If you ask Whole Foods why it’s breaking ground on a store in Midtown Detroit this month, it’ll say it wants to be part of “an incredible community” and “make natural foods available to everyone.” And that may be. But it’s also true that the Austin, Texas-based retailer has made a science of putting down roots in urban locations at what often seems to be just the right moment. In Washington, D.C., near Logan Circle in 2000, Uptown New Orleans and the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh in 2002, Boston’s “Latin Quarter” in Jamaica Plain in 2011 — areas that other specialty grocers might have considered unworthy of goat cheese and ostrich eggs, but that were actually on the verge of a boom that, lo and behold, kicked into high gear as soon as Whole Foods moved in. “Whole Foods will move into neighborhoods that, at first glance you think, why are they moving there?” says Bill Reid, a principal at the Portland, Ore., land-use consultancy Johnson Reid. Whole Foods is coming? Time to buy - Dream City
Metropol Parasol, Sevilla Details Special facts Metropol Parasol is one of worlds largest timber engineering constructions with 3400 individual wooden elements. The measures of the elements are: length max. = 16,5 m, thicknesses betw. 68 and 311 mm, largest (trunk) element 16,5 x 3,5 x 0,14 m. The construction consists of 3000 connection nodes that are highly load-bearing. Architect's word „Metropol Parasol“ is the new icon project for Sevilla, - a place of identification and to articulate Sevilla's role as one of Spains most fascinating cultural destinations.
Tel Aviv Museum of Art On our last day in Israel we had a tour of the newly opened Herta and Paul Amir Building at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art . It was designed by architecture firm Preston Scott Cohen , and it is astonishing. All of the images above are © Amit Geron .
Wheeeeeee! Slides Made for Adults, in Dire Need of Fun [Video] Summer ends today, which means we must all go back to our humdrum all-work autumnal lives. But not until we cover one final bastion of warm-weather play: Slides! Slide@T3 claims to be the tallest in Singapore This week, the Slide@T3 opened in Singapore's Changi Airport, a pair of slides that twirl through its Terminal 3.
first image 'tiger & turtle - magic mountain' by heike mutter and ulrich genth in landmarke angerpark, city of duisburg, germany all images courtesy heike mutter and ulrich genth image © heike mutter and ulrich genth introduced to the public on 13 november 2011, 'tiger & turle - magic mountain' by hamburg-based duo heike mutter / ulrich genth is a large walkable outdoor sculpture on the heinrich hildebrand höhn in duisburg, germany. resting on the highest point of the undulating park, the rollercoaster-like structure allows visitors to walk along its elevated lanes with views of the western ruhr. within site image © heike mutter and ulrich genth heike mutter + ulrich genth: tiger and turtle - magic mountain
New York by Gehry at 8 Spruce Street
Frank Gehry: Dizzy heights | Art and design ' I'm getting tearful," says Frank Gehry when I ask him how he feels about finally making his mark on the Manhattan skyline. "My father grew up in Hell's Kitchen , 10th Avenue, on the city's West Side." Irving Goldberg was one of nine children in a very poor immigrant family; his son changed his name in the early 1950s. "He started work at 11," says Gehry.
Looking, Moving, Gathering: Functions of the High Line
first image ‘sunflower umbrellas,' madsar, UAE by LAVA image courtesy LAVA giant umbrellas, with a design based on the principles of sunflowers, will provide moveable shade in the day, store heat, then close and release the heat at night in the plaza of a new eco-city in the united arab emirates. the ‘sunflower umbrellas’ are one aspect of the winning design by the international practice laboratory for visionary architecture (LAVA) for the city centre for masdar in the UAE - the world’s first zero carbon, zero waste city powered entirely by renewable energy sources. masdar is a planned city located 17 kilometres from abu dhabi. a government initiative, the city is being constructed over seven phases and is due to be completed by 2016. the city centre includes a plaza, five-star hotel, long stay hotel, a convention centre and entertainment complex and retail facilities.
first image 'tower skin' by LAVA international architectural firm LAVA has developed a simple, cost effective, easily constructed skin that promises to transforms aged 1960's buildings in sydney, into sustainable, iconic buildings. ' a speculative project, 'tower skin' for the university of technology (UTS) broadway tower in sydney, australia offers a unique opportunity to transform the identity, sustainability and interior comfort of the once state of the art building. ' chris bosse australian director of LAVA. close up of the UTS building with 'tower skin' 'tower skin' is a transparent cocoon that acts as a high performance 'micro climate'. it generates energy with photo voltaic cells, collects rain water, improves day lighting and uses available convective energy to power the towers' ventilation requirements. LAVA: tower skin