International architectural form and design

Since Dunedin has problems articulating an appropriate new entry structure for the Town Hall (the proposed glass cube is middling to ok in the face of previous styling efforts, but still lacks some grace and essential detailing and scaling devices), here are some images of built and conceptual architecture to prod the public imagination. Some is OTT.

### designerscouch.org 21 Jan, 2010
Designers Couch: Creative Humans
Amazing Constructs & Beautiful Interiors
By §Damian M.
Several amazing architecture designs and interior spaces collected from Yatzer.com, a great blog for design inspiration.
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Yatzer.com

Post by Elizabeth Kerr

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4 responses to “International architectural form and design

  1. Elizabeth

    Not being facetious, this is a more complicated cube than the one due as Dunedin Town Hall’s main entrance on Moray Place. Did we not see in Opus Architects sketches a slice of water, a moat of sorts, too…
    Hey, note the building detailing in this Portland cousin.

    ### portland architecture blog* January 08, 2010
    A gleaming cube: UO’s Jaqua Center
    By Brian Libby
    When I visited the University of Oregon John E. Jaqua Center for Student Athletes in Eugene earlier this week, the afternoon January sky was decidedly gray. But inside, the 40,000 square foot building was teeming with natural light: from above via a massive skylight, and from all four glass sides of this transparent cube.
    Much has been made of the high budget for this project, which was funded privately and made possible by the contributions of Nike co-founder Phil Knight, Oregon’s golden-goose benefactor. The Oregonian called it a “Taj Mahal”. Spending time in this ZGF Architects-designed building, though, it’s not really luxurious materials that stand out.
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    *a blog about design in the rose city

  2. Elizabeth

    ### http://www.architectmagazine.com January 24, 2010 10:37 AM
    Architect: Op-Eco
    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
    By Lance Hosey
    In his January 22 post, my fellow Architect blogger Aaron Betsky wrote, “Like most successful styles, [sustainable design] justifies itself by claiming to be pursuing a higher truth—in this case that of saving this planet. The goal justifies many design crimes, from the relatively minor ones of the production of phenomenally ugly buildings…to the creation of spaces and forms that are not particularly good for either the inhabitants or their surroundings.” (Full disclosure: in the space of that ellipsis, Betsky takes aim at my former employer, Bill McDonough. No skin off my nose, but it’s ironic that in the previous paragraph Betsky says he believes working toward the creation of buildings as energy producers is a “feasible goal”, when McDonough’s Lewis Center at Oberlin achieved this a decade ago, and of course it’s not the only building to have done so.) In response, I’ll say that on the one hand, whether a building is ugly has nothing to do with whether it’s green. On the other hand, it has everything to do with it.
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    • Elizabeth

      ### inhabitat.com 01/25/10
      South Korea Unveils Stunning Eco Dome Environmental Centre
      By Bridgette Meinhold
      The National Ecological Institute of South Korea recently released plans for a large-scale nature reserve complete with an incredible series of eco domes, an education centre, and an environmental think-tank. Designed by SAMOO, the Ecorium Project will be a striking environmental centre comprising thousands of acres of open space in addition to greenhouses and a visitor centre. Much like the Eden Project in the UK, the Ecorium Project will serve to educate people about nature, and provide a space for study of the world’s eco-systems and how best to protect them.
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      See also World Architecture News

      • Elizabeth

        ### inhabitat.com 01/25/10
        Urban Umbrellas to Replace NYC Sidewalk Sheds
        by Brit Liggett
        Another successful NYC design competition! New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently announced that Young-Hwan Choi’s “Urban Umbrella” design won the urbanSHED design contest to re-think sidewalk sheds in New York City. Sidewalk shed design has been stagnant for 50 years and they are in sore need of a makeover. Meant to protect pedestrians from construction, the current sidewalk sheds are a jumble of plywood, beams and protruding bolts. Choi melded beautiful form with perfect function to create a new design worthy of the buildings and people it will protect.
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        ### fastcompany.com Mon Jan 25, 2010
        Santa Monica is Rebranding Itself, One Bus Stop at a Time
        By Cliff Kuang
        The city hopes that flashy blue bus-stops will become iconic.
        Santa Monica has just unveiled its new plan to redesign the city. Not a massive building. Not a revamped downtown. But rather, a branding package via bus stops. The so-called Big Blue Bus architectural and branding package was first announced in June, when it was awarded to Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects and Bruce Mau Design. Today, the first images have been revealed. Mau’s long-time schtick is “massive change” through design. Here, the idea is that the bus stops would serve as a flexible branding for the city itself, becoming everpresent in 360 bus stops around town.
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