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Sky City: World’s Tallest in 7 months?

16 May

The above is a promotional video for Sky City, the vision of Broad Sustainable Buildings and if built it will become the World’s Tallest Building at 838m after being completed in just 7 months!

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Real Life Color Project

13 May

One of my personal favorite assignments in the first year of studio at IIT was the Color Project. It was a really simple concept: take a piece of mdf, cut it into shapes, paint them colors, present. There was a bit more to it where you had to actually have a concept and make a reason to the colors. When I came across the Sugamo Shinkin Bank, by Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design, all I could think is that it must have been designed by an IIT student with the color project in mind.

© Nacasa & Partners Inc.

© Nacasa & Partners Inc.

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Before The Wizard of Oz

8 May

Wizard of Oz is a childhood classic that I took very seriously, well serious in a fun way! I grew up watching that film far too much to the point where in 8th grade my family took a trip all the way out to Chesterton, Indiana from Massachusetts just to go to a Wizard of Oz Festival where I met the few living cast members from the movie including the Coroner! So I am always interested to see variations on the classic story and went to see prequel Oz the Great and Powerful recently and was sadly disappointed. On the other hand I am a huge fan of the prequel musical Wicked which I have gone to see numerous times and I came to the conclusion that there is a key difference between the two: depth of substance.

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Misty Dubai

13 Apr

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Dubai, a city of buildings floating among the clouds.

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BIG Smithsonian

15 Mar

The Smithsonian is getting a BIG upgrade. They announced earlier this week that the Denmark based architectural firm BIG will be in charge of a new master plan for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian Castle

Smithsonian Castle

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Porous City Lego

6 Mar

MVDRV Porous City, Photo: Frans Parthesius

MVDRV Porous City, Photo: Frans Parthesius

Architecture Firm MVRDV has created the “Porous City” exhibit in Cannes which consisted of a series of studies on the porosity of skyscrapers through the use of sixteen LEGO Towers. (more…)

Disappearing Church

27 Feb

When I think church I think a large heavy building, I think stone columns. What doesn’t come to mind is something that nearly disappears when looking at it…

Reading Between the Lines © Filip Dujardin

Reading Between the Lines © Filip Dujardin

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Lego Architecture with Rem Koolhaas

13 May

Lego Architectuere with Rem Koolhaas

A few weeks ago on The Simpsons episode “A Totally Fun Thing Bart Will Never Do Again” the image above was briefly seen showing Rem Koolhaas building a copy of CCTV out of Lego bricks. Totally would go on that cruise!

A Brick Tent?

3 May

If anyone is going up to Wrigley Field take a look at this tent next-door, it has a brick wall!

A Tent with a Brick wall

Upon closer inspection it is just a false brick paneling but still pretty odd to see a tent of brick.

I swear this wasn’t upside-down yesterday!

28 Apr

Must have been a bad night out! (more…)