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Una membrana di metallo ramato avvolge e definisce il carattere del complesso de “Le Forum”, il nuovo edificio polifunzionale progettato da Manuelle Gautrand a Saint-Louis, nella periferia di Basilea. Tredici volumi compongono il lotto, spazi e funzioni differenti presentano lo stesso linguaggio formale di materiali, forme e aperture.
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Kailedoscopic cities

Mirror City is a visual story through some of the great American cities: Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. These clips were all processed from their original form, into the kaleidoscopic visuals that you see in this video.

“When I first started Mirror City, I wanted to create a video that was completely out of the norm. I wanted to showcase something unique and artistic, which takes Timelapse photography into a more abstract direction. Mirror City is a visual story through some of the great American cities: Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. These clips were all processed from their original form, into the kaleidoscopic visuals that you see in this video. Many people visit these large cities every day, and all of these places have been shot and filmed, but I wanted to emulate these urban landscapes in a way that nobody has even seen before. I wanted to put man-made geometric shapes, mixed with elements of color and movement to create less of a structured video, and more of a plethora of visual stimulation.
The video starts off with simple mirrors and recognizable architecture, as the video progresses, so does the visual stimulation, showing the real abstraction of the piece.
I have worked on this piece for an extremely long amount of time. I have spent time mirroring images and videos for the past five years, and I have been working on this specific piece for about four months. I felt it was time to combine Timelapse photography and the simplicity of a kaleidoscope, and create Mirror City”.

Directed, Filmed & Edited: Michael Shainblum

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A Turbin Bridge in Amsterdam

La sua struttura rotante costituisce di fatto una vera e propria architettura dinamica, un movimento fluido tra due aree storiche della città di Amsterdam.

Turbin Bridge non è soltanto un collegamento tra due sponde del fiume Amstel. L’idea del progettista – Adam Wierciński dello studio DWAWU – è quella di far diventare un’infrastruttura uno spazio multifunzionale di socialità; un tecnologico mulino ad acqua che riflette simbolicamente il lifestyle ecologico di Amsterdam.

Ruotando infatti per lo scorrimento dell’acqua del fiume, la mega-turbina genera l’elettricità sufficiente al funzionamento della struttura o accumula quella eventualmente in eccesso per il fabbisogno della comunità.

La sagoma ricorda quella di una clessidra, in corrispondenza del cui centro passano tranquillamente barche e battelli.

Il livello principale del ponte è uno spazio pubblico pedonale con percorsi ciclabili. Sono previsti anche caffè, negozi di biciclette e uffici amministrativi. Al piano superiore solarium e terrazze con giochi per bambini. Nel livello al di sotto dell’impalcato: sala macchine, motori della turbine e magazzini.

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Tadashi Kawamata’s tree houses

Tadashi Kawamata’s rustic pine tree houses are normally found where you would expect them – in trees (though sometimes in unexpected places, like New York City’s Madison Square Park.) But sometimes, they’re attached like man-made bird nest to urban locations, like lamp posts, bridge trusses, scaffolding and luxury apartment buildings.

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BMW i3: la prima elettrica Bmw

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E’ la prima BMW ad offrire mobilità a emissioni zero nella fascia premium ed è da subito destinata a rappresentare, per varie ragioni, un vero e proprio new deal nel mondo dell’auto (e non solo elettrica). Vediamo perché. Innanzitutto riesce a comunicare attraverso il suo design (davvero convincente) i tanti valori nuovi che la ispirano, il che non è affatto scontato. E’ sostenibile, è leggera, è contemporanea, è connessa; ma lo sospetti già solo guardandola, senza che qualcuno te lo spieghi.Read More

China Wood Sculpture Museum

Thanks to its polished steel skin, the building mirrors the surroundings and the changing light. The solid walls ensure minimal heat loss while the breaking and twisting motion of the emerging skylights splits the surface and allows in light from the low-hanging sun of northern China; this provides sufficient natural diffused illumination to the three halls on the interior. 

The museum mainly houses local wood sculptures as well as paintings depicting the ice and snow of the regional scenery. In the context of the large-scale modern urban setting, the museum itself serves as a new interpretation of nature. The surreal interaction between the museum and the city breaks through the tedium of the urban shell, revitalizing the surroundings with a new cultural feature.

Photos of the building by Xiahzi

Location: Harbin, China

Site Area: 9,788 mq

Area: 12,959 mq

Building Length: 196 m

Building Height: 21 m

Director in Charge: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun
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Team: Yu Kui, Daniel Gillen, Bas van Wylick, Diego Perez, Jordan Kanter, Huang Wei, Julian Sattler, Liu Weiwei, Tang Liu, Mao Peihong, Maria Alejandra Obregon, Nickolas Urano, Gus Chan, Shin Park,  Alejandro Gonzalez

Associate Engineers: The Architectural Design and Research Institute of Harbin Institute of Technology

Curtain Wall Consultant: Inhabit Group

Panel Optimization: Gehry Technologies

Steel Structure Contractor: Zhejiang Jing Gong Steel Structure

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Kent Larson a Ted

How can we fit more people into cities without overcrowding? Kent Larson shows off folding cars, quick-change apartments and other innovations that could make the city of the future work a lot like a small village of the past.