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Iconic architecture meets iconic television.

We’ve highlighted the potential for crossover between television and architecture before, but we’re just that much more psyched to share this recent compilation with you. The seeming Buzzfeed of our industry, Architizer, has compiled a list of Ducks (in the words of Denise Scott Brown, Robert Venturi, and Steven Izenour) in honor of the revival of Arrested Development and their “very favorite (if fictional) architectural duck,” Bluth’s Frozen Banana Stand.

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Happy streaming this weekend, folks!

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May 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Design Week: ICFF Alternatives

While ICFF may be the place to be, in some ways, don’t forget the alternatives that exist out there! (Thanks, Cool Hunting, for the inspiration.)

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My personal favorite is probably Wanted Design, but the grand umbrella of NYCxDESIGN has plenty more ideas for you as well. Let us know your favorites in the comments!

May 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Spectacular, conceptual, or overconfident?

Russia’s Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Biennale is perhaps another example of Russia’s love for over-the-top design and presentation, but it is also just genuinely AWESOME.


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The pavilion is split into two completely separated sections; you have to walk out of the pavilion and enter through another doorway to access the other part. The top section has every surface covered with QR codes that, when read through the Samsung tablets provided, feature different design submissions for the new business and technology city of Skolkovo, located right outside of Moscow. The Skolkovo project, or i-City, is a fairly controversial new initiative to encourage new business opportunities and investment in Russia through an “open” city with an investor-friendly tax structure. However, funding and support for the project has mostly been from the government with little foreign funding as of yet, resulting in an unclear forecast of how successful the project is going to be. i-City is scheduled to open in 2017 with a university, housing, and space for over 500 companies to work in various science and technology fields.


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The bottom section, which in some ways is even cooler than the top section, features tiny backlit images of the Soviet Union’s many secret science-related cities of the past. The room is entirely dark except for these small images, creating a very intimate setting for the viewers of these rarely seen photos of cities from all over the Soviet Union, many of which don’t exist anymore.


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Both sections of the Biennale exhibition were curated by Sergei Tchoban and Sergey Kuznetsov of SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov, who are also masterplanning the Skolkovo project. The architectural team they’ve chosen for the project includes Pierre de MeuronRem KoolhaasKazuyo Sejima, and the Venice Architecture Biennale’s director David Chipperfield, plus the future winners of several rounds of competitions that will be held as the project progresses.


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Overall, Russia’s Pavilion is pretty amazing (although it did not win first place), but I wonder how much of it “show-factor” and how much of it is really high quality design? And while I didn’t get to see it in person, which might disqualify me from weighing in, I did get a full run-down from someone who got to experience it live. My take is that it’s both: a really spectacular presentation but also an exploration of some incredible concepts.

September 12′s daily design idea is also the big question that remains: how successful will the very top-down economic initiative of the Skolkovo project be for Russia, particularly now that it has been juxtaposed so publicly with many of the region’s lost cities?

September 12, 2012 at 12:21 am 1 comment

4 predictions for the future of design practice.

In April, I attended an event at the Center for Architecture called RE:Think | Design Thinking Outputs that was focused on models for dynamic and collaborative practice within the design (and larger problem solving) industry. It’s one of the best professional panels I’ve ever been to content-wise, and the format was also especially interesting; presenters were paired up and then engaged in dialogues after their paired presentations.

If you have the time, a video of the event is available: http://vimeo.com/41152962 But if you don’t, below are my four big takeaways/predictions.


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1. Project teams will increasingly be formed based on shared values, rather than coordinated skill sets or specific project goals. To be successful in these teams, we’ll all need to get better at articulating and demonstrating our most important values.

2. Projects will become increasingly iterative, and decreasingly organized around predetermined deliverables. Everyone will need to get better at embracing risk, learning quickly, communicating clearly, and generally being adaptable.

3. The term “client” will include an increasingly diverse array of stakeholders, funders, and both participating and non-participating beneficiaries. As designers, we have the opportunity to take a proactive stance in prioritizing all these clients. It would be wise for us to do so.

4. Authorship will increasingly be preserved thanks to respect from our peers, rather than by taking defensive legal action. As the processes of creating ideas, images, products, and systems become increasingly collaborative, the myth of the lone creative will continue to be debunked. We will have to get more comfortable in trusting others to give credit where credit is due, since strict copyrights will become increasingly impractical.

This event was organized by AIANY’s New Practice Committee.

May 30’s daily design idea is what predictions do you have about the future of design practice?

May 30, 2012 at 9:45 pm Leave a comment

Awesome new housing concept causes serious self reflection.

From a distanced perspective, everything about K’House is phenomenal. The Philadelphia-based coworking community Indy Hall has teamed up with uber-cost efficient and sustainable residential developers Postgreen Homes and with award-winning architecture firm DIGSAU to propose a new brand of co-housing. The project’s values are “community, openness, sustainability, accessibility and collaboration.”

rendering of K’House by Postgreen Homes (especially amazing compared with the before shot)

So what’s not to love? It’s hard for me to admit this, but I’m hesitant enough about living with one other person – despite the obvious benefits (including cost and energy savings, increased safety, opportunities for socializing, and more) – let alone a true, shared, intentional community. That said, I’d love to come around to the idea of living in this type of development/neighborhood. Maybe Indy Hall will consider accepting tenants for trial periods?

March 6’s daily design idea is what is your comfort zone for the scale of your home (and particularly the number of people you share it with)?

March 6, 2012 at 11:27 pm Leave a comment

Congrats to the winners of the 2012 SEED Competition!

via PublicInterestDesign.org (January 27, 2012):

“The 6 winning projects along with 13 honorable mentions were selected from a field of 45 submissions from 14 countries. According to the press release, ‘The award winners and honorable mentions…offer tangible evidence of how design is effectively playing a role in addressing the most critical issues around the globe…Each project team carefully identified a community’s needs and priorities, then maximized the use of resources to strategically address these.'”

Announced last month by the SEED Network, the following six projects have been selected as winners of this year’s SEED Competition (images above begin at upper left and go clockwise):

Bancroft School Revitalization, Kansas City, Missouri. Team includes BNIM Architecture + Planning, Dalmark Development and Management Group, Make it Right, Green Impact Zone, Historic Manheim Park Association, JE Dunn Construction, and Truman Medical Group.

Owe’neh Bupingeh Preservation Plan and Rehabilitation, Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico. Team includes Atkins Olshin Schade Architects and The Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority.

Grow Dat Farm, New Orleans, Louisiana. Team includes Tulane University City Center, Grow Dat Youth Farm, and New Orleans City Park.

Escuela Ecologica Saludable Initiative: Parque Primaria, Lima, Peru. Team includes University of Washington (Department of Landscape Architecture, Department of Global Health, School of Forest Resources, Global Health and Environment Fellows), Architects Without Borders- Seattle, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos/ Fundacion San Marcos, Escuela Pitagorus #8183, COPASED de Zapalla, and Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar Jorge Alarcon.

Nyanza Maternity Hospital, Nyanza, Rwanda. Team includes MASS Design Group, UNICEF, Rwandan Ministry of Health, Transsolar Kilma Engineering, Nyanza Hospital Administration

Maria Auxiliadora School, Los Calderones, Peru. Team includes Architecture for Humanity, Happy Hearts Fund, ING-INTEGRA Peru, Maria Auxiliadora School, Los Calderones Community, Tate Municipality.

The winning teams will present their projects in just over a month at this year’s Structures for Inclusion conference, being held at the University of Texas at Austin. See you there!

February 22’s daily design idea is celebrate your industry’s accomplishments, and eventually others will too.

February 22, 2012 at 7:51 pm Leave a comment

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