Barrow Cabins: Hunting Cabins in Alaska by Eirik Johnson

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Barrow Cabins by Eirik Johnson 1b

Barrow Cabins is the name of a collection of photographs by the Seattle-based photographer and mixed-media artist Eirik Johnson. Presented as a series of diptychs, the images show summer and winter views of small hunting cabins built by the Iñupiat inhabitants of Barrow, Alaska. Located just 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Barrow is a mere 1300 miles south of the North Pole and is the largest city of the North Slope Borough.

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Philip Kennedy

July 15, 2013 / By

Toby Melville-Brown Makes Real Drawings of Fake Buildings

Toby Melville-Brown

To finish the week, how about some lovely drawings by Toby Melville-Brown? These drawings of fictional towers are as absurd (and almost as detailed) as the room with 80 million surfaces, only realized in a way almost as slowly as an actual building project. He drew them by hand. It takes a level of skill and patience I can only imagine. Happily, the results of all his work are amusing drawings when seen at a distance, but infinitely rewarding as you lean in toward the details. His drawings make me wish I had opted for the retina display. You can see more under the jump.

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Alex Dent

June 28, 2013 / By

Watching Buildings Being Built

Aarhus School of Architecture

Today, I thought I’d share three videos of three very different projects under construction right now. The projects are all quite different, and this is in no way a comparison of the three. But they are all interesting to different people and are being realized to vastly different scales.

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Alex Dent

June 27, 2013 / By

A Digitally Printed Room With 80 Million Surfaces

Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger Digital Grotesque

Some people are scared of rooms. These people, who suffer from koinoniphobia, might want to stay away from Digital Grotesque. The exhibition isn’t necessarily scary but it does feature a room that might be overwhelming… even if you don’t have a phobia. Made using digital fabrication techniques, the room has some eighty million surfaces. And in case the complexity isn’t enough, the entire room is gilded. Based on the model photo above, I can’t tell if this novel form of space making is the future of surfaces or an aliens interpretation of the Baroque period.

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Alex Dent

June 26, 2013 / By

Vitra’s Diogene Cabin, Designed by Renzo Piano

Vitra's Diogene Cabin Designed by Renzo Piano

In the past year or so I’ve learned how valuable it can be to get away from it all. Working nonstop can be extremely taxing, so it’s great to be able to go some place where you can relax and not worry about the day-to-day. Vitra recently teamed up with Renzo Piano to create a “place of retreat” called Diogene.

It can serve as a little weekend house, as a “studiolo”, as a small office. It can be placed freely in nature, but also right next to one’s workplace, or even as a simplified version in the middle of an open space office. However, it is also conceivable to erect groups of houses, e.g. as an informal hotel or guest house. Diogene is so small that it functions as the ideal retreat, but purposely does not cater for all needs to the same extent. Communication, for instance, will take place elsewhere – and thus Diogene also invites you to redefine the relationship between the individual and society.

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Bobby Solomon

June 24, 2013 / By

Two Large Firms Vie To Redesign The Miami Beach Convention Center

Miami Beach Convention Center Proposal BIG

Miami Beach Convention Center Proposal OMA

When I read the headline “Miami Beach Advisory Board backs Portman-CMC plan to overhaul convention center” I thought the competition was over. The competition is taking place in the middle of Miami Beach, a town about to spend a lot of time and a lot of money to redevelop its convention center. But before breaking ground (or breaking apart the sea of asphalt that surrounds the current convention center) Miami Beach has to pick a plan, and they only have two to choose from. These plans are from OMA and BIG.

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Alex Dent

June 20, 2013 / By

A Polish Bathroom You’d Want To Spend Time In

Public Toilets in poland by Piotr Musialowski and Lukasz Przybylowicz

I’ve inadvertently been talking about projects this week that have distinct relationships with water; one has been exceedingly photogenic and the other… well… it’s working on it. I happen to like it, but wastewater treatment facilities aren’t for everybody. I’d like to write about how water can shape buildings and also feature a project that isn’t typically glamorous: the lowly public restroom.

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Alex Dent

June 19, 2013 / By

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