Too often, the intent of architecture is to shock and awe with grandiose scale. A 90-m² observation post in the middle of Norway’s most mythical mountain range exemplifies how pocket-sized structures can elicit an equal sense of wonder.
The Norwegian Wild Reindeer Foundation commissioned the architects to design a pavilion in Hjerkinn where visitors could witness Europe’s remaining wild reindeer herds roam.
CarolEgan Interiors designed a 16th-floor apartment in TriBeCa, New York with “a happy and sophisticated palette of color and material texture to keep your eye moving through the space.”
Theory is given a place of considerable significance in almost all serious writings on architecture. According to Vitruvius, architecture is an art consisting of two things: theory and practice. But the place of theory, and its relation to practice has rarely been clear.
TIME magazine proclaimed it “the chair of the century.” The backstory behind one of modern design’s most recognizable pieces of furniture is as fascinating as the reverence it still inspires 70 years after the first model rolled out of Herman Miller’s factory.
First, a misconception must be set straight: as brilliant as he was, Charles Eames did not singlehandedly design this icon. In truth, like all famed Eames designs, the chair could never have been made without a lifelong collaboration with his wife Ray.
As highlighted in the Monday edition of the London Evenng Standard, London has now reached the highest level of population in its 2,000 year history. This means the city has reached uncharted territory, and the government and development community are for the first time in over 70 years faced with the prospect of planning for real growth.
I walk by William Rawn’s Cambridge Public Library extension twice a day on my way to and from work. I love the transparency of the south façade. It is sharp and crisp, and I can see right through to all of the exploring, socializing, reading, and working taking place within. When I go into the library for research or study, however, I tend to move quickly away from the openness of the new building into the old one. I find a semi-enclosed quiet spot away from the crowds, turn off social media, and get to work.
Visiting a new settlement planned on utopian principles during my travels through France this summer set me thinking about what we can still learn from such pioneering experiments. How enduring are the principles on which they were founded, and can they usefully inform our work today?
A research programme and report exploring the future of green infrastructure in the design and function of cities. Cities Alive highlights the social, economic and environmental benefits of green infrastructure, including case studies of best practice from across the globe.
An innovative Brooklyn-based design team have breathed new life into a derelict 1920’s warehouse. StudiosC ’s adaptive-reuse concepts completely transform an abandoned building in New York into a contemporary and sustainable new communal office space.
The UK’s first man-made freshwater public bathing pool is an excellent example of what Amanda Burden, the former New York City planning commissioner, means by “lively, enjoyable public spaces are the key to planning a great city. They are what makes it come alive.” She has an inspiring and insightful talk on TED here.