We’re excited that the conversation about “making,” a topic discussed heavily at the Lab in Berlin, is continuing through an initiative of General Electric’s called GE Garages. This pop-up delves into modern prototyping and manufacturing through workshops, training and education, and guest speakers, emphasizing the connectivity between what’s handmade and what’s digital. Future locations of GE Garages are to be announced this fall.
Speaking of the interconnectivity of the hand and digital, here is a brilliant article from architect Michael Graves on hand drawing vs. computer drawing in architecture. Graves suggests that there’s something lost in the initial design discovery phase when drawing begins solely on the computer. Do you agree?
Once just a protoype, the House Arc by Bellomo Architects is now in production and can be ordered online. Weighing in at just 3,000 pounds, the lightweight recycled steel structure relies on natural cooling and lighting systems while being sturdy enough to withstand tropical winds.
In the Netherlands, new light-rail network Randstadrail features a 400-meter “skeleton” that passes through a business district in The Hague. Designed by Zwarts & Jansma Architects, the railway has a transparent frame that avoids obstructing views from the surrounding offices and maintains safety at the street level.
After studying foreclosure rates in the US, German photographer Christoph Gielen—who also spoke at the New York Lab—headed off to Arizona, Nevada, and Florida to document the effects of suburban sprawl. The result is a series of aerial shots that show just how massive (and often unsustainable) suburban developments can be. “I want to utilize photography as a tool for viewers to reconsider how they live,” says Gielen.
German artist Hendrik Beikirch (also known as ECB) depicts an elderly fisherman in a new 230-foot-tall mural on the side of a building in Busan, South Korea. Now the tallest mural in Asia, the work is meant to be a reminder of the significance of Korea’s working class amidst the country’s rapid development and financial growth.
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