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Monthly Archives: November 2009

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(Rem Koolhaas decides he wants to make some real money) 

Shoe brand United Nude, which was founded by architect Rem Koolhaas and Galahad JD Clark, opened a flagship store in Amsterdam on Oct. 22. Designed by brand creative director and architect Rem Koolhaas, the interior design of the flagship store reflects characteristics of the brand’s products and DNA.

From injection-moulded shoes to high-end carbon fiber heels, United Nude is “founded on conceptual design, elegance, and innovation.” The store is a “dark-shop” concept, which means it is completely dark in all areas other than those where the products are showcased and literally highlighted. The most important and prominent element of the store design is the Wall of Light, a computer-controlled LED wall that displays the United Nude products as works of art encapsulated in geometric frames.

United Nude also plans to open flagship stores in Shanghai and New York in early 2010. 

Link to article is HERE.

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The early modernist architects believed that modern architecture could solve all of society’s problems, inspiring mankind to be better.  Architecture schools such as UC Berkeley, have espoused an interest in PLACE over SPACE, eschewing the art for art’s sake attitude of high modernism, and emphasizing the social aspects of architectural design.

A study involving architecture in several of the world’s trouble spots, including Belfast, Beirut and (former trouble spot) Berlin shows that  buildings are partly to blame for a hardening in some people’s bitter sectarian attitudes.

Fences, parks, footbridges and even a playground can influence intense and bitter conflict between Catholics and Protestants, Dr Ralf Brand, a lecturer from the University of Manchester, has found.  Article from BBC News is HERE.

But he also uncovered examples of architecture that could help heal the wounds of the Troubles.