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2013 Adobe Mobile Shopping Forecast: Apps & Buying Habits

The U.S. study, 2013 Digital Publishing Report: Retail Apps & Buying Habits released today by Adobe, reveals insights on perceptions and attitudes toward mobile shopping using retail apps and browsers, providing new direction for retailers to develop their digital publishing strategies.

JAHN-Designed Japan Post Tower to Open in Tokyo

Tokyo has a new skyscraper: the Japan Post Tower, a 38-story high-rise building designed by Helmut Jahn's Chicago firm in collaboration with Mitsubishi Jishu Sekkei, will hold its official grand opening for all commercial space Friday, March 21, 2013.

Enter to Win a Pair of Roma Rubber Rain Boots (Worth $84)

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April showers are long gone, but that doesn’t mean the rains have stopped. Roma‘s vegan rubber rain boots are made from 100-percent natural latex rubber, and they’re lined with cotton to keep your feet warm and comfortable. They retail for $84, and for every pair purchased Roma donates a pair to a child in need. But they could be yours for free if you enter and win our giveaway on Ecouterre! Click through for all the details.

Sustainable Polar Paradise for Ice-Loving Birds from Calgary Zoo

Starting with 2012, Calgary Zoo from Canada opened “Penguin Plunge”, a new exhibit designed exclusively for the native to the southern hemisphere, the penguins. Now visitors can meet four beautiful species of penguins, Humboldt, Gentoo, Rockhopper and Kings, and have a unique behind-the-scenes penguin experience.

Calgary Zoo commissioned DIALOG design company to design a year round penguin habitat, similar with their natural one, where visitors can interact with these fantastic aquatic, flightless birds who live almost exclusively in Antarctica, learn more about them, and leave both children and adults with a love of penguins, as well as the knowledge to do what they can to help them.

Penguin Plunge at Calgary Zoo 01 Sustainable Polar Paradise for Ice Loving Birds from Calgary Zoo

Shifting Floor Plates Allow Program Differentiation In New Mixed-Use Development In Guangzhou, China

Aedas, Guangzhou, Pearl River, China, hotel, sliding floor plates, exhibition hall, mixed-use, retail, multi-floor exhibition center

International architectural practice Aedas has designed mixed-use development and a new hotel in China. The complex is located outside of Guangzhou at an island within the Pearl River, and the project comprises of four distinct uses split between two different sites. The first site features a large retail exhibition area in the podium and a large office showroom building on top. The other site, 1401, contains a traditional multi-floor exhibition center in the podium with a 500-key 5-star hotel.

The project fronts directly onto one side of the water while the location affords views to the water from both directions. The design responds to the surrounding context and its direct and unapologetic reaction to the passive middle neighbor is the driver of both the volumetric placement of the towers as well as the articulation of both towers and their podium.

2013 Year in Review: Designer Dailies

We spent the last twelve months being a voyeur into the world of designers and their everyday lives in our Designer Dailies column. Step back in time to see how they spent their days. Yield Design We journeyed to San Francisco to spend the day with Yield Design as they prepared to launch their very first product, the Yield Picnic Bag, a bag that unfolds to become a picnic blanket. Brooks Atwood of POD Design New York-based Brooks Atwood has taken the design world by storm this year, first with designing several new products, but also making it to the finals of HGTV Star. This Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at NJIT let us spend the day with him where you’ll get insight into his incredibly fun personality. Blair Prietz from RIT Ever wanted to know what it was like to be a student of industrial design? We followed along with RIT student Blair Prietz to get a feel for what the average day in the life of a student in design school is really like. Tanya Aguiñiga Los Angeles-based Tanya Aguiñiga, of Aguiñiga Studio, is known for being a furniture designer and fiber artist (you’ve probably caught sight of her rope bracelets before). She lets us in to see how she dips and dyes rope for a particular installation she was creating for the Laguna Art Museum. Magdalena Keck We spend a typical day with Manhattan-based interior designer Magdalena Keck, who takes inspiration from the world around her, like nature, art, and technology. Tamara Yurovsky from Parsons Tamara Yurovsky had multiple degrees under her belt when she had an epiphany after an internship and working for a real estate developer. The episode led her back to school at Parsons to earn the dual degree Master of Architecture and MFA Lighting Design. During her third year in the program, she let us follow her around for the day to get a glimpse into daily life for a student there.

Latest issue of Architecture NZ out now

Latest issue of Architecture NZ out now

In this issue we travel to Christchurch, where Ian Athfield chronicles the challenging journey taken since being appointed to the role of Architectural Ambassador for post-earthquake Christchurch.

Design Store(y): Module R

This month, Design Store(y) goes a little farther downtown, and across the bridge, to brownstone-filled Brooklyn to tour Module R, an architect-owned and curated enterprise that specializes in, you guessed it, modular art and design products. Indeed, all the items in this red-fronted shop on the border of Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill can be reconfigured, customized, stacked, nested, and otherwise personalized. That’s what we call focus.