Apple’s newest store has Solar Wings" that transform before your eyes

April 28, 2017 by  
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Apple pulled out all the stops for their glamorous new store in Dubai. Designed by Foster + Partners , the recently completed Apple Dubai Mall is unlike any mall we’ve seen before with its giant “Solar Wings” that open and close in a beautiful choreographed display. The kinetic art installation, which ranks among the world’s largest, helps to create an engaging civic space, while providing an innovative response to the culture and climate of the Emirates. Located next to the iconic Burj Khalifa , the two-story Apple Store overlooks the famous Dubai Fountains through its 186-foot-wide and 18-foot-deep terrace. The architects drew inspiration from the traditional Arabic Mashrabiya, or decorative screens, to create the perforated “Solar Wings” that shade the outdoor terrace during the day and open up at night. The wings are made from layers of lightweight carbon fiber mesh and arranged in patterns that minimize solar heat radiation, according to the architect’s solar studies. Related: Apple announces goal to make products from 100% recycled materials “The opening and closing of these majestic Solar Wings is analogous to a delicate ballet recital – but on a monumental scale,” said Stefan Behling, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners. “In some ways it is a very spiritual experience, with the sun streaming through them and creating the most delicate and beautiful patterns of light and shade – a seamless blend of technology and culture.” The shaded terrace features nine large trees with integrated seating. The tree planters rotate mechanically to ensure optimal sunlight conditions for the trees. + Foster + Partners Images via Foster + Partners

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Dazzling art-filled passageway immerses visitors in everything that makes Amsterdam special

March 2, 2017 by  
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The city of Amsterdam just added another attraction to its long list of must-sees. Artists Arno Coenen, Iris Roskam and Hans van Bentem converted an arched passageway into Amsterdam Oersoep, an immersive art project decorated with seemingly innumerable references to the city of Amsterdam, its history, and its future. Glass mosaic, traditional Italian terrazzo, gilded mirrors, and recycled bicycle chandeliers are just a few of the beautiful elements that make up the intricate and enchanting artwork. Commissioned by Bouwinvest , Amsterdam Oersoep was created as part of a redevelopment project called Nowadays that encompasses the passageway and the buildings attached to it on Nieuwendijk and Damrak. Amsterdam Oersoepâ??Oersoep is Dutch for â??primordial soupâ??â??was created in Beurspassage , a passageway between Damrak avenue and the street of Nieuwendijk popularly used among Amsterdam residents and tourists. The renewed Beurspassage was created as a major tourist attraction, beautification project, and to include the worldâ??s longest coffee bar in the world: Liquid Mokum. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qf89uLLvO5A Related: Nature-filled office takes over a former factory building in Amsterdam-Noord The Amsterdam Oersoep pays homage to the cityâ??s canals with its color scheme and wavy images that give the effect of walking through an underwater tunnel. The ceiling is covered in 450 square meters of glass mosaic embedded with iconic symbols of Amsterdam, from fish and air bubbles that allude to the canals to bicycle gears and a floating Vincent van Gogh ear. The sides of the passageway are lined with bluish-green tiles as well as large gilded and engraved Art Deco-styled mirrors. Handmade stained glass lamps, crafted in thirteen different shapes, hang from the sides. The traditional Italian terrazzo flooring is decorated with icons symbolic of the cityâ??s rich heritage of art and trade. Seven golden chandeliers hung from above are made from recycled bicycle parts like gears, headlamps, and handlebars. Every detail in the Amsterdam Oersoep hints to the stories of Amsterdam, creating a richly layered and beautiful artwork that fully immerses whomever walks through the passage. + Beurspassage Images by Kees Hummel

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Polish artist Olek crochets billboard-sized tribute to Hillary Clinton

November 8, 2016 by  
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Fiber artist Olek has created a larger-than-life tribute to presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in New York City. The piece is an unbelievable 16-by-46-foot crochet blanket, nailed to a billboard overlooking New Jersey’s Route 139 highway. Featuring the hashtag #ImWithHer, an image of Hillary’s face, and a shocking pink background, the blanket reportedly took a team of 38 helpers over four weeks to create. The entire piece consists of 794,880 individual stitches.

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Gigantic blood-red web takes over Gucci in Tokyo

October 31, 2016 by  
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Born in Osaka and currently based in Berlin, Chiharu Shiota is well-known for her passion of wrapping objects and spaces with red or black thread. In the case of Gucci, her artistic gesture intends to reinterpret an emblematic pattern designed by Gucci’s creative director, Alessandro Michele . The room is fully immersed in a bicolored motif of branches, leaves and flowers. The red yarn spreads in every direction, transforming the brand’s flat print into a three-dimensional universe. Related: Thousands of keys strung from blood-red yarn evoke Japan’s Great Tohoku Earthquake Symbolically, Shiota’s red tangle expands over tapestries embracing everything from fashion accessories to furnishing and décor. In a way, this room is a statement of Gucci’s global image applied in an entire all-embracing scale. Chiharu Shiota ’s Herbarium installation is a part of the Gucci 4 Rooms exhibition on the 7th floor of Gucci’s Ginza building. The program includes four visionary rooms curated by four different artists called to express the inventive spirit of the house. It will run through November 27, 2016. + Chiharu Shiota Images via Maria Novozhilova for Inhabitat

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Mediterranean to become desert unless global warming limited to 1.5C, study warns

October 31, 2016 by  
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Southern Spain could look like the Sahara unless global warming is held to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, the global average temperature target governments agreed to in Paris. That is the conclusion of a new study published in the journal Science titled “Climate change: The 2015 Paris Agreement thresholds and Mediterranean basin ecosystems.” According to the analysis, if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated and global warming reaches 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit), desertification could overtake many areas around the Mediterranean by the end of the century, altering ecosystems in ways not seen in 10,000 years. The researchers examined pollen cores from sediments during the Holocene, the geological epoch that began more than 10,000 years ago. They than compared the information from past conditions to predictions of future climate and vegetation under different climate change scenarios. Warming beyond 2 degrees Celsius could cause an expansion of deserts in Southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East with decidious forests replaced by shrubs and bushes. Related: 6 Brilliant designs to fight desertification The Mediterranean region is already warming at a more rapid pace than the rest of the world. Since 1880 when modern record-keeping began, average land and ocean surface temperature has increased by .85 degrees Celsius (1.5 degrees Fahrenheit). However, the Mediterranean basin has seen 1.3 degrees Celsius (2.4 degrees Fahrenheit) of warming. “The main message is really to maintain at less than 1.5C,” Joel Guiot, palaeoclimatologist at the European Centre for Geoscience Research and Education in Aix-en-Provence, France, and the study’s lead author, told The Guardian. “For that, we need to decrease the emissions of greenhouse gases very quickly, and start the decreasing now, and not by 2020, and to arrive at zero emissions by 2050 and not by the end of the century.” + Climate change: The 2015 Paris Agreement thresholds and Mediterranean basin ecosystems Via Inside Climate News Images via Good Free Photos  and Wikimedia

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A river made of 10,000 glowing books flows through Toronto

October 26, 2016 by  
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This large, interactive  art installation is created by group of anonymous artists/activists who “want literature to take over the streets and conquer public spaces, freely offering those passersby a traffic-free place which, for some hours, will succumb to the humble power of the written word.” Related: Alicia Martin’s Amazing Book Sculptures Pour out of Windows and Into the Streets The team has previously carried out the installation illegally in New York and Madrid, received official permission to appear in Melbourne, and has recently visited Toronto during Nuit Blanche Toronto, an annual, city-wide celebration of contemporary art. For this occasion, the group has used 10,000 books donated by the Salvation Army and worked for 12 days alongside 50 volunteers to replace cars with books on Hagerman Street, downtown Toronto . Related: Guy Laramée Carves a Majestic Lifelike Mountain Range Out of an Encyclopedia Britannica Set The artwork was open to the public for one night, during which visitors could immerse themselves in a literal flow of words and paper illuminated by soft lighting coming from the pages. They would sit down to read, take photos and eventually take pieces of the installation home. It took 10 hours for the installation to self-dismantle. + Luzinterruptus + Nuit Blanche Toronto

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Twisting ribbons of plants transform a badly burned Maryland building into an interactive public artwork

October 20, 2016 by  
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https://vimeo.com/181187568 Located in Frederick’s downtown historic district, Sky Stage is a temporary artwork that uses vegetation and a digitally designed structure to breathe life into the damaged building . The organizers removed the plywood boards that formerly blocked public access to the historic stone building, which has no roof. Artist Heather Clark and MIT’s Digital Structures research group used computer algorithms to engineer a complex two-story-tall wooden lattice that forms the structural base for twisting ribbons covered in drought-resistant plantings. State-of-the-art green roof technology was used to create the spiraling vegetated bands that weave through the building’s open doors and windows. Related: Floating bridge transforms a crumbling historic Boston bridge into a moving event space A timber seating area was constructed next to the two-story structure to form an open-air theatre that accommodates 140 people. Trees integrated into the wooden benches soften the stone background and provide relief from the sun. Rainwater collected from an adjacent roof is stored in a cistern and reused to irrigate the plants and trees. The Frederick Arts Council and AmeriCorps will oversee the day-to-day operations of the theater as well as future creative endeavors for the public including plays, music acts, children’s story time, art classes, dance, history, literature, and film. The Sky Stage will be open through July 2017. + Sky Stage Images via Heather Clark

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Hear the sounds of space in StudioKCAs NASA Orbit Pavilion in Los Angeles

October 19, 2016 by  
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Created in collaboration with Shane Myrbeck of Arup and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, StudioKCA’s NASA Orbit Pavilion debuted at the World Science Festival at New York University in the summer of 2015. The Huntington invited StudioKCA to bring the pavilion to the west coast as the first exhibition of Five, an initiative to connect the research institution’s vast collections with five external organizations and contemporary artists over the next five years. The NASA Orbit Pavilion’s double-curved nautilus shape was constructed from 72 waterjet-cut aluminum panels perforated with over 100 “orbital paths.” A 30-foot-diameter inner sound chamber is outfitted with 28 speakers spatially arranged to mimic orbits. The structure’s curved aluminum framework minimizes external noise and is engineered to provide an immersive environment that surrounds visitors with sounds representing orbiting satellites in real-time. Related: NASA Orbit Pavilion plays the eerily beautiful music of satellites orbiting Earth “Like holding a shell to one’s ear to listen the ocean, what if you could walk into a massive shell and listen to the sounds of space, or rather, a symphony built out of the sounds of satellites in space?” Says Jason Klimoski, principal of StudioKCA. The NASA Orbit Pavilion will be on view at The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens from October 29, 2016 to February 27, 2017. + NASA Orbit Pavilion Images via StudioKCA

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Unexpected living room with Soviet-era furniture pops up in a Lithuanian lagoon

September 9, 2016 by  
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The Living Boom offers an unexpected and quiet respite in Nida, the bustling popular resort town in Lithuania. A team of 18 international architecture students completed the project within a span of two weeks. The public space is partially hidden behind a five-meter-tall wooden wall so that visitors must physically walk onto the pier to see the entirety of The Living Boom. The wall, fixed to a concrete floor with metal bolts, serves as the symbolic threshold between the “interior” living room and “outdoor” nature. “A pier is a dead end. How can one change the ‘end of this long path’ and celebrate its end as a new space?” Write the designers. “Being already set into boundaries on three sides by the element of water, the start of the project was to construct a fourth wall that creates a new space. As one walks along the pier, approaching the wall in the middle of the plain landscapes of lagoon and sand dunes , one yet has to find out what the space behind the wall offers. Only after physically walking through, one can see and grasp the new space, with furniture shining in red, generating an unseen space in the middle of water, sky, sand dunes and forest.” Related: This timber installation challenges students to think about new ways to design homes The Living Boom is outfitted with local Soviet-era furniture modified with modern elements by the students and includes a three-meter-long table, multiple benches, a traditional wind vane, a giant wooden chair, and even a fireplace. All parts of the installation were painted the same shade of red. + The Living Boom Images by Alexandra Kononchenko and Miguel Angel Maure Blesa

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Olek yarn bombs a Swedish and Finnish house with hot pink crochet

September 4, 2016 by  
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An explosion of pink has erupted on top of two homes in Europe—one in Avesta, Sweden and the other in Kerava, Finland. Crochet queen Olek unleashed her yarn bombing skills on the two homes as part of the #OurPinkHouse project that brings attention to the plight of refugees and serves as a positive symbol of a brighter future.

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