Kaufhaus Tyrol Department Store

A Chippefield project has a kind of calming effect on the senses. For the government of the Austrian city of Innsbruck -along with this project’s developers – I imagine DC’s proposal for the Kaufhaus Tyrol Department Store was like taking a deep breath of fresh air and saying ‘everything is going to be alright’.

Long story short – this retail project in the heart of a ‘traditional’ [re: Baroque] Austrian city was a mess, and chewed up two different architecture firms before Chipperfield was called in to clean up the mess. A few months later his office was redesigning the entire project with the blessings of the client and the government – a task that had apparently seemed impossible to the previous designers.

Possibly the nicest part – at first glance the project really isn’t a big deal. Calm, simple, clean, quiet, respectful of its context without fading into the background – are we sure this is a retail project? Was the developer confused?

While not DC’s greatest project, the firm was able to stay true to its typically dope style, creating something elegant and modern [out of a shopping mall – my ninjas, please]. While obviously going for a modern approach, the project sought to address its context in an appropriate way – and does so by angling slightly along its long facade. This subtly breaks the mass into three sections, meant to be reminiscent of the massing of the surrounding historic buildings. The fifth floor of the project is also pulled back, mimicking the way floors were added to the surrounding structures throughout the years.

.:David Chipperfield->

Posted: August 24th, 2010
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Richard Cook On Sustainable Architecture

For this month’s installment of New Yorker Currents, Paul Goldberger, The New Yorker’s architecture critic, spoke with Richard Cook, a partner in Cook+Fox Architects and the designer of the new Bank of America Tower, a Manhattan skyscraper, completed earlier this year, that is the largest building to receive a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification, the highest standard set by the U.S. Green Building Council. Here they discuss sustainable architecture, the use of nature in design, and the debates over the LEED standard.

Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/currents/#ixzz0xNrc8Pge

.:via->The New Yorker

Posted: August 22nd, 2010
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Quote of the Day

What you actually do when you move out of a city is move into a car.

~ David Owen

Posted: August 16th, 2010
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Ninjas on the Webs

[3D compositions (concepts for Iron Man 2) by Prologuevia]

Monday Monday Monday…well, Sunday night for me actually. I like to use these ninjas on the net posts to vent a little sometimes, and was considering losing my mind over this whole Islamic Cultural Center in the general region we will forever know as Ground Zero – but it seems played out. That, and I guess I don’t have much to say about it. Haters gonna hate, I suppose – and bigots even more so. I would like to point everyone in the direction of this great little map over at C-Monster’s Tumblr site and put this out there, tho – which basically just illustrates the fact that while Ground Zero itself may be hallowed ground, the surrounding area is just NYC. We’re not turning all of Manhattan into an extended memorial – it just ain’t happening.

Anyways, I’m always looking for links! If you come across something on the net that you think should appear on AMNP, or that readers should be made aware of, drop me an email [architecture@myninjaplease.com], hit me up on google talk [same email], contact me via Twitter, or simply leave a comment here on the site. And as I said last week – I’d really like to get the Ninja Arithmetic posts going again, and they relied mostly on reader submissions.

Have a good week.

Turf issue of ArchitectureBoston

Blink, a great slideshow of landscapes in process [ArchitectureBoston]

– urban China + the largest exodus in human history [eVolo]

– Hawking says we should start moving… to another world [Treehugger]

– winners of the ‘All That Glitters…’ competition announced [Bustler]

Slum Tourism, which many architects are guilty-of [NY Times]

LEGO models of famous buildings! [Washington Post]

– Kapoor told to try again on Olympic tower [The Independent]

– Strata tower, looking like an electric razor, wins 2010 Carbuncle Cup [bd online]

– a vanishing mosque wins for RUX [archiCentral]

high speed rail in the US! yay! Welcome to the late 20th century… [Inrastructurist]

– loud paper on the death of John Chase [loud paper]

– architecture + Byzantine Art [TNR]

– read Ayn Rand from space (don’t know why, but people love that crazy fool) [TNR]

– Sun Ra lectures at UC Berkeley 1971 (not architecture, but dope) [FREE DÉFENDU]

Posted: August 16th, 2010
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BSA on Greenway Guidelines

BSA Response to Greenway Guidelines from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Ah – buildings for the Greenway! Thankfully the BSA is on top of things, and trying to push along planning for these empty spaces. Commercial properties? Ground floor retail? A building at Dewey Square? All the buildings ‘don’t have to be museums’? Brilliant – let’s hope we start to see some of these ideas unfold.

Putting an actual building at Dewey Square would be great – holding that space out front of South Station, and improving the streetscape along Summer Street. That, and I was just saying the other night while leaving the Fisherman’s Feast (in the North End) that what the Greenway seems to desperately need is a bar (really, more than one). It’s a strange scene there at night, with most people (it seems) just passing through the space – unless some special event is going on. I say dope little cafe by day, classy bar at night.

One thing I’m tired of hearing about is the scary shadows, blah blah blah. Sure, we need to be careful of blocking out the sun – but people have complained about tall buildings being suggested for the EAST of the Greenway. I’m not going to insult a ninjas intelligence and explain why that’s ridiculous – but c’mon son.

Posted: August 15th, 2010
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Magnus Larsson: Sand to Sandstone

Architecture student Magnus Larsson details his bold plan to transform the harsh Sahara desert using bacteria and a surprising construction material: the sand itself.

Not so new, but new to me – this video is pretty interesting. Imagine building with nature like this, and what that could mean for architecture and construction. Who’s to say that we won’t be programming these bacteria, etc, to perform increasingly complex & specific tasks – guiding them along a certain design trajectory while allowing for just enough randomness for unique and ‘natural’ results. We could be growing whole cities – which, needless to say, would be pretty dope.

.:video via->TED

Posted: August 12th, 2010
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BSA Unbuilt Architecture Award

Winners of the 2010 Boston Society of Architects Unbuilt Architecture Award have been announced and include Brookline, MA base Choi+Shine – for their entry Land of Giants (above)- along with NYC based NAMELESS for Playcloud (below).

Making only minor alterations to well established steel-framed tower design, we have created a series of towers that are powerful, solemn and variable. These iconic pylon-figures will become monuments in the landscape. Seeing the pylon-figures will become an unforgettable experience, elevating the towers to something more than merely a functional design of necessity.

I’m really in love with Land of Giants – it’s like something out of Middle Earth, but from the future. The idea that these electrical towers could be considered aesthetically in addition to functionally says a lot about what could be done with our infrastructure projects – and the added whimsy of the chosen forms [giants!] is super entertaining. It would be so great if we could consider the fact that we have to look at these things when building our electrical grid, or highways, etc – and then have a little fun with them.

Playcloud explores the narrative potential of a pneumatic and fabric structure. We are not only looking for the utopian implications of the pavilion, but also investing in a practical and sustainable solution for City of Dreams Pavilion.

Playcloud is simply visually stunning in terms of the renderings. These lighter than air, almost ghost-like structures would make for a great pavilion installation -if they’re buildable [i suppose that’s why they’re the ‘unbuilt architecture’ awards].

More images for each project can been seen over at Bustler. There were two other winners of the award, but I didn’t think they were quite as ill. You can find out more over at ArchDaily.

.:NAMELESS-Playcloud->

.:Choi+Shine-Land of Giants->

Note: this really has nothing to do with anything, but does anyone else think it’s strange that the BSA doesn’t publish this sort of thing itself? I mean, they have a webpage – no reason why they shouldn’t use it to display winning entries to the competitions they’re holding. Weird.

Posted: August 11th, 2010
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Ninjas on the ‘Net

Alright, so I’m still getting back into the swing of things over here – hence the week showing for this list-o-links. Really tho, if you’re looking to see what ninjas are reading/watching/listening to/whatever then you should follow me on Twitter [@architecturemnp]. I’m hoping to keep the Twitter feed updated on the regular and then to pick selected links for this weekly round-up.

With that in mind – I’m always looking for links! If you come across something on the net that you think should appear on AMNP, or that readers should be made aware of, drop me an email [architecture@myninjaplease.com], hit me up on google talk [same email], contact me via Twitter, or simply leave a comment here on the site. In particular I would love to get Ninja Arithmetic going again, which was really made possible by reader submissions. Hope  to hear from you – and enjoy the week ahead.

– looking for a dope metal facade for a project? turn to Bill Zahner [WIRED]

– we should run a competition for designs for some kind of outpost for the giant chunk of ice that broke of of Greenland… [Boston Globe]

– low-E windows might melt your neighbor’s vinyl siding [Architect’s Newspaper]

– will we start staying in one home for life, and stop worrying about re-sale value? [NY Times]

– how to hustle for work [Small at Large]

– convert Delhi’s stormwater channels, called ‘nullahs’, into recreational waterways and cycle paths? [Business Standard]

– Camden to close all its libraries, permanently? I wonder what will happen to the buildings…and the children [NPR]

– Mexican ‘Cave of Swallows’ reproduced life-sized on side of Manhattan skyscraper as ad for tourism

– John, the ninja running Archidose, is a week in to ‘31 in 31‘, his series documenting 31 projects in 31 days. don’t miss it.

Posted: August 9th, 2010
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We Should be More Like Copenhagen

Copenhagen’s Car-free streets & Slow-speed zones from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

These two videos – both found over at Treehugger – are pretty great, and show why we should a) be more like Copenhagen and b) how we could possibly do it.

But this is the US, where our government itself is desperate for you to buy and drive cars – so keep dreaming, my ninjas.

Cycling Copenhagen, Through North American Eyes from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

Posted: August 8th, 2010
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Salvador Dali Museum Stair

I don’t really think I’m a fan of the museum as a whole [link below], but this staircase is SICK! Too bad they’ll have to give it some handrails – you know, to keep people from falling to their death and all that…

.:more image of the museum, in progress->via ArchDaily

Posted: August 3rd, 2010
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