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Shigeru Ban completes Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch

Shigeru Ban completes Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch | Architecture and Architectural Jobs | Scoop.it

The Cardboard Cathedral by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban opened in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The building was designed as a temporary replacement for the city's former Anglican cathedral, which was destroyed by the earthquake that struck the city in February 2011. With an expected lifespan of around 50 years, it will serve the community until a more permanent cathedral can be constructed.

The building features a triangular profile constructed from 98 equally sized cardboard tubes. These surround a coloured glass window made from tessellating triangles, decorated with images from the original cathedral's rose window.


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Beautiful Sand Drawings by Jim Denevan

Beautiful Sand Drawings by Jim Denevan | Architecture and Architectural Jobs | Scoop.it
Using a rake or a piece of driftwood, California artist Jim Denevan shapes monumental works on the sandy beaches of the world, spending hours on huge and often complex geometric patterns destined to be washed away at the turn of the tide.

 

Despite their accuracy, his designs are the improvised work of the moment and are executed freehand, without plan or measurement. Photographs of his ephemeral works are in major collections, including that of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. ‘It’s like drawing on a piece of paper,’ he says, ‘except my piece of paper happens to be several miles across.’ A single drawing can involve the need for him to cover 40 km or more.


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