January 27, 2014

VIDEO: Doris Kim Sung: Metal that breathes

Modern buildings with floor-to-ceiling windows give spectacular views, but they require a lot of energy to cool. Doris Kim Sung works with thermo-bimetals, smart materials that act more like human skin, dynamically and responsively, and can shade a room from sun and self-ventilate.

Doris Kim Sung is a biology student turned architect interested in thermo-bimetals, smart materials that respond dynamically to temperature change.

January 20, 2014

VIDEO: Toni Griffin: A new vision for rebuilding Detroit

Toni Griffin is the Founding Director of the J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City at the City College of New York. In addition to her academic involvement, Griffin maintains an active private practice based in New York. Prior to returning to private practice, Griffin created a centralized division of planning and urban design for the City of Newark, New Jersey, and before that, worked on waterfront and neighborhood revitalization in Washington, D.C.

Griffin recently served as director of the Detroit Works Project, and in 2012 completed and released Detroit Future City, a comprehensive citywide framework plan for urban transformation.

January 14, 2014

New York designer Sean Carlson Perry has launched a new start-up organization called Design Exchange that has his architecture and interior design firm provide pro-bono design services for projects that benefit those in need. For every project commissioned by Perry's firm, 10 percent of the design fee is donated to Design Exchange to fund a free project for individuals, families, or organizations.

Design Exchange's mission is to supply home environments that foster rehabilitation for people coming in or out of homeless shelters and organizations that serve those in need of basic living necessities.

Design Exchange - Bridging Interior Design and Architecture with Continual Charitable Giving. Visit igg.me/at/DESIGNEXCHANGE/x/4950715 to donate.

January 13, 2014

VIDEO: Janette Sadik-Khan: New York's streets? Not so mean any more

In this funny and thought-provoking talk, Janette Sadik-Khan, transportation commissioner of New York City, shares projects that have reshaped street life in the 5 boroughs, including pedestrian zones in Times Square, high-performance buses and a 6,000-cycle-strong bike share. Her mantra: Do bold experiments that are cheap to try out.

As commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation, Janette Sadik-Khan is responsible for the smooth running of a New York that hides in plain sight... the streets, highways, bridges, signs and lights that make up the bustling metropolis.

January 7, 2014

Environmental Graphics at Novo Nordisk by Poulin + Morris

As a world leader in diabetes care, the 88-year-old Danish pharmaceutical firm Novo Nordisk employs over 30,000 people in 7 countries, with 2,000 employees based in the United States. Until 2011, the company’s North American headquarters had been located in 4 separate buildings in Princeton, New Jersey. Novo Nordisk commissioned Granum A/I to redesign and reconfigure the former world headquarters for Merrill Lynch for its newly integrated headquarters.
The Princeton facility includes 500,000 square feet spanning a quarter mile location on a 2.8 million-square-foot campus that features 99 acres of lush, natural landscape and a scenic 5-acre lake. The interior plan features clusters of communal and collaborative spaces, including private offices, open offices, and conference rooms. Special project rooms, work rooms, and huddle spaces offer employees a variety of work environments.
A comprehensive building graphic program was developed that provides a consistent visual language that adheres to Novo Nordisk’s design values and visual cornerstones in a new and dynamic way. The designers introduced a color coding system that designates each of the vast facility’s 5 zones. The color system is accentuated with bold patterns representing molecular compositions of insulin, further differentiating each zone by the scale, color, and application of these patterns. These insulin-inspired patterns are prominently integrated throughout the project—on wall murals, glass entrances, and glass partitions. A modular sign panel system featuring a complementary pattern based on elements from the periodic table displays an intuitive room numbering system to guide people through the building. Graphic pattern murals display large-scale floor numbers and wayfinding information for additional navigation throughout the LEED-Silver certified facility.
The designers were also responsible for the branding of the headquarters’ dining facilities—Lakeview, a cafeteria featuring a two-story wall of windows overlooking views of the adjacent lake, and The Market, a self-service “grab and go.” A graphic identity program for these 2 venues was developed for all printed materials, menu items, and graphic sign elements.

For more information visit Poulin + Morris

January 6, 2014

VIDEO: Iwan Baan: Ingenious homes in unexpected places

Iwan Baan's interest in human connection is reflected in his ability to shift from architectural photographer to documentarian. In his photos of informal communities around the world, he shows how vernacular architecture and placemaking serve as examples of human ingenuity. His photography is a window into the world around us.

January 4, 2014

VIDEO: A Common Sense Alternative to the Columbia River Crossing (CRC), Portland, OR

The "Common Sense Alternative" (CSA) is a cheaper, faster, and better way of crossing the Columbia River. It would would achieve the stated goals of the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) freeway and bridge project, but for less money.

About the authors of the CSA:
George M. Crandall has been responsible for more than 50 key urban and community design projects across the country and throughout the West. Many of his local projects have made Portland and Oregon models for planning in America. He has served as President for the Architectural Foundation of Oregon, Board President for 1000 Friends of Oregon, President of the Portland Chapter AIA, and Chair of the AIA Urban Design Committee

 Jim Howell is a longtime active transportation and mass transit advocate in Portland. As of 2010, he serves as director and strategic planner of AORTA. Howell was a founder, with Ron Buel, of Sensible Transportation Options for People, one of the organizations that helped kill the planned Mount Hood Freeway in the early 1970s

January 3, 2014

Video: Rio de Janeiro

No wonder the beautiful city of Rio De Janeiro was chosen to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de Janeiro, or simply Rio, is the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city of Brazil, and the third largest metropolitan area and agglomeration in South America, boasting approximately 6.3 million people within the city proper. Part of the city has been designated as a World Heritage Site, named "Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea", identified by UNESCO in the category Cultural Landscape.

Rio de Janeiro is one of the most visited cities in the southern hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova, balneario beaches such as Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. Some of the most famous landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer ("Cristo Redentor") atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; Sugarloaf mountain (Pão de Açúcar) with its cable car; the Sambódromo, a permanent grandstand-lined parade avenue which is used during Carnival; and Maracanã Stadium, one of the world's largest football stadiums.

January 2, 2014

Video: One World Trade Center Time-Lapse 2004-2013

 Watch this time-lapse movie, highlighting progress at the World Trade Center site from October 2004 to September 2013. Witness the rise of One World Trade Center, including the installation of the spire, bringing it to a staggering height of 1,776 feet. Hundreds of thousands of high definition images were captured over the past 9 years and hand-edited for this special time-lapse movie. Despite the over-the-top soundtrack, It is interesting to see this building rise over almost 10 years.

January 1, 2014

VIDEO: Diébédo Francis Kéré: How to build with clay... and community

 Diébédo Francis Kéré grew up in Gando, a small village in Burkina Faso. Having gone away to school, first within his country and then at the Technische Universität in Berlin, Germany, he resolved to give back to the community that raised him. He does that through the power of architecture.

Through his firm, Kéré Architecture, Kéré focuses on using local building materials and techniques in a modern way, to redefine and redesign the enviroment. In Burkina Faso, that means working predominantly with clay, and his innovative approach has seen the creation of remarkably beautiful, modern buildings that are entirely appropriate to the setting.

His first building, a primary school in Gando, was completed in 2001 and received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Since then, he has designed other structures for the village; his other work there has also won multiple awards, including the Global Award, the BSI Swiss Architectural Award, the Marcus Prize and the Global Holcim Award Gold 2012.

Kéré also teaches architecture; he has lectured at colleges including the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and Harvard. In 2013, he began teaching at the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio, Switzerland.

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