This week's best come from Nychos, Zed1, Hyuro, Seacreative, Wes21 and Conor Harrington in collaboration with Maser! Nychos Back in Europe, Nychos recently opened his solo show in Torino, Italy. His highly detailed, anatomical characters are sharp.
Only a decade ago, sustainable building techniques were fairly rare, a fringe culture on the periphery of mainstream architecture. But with Stephen Colbert interviewing radically green architects like Mitchell Joachim and Passive House buildings popping up in New York City, that's all changing very quickly.
For concrete evidence of the shift, look no further than this year's Top Ten Green Buildings, an annual list chosen by the American Institute of Architects. A few years ago, this list was full of single-family homes commissioned by clients with a special interest in sustainability. Lately, it's full of schools, government buildings, and commercial developments.
And while it's tough to sum up complex buildings in just a sentence or two, there are a few fascinating details from this year's crop that stand out.
From snails that filter water to nails harvested from a WWII-era warehouse, here what's helping the future go green...
This small vacation house is designed as a stairway to the treetops.
Keeping the footprint to a minimum so as not to disturb the wooded site, each of the three floors has only one small bedroom and bath, each a tiny private suite. The fourth floor, which contains the living spaces, spreads out from the tower like the surrounding forest canopy, providing views of the lake and mountains in the distance, virtually the entire Catskill Mountain range. The glass-enclosed stair highlights the procession from forest floor to treetop aerie, while the dark green enameled exterior camouflages the house by reflecting the surrounding woods, and dematerializing its form...
The red, sandy mass of the Simpson Desert stretches across 176,000 square kilometres of the Northern Territory, and into Queensland and South Australia. The landscape is relentless. In parallel lines from north to south dunes stretch as far as the eye can see - some ridgelines continuing unbroken for 200 kilometres, with peaks soaring to 40 metres. There are no maintained roads, no escape routes and, with summer temperatures reaching 50 degrees, no second chances for the unprepared. It took Samantha Gash four days to run across it.
Once you're an adult, summer doesn't quite mean what it used to. Most of us don't get June, July and August off any more, and end up whiling away the majority of the season staring wistfully out the office window at that so-fleeting sunshine.
Like the iconic waterfront Sydney Opera House, the Wuxi Grand Theatre, built by Finland’s PES-Architects, benefits from its location.
Located on a manmade peninsula, the theater is highly visible from all directions- a prime spot that provided the opportunity to construct an eye-catching roof that places the building in a direct dialogue with the city’s weather. Eight massive steel wings stretch out from the roof 50 meters high, adding a distinct sculptural element while reflecting direct sunlight, sheltering interior spaces from excessive heat. The slanted roof also works to harvest rainwater, taking advantage of the local climate and reducing the building’s impact on the environment.
Thousands of LED lights illuminate the aluminum wings; inside, the Main Auditorium is covered by over 15,000 bamboo blocks, capturing the local character while infusing a distinctly Finnish element in its forms and materials.
One year after its opening, the theater has seamlessly integrated its green terraces and lakeside landscape into the urban context and local culture...
Who Wore It Better is an ongoing visual research project presenting associations and common practices in contemporary art. This platform was created to promote formal and conceptual dialogue over originality. Alison Feldish / Derek Frech
Only 3 Indian art galleries participated in the Dubai Art Fair 2013(DAF). ‘Exceeding their expectations’, some claim to have ‘returned with empty crates’, citing a huge interest in Indian art from across the world...
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