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Update: MVRDV Project Will Be Built

Well that didn’t take long. One day after I posted the articles about The Cloud, this release comes out saying the project will be built as-is. This blog entry from Architizer seems to be on the ‘inflammatory, offensive’ side of the argument.

http://www.architizer.com/en_us/blog/dyn/35714/mvrdvs-cloud-will-be-built-as-is/

Good for the developer, I say. Its a shame we don’t see truly innovative projects in America lately. When you look down on the buildings like in the image below, tell me, [a] would you ever put 2 and 2 together from that image and [b] you can’t say that’s not a very cool concept.

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MVRDV Slammed for Seoul project design

I started this conversation on Facebook and had to bring it here…designers and non-designers alike, what do you think?

Please read the link below via LA Times. MVRDV is a very well respected, progressive Dutch firm who us designers know of very well. Personally, I can’t make the connection to think these guys did anything premeditated to draw connections to the twin towers. The project is in Seoul. Vertical, high density building typologies are common place. There is nothing new about the concept of an elevated horizontal connector between two volumes. This is part of a larger project which is headed up by Daniel Libeskind – the master plan architect for the reconstruction of Ground Zero.

Does it look a bit inappropriate from the American perspective? Probably. Keep in mind, these guys are not American, nor is the project in America. The Dutch are far from politically controversial. Given how bright these guys are, maybe they should have seen this coming. After all, we are in fact a bit hyper sensitive over here. I’m all for maintaining sensitivity towards an obviously terrible moment for our country, but I have a hard time jumping all over MVRDV here. After this fire storm, this will never be built. But this raises some real questions about how architecture can be influenced by so many forces – international public opinion being one of them.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2011/12/seoul-world-trade-center-apartment-towers.html

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203430404577094880424515466.html

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Ice Cube Admires the Eames House

This is pretty awesome. Rapper Ice Cube talks about Los Angeles traffic, then ends up in the woods talking about his admiration for the Eames house. YES

http://video.nytimes.com/video/2011/12/07/garden/100000001212916/ice-cube-celebrates-the-eames-house.html

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Designers are Control Freaks

I’ve already quoted this before on here, but worth quoting again:

‘You’re all here in architecture school because some part of you is a control freak.’ – Prof. Justin Hilton

It is so true. Whether it be architects, interior designers, landscape architects, graphic designers, etc, designers have powerful opportunities to control many senses of the users that occupy are utilize the designer’s project. A great example of this is retail, where many studies have been done to prove that through store planning and graphic design, retail sales can be escalated. I came across this great article today about how Whole Foods does this so well:

http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/113511/how-whole-foods-primes-you-shop-fastco

We should take note, however, that this responsibility should not be taken lightly. In the Whole Foods case, design is used to proactively influence a person’s actions. In the case of architects and interior designers, we have the ability to create spaces that subconsciously can improve the quality of life for users in an important living or working space. Remember, people, our legal job description is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of building occupants. It sure is fun, though, being able to say that you’ve positively impacted someone’s environment, whether they realize it or not.

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KSU Arch in the News

© Victoria Capranica

I took a trip up to good old Kent State in May for some student reviews. As I pulled in to the lots near the Architecture buildings, I noticed this amoebic form surrounding the main sidewalk. I left my car and walked right to it, through it, and back through it the other way. It is an inherently intriguing form. Turns out, a group of KSU Archies built this as part of a competition. It also made ArchDaily, a huge architecture and design website. Check it out:

http://www.archdaily.com/161894/2011-matr-project-the-passage/

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The Masterbuilder

If there ever could be a single essay that described my philosophy as a design professional, this is it. I don’t ever have to even write it myself. This guy wrote it for me. It is thoughtful and perfectly true. The role of masterbuilder that Mr. H. Robert Dinsmore, Jr. writes in this article is exactly who I want to become, the role I am lucky enough to be learning right now. I have a long way to go, but everything you need to know about Bob’s career goal is right here.

Read this.

http://www.masterbuilderfellowship.com/page5.html

Please comment as well. I’ll probably make a series of posts about this article, I’m just so pumped about it right now I need some time to think about how to break this down.

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Interactive Dining

Copyright Moxie Design

Pretty cool article by ArchDaily about MOJO Icusine, the first totally interactive restaurant in Taiwan. I’m all for users interacting with their space. Ordering food to a real person would eventually be missed, though, right?

Article Link: http://www.archdaily.com/121567/mojo-icusine-interactive-restaurant-moxie-design/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzEmail&utm_campaign=0&utm_content=383045

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