Derelict building is wrapped in tin foil to protest lack of affordable housing in Warsaw

February 6, 2019 by  
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Polish-born artist Piotr Janowski has become well-known for turning buildings and even entire locomotives into shimmery  art installations by covering them in thin layers of tin foil. Now, the artist is back with Zabkowska 9, Take off —  a building in the heart of Warsaw that has been sitting empty and in decay for years. By wrapping the large townhouse in tin foil, the artist hopes to call attention to Warsaw’s lack of affordable housing, despite the city’s high number of empty buildings. Janowski’s latest canvas this time around is a derelict 1870 tenement building, which has survived two wold wars, located in Warsaw’s Praga-Pó?noc district. Over the years, the area has become known for its crime and drug scene, but is being rediscovered as of late. Comparing it to Brooklyn before gentrification, Janowski said he is seeking to bring attention to the building and its potential to help the city with its lack of affordable housing . Related: Artist wraps vintage steam locomotive in 39,000 square feet of aluminum foil The artist explained that he hopes this particular work will help the city prepare a future urban design that will benefit those in need while retaining the architectural history of the neighborhoods. “I believe that my aluminum installation will, for a moment, turn into a symbolic silver bridge, which will combine the dreams of the pre-war past and then the dramatic years of the city’s inhabitants during the occupation with the contemporary positive changes that are taking place so definitely in this fascinating Warsaw district,” Janowski said. “I think that this is an ideal and unique time to adapt one of the abandoned buildings for this project and symbolically make its destroyed beauty reborn.” Working with a local homeless man, Wies?aw Go??b, who lives in the building, the artist began the art installation by covering the facade in more than 600 square meters of tin foil. Using a lift, he often spent days on end painstakingly covering the building’s wooden, wood, metal and stone facade. With help from Wies?aw, his wife and about 15 young volunteers, he was able to finish the incredible art piece in about 10 days. + Piotr Janowski Images via Piotr Janowski

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Jeppe Hein’s Quirky ‘Social Benches’ are Interactive Sculptures That Engage the Public

May 7, 2012 by  
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Jeppe Hein has re-imagined the average public bench by creating a series of modified benches that open up discussion about social behavior in urban spaces . The Danish artist took the form of a typical bench and adapted it in different ways, using raised platforms or diagonal sections to alter the staid seat’s function. Read the rest of Jeppe Hein’s Quirky ‘Social Benches’ are Interactive Sculptures That Engage the Public Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adapted benches , green design , interactive artwork , jeppe hein , modified social benches , social art , social benches , sustainable public art

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Hikaru Imamura’s ‘Heat Rescue Disaster Recovery’ Kit Delivers Warmth and Food to Earthquake Victims

May 7, 2012 by  
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Thinking beyond creating something flashy or fashionable, Japanese designer Hikaru Imamura designed the Heat Rescue Disaster Recovery; an emergency kit packed with essentials for earthquake victims. Inspired by his own country’s plight, Imamura’s design provides water, warmth and hot meals for the people who need it the most. Read the rest of Hikaru Imamura’s ‘Heat Rescue Disaster Recovery’ Kit Delivers Warmth and Food to Earthquake Victims Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Design Academy in Eindhoven , Design for Health , Disaster-proof design , earthquakes , green products , Heat Rescue Disaster Recovery , Hikaru Imamura , Japan , Japanese design , Milan Furniture Fair , natural disasters , rescue kit , Warm food

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28,000 Blooming Flowers Breathe Life Into a Derelict Mental Health Center

March 16, 2012 by  
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Lanefab Completes Vancouver’s First Net-Zero Solar Laneway House

March 16, 2012 by  
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Lanefab Design/Build recently completed the city of Vancouver’s first Net-Zero Solar Laneway House . The house, built as an infill on an existing residential lot, is 1020 square feet with 1 bedroom and 2 baths, and it will be the new home for the owners of the existing main house. The project was built using prefab structural insulated panels (SIPs), has 95% LED lighting, a 500 gallon in-ground rainwater tank, drainwater heat recovery, a heat recovery ventilator, an air source heat pump, and an array of 12 solar panels on the roof. The 18′ multi-fold doors create a wide open indoor-outdoor connection while providing passive solar heating. + Lanefab Design/Build The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Green Building , green design , lanefab design/build , net-zero architecture , solar laneway , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , vancouver

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Ai Weiwei’s Magnificent ‘Forever’ Installation Builds a Glimmering Cavern from 1,200 Bikes

November 18, 2011 by  
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