Posts by Alex Dent

A Seemingly Dilapidated Home That Hides A Crisp, Contemporary Interior

Raffaello Rosselli Tinshed Sydney Scrap facade

Do you like surprises? Architect Raffaello Rosselli probably does, as is evidenced by this surprising piece of architecture. The project, a house in the suburbs of Sydney, has an unique facade which references the neighborhood’s industrial history. A lowly tin shed used to stand where Tinshed (the name of the home) stands now, but it was razed and rebuilt using sturdy materials and amenities like insulation.

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Nike’s #BETRUE Campaign Continues To Support the LGBTQ Community

 Nike #BETRUE shoes for gay sportspeople

Nike is awesome, and we talk about them a lot. They’ve collaborated with artists and designers to produce everything from apparel to architecture installations (their global director of design actually majored in architecture). That’s just the tip of the iceberg though. Last year, the company out-awesomed itself when it came out in support of gay and lesbian athletes in a major way, releasing sick-looking, geo-specific shoes and hosting a summit to abolish homophobia in sports that coincided with pride month. And even though that was just last year, so much has changed.

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SHoP, the Future and the Past of Penn Station

Penn Station New York McKim Mead and White

Before we talk about the future of Penn Station, we have to briefly consider its past. In 1963, the Penn Station above was demolished. This was after much protest by the architecture community and historic preservationists. The original 1910 structure by McKim, Mead and White exemplified Beaux-Arts architecture and it was razed to make way for the squat concrete cylinder that is Madison Square Garden. This week, the Municipal Art Society of New York released the results of their challenge to four teams of architects to imagine a new future for the site.

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Your New Handmade Heart

Rembrant "The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp"

Earlier this month, I watched a team of medical professionals crowd around a table and perform a lung biopsy.  When that was finished, the team migrated to the adjacent operating room and completed a coronary bypass procedure on another patient. It was my first time to watch such complex operations, and I was worried that I’d feel lightheaded or get sick at the sight of an open human. But it was awesome.

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The Draftery

Mentor Noci Architecture Graphics the Draftery

The Draftery is all about contemporary graphic work as it relates to architecture. Mostly concerned with drawings (as distinct from models and renderings) that may be touched up with digital tools but are mostly executed using manual ones. In the Draftery’s own words, their goal is to “promote graphic works by lesser known architects, artists, students, and other practitioners. It is a place for the analysis and presentation of architectural drawings—a place to learn how each practitioner’s personal reasoning develops a distinct process.” And it’s where I found these fantastic watercolors– er, watergrays- by Mentor Noci.

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Ball-Nogues Studio in Nashville

Ball Nogues Studio Installation Nashville

This past March, Ball-Nogues Studio consumed nearly one million linear feet of metal chain. Well, they didn’t eat it, they used it in their projects. I’ve been thinking about the studio’s work since we posted about the handmade work of THiNG THiNG, which reminds me of B-N’s paper pulp experiments. More broadly, the firm has an approach to craft that seems appropriate to point out during a week devoted to things handmade… plus they have a great new project.

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Making Crystals, Making Music and Making a Flamboyantly Saturated Universe by Hand

Linden Gledhill, Jon Hopkins Craig Ward Immunology Visuals Crystals

Linden Gledhill, Jon Hopkins Craig Ward Immunology Visuals Crystals

To follow-up on the watercolor music video that Bobby posted earlier this week, here’s another music video that uses colored water in a completely different way. It’s actually a fun experiment that involves mixing together Jon Hopkins, Linden Gledhill and Craig Ward. You might not hypothesize that the three men (a musician, a biochemist turned photographer and an art director, respectively) would mix well together because of their distinctly different expertise, but what comes of their collaboration is really stunning.

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“Somewhere Between Architecture and a Party” – The Work of THiNG THiNG

Thing Thing Making Friends Venice Biennale

Thing Thing is Simon Anton, Rachel Mulder, Thom Moran, Eiji Jimbo

These people certainly look ready to party. But because their work is a bit hard to describe, I’ll use their own words: “Somewhere between architecture and a party, THiNG THiNG designs objects, interiors, events, and maybe food. Bonkers is our aesthetic; we hope you like it.” THiNG THiNG is a collaboration of four designers (Simon Anton, Rachel Mulder, Thom Moran, Eiji Jimbo) who recycle plastic by hand. They then use this recycled plastic to make… things.

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Being Built, Right Now, By Hand: the 2013 Serpentine Pavilion

Sou Fujimoto Serpentine Gallery Construction

Sou Fujimoto Serpentine Gallery Construction

So a week of handmade stuff? Well, lucky for us, most architecture projects rely on intensive bouts of construction by hand. Some projects are hand-ier than others, and there’s hand-y news about a very public work currently being pieced together by hand in Hyde Park. This Saturday, the latest iteration of the Serpentine Pavilion will open to the public. The temporary structure is commissioned each year by the Serpentine Gallery and this year’s Pavilion is designed by Sou Fujimoto.

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