image by Joshua Bright for The New York Times

See the slideshow
read the full article from the New York Times
Read more at moma.org

 

Canopy Light Sculpture by UVA

United Visual Artists are a British-based collective whose current practice
spans permanent architectural installation, live performance and responsive
installation. Their latest work is Canopy, a light Sculpture in Toronto

Inspired by the experience of walking through the dappled light of a forest,
Canopy is a 90-metre long light sculpture spanning the front facade of the
building, using mass production and precise fabrication to evoke and reflect
nature. Thousands of identical modules, their form abstracted from the
geometry of leaves, are organised in a non-repeating growth pattern.

During the day, apertures in the modules filter natural light to the street
below. After dusk, particles of artificial light are born, navigate through the
grid and die, their survival determined by regions of energy sweeping across
the structure. The result simultaneously recalls the activity of cells within a
leaf, leaves in a forest canopy, or a city seen from the air.

 

 

 

Materials - Powder coated steel, anodised aluminium, injection moulded polycarbonate,
LED, Code
Dimensions - 90 metres x 3 metres

Commissioned by Cadillac Fairview, Lanterra Developments & Maple Leaf Sports
Public Art Consultants: Public Art Management – Karen Mills and Justin Ridgeway
Manufacturer and Installer - Soheil Mosun Limited
LED Technology – Saco LSI

 

Article and images sourced from www.uva.co.uk