Learn the ABCs of architects—from Aalto to Zaha—with this whimsical animation. Keep an eye out for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (G for Frank Gehry) and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (W for Frank Lloyd Wright).
This amazing replica of San Francisco—complete with the Transamerica Building, Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, and Palace of Fine Arts—is made of over 100,000 toothpicks. The artist, Scott Weaver, does not hold the record for largest toothpick structure, but his is the only to serve a kinetic function: it’s also a marble run.
It costs a whopping $39.99, but Tagtool, a new graffiti app for iPad, might just be worth it. The app provides a platform for artists to paint vivid scenes and animate them to amazing effect. Add a projector and project your moving image on to the wall of your choosing.
Schijndel, Netherlands is now home to “glass farm,” by design firm MVRDV, a scaled-up glass structure that makes use of vernacular architecture. The image of a traditional farm structure was printed on to the glass panels that compose the metal-framed building.
New York- and Beijing-based Steven Holl Architects recently unveiled their winning plans for the Tianjin Ecocity Ecology and Planning Museums. Together, the two structures make a complete box: the Planning Museum is the “negative” of the Ecology Museum.
London’s Shoreditch neighborhood has been speckled with museum-style placards as a part of Beyond Banksy: Not Another Giftshop, an exhibition organized by the Street Museum of Art. The show, meant to increase awareness of street artists other than the infamous Banksy, allows viewers to learn about public art often overlooked in the urban environment.
What if your old toothbrushes, ripped jeans, and discarded bottles could be used to build a home? A project based at the University of Brighton thinks it’s possible. Currently under way, a wood-framed house will be comprised of different types of waste donated by a local repair worker.
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