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Large-Scale Light Art Comes to Life in Amsterdam for Annual Festival

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Installation & Sound. ]

Every winter, visitors and residents alike get to see Amsterdam in a whole new light – literally – as large-scale light art installations add an extra layer of vibrance to the city. For the seventh annual edition, the Amsterdam Light Festival chose the theme “The Medium is the Message,” a modern-day evaluation of the famous phrase coined by Canadian scientist Marshall McLuhan. The role light plays in conveying a message glows in the foreground with Amsterdam as the stage, each work interacting with its setting.

Call for Submissions: 2018 Holiday Card Challenge

It's time to get into the Holiday Spirit! As we've done for the past few years, we're seeking holiday cards with an architectural spin to feature on ArchDaily. We expect abundant puns and festively decorated classic buildings. :)

Competition Guidelines:

  • Design must be submitted as a .jpg/.png/.gif
  • Format is 1800 x 1200 pixels (vertical or horizontal)
  • Design must be original and suitable for publication on ArchDaily
  • The theme for the design can be Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years, etc.
  • All entries must be received by December 17 at 10PM EST
  • You may submit more than one entry
  • Our favorite submissions will be published 

Apple Unveils Greenest MacBook Ever, New iPad and Mac Mini

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Apple has released new details about their MacBook Air, Mac Mini and iPad Pro. The MacBook Air has finally gotten the long-requested Retina Display, and the design has new features like its Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The broad redesign also extends to the new iPad Pro, where the design nearly gets rid of the bezel that has traditionally wrapped around the sides of the screen and Apple's Face ID facial recognition technology has been included in the tablet for the first time ever.

Seven-Story Neoclassical Painting by William Bouguereau Looms Over Memphis

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ]

A little girl from William Bouguereau’s 1886 painting ‘Au pied de la falaise’ looks out over the city of Memphis from the side of a seven-story building, freed from the original work’s confines within the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. French street artist Julien de Casabianca is known for moving the subjects of famous paintings from the hallowed walls of perfectly-lit museums and into the streets, wheat pasting them many times larger than life onto urban surfaces. This particular monumental work coincides with the artist’s exhibition and workshop at the Brooks Museum.

How a Smart Office Makes Work Easier

Beyond automated cleaning gadgets, futuristic sensors, and sleek screens, using smart technology is more than just a fashion statement or an attempt at looking modern and “in the know”. These are practical measures taken to make sure that workers are comfortable during work while helping them increase their efficiency and productivity.

Looking at the way business is being done these days, collaboration has become pivotal to the success of a campaign or project. One misstep in communication may mean trouble for those barely managing their respective teams. So with the advent of smart technology, work life is greatly improved by the many ways it creates a connected experience in the office.

Let’s explore the reasons smart technology can help make office life, and indeed the way we do work, easier.

Smart software cuts unnecessary processing time

Certain, manual processes take an awfully long time to finish. This eats up man hours that should have been spent finishing tasks. Spending way too much time keeping records and processing billing manually affects that speed with which we close a project. That is why we often find ourselves rushing to finish them near the deadline.

Architecture in Limbo: How Technology is Changing the Way We Use "Useless" Space

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Published in partnership with The Greenhouse Talks, the following essay by Aaron Betsky examines limbo spaces and the opportunities presented by these ambiguous areas. 

In the spaces where we wait, tarry, or just while away the time, the strictures and structures of good architecture dissolve. In the waiting rooms at airports, government bureaucracies, or doctors' offices, in the places to where we escape to do little to nothing, and in the cocoons we create by using either the latest technology or ancient meditation techniques to come to ourselves, boundaries dissolve. We spend more and more of our time in such spaces. They are the purgatory between the hell of everyday reality and the seamless heaven of virtual social space—or the other way around. What is the architecture of such not-quite-free spaces, and how should we design what is meant to fade away? What do such spaces tell us about the future of architecture? 

GIFs That Keep on Giving: 20+ Captivating Animated Illustrations

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Drawing & Digital. ]

Maybe you can’t hang a poster of a GIF on your wall (yet) but these fun animated images are definitely frame-able, ranging from classic art brought alive by subtle moving elements to hypnotic abstract digital creations. You don’t need psychedelic drugs to enjoy the mesmerizing effects, but hey, it probably wouldn’t hurt.

Necessary Disorder: Gifs by Etienne Jacob

French student Etienne Jacob has an entire tumblr packed full of looping GIF images in stark black and white, made via programming with the ‘Processing’ software sketchbook.

Today's archidose #1000

Here are some photos of San Cataldo Cemetery (1971) in Modena, Italy, by Aldo Rossi with Gianni Braghieri. (Photographs: Trevor Patt, who has many more in his Flickr set.)


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