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Brasilia’s Birthday

22 Apr

Google is celebrating the birthday of Brasilia through a great doodle:

What is absolutely awesome is they got Oscar Niemeyer to draw it for them! He is the designer of many of the buildings that make up Brasilia (and happen to be depicted in the doodle). Even more amazing is he is alive at 104 and still working!

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Into the Garden of Glass and Steel

18 Apr

This movie was a great way to kick of the Architecture and Design Film Festival. Into the Garden of Glass and Steel was a very strong portrayal of how the Canary Wharf section of London has been turned into an engineered world devoid of life. The tone of the movie was very negative against this grouping of buildings and explained the are in very Orwellian terms.

“Representative democracy had been replaced by the surveillance camera”

Canary Whart, London, United Kingdom

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Make Data more Human

17 Apr

 “Think about data in a human context”

This was a fascinating video that really shows some quite powerful tools for looking at data. We are now living in a society where data is recorded about you every day (search history, emails, phone calls, texts, timesheet at work, your location, etc.) yet so little of it do we get to see. When we do, how often is it that the data is just charts that the normal person can’t make sense of? (more…)

Sandworm

14 Apr

Sandworm © Nikita Wu

Willow and sand are the only two materials used to make this amazing structure on the coast of Belgium yet it may be one of the most beautiful works of architecture I have seen in a long time.

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Paint the sun

12 Apr

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.”
Pablo Picasso

House in the field, Picasso 1893

Happy Architecture Week!

9 Apr

Happy Architecture Week Everyone!

AIA has declared April 8-14 Architecture Week so everyone should take a moment this week to look at the architecture around them.

The Value of Art

8 Apr

I was really impressed by the quality and content of this article by Penn Jillette on Money and Art:

Vissa D’arte Even on The Celebrity Apprentice

The event in question (for reference and entertainment):

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CTBUH YPC Aqua Presentation

6 Apr

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (disclosure: CTBUH is my employer(feel like I should make this like real news)) Young Professionals Committee held a lecture on Aqua. It was presented by three of the members who worked on the project. What made this presentation strong was that each of them represented a different viewpoint of the design and construction of Aqua. They covered architecture (of course), structural engineering, and construction management. Overall it was a really good presentation.

Aqua (source: Skyscraper Center)

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Self-driving Car

2 Apr

It has been a while since having heard about Google making a self-driving car but I never thought of all the ways it could be used:

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Open Up

31 Mar

Is a urinal sexist? How about one that is in the shape of lips?

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