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Monthly Archives: March 2009

Kutiman mixes various youtube music videos together to produce a unified sound.  


A new study says environmentally friendly schools are creating high levels of CO2 in classrooms causing pupils to feel drowsy


Schools constructed under the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) initiative have been found to have poor ventilation and increased air-tightness. This leads to a build-up of CO2 in classrooms, causing pupils to feel drowsy and affecting their learning performance.


I’m always interested to see construction photos of “starchitects” projects being built.   Because all buildings must meet building codes and comply with fundamental forces of nature.  



From reading the description in the article, it seems the design concept did create some technical challenges.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the number of architects claiming unemployment benefit has increased faster than any other profession

According to the ONS statistics, published in the Guardian today (20 March), the number of architects claiming benefit between February 2008 and February 2009 rose by 760 per cent, from 150 to 1,290.

The second biggest increase was among architectural technologists and town-planning technicians. Other jobs related to the construction industry such as surveyors, engineers and scaffolders all feature prominently in those professions that have seen the biggest increases.


The AJ can reveal the first pictures of Alsop Architects’ ‘Chips’ housing scheme in New Islington, Manchester


According to Alsop, the 100m-long, nine-storey building for developer Urban Splash was inspired ‘by three fat chips piled on top of one another’.

The 142-apartment scheme, which sits between the Ashton and Rochdale canals, has a mix of one, two and three-bedroom flats.

The upper storeys are clad in ‘newspaper print’ to ‘echo the industrial heritage of the surrounding Ancoats area’.


Well, this is quite ugly isn’t it.   What is the yellow cylinder in the foreground?

Valencia Football Club’s new stadium has joined the growing ranks of high-profile projects in Spain to hit the buffers

Designed by 3DReid’s former sister company, Madrid-based Reid Fenwick Asociados, the 75,000-seat development currently remains half-built after the club ran out of money.

It is understood Valencia FC owes more than £460 million – including around £20 million to the construction company building the stadium.


This house is built completely from laser cut interlocking parts. No fasteners are used whatsoever in its construction. There is also a scale model which is built from the same exact parts as the full-size house, only scaled down. The house was on display at an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.


Design thinking deals with wicked problems. Because no single objective can be identified in advance, design thinking is aimed at drawing on and synthesizing a wide range of knowledge and influences rather than at optimizing (Huang; Saffer; Owen). For the same reason, it is viewed as interpretive (Lombardi), holistic and integrative (Lombardi; Owen). Both how the problem is framed and how to evaluate possible solutions must be devised as part of the designing process.

In addition to having a rich set of heuristic analogies, metaphors, and topologies to draw upon “design thinking is supported by a rich set of tools, processes, roles and environments” so that “Designers work like craftsmen. They know when to use the right tool at the right time (Tim Brown on Wroblewski).”

Creatives today need to be “superpeople” who can write, be personable and–gasp!–talk finance as well. That’s the takeaway from a panel of design professionals convened at SXSW by Coroflot, the design jobs site well-known for its annual salary survey.


This building in Dubai is based on the biological structure of a cactus plant.




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