Robots construct an art gallery in Shanghai from recycled gray bricks

March 3, 2017 by  
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Archi-Union Architects have completed an unusual art exhibition space in Shanghai with the help of robots. Created for the Chi She artist group, the building in the city’s Xuhui district was built with recycled gray-green bricks salvaged from a former building. Designed with both traditional and contemporary elements, the Chi She exhibition space features an unusual protrusion made possible with advanced digital fabrication technology. The 200-square-meter Chi She exhibition space was built to replace a former historic building, the materials of which were salvaged and reused in the new construction. While the zigzagging roof has been raised and reconstructed from timber, the most eye-catching difference between the old and new buildings is the part of the wall above the entrance door that bulges out. The architects used a robotic masonry fabrication technique developed by Fab-Union to create the curved wall, which would have been difficult to precisely achieve with traditional means. Related: WeWork’s new coworking space in Shanghai features salvaged materials from the city’s past “The precise positioning of the integrated equipment of robotic masonry fabrication technique and the construction elaborately to the mortar and bricks by the craftsmen makes this ancient material, brick, be able to meet the requirements in the new era, and realizes the presentation of the design model consummately,” wrote the architects. “The dilapidation of these old bricks coordinated with the stretch display of the curving walls are narrating a connection between people and bricks, machines and construction, design and culture, which will be spread permanently in the shadow of external walls under the setting sun.” + Archi-Union Architects Via ArchDaily Images © Su Shengliang

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The brickwork inside this beautiful Tehran community center will blow your mind

March 3, 2017 by  
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Kalout Architecture Studio ‘s Imam Reza Cultural and Religious Complex in Tehran, Iran is a vibrant urban space that locals of all ages and social groups enjoy. To make the building’s ethos absolutely clear, the architects built the roof in the form of interlocking fingers, symbolizing “unity and social cohesion”. The beautiful 7000-square-meter center, which is located in the cultural zone of the capital, houses a mosque , an art gallery, a bookstore coffee shop, an amphitheater and an IT center. The building’s various functional zones are organized around the central glass-paneled dome in stone-clad wings. Related: Mosque for All: BIG Wins Competition To Design Inside-Out Albanian Cultural Center The dome arches over a traditional shabestan – an underground space typically found in Iranian houses, mosques, and schools. According to the architects, the unique design was influenced by both tradition and functionality, “The main form of the shabestan, with the grandeur of a religious space, provides the opportunity for a unique experience to fulfill the immemorial ambition to connect with the creator and feel the symbolic form of the dome. Following this main form, the side wings of the building with the supplementary functions rise from and rest on the ground to create an innovative form visually.” The dome is composed of handmade glass carved with the various words for god. On the exterior walkway, bricks are laid in an intricate pattern that runs the length of the walls. According to the architects, the two materials were used to represent the “ascending movement from earth to light”. Additional traditional features found in the complex include a sunken courtyard with a small reflecting pool, and a cedar statue that symbolizes “constancy, life and freedom”. + Kalout Architecture Studio Via Dezeen Photography by Parham Taghiof

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Kalout Architecture Studio ‘s Imam Reza Cultural and Religious Complex in Tehran, Iran is a vibrant urban space that locals of all ages and social groups enjoy. To make the building’s ethos absolutely clear, the architects built the roof in the form of interlocking fingers, symbolizing “unity and social cohesion”. The beautiful 7000-square-meter center, which is located in the cultural zone of the capital, houses a mosque , an art gallery, a bookstore coffee shop, an amphitheater and an IT center. The building’s various functional zones are organized around the central glass-paneled dome in stone-clad wings. Related: Mosque for All: BIG Wins Competition To Design Inside-Out Albanian Cultural Center The dome arches over a traditional shabestan – an underground space typically found in Iranian houses, mosques, and schools. According to the architects, the unique design was influenced by both tradition and functionality, “The main form of the shabestan, with the grandeur of a religious space, provides the opportunity for a unique experience to fulfill the immemorial ambition to connect with the creator and feel the symbolic form of the dome. Following this main form, the side wings of the building with the supplementary functions rise from and rest on the ground to create an innovative form visually.” The dome is composed of handmade glass carved with the various words for god. On the exterior walkway, bricks are laid in an intricate pattern that runs the length of the walls. According to the architects, the two materials were used to represent the “ascending movement from earth to light”. Additional traditional features found in the complex include a sunken courtyard with a small reflecting pool, and a cedar statue that symbolizes “constancy, life and freedom”. + Kalout Architecture Studio Via Dezeen Photography by Parham Taghiof

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Spectacular University of Chicago addition marries limestone, metal and glass

February 24, 2016 by  
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The Vancouver Art Gallery’s pending upgrade will comprise a top-heavy stack of wooden boxes

October 1, 2015 by  
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Creative Cicada pavilion in Spain mimics the body of an insect

September 24, 2015 by  
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The 2015 Serpentine Gallery is a colorful cocoon that filters light like stained glass

June 19, 2015 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: Why are my plants turning yellow?

June 19, 2015 by  
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Even the greenest of thumbs are sometimes puzzled by their plants’ yellow leaves, but that yellow pattern can actually tell you a lot about what kind of problems your plant is having. That’s why Safer Brand created this infographic so that you can easily determine what your plant needs to stay green and healthy. Potted plants are particularly susceptible to yellow leaves, most commonly because lack of sun indoors and water. The upper part of the graphic explains how to determine if you are getting the right balance of sunlight and water. Check out the lower half of the graphic to view six of the most common nutrient deficiencies that cause a plant’s leaves to turn yellow. Besides showing you the signs, it will also list an organic way to fix your yellow leaf problem. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Why are my plants turning yellow? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dying plants , Gardening , gardening tips , green thumb , house plant gardening , house plants , infographics , organic gardening , plant growing tips , plants turning yellow , reader submission , safer brand , yellowing leavings

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This mind-reading device can turn your thoughts into text

June 19, 2015 by  
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Brain-computer interfaces are nothing new—several companies have developed technologies that allow one to conduct a number of pre-determined activities, such as moving a cursor, by monitoring brain waves. But one group of researchers at the National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies and the State University of New York at Albany are hoping to take that concept a step further, and have successfully tested what may be the world’s first “brain to text” interface—a device that can read ones mind and translate those thoughts to digital text. Read the rest of This mind-reading device can turn your thoughts into text Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: brain computer , brain computer interface , brain to text , Design for Health , internet of brains , mind-reading , neuroscience , speech recognition programs , suny

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INFOGRAPHIC: The most amazing museums in the world

April 16, 2015 by  
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The world’s greatest museums don’t just house some of the most incredible treasures on the planet; they’re works of art unto themselves. From The Louvre in France (originally a military fortress and palace) to Turkey’s Chora museum (originally a Byzantine church), these magnificent buildings are as gorgeous as the items they have on display. Check out the full infographic after the jump to learn more about the world’s most beautiful museums, and hopefully you can visit them in person one day! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: The most amazing museums in the world Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Acropolis , amazing museums , art gallery , art museum , british museum , Chora , infographic , most amazing museums , Museum , museum infographic , museums , Rijksmuseum , The Louvre , world’s most amazing museums

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