Monday, February 28, 2011

Jamie xx - In The Mix for Benji B on BBC Radio 1 by Hypetrak

blog wunderlust : 28 February 2010

the simplest things can evoke the deepest feelings, The silence in great music is often more profound that the sounds
Rick Joy
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Friday, February 25, 2011

QuaDror modular detail

QuaDror from Dror on Vimeo.

A multifunctional joint that gives can provide structure and a variety of modular designs
via deezine4life

Thursday, February 24, 2011

on the boards: Heart of Budapest

As part of a city development programme called the ’Heart of Budapest’, the city held a design competition in 2008 for the rehabilitation, reconstruction and expansion of the Budapest City Hall. Spora Architects 141,000m2 proposed scheme uses a contemporary architectural expression whilst maintaining strict adherence of the national heritage for the restoration of the existing baroque city hall building.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

house of the week 104: Villa K

Located at the very end of Tagadert Berber, a traditional village in Marrakesh, Villa K by Studio Ko was designed with respect towards its landscape. Echoing the old surrounding houses, the enigmatic earth block volumes site create a subtle contrast to the planes of the land.

Monday, February 21, 2011

blog wunderlust : 21 February 2011

Architects are not in competition with each other. We are all in competition with mediocrity
Gregg Pasquarelli

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Sunday, February 20, 2011



MAKE presents: Reuben Margolin

MAKE presents the techno-kinetic wave sculptures of Bay Area visionary and longtime maker Reuben Margolin. Manufactured from wood to cardboard to found and salvaged objects the sculptures emulate the elegant and hypnotic motions of nature.

Neues Museum by David Chipperfield

The Neues Museum newly restored by David Chipperfield, originally built in the mid-nineteenth century, has been in ruins since the end of the Second World War. Its rebuilding is the last of the restoration projects on the city's Museum Island.

World Monuments Watch

Launched in 1996 and issued every two years, the World Monuments Watch calls international attention to cultural heritage around the world that is threatened by neglect, vandalism, conflict, or disaster. The 2012 Watch continues this tradition, click the banner to nominate a site in your area.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Greg Lynn on calculus in architecture

Greg Lynn talks about the mathematical roots of architecture -- and how calculus and digital tools allow modern designers to move beyond the traditional building forms useing a church in Queens and a titanium tea set illustrate his thoughts.
~P I O T R * A D A S ~

Piotr explains the origins of his photos to me...

"This bunch of pictures come from 1996-2000 from

city of Bydgoszcz, Poland.

It was a series of jams where crews from different boroughs of the city came to party and preform together. Pure beats from PC computers. There were battles and all of that. The club owner would laugh at us because everybody was under 20, but we brought money so it was ok. Tons of connection between people where made. I would come there and take pictures so I could get in for free.

Yo, funny thing is that Philski and I meet up in Bydgoszcz in 2005 we partied with some of the writers and had one liner battles. Philski Obviously won."

-Piotr Adas

Thursday, February 17, 2011

on the boards: Florence Square

Florence Square is a proposed 10,000m2 urban piazza and underground parking in the town of Fez designed by Paris based architects Mikou Design Studio. The square is defined by the strong axis of the main boulevard and seeks to create an urban presence with symbolic architectural elements to foster dialogue between cultures.

on the boards: Issam Fares Institute

Architects Office dA is designing the Issam Fares Institute, a 2,800m2building for the School of Public Policy and International Affairs in Beirut. The performance, identity, and ethos of the building emerges from the philosophy for which it serves & as a centre for interdisciplinary research, and will accommodate a conference area, an auditorium, a reading room, and offices for faculty and administration.

on the boards: Grand Egyptian Museum

The competition in 2002 for the design of the Grand Egyptian Museum was the largest architectural competition in history. Loos Architects contribution was an anonymous extrusion of stone hollowed-out with quasi-urban qualities inside determined by cosmic apparitions - sunset, sunrise, the moon - as well as the city of Cairo and the pyramids.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

house of the week 103: Villa K

The 1500m2 residence by architects Cell Space is set amongst a stand of trees in Nagano, Japan. Split over four levels the house is connected by an ascending spiral stair with the inner spaces highlighted sunlight from the roof.

house of the week 102: forest guard's house

In the Åkulla beech forest east of Varberg, Sweden lies a cottage for the forest guard designed by architects In Praise of Shadows. The austere facade of tarred wood is broken to create a line of sight through the building to an almost mystical view over the lake. The palette of environmentally conscious materials of in situ concrete, zinc and teak, and the language of the details suggests a structure that aims to grow old and beautiful with its surroundings.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

new work ::: Kindergarten in El Porvenir

Designed by architect Giancarlo Mazzanti the kindergarten is situated in the impoverished area of Bogota, Colombia called El Porvenir. Finished in 2009, the mostly white complex is defined by dual exterior walls, the first contains playgrounds with public areas, the other one a complex of multifunctional kindergarten buildings. Within the simplicity and directness of the forms, spaces for excitement and drama are created.

new work ::: Sauna for All

Built on an abandoned concrete platform, located only a few dozen metres away from a popular public beach and promenade in Liberec, Czech Republic. The sauna designed by Mjolk Architects, is free to the public and is accessible by row boat available from a nearby café, where keys and firewood are available.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Michael Pawlyn: Using nature's genius in architecture

How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature. At TEDSalon in London, Michael Pawlyn of Exploration Architecture describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

house of the week 101:Westside Residence

Designed for and by architect Jamie Darnell (el dorado), for himself and his family, the spartan residence combines a palette of durable materials of concrete, corrugated copper, laminated timber and ipe decking into a form that is both dynamic yet respects the scale of the context.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

landscape ::: New Intercontinental

Landscape Architect Thomas Balsley has recently completed a courtyard for the new Intercontinental Hotel in Times Square. The unique and private, 1,500 ft2 vest-pocket landscape acts as a backdrop to the reception area peered through a window and evokes the tranquil sensibility of the rock karesansui gardens of Japan.

The courtyard for the Intercontinental is designed to oxygenate the hotel, both literally and figuratively. It offers a visual and spiritual retreat to the hotel’s travelers and guests as they retreat from the city’s bustle.
Thomas Balsley

Monday, February 7, 2011

Life As We Know It


Gifts to myself.

Down time.

Art money.

1/3 of the collection

My favourite pair.

Second home.

We on.

Wish you were here.

Cole on the keys.

OVO vs. Dreamville

Life as we know it.

Best songs get done in hotel rooms.

Cheesy F Baby.

I am truly enjoying my life right now. Its been so long since I have wrote anything on here because I feel like for a while I was trying to digest it all and save it for the music. But its finally set in that I am living my dreams and doing with all my closest friends from Toronto. I wake up and never know what to expect from any given day but good or bad I always learn something from it. I have decided that I am going to push "It's Never Enough" and focus completely on delivering Take Care to you all. I feel like my mind is truly ready to make this next album NOW and I don't want that feeling to escape me. My mother is doing well for all who have been asking. She went to her first swimming class the other day and won gold...not really but you know what I mean. OVO gang is all smiles and 40 is making some of the best music I have heard in my entire career. I am in the airport right now headed to LA to meet up with Boi 1da tonight. Its all feeling right. Its truly been a pleasure to speak again. Thank you for all your energy. Soon. Guidance.

A luxury once enjoyed becomes a necessity. I need it to last until I'm part of the past.