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Laid To Rest Stops: Photos of Deserted Buildings By Noel Kerns

Tuesday 10.29.2013 , Posted by

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These homes, houses, and pit stops will not be seeing any eager trick-or-treaters this Halloween – except perhaps photographer Noel Kerns. Going door-to-door between abandoned shacks in isolated California towns such as Barstow, Yermo and the Salton Sea, Kerns captures peeling, finite facades painted against infinite nighttime skies. [Read more...]

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A Magical Hand-Built Cabin of Re-Purposed Windows for $500

Monday 10.28.2013 , Posted by

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For some creative people, there’s no better way for finding inspiration than getting away from it all and taking in a good view. This small cabin is the perfect location… and inspiration in and of itself. Hand-built by photographer Nick Olson and designer Lilah Horwitz, the charming little structure was built with a front wall of old, repurposed windows in varying sizes and when completed cost an amazingly low $500 (plus a LOT of scrounging). [Read more...]

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How Creatives Work: Frank Lloyd Wright

Monday 10.14.2013 , Posted by

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Frank Lloyd Wright was a complex individual to understand. He was celebrated as a genius architect, which he undoubtedly was, but he was also an incredibly complex and flawed individual.

Wright is undeniably on the top of the list of great architects of history. He designed some of the greatest buildings of the twentieth century including Fallingwater, The Guggenheim Museum, The Imperial Hotel, the Johnson Wax Office Building, and his groundbreaking Prairie Style and Usonian houses. His buildings were an attractive organic-looking alternative to the boxiness of conventional Modernism. He used natural materials, preserved ornament, and hand-craft in construction. He emphasized the horizontal over the vertical, against the grain of the growth of skyscraper oriented cities which he detested. [Read more...]

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Home Sweet Tome: A House Cut Into A Book

Monday 10.07.2013 , Posted by

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Danish artist Olafur Eliasson reminds us to never judge a book by its cover. Better known for his public installations and sculptural work, Eliasson’s book Your House brings architectural scale to a microscopic level. Out of 454 pristine pages, Eliasson laser-cuts the negative space of his Copenhagen home, each sheet serving as a paper-thin cross section that gives shape to tiny doors, stairways, and window frames. [Read more...]

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A Mobile, Inflatable Concert Hall for Tsunami-Ravaged Japan

Thursday 10.03.2013 , Posted by

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How do you bring joy to the areas of tsunami-ravaged Japan? Bring them music. How do you house such an event? According to British-Indian designer Anish Kapoor, you create an inflatable concert hall unlike any other. The new venue, dubbed Arc Nova will be touring earthquake and tsunami effected areas of Tohoku, spreading joy and giving encouragement in the form of music. [Read more...]

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Temporary Hexa Structures Made from Old Pallets

Monday 09.23.2013 , Posted by

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Michael Lefeber and BC Studies has recently created some impressively fun temporary structures made from completely reused and reusable materials. If you’re a fan of geometric forms, their Hexa Structures are really going to make you feel at home. Each is made from standardized elements, from scaffolding components as the load carrying structure, to discarded wooden pallets as everything from the load bearing floor, to the roof and decorative wall panels. You could easily create a large pile of junk with those materials, but this crew has made something both easily built and attractive. [Read more...]

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Smith Allen Studio Introduces 3D Printed Architecture to the World

Sunday 09.15.2013 , Posted by

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Since 3D printing technology has been introduced, we’ve seen it used for high heel shoes, skateboards, photo booths that make a miniature 3D figurine, and even 3D holograms of unborn babies. The possibilities for this line of machinery seem endless and Smith Allen Studio is taking things to an even larger scale with the world’s first 3D-printed architecture. The Oakland-based duo that comprises Smith Allen Studio is Bryan Allen and Stephanie Smith and their latest structure called Echoviren is made up of 3D-printed bricks. The white bio-plastic structure, which measures 10x10x8 feet, stands proud amidst a forest of Redwood Trees, and will safely decompose in 30-50 years. [Read more...]

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Who Knew Gas Stations Could Be Beautiful? Architectural Marvels from the Mid-Century

Tuesday 09.03.2013 , Posted by

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It’s likely you didn’t even notice the architecture of the gas stations you pulled into this last labor day weekend… but if you did it was probably not because they looked good. Most places you fill up have had their design considered for about 0.2 seconds – before moving on to placing the soft drinks quickly at hand, the dingy toilets hidden somewhere out back and the credit card machine handy. That hasn’t always been the case however, as seen by these beautiful modernist designs from the bygone era – when cars were chrome covered and filling up the tank was the station attendant’s job. [Read more...]

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House on Wheels: Architecture Student Converts Old School Bus Into Modular Living Space

Thursday 08.29.2013 , Posted by

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A house on wheels can be an adventure vehicle, a home with a view, or a moveable apartment unit.  A recent University of Minnesota architecture graduate took on a unique thesis project when he converted an old school bus into a living space. Hank Butitta’s goal was to push the design process beyond theory and beyond drawings. The school bus project was a three-dimensional space, and it came with the corresponding challenges and benefits. The challenge was to take the limited square footage and develop a flexible multi-use space. The benefit: after the project is completed, you have a tiny home on wheels not a PowerPoint presentation. [Read more...]

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Art On The Ground: Postmodern Landscapes By Charles Jencks

Wednesday 08.28.2013 , Posted by

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Charles Jencks’ sinuous sculptures are no ordinary walk in the park. A celebrated postmodern architect, designer, and theorist, Jencks tows the line between design, science, and nature to create dramatic forms that swoop across the the British landscape he calls home. [Read more...]

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