Science and Nature

“The Water Cube” – official swimming facility of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

The design of the Water Cube is derived from theoretical physics, and the steel frame that encompasses this swimming centre is based on what is known as the Weaire-Phelan structure, which describes the most efficient way to divide space. This is in fact the same way that bubbles form in foam.

Whereas soap bubbles can be divided into two shapes – three quarters of the cells have 14 sides and the remainder have twelve – the engineering solution to make the Water Cube a reality requires over a hundred different ones. However, in spite of their seeming randomness, bubbles always touch each other with a regular geometry and it is this simple fact that makes the design feasible.

designed by arup

photos from popsci

Posted: November 7th, 2006
at 9:39am


Categories: architecture

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Low-Cost Ocean Homes

article from popularmechanics

Hilbertz hopes to start growing an island there before the end of the year. “We’ll establish our presence there and stake a claim, and see what happens. If anyone challenges us, we have lawyers ready to argue our case. We’ve had so many legal opinions that we decided just to go ahead and see what happens,” he says.

Posted: November 3rd, 2006
at 7:57am


Categories: architecture,my ninja, please,green arch

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Nippon on a Designer Napkin

Japan’s Good Design Award winners from the architectural, engineering and industrial design worlds as deemed by images.businessweek

Posted: November 1st, 2006
at 8:28am


Categories: architecture,housing

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LED Upgrade Korea

from treehugger

I wanna see these in some Kim Ki Duk movies [which are sick]. Get on that!

Posted: November 1st, 2006
at 7:16am


Categories: architecture,green arch,tech

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Eva Harlou Houses

Eva Harlou 1

Eva Harlou was the former Competition Design Managing Architect at 3XN, and has recently started her own practice. Her site provides some interesting examples of hew house designs…go check em out.

Eva Harlou 2

Eva Harlou 3

Posted: October 30th, 2006
at 9:12am


Categories: architecture,housing,featured ninjas

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NYC High Line

highline.jpg

So this is by no means ‘new’, but pretty ill nonetheless. The High Line in Manhattan is being converted into/used for various new purposes…construction on which began this spring [April]. Check it all out at the Friends of the High Line site.
In particular…

Construction Photos
Design Images/Slideshow

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Theres also a related article from last week at Tropolism

Posted: October 30th, 2006
at 8:24am


Categories: architecture,green arch,urban/master planning

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Rip Curl Canyon

ripcurl_1.jpg

Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues have created a rolling cardboard landscape within the Rice Gallery in Texas. Made of around 4000 sheets of cardboard, the installation is meant to transform the way people understand and interact with the spaces they inhabit. Visitors are encouraged to climb on and around the installation, experiencing the change this produces in the gallery’s space.

ripcurl_2.jpg

link via architechnophilia

Posted: October 27th, 2006
at 10:57am


Categories: architecture,installation

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0-14: New Commercial Tower in Dubai

Well, for lack of a better way to put it…Dubai is on some crazy ish [check out this gallery of architecture in Dubai]. This new tower, 0-14, was designed by Reiser + Umemoto RUR Architecture P.C. and developer Shahab Lutfi. The 22 story building will house over 300,000 square feet that is enclosed by a facade which is perforated with over 1,000 openings [damn]. Not only is it pretty fly looking, but its also structural, while allowing for natural lighting and ventilation within the highrise [can you say passive solar and chimney effect?].

Interested? Find out more at Archinect, which is where I got these images in the first place…
Link

Posted: October 25th, 2006
at 11:34am


Categories: architecture,green arch,towering pagodas

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On Stilts with Windows Everywhere

little gallery of modern homes from espivak

Posted: October 25th, 2006
at 8:05am


Categories: architecture,housing,photographie

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UCX Architects’ Urban Cactus

The proposed structure, dubbed ‘Urban Cactus’, is a 19 story residential building containing 98 units, which are stacked and rotated in such a way as to allow each unit to have [basically] a two story exterior garden/terrace space. Designed by UCX Architects with Ben Huygen and Jasper Jaegers, the building will be located in the Vuurplaat section of Rotterdam, on the harbor.

Link [with some more image] via archidose

[Ed: I wanna live in that thing!]

Posted: October 25th, 2006
at 6:43am


Categories: architecture,green arch,housing,urban/master planning,towering pagodas

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