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Real-time generated urbanism ? Innovation in Shared-space.


Courtesy BIG

‘Our pavilion for AUDI renders visible the invisible forces that flow through our city – the driverless car is relying on sophisticated sensory and computational technology that constantly observes and calculates the dynamic space that the living city constitutes. The result is an architecture of movement whose forms have not been predetermined by the architect but are constantly being recomposed by the people populating the pavilion.’
- Bjarke Ingels, Founder & Partner, BIG

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Exhibition: Avant-Garde Of Tomorrow?


Now, when we are overwhelmed with new designs, ideas, beautiful visualizations, which we often don't have time to fully understand, we have a problem with selecting those which will really work in the future. 'Avant-Garde Of Tomorrow?' shows selection of most promising Polish architects and designers. Exhibition focuses on design process rather than final effect. Doesn't matter if it's algorithm generated or traditional it takes place in mind and is complicated.

The exhibition is thought to be a praise of the process itself as an equal part in the creation of architecture; it also attempts to introduce to the public the whole range of steps consistently reaching the final goal which one may consider ‘a good architecture’.

The exhibition opens at 7th October in Łódź, Poland at the Centre for Architecture and Design. and will be accompanied by a discussion panel. The architects participating in the exhibition and architecture critics will be invited to take part in a conversation about Polish architecture.

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Fictional architecture pt. 2: Josef Schulz


Form #23, 2008, C-Print, 120 x 160 cm, courtesy Josef Schulz

Josef Schulz shared with me his amazing work of abstract and fictional architecture photos. You can see forms, but without functions - and what is obvious, a function is the main reason for the architecture to exist! Doors, windows, signs, advertisements etc. were removed to archive such a clean and idyllic pictures. They are almost shocking despite their down-to-earth character.

Josef Schulz - Germany based artist was born in Bischofsburg, Poland in 1966 and studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. His work are exhibited across the world. These photos was taken with analogue large format camera and digitally manipulated.

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Eduardo Souto de Moura – 2011 Pritzker Prize laureate


Eduardo Souto de Moura - Photo by Augusto Brázio

Eduardo Souto de Moura was born in Porto, Portugal in 1952. His father was a doctor (ophthalmologist) and his mother a home maker. He has one brother and one sister. The sister is also a doctor and his brother is a lawyer with a political career – formerly he was Attorney General of Portugal.

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New structural system by QuaDror


Courtesy QuaDror

February 23, 2011: New York—Design studio Dror is looking forward to unveiling the design discovery of ‘QuaDror’ at the Design Indaba conference from February 23-25 in Cape Town, South Africa. ‘QuaDror’ is a space truss geometry, invented and patented by Dror Benshetrit, that utilizes unparalleled structural efficiency and introduces manifold design initiatives.

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Ezra Stoller photography exhibition


Seagram Building, Mies van der Rohe with Philip Johnson, New York, NY, 1958, Gelatin Silver Print
© Ezra Stoller, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

Yossi Milo Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of photographs by Ezra Stoller (American, 1915–2004). The exhibition will open on January 6 and close on February 12, with a reception on Thursday, January 6, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Ezra Stoller’s gelatin silver prints include images of architectural interiors and iconic landmarks. Based on his background in architecture and industrial design, Stoller used a large-format camera to photograph monumental 20th century buildings, including the Guggenheim Museum, the TWA terminal at Idlewild Airport (now John F. Kennedy International Airport), the Seagram Building, the Salk Institute, Yale Art and Architecture Building and Fallingwater. In addition to well-known photographs of these locations, the exhibition will include lesser-known photographs of small homes and guest houses which provide a fresh look at the masterful eye that established Stoller as the preeminent photographer of modern architecture.

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Book: Small scale: Creative solutions for better city living


Think big, design small - this is motto of this book by Keith Moskow and Robert Linn. This book shows fifteen well selected examples of ingenious and simple, small scale solutions for improving urban environment. They are categorized into: service, insight and delight. Some are conceptual, some already realized. Urban environment is a complicated organism, and there is a need for small improvements that bring large benefits. This is what the book is about and if You are interested in urban environment as an organism, a living system, I recommend this book!

See some example pages:

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Book: FORM+CODE in design, art and architecture


FORM+CODE in design, art and architecture

I was very exited when got this book in my hands. Although it's not strictly about architecture, it's about creating form with code (algorithm) using computers. This form could be all: 2D, 3D, light, music... If You feel skeptical about involving algorithm into your designs, as it could reduce your input into final project or product, You should read this book. This is misconception. Code is for better communication between You and computer. Code opens a lot of new ways, possibilities that are waiting to be explored. FORM+CODE shows many examples of parametric design which are divided into categories: repetition, transformation, parametrization, visualization and simulation. Below there are some pages from the book:

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Introduction: Parametric design


What is parametric design ?

There is no precise definition and there are other related terms and synonyms: generative, computational, digital, computer aided, associative. Basically it's far more sophisticated than using computer instead of drawing board. Often when You draw/model your concept, You follow certain operations which are monotone and repetitive, they are algorithms and what's for sure computers are best at algorithms, so why should You do it manually ? For example, think of an elevation with windows, each window must have an area equal to 1/8 of room's floor area. It's simple, but when next day You'll decide that 1/7 will do better, and there are 1000 windows ? Let the computer handle this algorithm! Another example: You've designed a bench with organic form and wish it'll be made of wood horizontal slices. You need slices' plans and numbers for fabrication and assembly. Easy!

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