July 1st I wrote about these urban camping sites popping up in city parks. This one is cool too: "during summer 2015, the centrumeiland of ijburg in amsterdam hosts ‘urban campsite‘, a public exhibition and art-sleep experience made up out of fourteen innovative and creative habitats. a diverse group of designers, architects and artists have been invited to build mobile objects that function as bedrooms, ready for guest stay by local residents and tourists alike. bookable on airbnb, the imaginative collection of tents include a seed-shaped shelter made from recyclable materials, a flat tepee with a trampoline for a roof, and a modern white loft with spherical portholes that allow for outdoor viewing. common and recreation areas offer community interaction and cooking within the micro-society, while the industrial ‘tribal toilet tower’ by joep van proposes an alternative to regular bathrooms." Nice example of how creative ideas can be combined. More here: http://www.designboom.com/art/urban-campsite-amsterdam-art-tents-07-27-2015/
Strong visual huh? Absolutely L-O-V-E it!
2014-2015 version of the annual research pavilion from the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart, in Germany, derives its biomimetic design from the self-constructed habitat of the "diving bell" water spider. The resulting temporary structure designed by a team of ICD/ITKE faculty and students gets its shape from carbon-fiber bundles extruded by a robotic armature to support a translucent ETFE membrane." See more gorgeous pictures and graphics here: http://www.architectmagazine.com/project-gallery/icd-itke-2014-2015-research-pavilion_o
Neumann/Smith Architects boasts nearly half a century of experience working throughout Michigan’s Motor City. The Southfield-based firm scooped the 2015 A+Award, Popular Choice, for the Parking Structures category with the Z, a multistory garage that challenges the conventions associated with this traditionally utilitarian building typology. The parking lot was designed to accompany 33,000 square feet of new retail space aimed at revitalizing the area. The main aim for the architects was to lift the project out of the ordinary confines of its genre and produce something bolder and more dynamic than is typically expected from such a functional structure. “The client challenged us to think outside of the box. They wanted something that was unique, that was bold,” explains Neumann/Smith’s Design Director Scott Bonney. “You think about a parking garage; it’s normally a relatively mundane piece of architecture. They wanted it to be something spectacular.” More here: http://architizer.com/blog/neumann-smith-architects-z-garage/media/1191889/
Fat red, blue and yellow lines are scribbled over with street names, landmarks, annotations and social commentary. In a crosshatched area labelled “That place,” a blue dot marks “My house.” The handmade map gives a sense of the city’s personal meaning that you just don’t quite get from Google Maps." More visual pleasures here: https://www.grafik.net/category/news/city-mapper
"Thor ter Kulve and Robert McIntyre's CanopyStair comprises modular wooden platforms made from curved birch plywood, typically used to build small aircraft.
When bound to a tree trunk with adjustable woven ratchet straps at staggered heights and orientations, the modules can be used as steps. "Since tree trunks are all unique we had to design a system that would adapt to their uneven surfaces, whilst not harming the tree in any way," Ter Kulve told Dezeen.
"We have worked with the arboriculturalists at Hampstead Heath to ensure we are not damaging the tree," said McIntyre.The curved shapes of the steps were designed to help the elements to appear straight even if they are slightly uneven when installed as a spiral set."
Read more here: http://www.dezeen.com/2015/06/26/canopystair-thor-ter-kulve-robert-mcintyre-modular-steps-straps-tree-trunk-staircase-royal-college-of-art-graduate-show-2015/
http://www.stedelijk.nl/en/exhibitions/zero-let-us-explore-the-stars#sthash.GfASiH0Q.dpuf And for the presentation on social media: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153405547459659.1073741888.103829284658&type=3
Pablo Reinoso recreates a basic park bench into a swirling chaotic knot of line and form, giving a new dimension to a common piece of furniture. By sculpting organic spaghetti shaped wood branches his ultimate goal is to modify the perception we have on simple objects. Those animated random pieces of furniture are meant to create a state of visual suprise, the materials (wood, marble, steel) are becoming living beings; new species of their own.The artist extends the primal functions of a bench, a frame, a chair, a pillow and a slab of marble to a new dimension, gently associating sculpture and art with nature.The result is baffling, our notion of space is reset as there is no manual of how to consider the transformed pieces. Pablo Reinoso builds a landscape from marble, an air ventilating machine from pillows, spaghetti roots from a bench and replaces the canvas of a frame with swirled pieces of wood with no other intention than to turn our world around. By reinitializing daily objects and giving them life we encounter Pablo Reinoso’s subtle prediction: “The presence of flora is a message, mother nature is somewhere around. And she could be taking over”." Nice right? You can read more over here: http://beautifuldecay.com/2015/07/03/pablo-reinoso-evokes-return-mother-nature-creating-flora-inspired-furniture/
De Buurtcamping is popping up in parks across Amsterdam and Utrecht. De Buurtcamping, which translates to The Neighborhood Campsite, invites neighbors to share a mini-holiday together in a park close to their house. This year’s edition will be taking place from 24-26 July. Since the first edition in Amsterdam’s Oosterpark in 2013, De Buurtcamping has proven to be a successful concept for creating sustainable, social connections in urban neighborhoods. What makes De Buurtcamping so special is the presence of all sorts of different people. A banker borrows toilet paper from his homeless neighbor, an old widow is invited for a BBQ by the huge family. On the campsite they’re all equal." You can read more here: http://popupcity.net/neigborhood-campsite-lets-locals-camp-in-nearby-parks/