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Featured Blog Posts – November 2010 Archive (25)

Santiago Calatrava Light Rail Train Bridge Jerusalem, Israel

Photo: Sasson Tiram

The Light Rail Train Bridge is located near the Eastern Gate to the old City of Jerusalem, near the Central Bus Station. The location is considered as the "modern entrance" to the City of Jerusalem. In ancient times this road connected the old city of Jerusalem with the Tel Aviv Highway, Jaffo at the Mediterranean Sea, and Herzl Boulevard, one of the most important arteries of the new city of… Continue

Added by HaRis on November 26, 2010 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Ten Architects to be Thankful For #10 - Enric Miralles

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I'd like to start a series of posts that remind us to give thanks for some of the great predecessors that came before us. I said in another post that no architect is an island. In addition to depending on each other, we also depend on past inspiration to develop present and future designs. Past architects have given us a foundation with which to build. So we start with a…


Added by Tyson on November 25, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Shower Colortherapy

A blast of colored water brings your good mood back. A message of Ayurvedic medicine: color, when gauged to the individual needs of persons, helps us to rediscover psycho-physical wellbeing. You can enjoy its benefits at home. The main place of this trend is the shower stall,

which also becomes a visual experience. The body takes on energy through water, colored with LED light. And the shower also becomes polysensorial. Everything magically enclosed in a single cabin.

The Sandwich… Continue

Added by Cristina Rubinetterie on November 23, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Aurland Lookout

The simple and stunning Aurland Lookout was the result of a partnership between architects Todd Saunders (Saunders Architecture) and Tommie Wilhelmsen (Arkitekt Tommie…


Added by Springer on November 22, 2010 at 1:00pm — 9 Comments

Ten Books For Architects - #5 Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck


#5 - Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck


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Added by Tyson on November 17, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Chengdu Contemporary Art Centre

I've paid fairly close attention to the work of Zaha Hadid over the years and I've come to a simple, but necessary conclusion: Architecture takes time. I know that must seem obvious, but I think aspiring architects sometimes struggle with this concept. If you look at Hadid's work, the formal elements are very simple, and the Chengdu Contemporary Art Centre is no exception. However, when you look…


Added by Tyson on November 17, 2010 at 2:11pm — 4 Comments

The Shanghai Expo's Megastructure

The scintillating Shanghai Expo 2010 just ended at the beginning of this month. However, since I was stuck here in the states during its run, I'd like to take the time to explore more of the structures featured there.

This Megastructure was the landmark pavilion for the Expo and was designed by… Continue

Added by Springer on November 16, 2010 at 1:57pm — 1 Comment

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

The elegant design for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art Amir Building resolved the tension between its tight, triangular site, and the museum's need for a set of large rectangular galleries. Architecture firm Preston Scott Cohen, Inc. solved the problem by using slightly… Continue

Added by Springer on November 16, 2010 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Tsui No Sumika

Tsui No Sumika is a home located in Uji in Kyoto, Japan, an idyllic setting with green mountains and a gurgling stream. The home was designed by Kite Architecture for a couple that has been married for over 30 years. The aim of the project was to afford the husband and wife each their… Continue

Added by Springer on November 15, 2010 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Vault Room

Vault Room is the name of a renovation of a small terraced house that sits along the "Reien" in the heart of historical Bruges, Belgium. The renovation was designed by the architecture firm 51N4E, and… Continue

Added by Springer on November 15, 2010 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Shanghai Houtan Park wins World’s Best Landscape

The World Architecture Festival Awards 2010 have awarded World’s Best Landscape to Shanghai Houtan Park designed by the Chinese firm Turenscape. And the judges reportedly… Continue

Added by Springer on November 13, 2010 at 3:20pm — 2 Comments


Dear blog......

An interesting week this week, rushing kids to parties half dressed clasping a copy of the AJ to try to keep myself from the rat race that is the terror of 'school mum' chit chat.. late night scuffling through pages of building maintenance books and BRE booklets to hit the first of many deadlines of assignment dates.

Not sure if this course is… Continue

Added by paul carline on November 12, 2010 at 2:49pm — No Comments


Doesn't that picture look so peaceful and inviting? I think I'm in love.

That dangling, serene little pod is a NESTREST, designed by Paris'
Daniel Pouzet and Fred Frety. It's described as an over-sized bird's nest that's perfect for… Continue

Added by Springer on November 12, 2010 at 12:29pm — 8 Comments

Teesside Power Station

In March of this year consent was given to build the Teesside Power Station designed by Heatherwick Studio. The site in Stockton-on-Tees in England is post-industrial and ecologically sparse brownfield. It is also on the banks of the river Tees, and looks across the river to Middlehaven, a… Continue

Added by Springer on November 12, 2010 at 11:03am — No Comments

Cahill Center at Caltech

The Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Caltech brings together a dozen different scientific groups into one structure. The Cahill Center designed by Morphosis Architects, Inc. conceptually acts as an… Continue

Added by Springer on November 11, 2010 at 7:45pm — 2 Comments


When I was a graduate student, I spent some time traveling around India. Since most of the places we visited were sparsely populated and removed from major metropolitan areas, we traveled mainly by bus. The only place for us to eat were roadside restaurants that were literally in the middle of nowhere. The food we ate was as good as many other restaurants we had eaten at, but the experience was mainly aimed toward getting…


Added by Tyson on November 10, 2010 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Purple Hill House

A small purple hill sits at the entrance to a trail up Gwanggyo mountain in South Korea. That "hill" is the Purple Hill House designed by Korean firm IROJE KHM Architects to coexist with its surrounding landscape. A major problem facing the house in its location was the availability of sunlight, with the bulk of the living space facing northwest.… Continue

Added by Springer on November 9, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Henderson Waves

Henderson Waves is a 274 meter long pedestrian bridge that crosses Henderson Road at the Mount Faber Loop in Singapore. The beautiful design has been presented with six awards, and was a joint venture by London-based IJP Corporation and… Continue

Added by Springer on November 9, 2010 at 12:06pm — No Comments

Allandale House: A Cabin of Curiosities

This exciting new take on the A-frame home is designed by architect William O'Brien Jr. for an "an idiosyncratic connoisseur" and her family. Situated in the mountain west of the United States, the Allandale House is tube-shaped, linking three different… Continue

Added by Springer on November 8, 2010 at 10:12pm — No Comments

Housing Getsewoud

24H Architecture designed Housing Getsewoud, the entrance to a newly built housing area in Nieuw-Vennep, using the sound wave as a metaphor for its sensual facades. The project consists of two blocks of residential buildings, each with eighteen social… Continue

Added by Springer on November 6, 2010 at 6:10am — No Comments

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