31 December 2009

Happy New Year's 2010

Happy New Year '10

Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan - Taipei 101
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28 December 2009

VotW 08: Shigeru Ban On L/Studio

Today we feature a video of Shigeru Ban talking about his work in his own words. Ban is the architect of such works as the Nomadic Museum, Artek Pavilion, Centre Pompidou Metz and the Aspen Art Museum among others. As Ban describes in the video, he has long been a proponent of using materials or more specifically, recycled mass produced items in unconventional ways in his works. The wikipedia entry for Ban describes his polemics in this way:
For Ban, one of the most important themes in his work is the “invisible structure”. That is, he doesn't overtly express his structural elements, but rather chooses to incorporate it into the design. Ban is not interested in the ‘newest’ materials and techniques, but rather the expression of the concept behind his building. The materials he chooses to use are deliberately chosen for how they aid the building to do so.

Shigeru Ban Website

25 December 2009

Happy Holidays '09

Regent Street London

Regent Street, London, UK - Regent Street
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22 December 2009

Intriguing Earth Architecture 75


CGAC, Santiago De Compostela, Spain - Alvaro Siza Vieira
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15 December 2009

VotW 07: Canal Theater By Baldeweg

In case you were not aware a fairly new website has emerged on the web featuring video reporting of many architectural and design projects throughout Europe. In their own words:
Studio Banana TV is an on-line platform dedicated to the promotion of multidisciplinary creativity in an audiovisual format. Studio Banana TV broadcasts its own video productions which are produced upon demand and which range from interviews to notorious artists, designers, architects, musicians etc. to documentaries on exhibitions, projects and studios. Through its thematic channels it also features a rich selection of videos edited by specialists in each field.
In this weeks video Studio Banana TV features the Canal Theater Building by Juan Navarro Baldeweg in Madrid, Spain. Here is an excerpt from their website describing the video itself:
Juan Navarro Baldeweg (Santander, 1939) is a Spanish architect, painter and sculptor. Navarro Baldeweg has provided a novel look at the constructive practices, in which the work is understood as the subject of an existing physical context activation. He has been guest lecturer at many international universities and is a professor in the Department of Architectural Design of ETSAM. He is author, among other works, of the National Museum of Altamira, the Canal Theatres in Madrid, the National Museum of Human Evolution in Burgos, the Salamanca Congress Centre, the Institute of Archeology and Architecture Awareness in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, or the extension to the School of Music at Princeton University. Special thanks to the Canal Theatre and to Juan Navarro Baldeweg Architects.

Interview and translation by Studio Banana TV

12 December 2009

Intriguing Earth Architecture 74

Cleveland Clinic Ruvo Las Vegas

Lou Ruvo Brain Institute, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - Gehry Partners, LLP
via web: Hello Beautiful!

If you have not visited already, we highly recommend Hello Beautiful! by Edward Lifson which provided the article and inspiration for the photo shared here.

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