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Aspen Art Museum Selects Architect Shigeru Ban to Design New Architecturally Significant Building

Quoting Shigeru Ban:

“My architectural practice is about people’s emotional connection to the buildings they occupy, and I strive for a unified relationship between the structure and the landscape.”

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Thanks to Olympics, Beijing gets its Eiffel Tower, of sorts

By Tim Johnson, McClatchy Newspapers

BEIJING — London has Big Ben, Paris has the Eiffel Tower , San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge and now Beijing has an iconic structure that's likely to identify the city forever.

It's an audacious monolith that looks like two drunken high-rise towers leaning over and holding each other up at the shoulders.

The eye-catching building, which is nearly finished, will be the headquarters of China Central Television, the staid propaganda arm of China's ruling Communist Party , and it's perhaps the boldest and most daring of several new buildings that have given Beijing a stunning new appearance for the upcoming Summer Olympic Games.

In keeping with the playful nature of the new buildings, all have weird popular names. There's "the egg" and the "bird's nest." The "water cube" isn't far away, and lastly there's "short pants," also known as the "twisted doughnut." >>> Read More

"It captures the spirit of the country at this point in time, a really daring spirit to look into the future and try the impossible..." -- Rocco Yim

 
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Quoting Frank Gehry:

"Public buildings deserve to have a certain level of iconicity and personality. Historically, that's what makes them define the cities and communities they're in."

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Frank Gehry gets prickly: "It's not just plop". Exclusive interview.

By Hugh Pearman

I'm sitting opposite Frank Gehry over breakfast in an impossibly pretty sunlit town square in Arles, Provence. He's here to launch the plans for his "Parc des Ateliers" project, described as a cultural Utopia. But I'm staring at a set of squiggles he's just drawn in my notebook, and wondering if I should ask him to sign them. He'd reached for a pen, as architects in conversation do, and started sketching away. "I'm doing these pop-up stores for Bono," he explains. "They're for his Product Red company. I'm really excited by them. They're like pieces of jigsaw." >>> Read More



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There's Something About Gehry

New Serpentine Pavilion's fractured design draws crowds
Iwan Baan/Courtesy Serpentine Gallery
The Serpentine Gallery’s annual foray into temporary architecture has brought Frank Gehry’s first English building to the crowds of Kensington Gardens. The result, a tumbling composition of wood, painted steel, and glass, is the nearest the gallery has got to a pavilion, in the traditional sense, since Zaha Hadid’s take in 2000, which reinvented the marquee tent. After Hadid’s project, the pavilions have become more like buildings, losing the lightness of touch, temporality, and playfulness one might hope to find in London’s famed royal park. >>> Read More
 
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"A huge increase in multidisciplinary collaborative working methods between artists and architects has brought about an exciting fusion of both fields."

-- Kirsty Brooks


The New Romantics

Architects are turning from cold steel and glass to crafty decorative facades. By Dominic Lutyens

Changes in architecture do not happen overnight, but in recent years it has been possible to discern a major new trend. Buildings with decorative facades, which recall the ornate exteriors of the 19th-century Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements, are becoming increasingly common.

Entire facades are being wrapped in materials evoking anything from seashells to ancient lacework; at night, these are sometimes backlit to theatrical effect in order, as it were, to animate them. Architects are increasingly exploring a building's potential to have expressive, softer, even human qualities. >>> Read More


 
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When Science and God Meet

Come this August, we will witness the largest experiment ever conducted on earth. Two streams of protons will be fired in opposite directions and once the velocity of the protons reached the speed of light, the scientists will make them collide, resulting in a mini big bang. The mission is to prove the existence of God Particle. Find out what's in for architecture. >>> Read more

 
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Capture power with your curtains

By Hilary Whiteman

Solar textiles use the same technology as traditional solar panels to convert sunlight into energy. LONDON, England (CNN) -- Imagine every time you closed your curtains, you were capturing enough solar energy to power your laptop. The technology is available, but no one's packaged it up in a handy DIY kit at your local hardware store.

Sheila Kennedy hopes to be the first. She's not an interior designer but an architect and professor in practice at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who is convinced that solar textiles will revolutionize the way we collect and consume power. >>> Read More

 
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Singapore - round table highlights

By Dean Irvine

SINGAPORE (CNN) -- In the stylishly minimal surroundings of Singapore's Red Dot design museum, architect and innovative-thinker Cameron Sinclair opened the second Principal Voices debate of 2008 with a clear statement: "There is a lot of 'design for bad' out there." >>> Read More

"Design for good isn't just about social improvement, it's also about economic."

-- Cameron Sinclair

 
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"Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration." 

-- UNESCO World Heritage Centre

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We now have more reason than ever to preserve our architectural heritage. After seven years of campaigning, we had finally succeeded in putting our architectural legacy onto the world's historical and cultural map. Well done!

(Photo source: Thestar.com.my)


Melaka and George Town, historic cities of the Straits of Malacca (Malaysia) have developed over 500 years of trading and cultural exchanges between East and West in the Straits of Malacca. The influences of Asia and Europe have endowed the towns with a specific multicultural heritage that is both tangible and intangible. With its government buildings, churches, squares and fortifications, Melaka demonstrates the early stages of this history originating in the 15th-century Malay sultanate and the Portuguese and Dutch periods beginning in the early 16th century. Featuring residential and commercial buildings, George Town represents the British era from the end of the 18th century. The two towns constitute a unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia.

(Source: http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/450)

Also read "George Town, Malacca named World Heritage sites" - The Malaysian Insider and "Testament to cultural legacy" - The Star.

 
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