Opensourcing
architecture / art / design

Opensourcing

If the 19th century Industrial Revolution is about inventing new technologies, the 21st century is the digital and informative age, then the future of our society is shifting towards collectively sharing our resources. We have come to realize that we build, make, and consume way too many things for our needs. Does each family have … Continue reading

A Handshake
architecture / design / history

A Handshake

“To know the door handle is to know mankind” – Noam Chomsky “The door handle is the handshake to the building” – Juhani Pallasmaa Door handle is a device attached to a door – separating two spaces – to provide security as well as accessibility. Prior to its invention, people used to live, eat, sleep, bathe and dispose in one big room. Later on, woven hangings … Continue reading

Bookmark #13
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Bookmark #13

1. Form follows Carpark Figure 1-2 : Nightingale ethical apartment development (top); Vision Building by Brady Group (below) It sounds rather unglamorous but it is the truth, more so for two recently stories regarding the Nightingale project and the Vision tower in Melbourne. The former is an ethical apartment development continuing the success of The Common Apartment by Breathe … Continue reading

Bookmark #12
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Bookmark #12

1. Inside North Korea with Oliver Wainwright: Figure 1&2 (left to right): Mansudae Great Monument 1972; Pyongyang Ice Rink 1981 Figure 3&4 (left to right): Ryogyong Hotel 1987-present ; May Day Stadium 1989 In no other country where tourism thrives on the inclusivity, obscurity and heavily-regulated procedure like in North Korea. Koryo Tours has been operating tours, for … Continue reading

Bookmark #10
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Bookmark #10

1. Amanda Levete’s MPavilion  Figure 1&2: MPavilion design by Amanda Levete The 2015 MPavilion has revealed its design, featuring thin carbon fibre columns with petal-like composite canopy that moves with the wind, acknowledging its brief for “a structure that responds to its climate and landscape.” What I like about this year’s design is that the temporary structure does not … Continue reading