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Dyson School of Design Runs Into More Trouble, Thinks of Moving to US
mediabistro.com: UnBeige
Back in March, you might recall that we were reporting on James Dyson finally, after months and months of government intervention, getting the okay to open his Dyson School of Design Innovation in the UK. Well, it looks like we spoke too fast, as it's being reported now by the local Bath Chronicle that the scheduled building has been put back on hold pending additional investigation as to whether or not the school will be safe where it will be constructed (next to a river) and if the town still even wants him there to begin with, pushing the building back to at least 2012. Dyson has said that he wants to keep the school in the UK, but he's been approached by investors to move the planning over to the US and build it over here.

Index Architekten: Artist’s Bunker
AMNP
What do you do with a leftover WWII bunker on Frankfurt’s East harbor? While knocking it over might seem like a good idea, Index Architekten has put this one to work as a cultural place “[defining] it as the motor for municipal transformation”. In a dramatic shift in program, the bunker has been converted into studio space for local artists and the home of the Institute for New Media.

Going Way Basics is Way Better
Courtney Carlisle in Green Options
Way Basics, a new furniture company is bringing affordable, customizable designs made out of 99% post consumer materials right to your door. Recognizing a need for stylish, affordable eco-design, the California-based company developed a line without tools and limits. Don’t go to the site looking for bookshelves, tables or desks though - they don’t label their products that way because they see their “z-board” basic series as building blocks. You can choose to configure your blocks any way that you want to create the pieces that work for you - add shelves, partitions, more blocks, doors and see what you can come up with. Check out their design gallery for a little inspiration.

2800 Lincoln Modern Green Residences
Preston D K in Jetson Green
This 5 story, 9 unit condo building is 2800 Lincoln and is planned for the corner of Diversey Parkway and Lincoln Avenue in Chicago, Illinois.  Designed by Product Architects, this contemporary green building is aiming for LEED Silver, and might even catch LEED Gold.  2800 Lincoln has a green roof, large terraces, solar panels, solar thermal hot water heating, and will be powered, in part, by geothermal energy (see diagram below).  Yo Chicago reports that the developer, Helios Realty and Development, plans to break ground in the next month or two and has a lease for the ground-floor retail space in the works.

AE7: Folded Glass Facades
John in A Daily Dose of Architecture
Glass in modernism was theorized as a material whose transparency dissolved the separation between inside and outside. In effect it was a material that disappeared by allowing light to pass through while blocking air, bugs, and most projectiles. Today glass is seen less simply. Instead its presence is explored via a number of procedures, from casting and bending to silkscreening and other surface enhancements. One aspect of this is the transformation of curtain walls from two-dimensional surfaces to three-dimensional, vertical terrains. As the production of both architectural designs and construction elements (materials, systems, etc.) has evolved with computers, more complex and varied designs are possible.

Timestretching
owen hatherley in sit down man, you're a bloody tragedy
Disorganised thoughts on jungle and pop-cultural time. Mentasms has two really quite brilliant new posts about being a junglist out of time. Being, like myself, too young to have properly been there in 1994 when the relentless forward motion and futurism of jungle might have seemed like it would change music for good, the observations are rather poignant, and combined nicely with a critique of the staggeringly prosaic architecture of the 'Celtic Tiger' economy. The annoyance at having missed the boat with jungle is one I totally sympathise with.

Razing Rome’s Ara Pacis Museum
Jimmy Stamp in Life Without Buildings
Is there any hope for Rome to become a modern city? A Reuters article from this Sunday takes a look at that very question, using the Richard Meyer’s Ara Pacis Museum as its whipping boy. the Ara Pacis Museum is a reliquary for the Ara Pacis, an ancient monument to peace commissioned by Emperor Augustus himself. In 1995, when Meier’s design was commissioned by the then-progressive administration, the building was intended to lead The Eternal City into the new millenium. A tall order for any architect, but Meyer’s building is widely regarded as a spectacular failure — often referred to as a gas station. And now there are those who want to see the building destroyed. Most notable among the over-reactionaires is Rome’s current mayor Gianni Alemanno, who has s since tempered his statements.

Oppure
sabine7 in MoCo Loco
In Italian, the word oppure suggests an alternative and can be simply translated as or. The Italian design studio that goes by the same name suggests cardboard as an alternative to traditional materials used for furniture and accessories. Today’s nomadic lifestyle also serves as inspiration for Oppure’s line of pieces that are ready to be used and reused. The modular bookcase has coloured bookends; the stools are folding; and the frames can be grouped in various arrangements. The pieces are made from a mix of 95% cardboard and 5% cellulose. We do wonder how long the hangers will last.

How Safe is Your Child’s Playground? Recycled Tire Cushioning Poses Health Concerns
Jennifer Lance in Green Options
It is back to school time, and whether you child plays at a park or a school, you have probably been on a playground that uses recycled tires for cushioning.  In the past, I have questioned the safety of children playing with old tires; however, I remember enjoy tire swings immensely as a child.  Now, the Green Guide has reported on the safety of recycled tire cushioning found on many playgrounds.

Green Condo Remodel An Inspiration
Preston D K in Jetson Green
I find the stories behind green homes to be quite interesting.  I was at the gym and happened upon this article in Home Magazine about Adam Coulter, a 27 year-old screenwriter and actor living in LA.  He successfully battled cancer in his teens and has been in remission since that time.  But since his bout with cancer, he's always attempted to live in the healthiest environment possible.  This third-floor condo is an example of Couter's quest for healthy living -- it's been renovated with bamboo flooring, organic linen draperies, recycled glass tiles, zero-VOC paints, and locally produced, sustainable materials, etc.  Plus, it's super fresh and modern, a design aesthetic that certainly keeps the inner chi healthily chugging along.  You'll probably get stuck looking at the floating stairs, but don't forget check out the orange desk and mosaic bathroom tiles, too.

The Madison Square Waterfall
Tropolism
Overlooking our first instance of Pop-Up Park 2.0 is a building (yes yes it's 200 Fifth Avenue, stunning new luxury la la la all very important) being powerwashed, as it has been for several weeks now. Complete with blue tarp and scaffolding you can walk under. I pass under this temporary structure several times a day, and always feel a little of the spray as I pass under it. The tarp glows a bright blue, and to get by it you need to step over a little river of runoff. Just as Pop-Up Park 2.0 is an example of public space being claimed as serendipitous proto-park (TM) the powerwashing is an example of public space being claimed as serendipitous art. Because all the elements of an Olafur Eliasson installation is there. And if you don't get the blue tarp reference, I have included a picture of Your Inverted Veto, an installation at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery (a gallery I designed) in 1998.

Cloepfil's artistic inspirations
Brian Libby in Portland Architecture
Arcy Douglass has an extensive interview with architect Brad Cloepfil on the PORT website today, focusing on how modern and contemporary art has affected his designs. Cloepfil is a big art fan, and he cites works by Richard Serra, Sol Le Witt, Robert Irwin and others:
Douglass: How did your early experience with art feedback into your own creative process as an architect?
Cloepfil: When I was younger, I tended to be influenced by the raw experience of the work itself. At first, I wasn't even aware of who created a work, whether it was Richard Serra or Robert Irwin, it was the experience of the work itself that was important. The experience makes you ask yourself about the spatial quality of that type of work and about the ideas that those artists are exploring. It just resonates with you.

Jahn's 50 West Street Going LEED Gold
Preston D K in Jetson Green
Time Equities, Inc. just broke ground on 50 West Street, Manhattan's newest green condo and hotel skyscraper.  Designed by influential architect Helmut Jahn, the $600 million, 580,000 sf mixed-use eco-tower is shooting for LEED Gold certification upon completion in 2011.  As a result, the 65-story tower will incorporate a host of green features and measures, including a green roof, water-efficient fixtures, automated blinds and energy control systems, recycling of demolition materials, use of sustainable and rapidly renewable materials, and an energy-efficient glass facade to filter in daylight and filter out UV rays.

Weighing the two finalists for Yeon-designed former McCall's site
Brian Libby in Portland Architecture
 By the end of this month, the city Parks Bureau will make its recommendation to Commissioner Dan Saltzman on which of two finalists should be selected for redevelopment of the circa-1948 John Yeon-designed Portland Visitors Information Center (more recently McCall's restaurant). One of the finalists is a facility called Bike Republic and would offer bike parking, rentals and repair, with a Laughing Planet restaurant. I could certainly imagine having a chicken burrito and renting a bike here.

Gabriel Mancera Building / at103
Nico Saieh in Arch Daily
Being charged by an architect client, on a 12.5 meters front by 25 meters long site 8 apartments are projected, 2 per floor arranged longitudinally and interrupted by three voids: a central one for services and two lateral ones for terraces that will be covered by climbing plants working as filter in-between public and private spaces.



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