Thomas Heatherwick unveils massive museum carved out of a historic grain silo

September 18, 2017 by  
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Prolific architect Thomas Heatherwick just finished transforming an old grain silo in Cape Town into South Africa’s largest art museum – the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. The team spent years carefully renovating the silo’s 42 massive cylindrical concrete tubes into 6,000 square feet of gallery space, which will hold the world’s premier collection of African art. The grain silo has held court over Cape Town’s Table Bay harbor since 1924. Some of the building’s rough concrete walls were kept intact, while others were carved into shapes and finished with polished concrete. An 88-foot-high cathedral-like atrium sits at the heart of the museum and leads to the expansive network of 80 individual galleries. The design team preserved the silo’s bold concrete exterior while updating it with bulging glass windows that flood the interior with natural light . The renovation of the historic building was quite complicated, considering the tubular shape of the silos . Heatherwick told Dezeen, “It became like archaeology, like excavating out gallery spaces, but not wanting to obliterate the tubularity completely. We realized we needed to do something that your eye couldn’t instantly predict,” he explained. “Our role was destructing rather than constructing, but trying to destruct with a confidence and an energy, and not treating the building as a shrine.” The Zeitz Museum is just one part of the large waterfront complex that will eventually include bars and restaurants. The swanky Royal Portfolio Hotel , which was built into the silo’s grain elevators, opened earlier this year. + Thomas Heatherwick Studio Via Dezeen

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Artist recycles old typewriters into beautiful guns

July 3, 2017 by  
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The Art of War takes on new meaning in Canadian artist Eric Nado’s evocative typewriter-guns. Inspired by the old adage “the pen is mightier than the sword,” these beautiful and futuristic Typewriter Guns are fully recycled from colorful vintage typewriters. These powerful pieces explore the impact of words, over arms, in shaping history. Nado’s reconstructive artworks are crafted with all original parts of vintage typewriters, including brands such as Underwood and Royal. Though startlingly realistic, these steampunk-esque guns are non-functional. The assemblage artist has also worked with other mediums, most notably in his Seamstress Series where he transforms vintage sewing machines in sculptures reminiscent of workingwomen of the post-war era. Related: Fascinating Sculptures Made from Recycled Typewriter Parts In an interview with Creators , Nado said he was motivated by his childhood memories of playing with his mother’s typewriter. “The sound of the keys evoked, for me, the sound of guns going off. It is this memory that initiated in me, years later, a new obsession, fueled by what were now years of experience in technical manifestations of art,” he said. “I wondered, could it be possible to transform these evocative machines into representations of a gun arsenal? My intuition was that it could be done and the objective was to do so by deconstructing and reconstructing solely the pieces of one typewriter at a time, making each and every gun an art piece with a history in itself.” + Eric Nado Via Creators Images via Eric Nado

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Scientists capture first ever image of dark matter web that connects galaxies

April 12, 2017 by  
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For the first time ever, scientists have captured an image of a dark matter bridge, confirming the theory that galaxies are held together by a cosmic web. Until now, the massive dark matter web was hidden to us, but using a series of individual images to create a composite, researchers have identified the elusive cosmic connector. Dark matter makes up about a quarter of the universe, but it is difficult for us to detect it because it doesn’t reflect or shine light. But using a technique called weak gravitational lensing, researchers were able to identify distortions of distant galaxies as they are influenced by a large, unseen mass, such as dark matter. Related: Newly discovered ‘ghost galaxy’ full of dark matter is as big as the Milky Way The scientists looked at more than 23,000 galaxy pairs to create a composite image that shows the dark matter web for the first time. Researchers published their findings in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society . “By using this technique, we’re not only able to see that these dark matter filaments in the universe exist, we’re able to see the extent to which these filaments connect galaxies together,” said Seth D. Epps, one of the scientists, along with Michael J. Hudson, who completed the research. via Phys.org images via Epps and Hudson, The weak-lensing masses of filaments between luminous red galaxies

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Modern day Machu Picchu wins inaugural RIBA International Prize for the worlds best new building

November 25, 2016 by  
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The grand jury, chaired by world-renowned architect Richard Rogers , commended UTEC as an inspirational example of civic architecture in empowering people and societies to innovate and progress. The vertical campus building is made up of landscaped terraces with clefts, overhangs, and grottos to provide natural ventilation , shade, open circulation, and exposed meeting spaces. This permeability puts the building’s activity on full display to the surrounding neighborhood to help blend UTEC into Lima’s urban fabric. Related: Six of the world’s most incredible buildings shortlisted for the RIBA International Prize “UTEC is an exceptional example of civil architecture – a building designed with people at its heart,” said the RIBA jury. “Grafton Architects have created a new way to think about a university campus , with a distinctive ‘vertical campus’ structure responding to the temperate climatic conditions and referencing Peru’s terrain and heritage. Sitting on the border of two residential districts in Lima, in section UTEC perches tantalizingly on the edge of a ravine. Seen from across the ravine it is as bold and as pure a statement of the symbiosis between architecture and engineering as could be imagined; a piece of geology imposed on its pivotal site, mirroring the organic curve of the landscape and accommodating itself in the city. To its close neighbours, it is a series of landscaped terraces with clefts, overhangs and grottos, a modern day Machu Picchu.” + Grafton Architects + RIBA Images by Iwan Baan

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The Tiny House of Slow Town is ready for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games

November 25, 2016 by  
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The house was built in Gangwon city, the host city for the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games and one of the cleanest left in South Korea. The area’s pristine quality calls for designs that preserve the natural beauty of the landscape. Related: Alek Lisefki’s Tiny House is a luxurious eco-friendly dream on wheels The Tiny House of Slow Town does just that; in addition to maximizing housing facilities for the upcoming Olympic Games, the building features environmentally friendly materials and has a small footprint . Its interior comprises a living room, built-in kitchen, a small bathroom and a large bed accessible via a steep staircase that also functions as a storage space. + The Plus Partners + DNC Architects Via Archdaily Photos by Moobum Jang

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Green-roofed underground garage is shaped like dunes to fight flooding

July 5, 2016 by  
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Set between a dyke and a major city boulevard, the Underground Parking Garage has an elongated 500-meter-long form that runs parallel to the beach and houses 663 parking spots. The architects collaborated with OKRA landscape architects to top the structure with a planting palette congruous with a natural dune landscape . Materials and colors were carefully chosen to better integrate the garage into the landscape and the city’s urban fabric. Related: Gorgeous dune-inspired home uses bio-fuel to minimize its carbon footprint “The underground parking is groundbreaking, not only because it is an exceptional building, but it also illustrates how the Netherlands have to be innovative in its approach when it comes to protecting our coastline for the future,” said Royal Institute of Dutch Architects jury chairman Hanneke Groenteman. Colorful and artistic signage guides drivers through the parking space and leads pedestrians to the outdoors through doorways located aboveground. + Royal HaskoningDHV Via Dezeen

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The US could realize its 2030 emissions targets as early as this year

July 5, 2016 by  
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After analyzing recent Energy Information Administration (EIA) data, a professor from Rice University realized the U.S. could potentially realize its 2030 emissions targets as early as this year. Coal’s downslide combined with warmer winter temperatures have led to less carbon emissions so far. If coal doesn’t rebound, we could be on track to meet the 2030 goals over a decade early. In 2016, coal production tanked 29 percent compared to the same timeframe in 2015. Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Daniel Cohan said if coal production remains so low, America could see a 32 percent carbon emissions reduction from 2005 levels. That’s the exact goal established in the Clean Power Plan (CPP). Related: The good and the bad of the EIA’s International Energy Outlook report Cohan told Forbes, “If we end up just a few percent away from the 2030 target this year, it becomes tough to argue that CPP is unattainable or too costly.” Coal production has dipped due in part to cheap prices for natural gas . While natural gas is still a fossil fuel , and not a longterm solution, when burned natural gas emits about half the carbon as coal. The EIA doesn’t think we’ll reach the 2030 targets, but they have lowered emissions estimates multiple times as they received more data on coal use. The agency has overestimated coal use and the price of renewables in the past. Their most recent data even indicates there was a larger stockpile of coal than usual in March due to the warmer winter. The warm winter and low natural gas prices aren’t the only factors that account for the promising trend to reach the 2030 goals. Cohan said diverse renewable energy technologies have also played a part in changing energy markets. He said, “Common sense can recognize that coal-laden trains from Wyoming, or even gas fracked from shale fields, will struggle to compete with direct-delivered breezes and sunshine as renewable technologies cheapen.” Via Forbes Images via Jennifer Woodard Maderazo on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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Israel’s striking LAHO House is wrapped with colorful reclaimed wood

July 5, 2016 by  
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This curious one-story home sits on the corner of its plot, freeing up the rest of the space for greenery and recreation. Two layers of exposed concrete comprise the floor and ceiling, which are connected with white stucco walls –a sustainable material traditionally made from lime , sand and water. The home is divided for daytime and nighttime activities; on one side there is the kitchen, living room, porch and garden, while the bedrooms are in the back. Related: Israeli architects transform an abandoned storage building into a flexible, cozy home However the home’s best feature is a gorgeous recycled wall made from multicolored wooden slabs . It divides the art studio and the living area, creating great contrast against the grey floors and white walls. The element extends from the studio and into the garden, forming a sheltered indoor-outdoor space for sitting, having a cup of Joe or dining al fresco. + Brahma-Architects Via Arch Daily Photography by Sharon Tzarfati

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Quiet Mark Treehouse Set to Be the Star Attraction at Upcoming RHS Flower Show

July 7, 2014 by  
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Watersquare Benthemplein is the World’s First Public Water Park Fed by Collected Rainwater

July 7, 2014 by  
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