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A Hill On A House / Yuko Nagayama & Associates Architects: Yuko Nagayama & Associates Location: Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan Area: 267.0 sqm Project Year: 2006 Photographs: Daici Ano From the architect. This is an urban house surrounded by tall buildings on all sides except for the northeast facing a street. The issue was how to bring light into the interior, to open the enclosed volume and to develop scenery within it while avoiding looks from the neighborhood.

Heliotrope Rotating House Login « Register « Menu Home » Categories » ART » Homes that Defy Gravity » Heliotrope Rotating House (Freiburg, Germany) Menu Advanced Search Print on Send a message View Slideshow Homes that Defy Gravity Curitiba's Bus System is Model for Rapid Transit Bus systems provide a versatile form of public transportation with the flexibility to serve a variety of access needs and unlimited range of locations throughout a metropolitan area. Buses also travel on urban roadways, so infrastructure investments can be substantially lower than the capital costs required for rail systems. As a result, bus service can be implemented cost-effectively on many routes. Yet, despite the inherent advantages of a bus service, conventional urban buses inching their way through congested streets don’t win much political support. The essence of a Bus Rapid Transit is to improve bus operating speed and reliability on arterial streets by reducing or eliminating the various types of delay. The bus system of Curitiba, Brazil, exemplifies a model Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, and plays a large part in making this a livable city.

Sculptural Staircase by Philip Watts Design Philip Watts Design is an award-winning creative design and build team based in Nottingham, UK. Founded in 1993, the company has successfully designed over 500 products, worked on over 100 interior projects, and completed 150 unique bespoke installations world wide. The extensive collection of products produced by Philip Watts Design includes all aspects of creative architectural ironmongery, lighting, contemporary urinals and sanitaryware.

Rhino Grasshopper VS Generative Components (A canopy design created in Generative Components by Elif Erdine)This is the Second Guest post from Mark Loomis I would like to thank him for taking the time to share with us his findings regarding different generative design platforms,hope it serves to start an interesting conversation with our readers and followers. I’m Mark Loomis, a landscape architect who is guest posting on this blog. As promised in my previous post, I’m going to compare GenerativeComponents to Grasshopper. I also want to propose a way to explore them both by reading the book, ‘Elements of Parametric Design ’ by Robert Woodbury and using the GC and GH pattern tutorials websites that accompany the book. Paper Houses: New Design Could Revolutionize World Slums - SPIEG Slums, sadly, look largely the same the world over -- rickety metal roofed huts thrown together on the edges of vast metropolises to provide some rudimentary shelter for the destitute who live there. A model of the new paper house was set up in Kiel in December. But if a newly designed pre-fabricated house developed in conjunction with the Bauhaus University in the eastern German city of Weimar catches on, the world's shantytowns could get a new look.

League of California Cities Did you know that, under certain home rule provisions in California's state constitution, voters can exercise a greater degree of local control than that provided by the California Legislature? Becoming a charter city allows voters to determine how their city government is organized and, with respect to municipal affairs, enact legislation different than that adopted by the state. In 2001, the Institute for Local Government, nonprofit research affiliate of the League and the California State Association of Counties, teamed up with the Hastings Public Law Research Institute to create an informational resource for those interested in understanding more about this special form of local control.

Hanging Infinity Pools in Bali at Ubud Hotel & Resort Bali is a small island in Indonesia, a magical place, known worldwide due to its rich culture and mesmerizing landscapes. For today, we will present Ubud Hanging Gardens Hotel, a man-made attraction. The most striking of the hotel’s design features is a large, multi-leveled infinity pool, with curves that are said to copy the shape and beauty of the hills nearby. Guests can swim at the edge and enjoy peaceful vistas of the ancient Pura Penataran Dalem Segara temple, located on the opposite hillside. Celebrating 30 Years of Material Innovation This year marks both the 30th anniversary of Interiors & Sources, and the 4th anniversary of our revolutionary Materials Pavilion (#ISMatPav or #materialspavilion) at the annual NeoCon show in Chicago, and to celebrate, we’re making it bigger and better than ever! If you’re not familiar with our Materials Pavilion (and you should be!), it’s the perfect place to discover a broad and exciting selection of decorative materials and finishes all in one convenient location. This year’s Pavilion, designed by members of the nonprofit organization Designs for Dignity (, will be expanding to 4,000 square feet of exhibit space on the 8th floor of the Mart (8-2130). On tap is an inspiring array of products curated by the Interiors & Sources editorial staff and designer and materials historian Grace Jeffers, in partnership with the experts at Material Intelligence, an informational resource on surfacing solutions for designers and fabricators.

Monolithic Homes When it comes to homes, Monolithic does not believe in one size or one style fits all. Your Monolithic Dome home can be everything you need and everything you want in the home of your dreams. It can be small and cozy or spacious and luxurious; one-storied or multistoried; at ground level, totally underground or earth-bermed; built in virtually any location and environment. Flexibility is the key idea behind our home designs. The interior of your Monolithic Dome home can be partitioned into rooms or areas that fit your needs and wants.

Astonishing Toothpick Sculpture: Rolling through the Bay by Scott Weaver [Video] With enthusiasm and hard work, a gifted artist can create stunning things. What you are about to see is a fantastic toothpick sculpture depicting the life in San Francisco. Made from over 100,000 toothpicks over the course of 35 years, the “Rolling through the Bay” toothpick sculpture was created by Scott Weaver, an artist who has been building toothpick sculptures since he was 8 years old, back in 1968. The sculpture features four ping-pong balls that take you on a tour across the toothpick city.

Kinetic Tessellated Skin To Filter Saudi Sunlight When sunlight hits human skin, the epidermis reacts by producing melanin to protect the tissues underneath from radiation. This simple principle comes to mind when viewing the new design for a pair of planned ultra-luxury spas in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which will employ a kinetic metal skin that can shift depending on the angle and intensity of the sun. Known as the Portal Spas, the two crystalline structures will become the newest crown jewels of the swank King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) and will contain some of the most lavish spa amenities on the planet. The outer shell, however, may be more interesting to green builders than anything inside. Image via WorksBureau The skin will consist of panels of titanium that are perforated with thousands of irregularly shaped openings to let in varying amounts of sunlight.

Homestead House, Michael Jantzen, world architecture news, archi The Homestead House is a conceptual design for alternative housing that explores the potential use of a commercially available steel, prefabricated, modular, high strength, low cost, arch building system normally used for agricultural purposes. Its architect, Michael Jantzen was inspired by his experimental design work in the late 1960s as an undergraduate at Southern Illinois University and decided to re-examine this work. The steel arches and straight panels used in the building system are formed from thin recyclable steel sheets, which can easily be bolted together with simple tools, and with unskilled labour.

I agree. As long as we don't mess up the environment, our future cities could be nice to live in. by parelboom Apr 3

wow! this is spacial... incredibly beautiful!! by pbg Apr 3