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SYMBIOZ: Renault’s Autonomous Car Integrates Into a Matching Residence

[ By SA Rogers in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ]

In the future, will our autonomous vehicles simply sit within our homes like a part of the living space, eliminating the need for garages and parking spots? Probably not. At least, not for most of us. Concepts like the new SYMBIOZ car and house combo are clearly made for the richest among us, and it’s not likely that most existing housing will be retrofitted to accommodate our driverless cars, especially since many people will likely use car services instead of owning their own vehicles. But Renault’s concept shows off one vision of how some of us might integrate autonomous cars into our lives in the decades to come.

Lush Life: 12 Verdant Architecture Projects Making Plants a Main Priority

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ]

Not all architecture incorporating lots of living greenery is doomed to remain an unrealistic rendering, depicting buildings that can’t structurally support the weight of all the soil and water needed to keep full-sized trees alive. Architect Thomas Heatherwick built ultra-strong concrete pillars into his 1000 Trees design, for example. Other buildings take a subtler approach, choosing ivy, potted plants or existing trees rooted in the ground. All of these projects attempt to meld urban architecture with lush gardens in the hopes of cleansing the air, storing CO2 to mitigate climate change and providing enhanced access to green spaces in cities.

Valley: Green-Terraced Towers by MVRDV in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Incredible Grain Silo Transformation: Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ]

106 vertical concrete tubes making up a massive disused grain silo in Cape Town, South Africa are sliced and carved from the inside out to produce cathedral-like spaces in this incredible transformation. Architect Thomas Heatherwick and his firm contrasted the cold, aging industrial appearance of the complex with faceted glass and organic shapes for a futuristic looking result, a fittingly monumental setting for the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), the world’s largest museum dedicated to African contemporary art.

Zero-Carbon, All Bamboo Sports Hall Features Organic 50-Foot Trusses

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ]

A new sports hall in Thailand highlights the aesthetic power and physical strength of bamboo, a flexible and fast-growing natural material. In total, more carbon is captured in the bamboo than was used to treat, transport and use it for construction, rendering its carbon footprint neutral.

Located at the Panyaden International School in the Chiang Mai province, the new building was designed by Chiangmai Life Architects, a firm specializing in natural materials like bamboo and rammed earth.

Pop-Up Pavilions: 15 Playful Temporary Architecture Installations

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ]

Pavilions are like playgrounds for architects and designers, allowing them to show off what they can do when they really set their imaginations free. Unfettered by the typical limitations of a permanent structure, they can experiment with new materials and processes, potentially producing innovations they can apply to other structures. These pavilions are often subversive in the urban environment, too, taking over public spaces and giving them back to the people or creating micro housing that falls within grey areas of the law.

Transforming Street Cinema in Venice by Omri Revesz

A Few Steps Higher: 14 Unusually Artistic Modern Staircase Designs

[ By SA Rogers in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ]

Stairs are inherently utilitarian, but some architects choose to really step up their interiors with highly sculptural designs that make you want to walk up and down a bunch of times. Cantilevered creations, floating stairs, spirals made of stone and zig-zagging graphic designs add both literal and figurative movement to these apartments, museums, offices and shops.

Stone and Wire in London by Groupwork + Amin Taha

LG Goes Architecture

Before heading to work this morning I caught a glimpse of a commercial on TV for LG Signature. What stood out was the way the LG products – refrigerator, television, washing machine, air purifier – were positioned in front of some fairly notable, if not all widely known, works of architecture.

There's Johan Otto Von Spreckelsen's La Grande Arche in Paris:


Fumihiko Maki's Four World Trade Center in New York:


James Stirling's State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart:


And Norman Foster's 30 St. Mary Axe in London:

Clásicos de Arquitectura: Instituto del Mundo Árabe / Jean Nouvel

© Ricardo Vidal

El Instituto del Mundo Árabe, construido en París el año 1987, diseñado por el arquitecto francés Jean Nouvel, es el que llevó a la fama a este renombrado arquitecto, ganador del premio Pritzker el año 2008. El concurso que llevó a la construcción de esta importante obra de la revolución arquitectónica de Francia, fue concebida durante los Grandes Proyectos, la mayor iniciativa desarrollada por el gobierno francés. En este caso fue crear un centro cívico donde difundir la cultura árabe y entablar relación con la francesa ya que en este país hay una gran cantidad de población árabe.

Pabellón en Hong Kong se construye a partir de 7.000 botellas recicladas

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El Festival Mid-Autumm es una de las fiestas más tradicionales de Hong Kong, que se celebra durante los días de luna llena en el octavo mes del calendario chino. Este año el festival se llevó a cabo en septiembre en el Parque Victoria, en colaboración con el proyecto Lantern Wonderland, incluyendo Rising Moon, un pabellón luminoso construido por 7 mil botellas de plástico. La estructura representa uno de los hemisferios de la luna, mientras que la otra parte se refleja en un estanque.

El pabellón fue construido por Daydreamers Design Office y busca transformarse en un símbolo que logre reunir a las personas alrededor de una luna que promueve el cuidado del medio ambiente.

Más detalles a continuación.