Keiichi Matsuda’s Hyper-Reality film blurs real and virtual worlds

Watch the future with augmented reality as realized by London designer, Keiichi Matsuda. Either it kills you or makes you stronger…. HYPER-REALITY from Keiichi Matsuda on Vimeo. via Keiichi Matsuda’s Hyper-Reality film blurs real and virtual worlds

Life without Lycra: The Tweed Run 2014

If you think life has left you behind and is now only full of terminator styled cyclists with their cyborg light mount helmets and sporty spandex, have no fear, the Tweed run is here. With NO Lululemon or Nike in sight, London held its 6th anniversary leisure cycle through the streets and parks this yearContinue reading “Life without Lycra: The Tweed Run 2014”

The Sky’s the Limit: Seoul’s Infinity Tower

Taking height to the absolute limit, Seoul is proceeding with the 450m infinity tower, the world’s first “invisible” tower. Designed by GDS architects, it will feature various cutting edge Korean technology such as 18 weatherproof optical cameras that will generate an invisible viewpoint for pedestrians and an elaborate LED System for flashing away birds orContinue reading “The Sky’s the Limit: Seoul’s Infinity Tower”

Hiroshi Nakamura: Architectural Haiku

This poetic structure is in the bustling Hiroshima centre and is the work of Hiroshi Nakamura, a disciple of Kengo Kuma. It has a 92 sq.ft. optical glass brick wall supported by steel frames that acts as an acoustic barrier and backdrop for internal drama. There is a garden pond with glass bottom that overContinue reading “Hiroshi Nakamura: Architectural Haiku”

Through the Looking Glass: Google’s “Explorer”

With the race on for wearable technologies such as smartwatches by Apple and Samsung, Google is forging ahead with it’s glasses that incorporate augmented reality, straight out of William Gibson’s novel, “Virtual Light” from 1993. Here you can have a sneak preview what this will look like… Google Glass “Explorer” will retail for approx. US$1,500Continue reading “Through the Looking Glass: Google’s “Explorer””

Ma Petite Maison: BLDG Workshop/608 Design

This micro dwelling,The Bunkie, caught my eye. Yes, it’s small but charming with 2 beds that unfold from the wall AND ceiling (see pic). By BLDG Workshop/608 Design of Ontario, Canada. A little place to get away…at least at the foot of the garden.

X Marks the Spot: Cadaval + Sola-Morales

Cadaval & Solà-Morales was founded in New York City in 2003 and moved to both Barcelona & Mexico City in 2005. The studio operates like a laboratory to create intelligent design solutions at many different scales. The studio has won numerous awards including the prestigious Bauwelt Prize (Munich 2009), the Young Architects Prize from theContinue reading “X Marks the Spot: Cadaval + Sola-Morales”

Lofty Ideals: Church Redesign

From the Netherlands, Leigh, Kappelhof, Seckel, van den Dobbelsteen Architects (or http://www.lksvdd.nl for short) have renovated a little 1928 church in Haarlo with a whimsical and clean approach that is quintessentially Dutch. Gutting the structure, they have placed a tub on the mezzanine, a staircase using the original flooring and a host of other charmingContinue reading “Lofty Ideals: Church Redesign”

Miles and Miles of Piles: Stacked Structures

Why settle for one building when you can have a dozen seemingly piled on structures that entertain as well as take advantage of differing views and interesting inner spaces? The following are a round up of contemporary examples from some rather distinguished architectural firms. Dutch studio MVRDV’s proposal for a 400-metre skyscraper in Jakarta. VitraHausContinue reading “Miles and Miles of Piles: Stacked Structures”

Insta-House: Just Add Dirt

The 89 m2 Insta House, designed by MAZIAR BEHROOZ ARCHITECTS, is available in the U.S. and comes with sliding windows, electrical fixtures and all wall, ceiling and floor finishes. The basic is US$99,800, including delivery and the upgraded Insta House is created from four recycled shipping containers (two on top of two) to create aContinue reading “Insta-House: Just Add Dirt”

Wrap It Up: The Studio Wrap by Nike

On the heels of (excuse the pun) Lululemon and other yoga-pilates outfitters, Nike has decided to get in on the action with studio based footwear. A hybrid between minimalist barefoot pads and ballet shoes, it is useful for those who do not want to go bare or use sweaty socks. After much research and many,Continue reading “Wrap It Up: The Studio Wrap by Nike”

Raindrops keep falling on my Rain Shield

Rain Shield is a Red Dot award winner designed by Lin Min-Wei and Liu Li-Hsiang, two taiwanese students with vision and ingenuity. Using a flat, portable pop-up tent structure, it miraculously emerges in an instant and has none of the usual archaic components and can be redirected towards fending off driving wind and rain. RAINSHIELD

Home Sweet Homebox: Studio Slawik

German architectural studio Slawik has designed a prefab home that fits into the size of a standard shipping container. It is made in wood as to be warmer, easily and cheaply repaired as opposed to metal. With a small base footprint of just 7 m2 (75 ft2), the HomeBox differs from traditional container homes byContinue reading “Home Sweet Homebox: Studio Slawik”

Mama Li: Lidewij Edelkoort Unplugged

The mother of all forecasting discusses her latest insights which reveal some very interesting ideas such as: *Everyday Spirituality: Not in a Buddhist mode, but to something that celebrates life on a small, day to day level. *The loss of individual behavior: Collaborative efforts and groupings. Terrace style organization. *The young father: The nurturer whichContinue reading “Mama Li: Lidewij Edelkoort Unplugged”

Bank On It: Furor over Banksy’s Olympix

There is fresh fury over revered artist, Banksy and his take on the colossal 2012 Olympics. You be the judge. As the Guardian paper recently posted: “This attack on one of contemporary London’s most renowned traditions reveals how deeply uncomfortable the cultural relationship between this city and the Olympics really is,” writes Jonathan Jones inContinue reading “Bank On It: Furor over Banksy’s Olympix”

Urban living: Klapptischbank Up Up Up

As space becomes an ever diminishing resource in our cities, multi-functional and transformative furniture becomes of upmost importance. Enter the Klapptischbank Up Up Up which provides an all-in-one dining solution that makes it easy to store or take in transport to the outdoors. This fold-away model, when opened out, sits 70 cm (28 inches) wide,Continue reading “Urban living: Klapptischbank Up Up Up”

The Urban Oasis: Ha House

Nestled in the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh, architects Vo Trong Nghia Co., Ltd have created another in the series of vertical gardens, this time as a private house. This lithe white tower is 4-storeys, 20m deep and imbued with complete privacy and yet feels like it is immersed in nature, a fine combinationContinue reading “The Urban Oasis: Ha House”