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The greatest architectural project in London that was never built

Mies van der Rohe, one of the influential architects behind the rise of modernist architecture, was very specific with the projects he wanted to design. As opposed to fellow modernists Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, he insisted on “making the existing city beautiful” rather than creating utopian visions that can also be concluded as fantasies. True to his beliefs, the Mansion House Square was conceived. But it was only after his death that inquiries were made and the design was consequently denied. It was Mies’ classic “skin and bones” architecture with all the meticulously detailed planning and industrial steel. In one smart move, it would have been able to address the complicated traffic grid surrounding the Bank of England. And, adjacent to the City Mayor’s residence, a public square would have been created for the people – an ingenious yet controversial scheme. The discussion about Mies’ unbuilt Mansion House Square still continues on...
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Urban farming prototype Growroom appeared in Copenhagen’s 2016 Chart Art Fair

Growroom, an artistic project made to answer the demands of urban farming, was seen in Copenhagen’s 5th CHART ART FAIR held at the heart of the city. The art event, staged in central Charlottenborg, was established in 2013 with the concept of challenging “the boundaries and experience of a traditional art fair.” Designed by the collaborative community of Space10, Growroom is the first pocket farm of its kind to provide urban solutions for the growing problems of sustainability and demand for fresh produce. With “food producing architecture” in mind, lead architects Sine Lindholm and Mads-Ulrik Husum designed the spherical greenhouse to enable users to plant and harvest greens and herbs using the built-in plant boxes. It is transportable and compact in size that can transform it into both an artistic display and a food haven in one. Similar to all their other innovative projects, the “future-living lab and exhibition space” Space10’s main purpose...
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San Francisco: the street mural haven

San Francisco is not labeled the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California for nothing. Have you been to the city? It's a popular tourist destination not only because of its cool summers, steep rolling hills, fantastic architecture and landmarks (hello, Golden Gate Bridge!) but also because of its incredible street art. For the art-loving tourists, a visit to Haight Street, 24th Street, Balmy Alley, Osage Alley, Cypress Street, Lilac Alley, and Clarion Alley will be the best part of the tour. These streets and alleys are highly concentrated with murals and graffitis. The history of this public art in San Francisco goes a long way back. It was Diego Rivera who first took a brush and used the city walls as a canvas for his arts in the 1930s. Other artists followed suit which eventually made the city a global hotspot for outdoor public art. Today, these arts are used as a medium to either send a message (mostly political and social) or to simply...
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Frames and mirrors are more than just boring implements for French artist Mathias Kiss — they’re the artworks

Frames are objects of utility, there to fulfill practical functions rather than serve any more noble purpose, such as inspiring one to reflect on a given subject, as art is designed to do. But that's not the case for designer Mathias Kiss. For him, a frame, presented in a certain way, can be more than a material used to define the realm of an artwork; it can also be a thing of artistic value in itself in that he can use it to provoke thought. For the French artist, frames -- as well mirrors, which are equally mundane in their existence as implements --  can be artworks, ones that can decidedly go against classicism, as one might expect. "My inspiration comes from a reaction to my historical past, which I confront with fashion, music and with contemporary culture," he told The Globe and Mail. Kiss, born in Hungary, uses his training in painting and classicism as a counterpoint for what he intends to achieve with his art. "It’s the materials and codes of French classicism that I use...
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The 7th Room is a 33-foot tall treehouse in the Swedish woods

The 7th Room puts a whole new shine on the concept of tree houses. The structure is one of seven cabins available from northern Sweden’s Treehotel and offers a stunning view of the Aurora Borealis. The 7th Room was designed by architecture firm Snøhetta and features a base with black and white images of pine trees that give the illusion of reflection. The 33-foot tall cabin camouflages itself into the surrounding woods and floor-to-ceiling windows provide gorgeous views at all angles. Check it out below and find the other six cabins, like The Mirror Cube, on their website. ...
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Monochromatic 2D art created with computational tools and code featured in CCA exhibition

The California College of the Arts' (CCA) new Hubbell Street Galleries has recently hosted an exhibition featuring 22 commissioned works which take a closer look at the wide range of possibilities coming from computational tools without style restraints. Entitled “Drawing Codes: Experimental Protocols of Architectural Representation,” it is curated by CCA architecture faculty Andrew Kudless and Adam Marcus, AIA, with Clayton Muhleman. The exhibition focuses on the issues of representation, and this is made possible by limiting the works to 2D and monochrome settings. Also, an essential requirement for the artists was to use code either as a generative constraint, as a language, as a cipher, or as a script. “One of the things that I didn’t necessarily plan or expect is how that even with the focused and highly constrained call that we issued to the participants, the show represents a pretty compelling cross-section through contemporary architectural...
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Artists come together in clever and touching fundraising effort to help restore the burned-down Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh Building

From Grayson Perry to Anish Kapoor to Antony Gormley and several other artists (including Simon Starling, Cornelia Parker, the Chapman brothers and Sir Peter Blake) - there has been an immense number of individuals who stepped up in the Ash to Art project to restore the historic Mackintosh building, which has been gutted by the May 2014 fire. The artworks cleverly use the actual ashes and debris that were left in the wake of the burned-down portions of  Glasgow School of Art. Perry says, “It’s a tragedy. It’s the most famous art school building in Britain. It’s also the masterpiece of [Charles Rennie] Mackintosh. It’s a double tragedy. I was very excited when I received the box of charcoal. I had an idea almost immediately and the idea of making an urn was an obvious thing to do. The idea of memorializing or celebrating the difficulty – honoring the wound. It’s something I’m trying to do. Move on and make the most of it.” Each artist was...
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London-based company gives chocolates very impressive packaging inspired by actual architecture

Beau Cacao is a one-of-a-kind chocolate company. While most chocolate bars come modestly-wrapped with paper or plastic, with the logo of the brand and simple grooves and cuts, this London-based company looks way beyond all that austerity. Founded back in 2013, the company stands out high and proud from the crowd without breaking a sweat. As you can see in the photos below, the chocolate's packaging requires an intricate design and is unlike most others. This is thanks to Adam Gill, the American designer commissioned to work with the company. Here he creates highly graphic designs, where the chocolate square is not merely a chocolate square. We are also reminded of the Malaysian origins of the cacao beans that are used in creating these treats. With an added dash of modern design and an overall inspired work, taking hints from the country's architecture, the outcome is truly marvelous. ...
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Industrial shipping container shelter that serves as an all-inclusive modern escape

In a busy generation that synonymizes traveling with the most sought-after luxury retreats, people often forget that nature is in itself an escape. With the use of steel and nature as the frame, Danish bathroom and kitchen company VIPP created a capsule-like shelter that packs all the essentials for a modern retreat. The 55 square meter pre-fabricated shelter is structurally supported with steel and is composed of two levels. The ground floor, which is covered with glass windows on two sides, boasts the bedroom, the kitchen, family room and the bathroom. The upper level has a small storage unit with a loft-type sleeping space for another guest. Nature plays a major role in the shelter’s sustainability. The operable windows are designed to allow natural circulation of air and the black-colored exterior absorbs heat and sunlight when it is hot. A built-in fireplace is also strategically positioned at the center of the shelter to equally distribute heat. The 25-ton...
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Architect submits designs to convert turn of the century industrial area into eco-village

Vincent Callebaut decided to transform historic Tour & Taxis in Brussels, the complex that was built in 1900 but has now sat for decades and has lost its purpose. Firm Vincent Callebaut Architects have a futuristic but real vision of redesigning this place, imagined with new, ecological standards. Working or living in such a place looks like a paradise. This project proposal is ambitious but would be a great step for the future of architecture and would give courage for further green architecture projects. ...
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Coral-inspired installation made from 4,600 strips of aluminum

This perforated tubular installation by architect Marc Fornes really lives up the place! Suspended above the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Florida, the coral-inspired pathways were designed by Fornes and his studio The Very Many. Created by over 4,600 strips of metal, each piece is just a millimeter thick. In tubular form, however, the material drastically improves in strength to the point where it can be walked on. The studio says, "Borrowing and mismatching elements from the world, pushing them out of scale and hybridizing them to the realm of the bizarre, the structure achieves a familiar yet mysterious quality, at once friendly and alien." Check out some footage of the installation below and find more on their website. ...
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The Design Museum saw more than 100,000 visitors since November

The Design Museum has seen more than 100,000 guests pass through its doors since November 24. The museum’s show program for 2017 features exhibitions that examine our maturing populace, the unbuilt engineering of Moscow in the 1930s, and a historic point display exploring the counterculture of California. Moving from the previous banana-ripening distribution center in Shad Thames to Kensington High Street has been a costly one – to the tune of around £83 million. to be precise. In any case, with the monetary support from the Adopt an Object campaign and Time for Design sell off, the historical center was able to afford the expensive move into the oldCommonwealth Institute building close to the entrance to Holland Park. The outside of the Design Museum has been made to look like the original blue exterior of the building, while the inside plan is the main real open work of John Dawson. The floorplan takes into account the roots of the old building, which some might...
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Poho series shows Brutalism style depicted in architecture around the world

Many of these gray giants were built between 1950 und 1970s. This type of architecture is known as Brutalism and was mostly popular in post-war Europe, India, and the Eastern Bloc. Today, many of these buildings are demolished and lie in ruins. However, many are empty and exist as monuments to a bygone era. The monuments constructed in this style are especially interesting in ex-Yugoslavia countries. Brutalism was typically represented in buildings without paint or dressings. In many, they evoke silence, glory, and fear. They definitely stand as the last bastions of an architectural style that reigned during a challenging era for Europe. ...
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Paper engineer Matthew Shlian is back with amazing new art and promising solo exhibition

We have previously posted a story about Matthew Shlian's amazing paper art a few years ago. But if you're thinking that's all we'll be seeing from the unique sculptor, you couldn't be more wrong. He is back with new artwork that will amaze any audience. On his website, Shlian says, "Researchers see paper engineering as a metaphor for scientific principals; I see their inquiry as a basis for artistic inspiration. In my studio, I am a collaborator, explorer, and inventor. I begin with a system of folding and at a particular moment the material takes over.” And we can definitely see what he means through his new pieces. You can catch more of Shlian's breathtaking paper art at his solo exhibition, titled "Telemetry". The exhibit will be an exploration of the relationship of science and art. It will run until March 2nd, 2017 at the Florida Gulf Coast University. Or you can check out more of his work on his official website, on Instagram, or on Facebook ...
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Collection of photos caputring plant-filled homes around the world

The following pictures have been collected on Pinterest. All of the houses contain plants in their interiors. It takes more than an ordinary flower lover to create anything that rivals what these real plant enthusiasts have created - they have made little wild gardens inside their houses! Who wouldn’t like to have a house or office like that? It is a healthy and absolutely peaceful surrounding to be in. Take a look. ...
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‘The Art of the Brick’ is on a global tour, rated by CNN as one of the world’s ‘Must-See Exhibitions’

THE ART OF THE BRICK is redefining what it means to create art using Lego bricks. Artist Nathan Sawaya is making sure that the audiences are given an art experience unlike any other. Sawaya has won a lot of awards in the past, and this time, he is offering several exhibitions - each unique and made from nothing bu Legos. There are usually new sculptures that are crafted for the sole purpose of the exhibition. Each exhibition in the tour is different from the next. It doesn't matter which show you see - because every one of them features thousands of colorful Lego bricks, transformed into inspiring, breathtaking, and inconceivably surreal creations. Sawaya is one of the few, if not the only, people who can make a common child's toy into an art form of its own: a meaningful piece of work that exhibits perfect space - the ideal embodiment of contemporary art. For more information about Nathan Sawaya, please visit NathanSawaya.com.  ...
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Stunning photos show six picturesque, must-visit small town destinations in France

France is a common tourist destination all year long, especially with favorites such as Nice, Paris, and Marseille. However, there is much to be seen and experienced from its lesser known, but equally captivating, smaller town counterparts. Here is a list that you should include on your travel list this 2017. (1) Chamonix - a ski village that is captivating during winter with an adorable market on Christmas season. During the summer, it is an excellent hiking and biking setting with tantalizing views of the mountains. (2) Colmar - home to Renaissance architecture, with medieval homes and cobblestone streets. (3) Amiens - now a UNESCO World Heritage site, it will lure in tourists with its warm belfry ambiance. (4) Lourmarin - a beautiful village that comes alive during summertime, thanks to many boutiques, terraced cafes, and restaurants beyond your wildest dreams. (5) Èze - found near Nice, this historic hilltop has the best medieval architecture, botanical gardens,...
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A novel way of displaying art: hanging frames on bookcases and (virtually) any flat surface

Say goodbye to minimalism. The new year comes in with a bang when it comes to interior design and architecture. It seems that simply hanging paintings on your wall is too passé these days. The shift began towards the end of 2016 and is carried on to the dawn of 2017. The trend that would make you think it came only from hipsters and wannabe designers is actually making a statement in the design world. Thanks to underground indie photographers and illustrators, we are now acknowledging the fact that any and all flat surfaces are acceptable venues for displaying art. So if you've got bookshelves or even an entire library in your home, hanging framed paintings, landscapes, or even your own portraits on the shelves' partitions might actually mean that you're on your way to modern creativity. What once was considered as "too much" is now possibly along the tenets of reasonable style. Either way, this way of displaying art can definitely attract they eyes of any visitor that...
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Mesmerizing helicopter views of Los Angeles by Dylan Schwartz

Taken from high above the city, Dylan Schwartz's aerial photography is mesmerizing. The creative Director and photographer based out of Los Angeles frequently takes helicopter rides at dawn and dusk, capturing breathtaking views of towering skyscrapers, bridges, and sports complexes. The cinematic shots often feature LA landmarks such as the Hollywood sign and familiar locations like Chinatown. It's almost like the viewer is part of the experience of cruising above the horizon and taking in the sights. Check out some of the glorious shots below and find more on his Instagram and website. ...
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The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is back, and 2017’s sculptures are bigger than ever

We have previously covered a story about the very same festival, back in 2013. The annual festival is coming soon this year, and the sculptures are crazier and bigger than ever. Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is a tourist attraction for both local and foreign vacationers because it provides something completely new. Sure, we've all seen snow and ice one way or another, but what about ice sculptures that are bigger than life? Probably not. As you can see in the photos below, the festival takes a LOT of manpower, planning, and preparation to execute properly. And topping the previous years' already successful runs can be a humongous challenge to take. This festival isn't just about sculptures and lights towering among us, however. The very first ice lantern and sculpture dates back to ancient China, so this event is somehow giving us a glimpse of what life was back then. Today, people from all over the world come together to bask in the culture, art, and festivities...
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Unique cover art by legend M.C. Escher for most beloved classic books

M.C. Escher is one of the rare left brain-inclined artists of all time. Even long after his passing, his works continue to grace the cover of books, magazines, nonfictions, and even albums. For this reason, many publishers use his art for books that they think can be marketed towards the more "logical" of the reading audience, since the artist spent half of his career in mathematics and the other half in art. His pieces depict possibly unseen worlds through his lithographs, mezzotints, and woodcuts - using concepts from math to reflect "infinity" in ways no other artist has been able to. He made the viewer think and ponder, not just appreciate aesthetic. This Dutch artist has been published in who knows how many nonfiction publications, fantasy and sci-fi magazines, and of course, has had his work used as cover art for the most renowned books of our time. These include one edition of Edwin Abbott's Flatland, Clive Barker’s The Damnation Game, and George Orwell’s 1984...
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Breathtaking architecture of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg

The Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg is going to be officially open in January 2017. Since the Elphirhamonie have been finished; there are lines of people waiting to get inside and see at least it's halls and the balcony. The Elbphilharmonie has three concert halls, a hotel, apartments, and a public square with a total height of 110 meters. This building is certainly the most interesting architectural novelty in Germany this year. For more detailed information and upcoming concerts check the official website. ...
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Artist spray paints intricate floor patterns to mimic traditional Catalan works

Awesome tiles in rundown places. That's how you get someone's attention. Javier De Riba is an artist with a knack for spray painting over floors and walls with intricate geometric patterns. It's amazing how perfectly crisp the patterns are at the edges because they're nearly indistinguishable from ones traditionally found in Catalan homes. Strategically placed in derelict, abandoned places, De Riba's pieces effectively impact the viewer upon first sight. Check out some of his works below and find more on both his website and Etsy. [caption id="attachment_74456" align="alignnone" width="950"] [/caption]  ...
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Installation provokes feelings of spring in the courtyard of Montpellier hotel

In 2015, pink and white hues took over the courtyard at the Hôtel de Griffy in Montpellier, France. The installation was an attempt at recreating the feeling of spring indoors with hues mimicking that of cherry blossoms as they descend from the ceiling. The six-day installation, titled “Un dixième Printemps (the 10th Spring),” was created by Margaux Rodot, Benoit Tastet, and Mickaël Martin. Drawing inspiration from Japanese tradition, Hanami, where an abundance of blooming flowers are found across the country from the end of March to early May, the installation was incredibly effective and won the 2015 Jury Award. Check it out below and learn more here. ...
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Architect designs the best treehouse we have ever seen

24-year-old architect and environmental advocate Aibek Almassov from Kazakhstan has been looking for the optimal solution to create homes without destroying trees and forests. After more than three years of hard work, the young founder of A. Masow Architects and Design Studio has finally come up with his version of saving the future generations: a unique "tree in a home" design. This is not your typical treehouse. The eco-home will involve modern and futuristic elements, but the biggest wow factor is, of course, the large tree found at its very center. The exterior walls are not just regular glass - they are coated with transparent solar cells which power the entire home and provide heat, using nothing less than a Tesla battery. Aside from solar energy, the home will also collect and purify natural rainwater for bathing and other needs. All drinking water will be recycled and purified, too. The roots will collect water naturally, which is made possible by the narrow...
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Before Google: the lost art of real estate maps

Remember when everything was much simpler? There was a time when we did not rely on technology or the internet. There was no Google to give us instant results for every single thing that we need. This included maps. These days, you can simply take your phone and type in a place and you'll get an instant map on your screen. It's impossible to get lost as long as you have cellular coverage. This is a nice moment to look back at the simplicity of the past. Even though it was a lot less convenient, it can't be helped to feel nostalgic and eerily proud of how talented manual labor is. Men and women actually drew maps using their bare hands. Just ink on paper. No fancy software and digital tools to help them out. Minneapolis is a great case in point. Its nice aerial views of buildings, streets, and highways are best appreciated when seen through these old school real estate maps. It's no bluff that these, in their own humble ways, are real pieces of art. ...
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These are the most amazing sand castles ever

Fresh takes on sand castles were nearly extinct until Calvin Seibert saved the bygone pastime through a contemporary twist. The professional sculptor spent a large part of his summer on Rockaway Beach in Queens, where he erected several architectural models. Each one of them is stylized to look a certain way and could very well belong to a different time period. The variety is awesome and so is their massive scale. Seibert describes his process, "Building 'sandcastles' is a bit of a test. Nature will always be against you and time is always running out. Having to think fast and to bring it all together in the end is what I like about it. I rarely start with a plan, just a vague notion of trying to do something different each time." Check out some of his architectural models below and find more lots more on Flickr. ...
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