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SketchUp. Construction Matters examines the relation between advances in construction technology and artistic form in modern architecture. Please support this project by backing it on Kickstarter. As you might know, the editor of this blog graduated from architecture school more than a year ago and is no longer surrounded by beautiful books. Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 am to 6 pm (and longer) she sits in front of a Windows desktop computer with two monitors. She works with a common CAD program, speaks to clients and contractors on the phone, she spends a lot of time breathing the stuffy air of conference rooms, she visits construction sites, and she is working herself through endless Excel sheets. Therefore, the editor of this blog was not able to post things the way she used to. Therefore, she will start posting things again from now - but things will be different. You will see: The Real World of Architecture. Please share! apologies.

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‘Pure White Ecoresin™’ by 3form 'Pure White Ecoresin™' by 3form Restoring two adjacent lobbies of the outdated 1980s Adam Place office building in Massachusetts, USA the internationally operating architects of Perkins + Will wanted to achieve a powerful transformation without the cost and time required for a complete overhaul. Focusing on the unattractive exposed elevators, the team at Perkins + Will chose to update the with a, visually dynamic solution for concealing the outdated glass cabs. Arctic Harvester Proposes Large-Scale Hydroponic-Farming Near Greenland Arctic Harvester was the first prize winning entry in the “Innovation and Architecture for the Sea” category of the Jacques Rougerie Foundation International Architecture Competition, 2013. It proposes an itinerant soil-less agricultural infrastructure designed to drift the circulating ocean currents between Greenland and Canada, exploiting the nutrient-rich fresh water released by melting icebergs as the basis for a large-scale hydroponic-farming system. The floating facility is equipped to house a community of 800 people, inspired in its compact urban form by vertically oriented, bayside Greenlandic villages and their social, cultural and economic relationship to the sea.

Graphical and vivid textures by Maharam (US 'A Band Apart' upholstery fabric by Sarah Morris The New York based textile manufacturer Maharam is a fourth generation family-run business which produces high-quality fabrics for wall coverings, windows and upholstery. The collection includes beautiful graphical designs, such as those of the American artist Sarah Morris and playful and vivid prints by Paul Smith. 'A Band Apart' by Sarah Morris 'A Band Apart' applied 'Slow Exposure' wall textile by Paul Smith

This Giant Floating Farm Uses Melting Icebergs To Bring Local Food To Greenland As glaciers melt at record speeds due to climate change, some (often questionable) startups are beginning to harvest the melting freshwater, bottle it up, and ship it off to distant grocery store shelves. But then there are ideas like this one: Why not use the nutrient-rich water to help grow local food for Greenland, which currently ships in almost all of its produce from overseas? French architecture students came up with the idea for Arctic Harvester, a floating hydroponic farm and village, while doing research for another project on Greenland. “We were struck by the idea that Greenland's icebergs support such rich localized ecosystems…An iceberg is an oasis,” says Meriem Chabani, who worked on the concept along with Etienne Chobaux, John Edom, and Maeva Leneveu. “We had what seemed to us a massive resource on one hand, and a massive lack--no local produce--on the other.”

Premier Campus Office in Kagithane Winning Proposal / JDS Architects Focusing on the users’ working and living qualities, the winning proposal for the Premier Campus Office in Kagithane addresses its presence in Istanbul as a new form of contextual and urban approach. Designed by JDS Architects, the building is formed by their desire to make it interact with its environment and acts as a catalyst of business life for a new Istanbul that promotes contemporary culture, architecture and lifestyle. More images and architects’ description after the break. Located in the Kagithane Gardens business district, the project opens itself up to the neighborhood and offers spaces to the users and the passers by such as plazas, intimate gardens and generous terraces. The volume of the block is literally carved out to invite the surroundings in. The vibrant commercial life of the ground floor burst out onto the plazas and the landscape.

WAN AWARDS 2013 Residential Shortlist, WAN AWARDS The judging day for the WAN Residential Award 2013 produced very good debate leading to a very satisfying shortlist in terms of range of projects. The panel consisted of: Michel Bertreux, Founder of TETRARC; David Bickle, Partner of Hawkins\Brown; Ted Cullinan, Founder of Cullinan Studio; Kenneth Drucker, Senior Principal & Design Director of HOK; Christoph Ingenhoven, Founder of Ingenhoven Architects; Christina Seilern, Founder of Studio Seilern Architects; and Peter Murray, NLA - London’s Centre for Built Environment. A full gallery of submissions to the WAN AWARDS 2013 Residential Sector can be viewed here and the longlist - handpicked by WAN's Editor in Chief Michael Hammond - can be perused here.

Watts Towers The Watts Towers or Towers of Simon Rodia in the Watts district of Los Angeles, California, is a collection of 17 interconnected structures, two of which reach heights of over 99 feet (30 m). The Towers were built by Italian immigrant construction worker Sabato ("Sam" or "Simon") Rodia (1879-1965) in his spare time over a period of 33 years, from 1921 to 1954. The work is an example of non-traditional vernacular architecture and American naïve art.[4][5] The Outlands - Build your own log cabin undefined BUILD A Handsome, sturdy and affordable Log Cabin. The log cabin is still a great choice if you want to build your own home.

Today's Buildings The origin of the television set was heavily shrouded in both spiritualism and the occult, Stefan Andriopoulos writes in his new book Ghostly Apparitions. In fact, as its very name implies, the television was first conceived as a technical device for seeing at a distance: like the telephone (speaking at a distance) and telescope (viewing at a distance), the television was intended as an almost magical box through which we could watch distant events unfold, a kind of technological crystal ball. Andriopoulos's book puts the TV into a long line of other "optical media" that go back at least as far as popular Renaissance experiments involving technologically-induced illusions, such as concave mirrors, magic lanterns, disorienting walls of smoke, and other "ghostly apparitions" and "phantasmagoric projections" created by specialty devices.