Design archive for 2014-11-10

Federico Babina imagines film stars living inside famous architect-designed houses

(3 years ago)
Movie stars including Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Marlon Brando make themselves at home in Modernist masterpieces by Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Alvar Aalto and more, in this illustration series. (more...)

"'Looks like' is the lowest kind of criticism"

(3 years ago)
Comments update: architectural debate commanded the conversation on Dezeen this week, with one reader accusing the Modernist movement of "raping South America", while others were more concerned with defending MAD's design for the George Lucas museum from lazy criticism.MAD architecture: The unveiling of the curvy design for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago by Chinese firm MAD, led to a flurry of "looks like" comments.Commenter Jeroen van Lith compared the building to a "nuclear power plant," while junihaoni likened it to a project from 2008 by the now-defunct firm Future Systems.One reader thought it looked more like a famous scene from Steven Spielberg's film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.But davvid was among commenters who hit back at the form-comparisons as a lazy critique, writing "Oh please. 'Looks like' is the lowest kind of criticism." Read the comments on this story »Modernism attacks: a monolithic concrete innovation centre designed by Chilean firm Elemental and Alejandro Aravena was one of the most popular projects of the week, but not everyone was a fan.Santiago Meneses revealed that students had started referring to the building as "Azkaban Prison", a reference to the magical maximum security facility in the Harry Potter series of novels."I've been to the building. NO OFFICE HAS A WINDOW," wrote Cesar A. Hidalgo. "Modernism continues to rape Latin America," he added."If modernism rapes Latin America, what do you propose? Neo-classicism?"[..]

Jacobs-Yaniv Architects creates pilates studio for Paralympic swimmer

(3 years ago)
Israeli firm Jacobs-Yaniv has created a pilates studio for Paralympic gold-medallist Keren Leibovitch in Kfar Saba, Israel, using a steel frame to create distinct spaces inside a former events hall (+ slideshow). (more...)

Posh Portability: The B&O BeoPlay A2 Speaker

(3 years ago)
Leather, aluminum, and polycarbonate-ABS polymer come together in a beautifully designed portable package with up to 24 hours battery life.

Zaha Hadid's Tokyo stadium will be "a disgrace to future generations" says Arata Isozaki

(3 years ago)
News: Japanese architect Arata Isozaki has hit out at the redesign of Zaha Hadid's Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium, branding it "a monumental mistake" that has left him "in despair". (more...)

Crafts Council launches education manifesto as protestors battle to save crafts degree

(3 years ago)
News: Terence Conran, Grayson Perry and Kevin McCloud have backed a manifesto from the UK's Crafts Council calling on the government to protect craft skills, as protestors try to save a degree course at one of Britain's leading arts universities. (more...)

Moop Bag Holiday Giveaway

(3 years ago)
Enter to win a beautiful, quality Moop bag of your choice including their new Envelope Clutch no.1!

Takeru Shoji Architects tops a timber-clad Japanese house with a "big hat"

(3 years ago)
A white timber roof masks the upper storey of this Japanese house by Takeru Shoji Architects, but is raised on wooden stilts to reveal the pale timber facade of the ground-level storey (+ slideshow). (more...)

Dezeen Jobs: latest jobs update

(3 years ago)
See the latest from our recruitment site Dezeen Jobs, including positions with The Architecture Foundation, Brinkworth, and UNStudio, who recently completed a theatre with a ceiling that moves to improve its acoustics (pictured). This is also the last chance to apply for roles with Selfridges, Anglepoise, Lee Broom and more... (more...)

BRONZE AGE Collection

(3 years ago)
Hosted by Designblok Prague and presented in the wonderful Ballroom of the Colloredo Mansfeld...

A-Zero turns an English cow shed into a timber-framed family home

(3 years ago)
London architecture firm A-Zero has completed an oak frame house that incorporates the steel frame of an old cow shed in a rural area near Leighton Buzzard, England (+ slideshow). (more...)


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