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In Japan, A Vibrant Community Springs to Life Beneath a Disused Overpass

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

A notorious red light district and black market before it was swept and shut down by authorities in 2005, the cavernous space beneath an overpass in Yokohama sat empty for years until a social redevelopment project gave it a new lease on life. The Koganecho Centre is a complex of cultural spaces tucked between the concrete columns, which act to unify the disparate architectural styles of the individual buildings. Not only has the project made the space functional again for residents of Japan’s second most populous city, it’s given a new identity to a district that was flailing.

6 Beginner Tips for Decorating Your Home

For some people, decorating your home comes naturally. You just have an eye for detail, and eye for what complements one another, and an eye for simply what works. For others, though, decorating can be a challenge, and one small mistake can turn an attractive look into something you’re embarrassed to show off. If you’re just beginning to decorate your home, or if decorating just isn’t in your blood, here are six beginner tips for decorating your home that will make the entire process easier on you.

  1. Pick a style or theme.

Your home should have one overall style or theme that is consistent from room to room. For instance, you cannot go French style in the living room and then futuristic Jetsons in the kitchen—it simply won’t work! Instead, think of the style that you absolutely love and then use that to start decorating your home. This way, you will have an idea of what colors, furniture, and other décor items would make sense for your space, and you’ll be able to narrow down your options so you’re not so overwhelmed.

C.F. Møller Architects Release Images of Proposed Urban Realm for Oslo Central Station

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C.F. Møller Architects have collaborated with Kristin Jarmund Architects and Rodeo Architects in the design of a new urban realm at Oslo Central Station in Norway, comprising a square, hotel, and high-rise building. The scheme seeks to create an attractive recreational area around the transport hub, connecting different areas and terrain differences in an organized, efficient flow. 

The latest scheme represents a further development of a proposal by C.F. Møller Architects and Kristin Jarmund Architects for the area in a prequalified architectural competition in 2009.

Altered Realities: Abstract 3D Murals by Peeta Pop Off the Wall

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

A wall could look as flat as flat gets until street artist Peeta gets his hands on it with a can of spray paint, distorting its surface, confusing its perspective with three-dimensional illusions. Sometimes, the effect is so convincing, you can’t tell which windows are real and which ones are painted, or whether some elements of the composition really are popping out beyond the wall. Hint: if you think they are, like in the case of the windows on the green-roofed building below, you’re probably wrong.

Will Alsop: “That’s the Art of Architecture—Putting Everything Together in Your Own Way”

Sharp Centre for Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design, 2004. Image Courtesy of aLL Design Sharp Centre for Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design, 2004. Image Courtesy of aLL Design

During my meetings with Will Alsop—two at his London studio in 2008 and 2010, and during our four-day trip to Moscow where I organized his lecture for SPEECH Magazine in winter 2011—he impressed me as having the most genuine, artistic, and free-spirited soul of all the architects I met. Calatrava, Hadid, and Gehry may strike one as great artists, but no matter how inventive they are, they are all involved in shaping buildings. Alsop, on the other hand, would find himself engaged in working in a completely boundless and unrestricted manner as a true artist. It seems that his whimsical works—"blobs and daubs," as he called them—are imagined as pure fantasies to be transformed into architecture much later by his staff. Eventually, he would have to “sell” them to his clients as buildings that function.

Future Organic: Guggenheim Gallery in Tulum Combines Vines & Cement

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

What if the architecture of the future was fluid, organic and infused with an enhanced connection to the Earth? IK LAB, a new open-air art gallery in Tulum, Mexico, gives us a glimpse of what that could look like. Founded by Santiago Rumney Guggenheim and designed by Jorge Eduardo Neira Serkel, IK LAB is envisioned as a new way to approach gallery spaces, allowing the character of the setting to interplay with art rather than isolating it in a blank white cube. That way, the art almost takes on a new life anywhere it’s displayed, shifting slightly in dialogue with its surroundings instead of remaining static.

Benoy Shares Their Design for a New Global Business School in Saudi Arabia

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Slated to open in 2020, Benoy has released their design for a central academic building in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It will house the Global Business School, an educational hub that will attract Saudi and international business students through partnerships with Imperial College Business school, Cornell University, and Harvard Law School.

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The six-level building will be composed of two distinct wings connected by an enclosed atrium. Sporting smooth contours and rounded corners, the north wing will contain faculty offices, teaching spaces, and the innovation center. While the larger, south wing surrounds it with student dining halls, an auditorium, sports area, and a knowledge center.

Contemporary Follies Open at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Park

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The eighteenth-century English water gardens were often designed with playful intent. Picnicking visitors would be surprised as fountains spouted without notice and perplexed as they stumbled upon mysteriously evocative structures like gazebos and banquet halls. At Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Park in Yorkshire, home to one of the world’s best-preserved water gardens, these historic botanic and architectural follies—or, impractical, playful forms—were once abundant. Today, they’re being reinterpreted through equally whimsical contemporary art installations.

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? 

Polycarbonate Neverland - Aranya Kid's Restaurant / Wutopia Lab

© CreatAR Images © CreatAR Images
  • Architects: Wutopia Lab
  • Location: Changli Xian, Qinhuangdao Shi, Hebei Sheng, China
  • Chief Designer: Erni Min, Ting Yu
  • Project Architect: Ting Yu
  • Design Team: Dali Pan, Zhilin Mu, Wutian Sun
  • Area: 1000.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: CreatAR Images