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Bahai Temple of South America by Hariri Pontarini Architects | Church architecture / community centres

Set within the foothills of the Andes, just beyond the metropolis of Santiago, Chile, the Bahá’í Temple of South America uses light for its spiritual and design inspiration. Nestled in the rolling topography of the mountains and surrounded by reflecting pools and a landscape of native grasses, this complex-curved Temple of light acts as an invitation for spiritual contemplation and architectural pilgrimage. Fourteen years in the making, the House of Worship represents the last of the eight continental Temples commissioned by the Bahá’í Community. The Bahá’í Faith is built on the tenet of universality; therefore, the architectural challenge is to create a design that would be welcoming to people of all faiths and cultures; recognizable as a House of Worship without referencing specific iconography. Inspiration was drawn from a myriad of sources, such as the magic of dappled sunshine beneath a canopy of trees, the rotation of a Sufi whirling dancer, the interwoven strands of Japan… continue

KAIST Unveils Folding Electric Micro Car That Can Fit Into Any Parking Space!

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A team of Korean researchers just unveiled a tiny electric vehicle that can fold down to 5.24 feet – which is one third of the space that makes up a standard parking spot! Urban centers around the world are set to become increasingly polluted and crowded as populations explode and people flock to cities. In response to the need for smaller, compact and clean-running vehicles to mitigate the environmental harm and personal discomfort that comes with overcrowding, a team from the Korean Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) built the Armadillo-T to roll up into its shell – quite like the South America animal does when it is threatened.

Urban Planet: How the Whole World Would Fit into a Single City or Structure

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ]

life in one city

Cities often feel like dense and crowded places, and it is hard to imagine everyone on Earth living in urban environments let alone a single city or even (yes, it’s possible) one gigantic megastructure. In a series of videos, filmmaker Joseph Pisenti asks: what if everyone lived in one city? Then he takes it further with: what if everyone lived in just one building?

It sounds like an absurd proposition, but our planet’s population of billions could, in fact, but contained in a relatively small amount of space if needed (perhaps in case of a worldwide evacuation to space?). Images of single cities in the videos show places that already have populations in a single frame larger than countries like, say, Australia have spread across an entire continent.

[BUENOS AIRES] New Contemporary Art Museum

A Contemporary Art Museum is a building or space for the exhibition of art, usually visual art. Paintings and scupltures are the most commonly displayed art objects; however, drawings, collages, prints, photographs and installation art including other artistic activities, such as performance art, land'art, web art to name a few are also regularly shown.

Contemporary art can broadly be defined as art produced at this point in time (now) or after World War II.

Book Briefs #19: University of Minnesota Press

"Book Briefs" are an ongoing series of posts with short first-hand descriptions of some of the numerous books that make their way into my library. These briefs are not full-blown reviews, but they are a way to share more books worthy of attention than can find their way into reviews on my daily or weekly pages. In this post are six titles published by the University of Minnesota Press. 1: Architecture since 1400 by Kathleen James-Chakraborty | 2013 | AmazonInstead of the traditional discussion of style and analysis of space, the author aims "to reconstruct the story of how environments are created that shape experience and communicate identity through the ways in which spaces are formed and surfaces are decorated." The examples in the book, which moves chronologically and geographically from front to back (starting in China in the early 1400s and ending in the same country in present day), are diverse in terms of place (Asia and South America are afforded as much importance as Europe and North America, though Africa is the focus of only one of the thirty chapters) and architect/builder (encompassing more buildings than those designed by well known architects), making it an atypical history of architecture when compared to Sir Banister Fletcher, Trachtenberg and Hyman, and other standard textbook histories. The bite-sized chapters – thirty of them across 488 pages, or an average of 16 illustrated pages per chapter – make the book a handy reference when students and architects want to get a different perspective on buildings in a particular place and time.

South Africa : Catherine Houska Seminars

Catherine Houska is a leading USA based international expert on the use of stainless steel in architecture.  An architectural consultant for the Nickel Institute, the International Molybdenum Association (IMOA) and the Speciality Steel Industry of North America (SSINA), she has assisted designers in selecting the right stainless steel grades and finishes for high profile projects around the world.

Peruvian pods: prism-like cabins hang high above Cuzco's Sacred Valley

<p>Glamping is reaching new heights in South America &ndash; 122 m up a rocky cliff, in fact. That is where travel company Natura Vive&rsquo;s Skylodge Suites hang, high above Peru&#39;s Sacred Valley, near the city of&nbsp;Cuzco.<br /> <br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6;">These three prism-like cabins &ndash; made from aerospace aluminium, solar panels and glass &ndash; offer all the modern comforts one could reasonably hope for when glamping high up in the mountains.&nbsp;</span><br /> <br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6;">To reach the sky high accommodation, campers have to climb up via a laddered&nbsp;ferrata trail (and down with the assistance of zip lines).&nbsp;</span><br /> <br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6;">The pods are spacious but by no means palatial, measuring just over 7m&nbsp;long and 2m&nbsp;wide, each containing a bedroom, a dining area and a private bathroom, separated by an insulated wall. Glass walls all round afford awe-inspiring views of the world below, while a small landing platform above offers an ideal picnic spot for adrenaline-seekers.&nbsp;</span><br /> <br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6;">Whilst the environmental footprint of the capsules have been called into question, there is no doubt that taking in the Sacred Valley from such a vantage point would be a unique experience. Here, at least, Airbnb has serious competition.</span></p>

Ghosts of Planets Past: An Interview with Ron Blakey

[Image: The west coast of North America as it appeared roughly 215 million years ago; map by Ron Blakey]. The paleo-tectonic maps of retired geologist Ronald Blakey are mesmerizing and impossible to forget once you've seen them. Catalogued on his website Colorado Plateau Geosystems, these maps show the world adrift, its landscapes breaking apart and reconnecting again in entirely new forms, where continents are as temporary as the island chains that regularly smash together to create them, on a timescale where even oceans that exist for tens of millions of years can disappear leaving only the subtlest of geological traces. With a particular emphasis on North America and the U.S. Southwest—where Blakey still lives, in Flagstaff, Arizona—these visually engaging reconstructions of the Earth's distant past show how dynamic a planet we live on, and imply yet more, unrecognizable changes ahead. The following images come from Ron Blakey's maps of the paleotectonic evolution of North America. The first map shows the land 510 million years ago, progressing from there—reading left to right, top to bottom—through the accretion and dissolution of Pangaea into the most recent Ice Age and, in the final image, North America in its present-day configuration. As part of BLDGBLOG's collaborative side-project, Venue, Nicola Twilley and I met with Blakey in his Flagstaff home to talk about the tectonic processes that make and remake the surface of the Earth, the difficulty in representing these changes with both scientific accuracy and visual panache, and the specific satellite images and software tools he uses to create his unique brand of deep-time cartography. Like film stills from a 600-million year-old blockbuster, Blakey's maps take us back to the Precambrian—but there are much older eras still, stretching unmapped into far earlier continents and seas, and there are many more billions of years of continental evolution to come.

Guitar for Modern Nomads: This Digital Instrument is Designed to Travel

[ By SA Rogers in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ]

What if you were to eliminate the unwieldy parts of a guitar but maintain its resonant sound and the same exact way of playing, in order to make the instrument are more convenient traveling companion? It might sound ridiculous or downright impossible, but that’s exactly what designer Orit Dolev has done with NOMAD, a compact digital instrument with pressure-sensitive frets and flexible rubber strings to replicate the traditional guitar playing experience.