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May 7th, 2008
Strolling through history
Christopher DeWolf in Spacing Montreal
It isn’t a blog that is updated very often, but when it is, Histoire du Plateau Mont-Royal is definitely worth reading. Its latest post, an historical walking tour of Mount Royal Avenue, from Park Avenue in the west to d’Iberville in the east, is a particularly good example.
Winning Portobello extension combines sleekness and humanity
Archiseek IRELAND Architecture News
Remodelling and extending a single-storey cottage in Portobello, Dublin 8, won A2 Architects - run by Peter Carroll and Caomhan Murphy - one of the AAI's top awards. It is a protected structure and so all new additions crouch behind the late 1800s Victorian façade: all that is left of the original, internally, is the hallway and front room: the deep new extension takes its lead from that square sittingroom. The architects listened to their client - which has resulted in a person-friendly house - and also to their own hearts, so there are borrowings from the house in St Mary's Lane, Ballsbridge, that Robin Walker designed in 1964, which the architects have admired since their student days; internal courtyards, exposed concrete and ply are just some of the references.
nsmaterial 2, blaine brownell
Justin in materialicious
How could not I not include this amazing book here? Do yourself a favor - if you love learning about cool materials as much as I do, get this book: Transmaterial 2 From the publisher:
As the speed of technological progress continues to accelerate, innovation threatens to outpace architects’ and designers’ working knowledge of materials, thereby limiting their applicability. In order to stay at the cutting edge of design, a knowledge of the uses, properties, and sources of new materials is essential. A sequel to the critically acclaimed and best-selling book Transmaterial, Transmaterial 2 is a clear, concise, accessible, and carefully edited resource that provides information about the latest and most intriguing materials commercially available
IKEA decorates subway interior
Matthew Blackett in Spacing Toronto • understanding the urban landscape
In the weeks leading up to the mid-April opening of an Ikea store in Kobe, Japan, the Swedish furniture design giant has “redecorated” one of the city’s subway trains (the campaign ended today). It is the most blatant form of “ad creep” I’ve seen in ages, but maybe because it’s soooo over-the-top — and executed really well — that I can swallow it. Or maybe its because I own too much Ikea crap so I’m comfortable seeing my couch used as a subway seat.
Gulf Islands House Blends Minimalism and Green
Preston D K in Jetson Green
This clever little house caught my eye the other day. Designed by architect Matthew Woodruff, The Gulf Islands House was completed a couple years ago in what seems to be quite the serene location. It’s a cozy second home that was built as an escape of sorts for Woodruff’s family. I’m not sure the owners were trying to set any green building records with the home, but the two-bedroom pad has some green features we can all appreciate, such as its solar orientation and design, small footprint, and use of locally harvested materials. The minimalist design seems to create just the right space for congregating with the family, too.
engineers without borders want to bring tech to villages without power
Justin in materialicious
Volunteers from the humanitarian group Engineers Without Borders have developed a small wind turbine design (cost: under $100) that will bring much needed power to remote villages in Guatemala and provide an alternative to the dangerous kerosene used for lighting.
PSU's Portlable Classroom On Alberta
Brian Libby in Portland Architecture
Portland State University architecture professor Matthew Bietz is teaching the first phase of an architecture studio that will be designing and fabricating a portable classroom on NE Alberta Street at 15th Avenue, on a vacant property Bietz purchased next door to his home. The classroom will be not for Bietz’s students, but for fellow PSU professor Harrell Fletcher’s Social Practice students going for their masters of fine arts. The Social Practices program emphasizes community engagement through non-studio creative activities executed in the field. “I heard that Harrell was looking to collaborate with the Architecture department at PSU," Bietz explains, "and that his new Social Practice class has no studio space on campus.
St-Michel Smart Center goes to Public Consultation
Alanah Heffez in Spacing Montreal
The pattern is increasingly familiar: undeveloped urban land is a beacon for commercial developers, developers who inevitably demand changes in the urban plan to accommodate suburban-style, plunk-’em-down-anywhere malls. Fortunately, the development of a SmartCenter shopping mall in St-Michel’s abandoned quarry has gone to the Office de Consultation Publique de Montréal, a democratic step that has been skirted by the city in other recent developments. The proposed SmartCenter would require changes to the urban plan’s density, zoning, building height and parking regulations.
New Book Out: Bright
Frame Publishers has launched a new book: Bright – Architectural Illumination and Light Installations. Read more…
Next Gene20 Project: Cutting-edge Architecture in Taiwan
Mike Chino in Inhabitat
We have a passion for following future-forward architecture that pushes the envelope of environmental design. Imagine our excitement when we saw these recently released photos of Taiwan’s Next Gene 20! The project challenges 20 acclaimed architects to design 20 villas along the north-east coast of Taiwan. The selected architects include big international names such as MVRDV, Graft, Kengo Kuma, and Julien De Smedt as well as 10 up and coming Taiwanese architects.
Buy Our Museum or (and?) We'll Bury This Child
Lynn Becker in ArchitectureChicago PLUS
When you listen to Mayor Richard M. Daley's increasingly desperate attempts to vilify opponents of his effort to force the Chicago Children's Museum into Grant Park, you hear the voice of the suave European exile who appears at the beginning of the film Casablanca, cautioning a middle-aged tourist . . .
I beg of you, Monsieur, watch yourself. Be on guard. This place is full of vultures, vultures everywhere, everywhere.
As he delivers this warning and departs, the suave European places a friendly hand on the shoulder of the tourist, who will soon discover that his wallet is missing.