Londons new Design Museum opens this week inside a renovated post-war modernist building

November 21, 2016 by  
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Topped with a sweeping paraboloid copper-clad concrete roof, the Design Museum’s new building features a double-glazed facade that was meticulously detailed with mullions and patterns to mimic the original blue exterior. The renovated facade is complemented by a new public plaza with fountains installed at the entrance and a West 8 -designed landscape. The most notable overhaul, however, is in the interior, which includes two major temporary gallery spaces, a free permanent collection display, a restaurant overlooking Holland Park, auditorium, studios, library, archive, and new learning facilities. Inside the museum, John Pawson led the redesign, ripping out the original concrete floors and laying down Italian terrazzo flooring on the basement and ground floors, while warm-toned Dinesen oak flooring was used for the upper floors. The galleries, learning spaces, cafe, events space, and shop are organized around an oak-lined central atrium that offer beautiful views up to the iconic hyperbolic paraboloid roof. The double-glazed facade and atrium let in copious amounts of natural light. At night, LEDs are used to illuminate the space. Related: Stone House Made from 99% Recycled Granite Debuts in Milan “There are ‘moments’ in the building that I relish every time I walk around, but I think it is really the way everything comes together – the new and the old – that gives me the greatest pleasure,” said John Pawson. “I hope the Design Museum shows people that you don’t have to tear down and start from scratch to make exciting new cultural spaces.” The Design Museum will open to the public on November 24, 2016 and is expected to attract 650,000 visitors in its first year. + Design Museum Images by Gareth Gardner and Gravity Road

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West 8 turns a dark and unsafe square in Belgium into a vibrant outdoor lounge

December 17, 2015 by  
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SHoP reveals design for downtown Miami’s proposed “Innovation District”

June 4, 2015 by  
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Often called the Capital of Latin America , Miami has been identified  as the richest city in the United States, the fifth richest globally by purchasing power, yet it lacks key characteristics of a true world city, such as comprehensive public transit and dense development that may attract powerful tech companies. To fill this gap, SHoP Architects and West 8 , in partnership with developer Michael Simkins, have proposed the construction of a four-block “Innovation District,” which incorporates urban density and modern amenities into its design. In the midst of Miami’s current construction boom, the developers hope that the Innovation District will foster the growth of creative technology industries in Miami.   Read the rest of SHoP reveals design for downtown Miami’s proposed “Innovation District” Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , downtown miami , innovation district , Miami , Miami Innovation District , mixed-use , shop architects , urban density , Urban design , west 8

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Killing dogs and cats for meat is still legal in 44 U.S. states

June 4, 2015 by  
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China’s massive dog meat festival is an annual source of international outrage, and the Humane Society has recently announced extraordinary successes in helping curb the farming of dogs for human consumption in South Korea—but it’s certainly worthy of note that in much of the United States it is still legal to kill and eat dogs and cats. Yes, really. While it’s illegal for slaughterhouses to handle our canine and feline friends, and it’s also illegal for stores to trade in their carcasses, the vast majority of the U.S. still permits individuals to kill a dog and toss it on the grill. And this has lead over 100,000 people to sign a petition calling on the FDA to enact a strict ban on eating pets. Read the rest of Killing dogs and cats for meat is still legal in 44 U.S. states Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal cruelty , animal cruelty laws , cat meat , China dog meat , dog meat , dog meat petition , eating animals , eating cats , eating dogs , eating pets , jindo dogs , jindo dogs usa , south korea dog meat , united states animal law

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Gargantuan Solar-Powered Rotterdam Centraal Station Opens Anew

March 25, 2014 by  
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WXY+West 8 Team Shortlisted for Rebuild by Design Competition Aimed at Designing Resilient Coastal Communities

August 14, 2013 by  
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The WXY + West 8 team has been selected as one of ten teams to be shortlisted for the Rebuild by Design competition, which is centered around building resiliency around US coasts to withstand severe weather events like Hurricane Sandy. The competition is sponsored by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and will unfold in several phases, ending with the actual implementation of selected solutions using Federal Disaster Recovery Funds. The WXY + West 8 team will seek to address the enormous challenges presented by climate change and increasingly common extreme weather events. Read the rest of WXY+West 8 Team Shortlisted for Rebuild by Design Competition Aimed at Designing Resilient Coastal Communities Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: coastal engieering , dutch design , ecological and waterbody networkds , extreme weather events , federal disaster recovery funds , hud secretary , Hurricane Sandy , hurricane sandy rebuilding task force , infrastructure design , integrating infrastructure with public spaces , landscape infrastructure , protecting US coastlines from extreme weather events , rebuild by design competition , shaun donovan , Urban design , west 8 , wxy        

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Help Kickstart Visionnaire To Bring Timeless Fountain Pen Design to the Digital Age

August 14, 2013 by  
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