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The Metamorphosis of Osdorp

Love this beautiful animation/film created by the guy’s of +1 Amsterdam. Not completely new techniques and it has a very MTV-ish feel to it, but still … very nicely executed.

The city district Amsterdam Osdorp recently merged with Slotervaart and Geuzenveld-Slotermeer and was given the name Amsterdam Nieuw-West. This change also meant the end of 20 years of restructuring urbanized areas. To celebrate everything achieved, a book was published. ‘The Metamorphosis of Osdorp’ gives an overview of the architectural highlights. PlusOne was asked to create the video.

Check for all credits: +1
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Cardboard sky

The architecure studen Daniel Morrison created this cardboard sky. I like how he calls the carboard ‘humble material’.
The design makes use of small star shaped pieces of cardboard that are slotted together and folded to provide structure. These individual pieces can be assembled into any size collection. the resulting patchwork creates a graphical pattern that comes about randomly from the pr-existing patterns on the boxes. By digitizing each pattern, the assemblages can even be strategically assembled to create images or messages.

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Check Daniel Morisson’s website
Also read the other cardboard story’s on Inspirationspam
Source: Designboom

Oogst (harvest)

There are a lot of innovative designers and architects, like William McDonough one of the founding fathers of Cradle to Cradle, that are working on solutions to make housing and urban area’s self-supporting, self-sufficient an more sustainable.
Now Dutch (multi) design agency Tjep. initiated an investigation into new developments in the agricultural sector. What they came across were radical ideas with regards to self-sufficiency, capable of getting us quite a bit closer to the concept of a sustainable society.

It’s an intriguing way of looking at the possibility’s of bringing urban and agricultural world together.

They developed 3 Oogst concepts (Oogst stands for ‘harvest’ in Dutch): Oogst 1, Oogst 100 Community and Oogst 1000 Wonderland.

Oogst 1 Solo is a house for one person that provides its resident with food, energy, heat and oxygen. In principle, one could live in Oogst 1 Solo without ever having to leave the house.

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Oogst Community 100 is a self-sufficient farm for 100 people. The residents are all farmers. In the central greenhouse, all necessary crops are grown, the surrounding fields are for livestock.

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Oogst 1000 Wonderland is a self-sufficient farm, restaurant, hotel and amusement park for 1,000 people per day. All food for the restaurant comes from the central structure and directly adjacent fields. Oogst 1000 combines extreme fun with extreme usefulness. One can see this amusement park as a huge people processor. Hotel guests are also the farmers, when you work, you can stay for free.

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Check the Oogst website foor more information, images and video’s

Augmented Reality #1

One of the big trends in technology to watch is augmented reality. Basically it’s a merge of virtual computer generated imagery and the real word, real time. It’s the merge of the virtual and digital world.
In the future you will see more reports on this subject on this blog.

One nice example is this one. We’ve seen projections on buildings before. But this on cerates a whole new reality on the surface.

555 Kubik projection

Check the website
Or this website

Credits:
Production: urbanscreen.com
Art Direction: Daniel Rossa – rossarossa.de
Technical Director: Thorsten Bauer
3D Operator: David Starmann shineundsein.de
Sound Design : Jonas Wiese

Louis Vuitton: Art, Fashion and Architecture

Louis Vuitton partners with artist Camille Scherrer to present the new “Louis Vuitton: Art, Fashion and Architecture” book. For more details, check www.louisvuitton.com. Watch the beautiful animated movie and see the book come alive.

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Verizon; ugly logo, ugly building

Spotted in NY

As a (damn) tourist I crossed the Manhattan bridge the other day, and sadly enough, one of the first things you notice is the ugliest and most depressing building of Manhattan with the ugliest logo of corporate America: Verizon. How does this building and logo relate to the mission statement?:

“As a leader in communications, Verizon’s mission is to enable people and businesses to communicate with each other. We are also committed to providing full and open communication with our customers, employees and investors.

Where is the ‘leader’ in the logo and where is the ‘open communication’ in this building?
Although I’ve read on the Curbed weblog, the building will undergo a massive glassy renovation. I think the logo could use a serious renovation too.

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It’s so ugly, I even forgot to take a picture of it, so this one is from Flickr. ;-)

Prada Transformer

Uit persbericht:
“Launching in Seoul at the end of April 2009, the highly anticipated Prada Transformer designed by OMA/Rem Koolhaas will showcase a groundbreaking series of cross-cultural exhibitions, screenings and live events. For five months this shape-shifting venue will host multiple interdisciplinary projects, bringing a unique mix of visual arts to Korea.”
Hele nieuwe kijk op multi-funktionaliteit van gebouwen. Inplaats van verschillende ruimtes op één vloer in te delen of over verdiepingen, wordt het gebouw gekanteld om de gehele ruimte een andere functie te geven. De komende maanden wordt het gebruikt voor een mode expositie, kunst expositie, filmtheater en voor een speciaal event. In een eerdere blog-post had ik al eens geroepen; ‘everything that can be mobile, will be‘. Daar bedoelde ik natuurlijk de telefoon mee, maar dat gaat dus ook op voor architectuur

Bekijk ook de website: Prade Transformer

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Bron: Prade Transformer


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