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Architecture is a Corporate Product - and We're All Buying

Google Dublin. Image © Peter Wurmli Google Dublin. Image © Peter Wurmli

Architecture, unlike other aspects of culture (such as fashion or music), can only really be experienced and understood in person. For highly branded companies, designing a new building can be a prime opportunity to signal taste and values - but also creates an interesting architectural conundrum. While the buildings will be inhabited (nearly 24/7) by company employees, they’re also very much populated by the imaginations of people across the globe. What is it like to be in these places?

Architecture Costumes For Halloween, Carnival and Office Parties

The Original Whitney by Lina Bondarenko The Original Whitney by Lina Bondarenko

This was originally posted on October 17, 2017.

When it's time to dress up for Halloween, Carnival or theme parties, people often choose costumes that resonate with their interests. This is especially true for architects, who are particularly well-suited to designing and building head-turning outfits. For students and young architects, the yearning to construct (and destruct) stems from the will to create elaborate headpieces and ingenious appendages.

We recently polled ArchDaily readers from across the world, asking them to share their architecture-themed costumes with us. Want to submit yours? We'll be updating this post so send us your photo on Facebook or via the comments below!

Link Rot: ‘Social Decay’ Renders Tech Media Giants as Urban Abandonments

[ By WebUrbanist in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ]

Physical businesses that fall on hard times often leave signs in the built environment, like the distinctive facades of deserted or adapted Pizza Huts, but what might social media sites look like in a post-apocalyptic, non-digital world?

For that matter, many giants, from Yahoo! to MySpace, have already crumbled and been replaced. But in this series, graphic artist Andrei Lacatusu imagines the still-strong and thriving leaders of the pack in a future state of disrepair.

Like abandoned offices, retail stores, gas stations or movie theaters, signs for Google, Instagram, Facebook, Tinder, Twitter and Pinterest are seen withered, cracked and eroded by the elements over time. 404 Error: Business Not Found.

Benefits of designing and building your own shipping container home

There’s a serious trend these days with people designing and building their own shipping container modular homes.

You don’t have to to look very far to see these trendy house designs all over social media platforms like Pinterest and Facebook.

Most people think the main appeal to building them is a the ease and speed of construction as well as the low building costs along with the fact they use sustainable materials, especially if you use second hand shipping containers for the main structure of the dwelling.

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But there are actually several other benefits that are commonly overlooked that will not only benefit the homeowner but the planet and your bank balance too.

Shipping container houses can have extra bedrooms or sections added on easily

Most people who buy their first home start off small. They buy a place usually big enough for themselves, say you and a partner and then as the family starts to grow they need to sell and find a larger home. When your home is built out of containers adding new bedroom is easy.

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High-Design Pie: Complex Edible Works of Art You’d Actually Want to Eat

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ]

Instagram might have made it famous, but the fine art of crafting a delicious pie so intricate you’re almost loathe to cut into its crust is much older than the modern ‘food art’ trend. Centuries ago, the richest and most flamboyant members of high society sought out talented head cooks who could present a sufficiently impressive dining experience filled not just with the finest ingredients, but also edible sculptural wonders.

Terraced Balconies & Double Helix Bridges: Spotlight on Penda Architecture

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

Kinetic architecture, verdant cascading balconies, timber-frame skyscrapers and double-helix bridges: Beijing- and Salzburg-based multidisciplinary firm Penda brings all sorts of refreshing ideas to the worlds of architecture, landscape and interior design. Founded by Chris Precht and Dayong Sun, the youthful firm subverts norms and commands attention with its surprising solutions, and we’ll likely see a lot more stunning projects from them materializing in the future.

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Steel Mesh Kraken Sunken Off British Virgin Islands to Create an Artificial Reef

[ By SA Rogers in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ]

Perched atop the Kodiak Queen, a former WW2-era Navy fuel barge, this 80-foot ‘Kraken’ now serves as the base of an artificial reef and marine research station on the ocean floor near the British Virgin Islands. The project, entitled BVI Art Reef, accomplishes a range of goals all at once: saving a decorated ship from destruction, transplanting coral to a new site in the hopes that it will flourish, creating an epic dive site and underwater art gallery, and providing a new habitat for marine life.

Residencia Emberger / LP Architektur

© Volker Wortmeyer

Arquitectos: LP Architektur
Ubicación: 5602 Wagrain, Austria
Area: 874.0 m2
Año: 2012
Fotografías: Volker Wortmeyer

Dinámicas del Vacío I Una investigación sobre el imaginario antártico

Cortesía de Alfredo Thiermann / Michelle Gravel

Dinámicas del Vacío es un dispositivo/investigación producto de un trabajo colaborativo entre el artista sonoro Ariel Bustamante y el arquitecto Alfredo Thiermann. Nace luego de una convocatoria abierta para realizar una residencia de artistas en la Antártica durante un mes.

El continente Antártico, es desde luego un territorio distante pero sobre todo un paisaje vacío cuyo imaginario se encuentra aún en constante construcción. Es probablemente uno de los pocos lugares a los cuales el hombre aún se enfrenta con total apertura al mito y a la posibilidad de fantasía o ficción. Si el imaginario visual antártico es entendido como uno en construcción, el imaginario acústico es probablemente uno virgen y es desde esa observación que este dispositivo busca construir, sobretodo, un lugar simbólica y acústicamente aislado capaz de ser llenado con contenido simbólico propio.

Más información e imágenes, después del salto.

Casa Valle Encantado / H+LA

© Jorge Taboada

Arquitectos: H+LA
Ubicación: Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Construcción: FM Arquitectura
Área: 481.0 m2
Año Proyecto: 2012
Fotografías: Jorge Taboada