Joshua Prince-Ramus talks about his fantastic re-creation of the local Wyly Theater as a giant “theatrical machine” that reconfigures itself at the touch of a button!
According to Atlas Obscura,
when the rain starts to fall, this colorful drain and gutter system attached to the outside of a building in the Neustadt Kunsthofpassage turn into charming musical instruments.
The Funnel Wall is one of the strangest and most enjoyable attractions in Dresden’s student district in the new town.
(source: design-dautore.com )
How Can Architects Build A New World of Sustainable Beauty? By Learning From Nature.
“…The Namibian fog-basking beetle is evolved a way of harvesting its own fresh water in a desert.The way it does this is it comes out at night, crawls to the top of a sand dune, and because it’s got a matt black shell, is able to radiate heat out to the night sky and become slightly cooler than its surroundings. So when the moist breeze blows in off the sea, you get these droplets of water forming on the beetle’s shell. Just before sunrise, it tips its shell up, the water runs down into its mouth,has a good drink, goes off and hides for the rest of the day…” From Michael Pawlyn’s Speech at TEDSalon in London.
I believe, there is a lot to learn from nature’s way of adapting to resource constrained environments. Without a doubt, it is very relevant to type of challenges we are going to be facing over the next few decades in the field of Architecture.
Front Doors vs Garage Doors of American Suburban Housing:
Front Doors are symbolic location of the traditional way to enter the house where garage doors are real, functional way of entering home that is used mostly. In contemporary architecture, should architects and designers question the necessity of front doors where function becomes more considerable than ornamentation?
..Thoughts came to my mind while watchingJason Griffiths’ Lecture on American Suburban Housing at Canterbury School of Architecture, UCA, Canterbury, Kent UK.
For further information: Jason Griffiths - A guide to essential indifference of American Suburban Housing.