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Elastic Plastic Sponge

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Elastic Plastic Sponge was created by students from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) led by Benjamin Ball, Gaston Nogues and Andrew Lyon of the Ball-Nogues Studio. The Elastic Plastic Sponge is a large scale installation and can be twisted, arched and curled to form different types of space including a lounge, a theater, or a large sculptural Mobius strip. In the desert heat of Indio, the architectural installation will provide a respite from the sun by making shade and mist while at night, each “cell” within the Elastic Plastic Sponge supports a fluorescent tube–the tubes shift in orientation relative to each other to create the effect of sweeping motion. The motion effect is evident from close-up as well as impactful from across the vast festival grounds–an important asset in an environment of throngs of festival-goers and competing spectacles.’

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Stephen Hendee

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Stephen Hendee is sculptor and installation artist who lives and works in Las Vegas, Nevada. His works are fantastic!!

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Makoto Tanijiri

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‘ Makoto Tanijiri of Hiroshima architects Suppose Design Office has completed an installation at the Diesel Denim Gallery Aoyama in Tokyo, Japan. ‘ (via Dezeen)

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Jason Peters

” My installations investigate the relationships of actual space, environment and materials with the viewer’s inherent and often programmed opinions of them. My goal is to challenge intrinsic perceptions by suggesting that the objects of our reality are not always what they seem. I use found objects because they help redefine prescribed meanings and values, especially when assembled into entirely different structures. The question I want the viewer to ask is, “Are these familiar objects just as recognizable when serving an entirely different purpose? And just as important, does their transformation modify their value?” – Jason Peters

P_Wall

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P_Wall (2009) was commissioned by the SFMOMA Architecture and Design Curator Henry Urbach for the exhibition Sensate: Bodies and Design. The wall, part of a series started with P_Wall (2006), is an evolution of the earlier work exploring the self-organization of material under force. Using nylon fabric and wooden dowels as form-work, the weight of the liquid plaster slurry causes the fabric to sag, expand, and wrinkle. ‘

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Bubbletecture M

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Bubbletecture M is a kindergarten designed by Japanese studio Shuhei Endo Architect Institute. Located in Shiga, Japan the Maihara Kindergarten is surrounded by a newly developed residential area. The structure consists of concrete boxes between each of the rooms and a wooden roof that ties them together. The shell-form roof is made of triangular continuous surfaces; its structural strength and geometrical consistency permits great freedom in designing of the necessary spaces. This structural system uses 2.5 meters wooden beams and hexagonal metal fittings, factory-made and only assembled on the site. the integration of the wooden trusses and concrete boxes is geometrical but varied, a structure with rich in expressive effects. ‘ (via Designboom)

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Reversible Destiny Lofts

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NY based architects Arakawa & Gins designed ‘reversible destiny lofts‘ located in the Mitaka area of western Tokyo, Japan. ‘ The nine-unit multiple dwelling Reversible Destiny Lofts – Mitaka (In Memory of Helen Keller) marks a new point in history, in the history of human dwelling. This first completed example of procedural architecture put to residential use offers a whole new approach to home sweet home. Procedural architecture is an architecture of precision and unending invention. Works of procedural architecture function as well-tooled pieces of equipment that help the body organize its thoughts and actions to a greater degree than had previously been thought possible. These lofts address and reframe, right in the midst of the workaday world, what have thus-far been intractable philosophical problems, even at times giving rise to possible solutions. Set up to put fruitfully into question all that goes on within them, they steer residents to examine minutely the actions they take and to reconsider and, as it were, recalibrate their equanimity and self-possession, causing them to doubt themselves long enough to find a way to reinvent themselves. These tactically posed architectural volumes put human organisms on the track of why they are as they are. To be sure, every loft comes with a set of directions for use. ‘ Link.

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Xavier Veilhan

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Artist Xavier Veilhan lives and works in Paris. His interdisciplinary oeuvre consists of photography, sculpture, film, painting and installation art. Have a look.

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Gabriel Mancera / AT103

Works: Gabriel Mancera Building / Architects: at103 – July Amezcua + Francisco Pardo / Location: Mexico — Click here for more photos.

Sid Wichienkuer

‘ California based architect Sid Wichienkuer aims to reasserts architecture with his redesign for the Tu Delft School of Architecture. After the school’s tragic fire, they held an open competition for their building for Bouwkunde. Wichienkuer proposal used sections and topographies as a driving force. The building is oriented around a Central Quad at its base, surrounded by the school’s library and a series of design laboratories. As the building roses, each floor is centered around a gathering or communal space at its core, with other rooms radiating outwards. An expandable auditorium is centered on this level. The building’s facade is kept porous with a series of horizontal pieces spaced apart. These levels can be used as outdoor seating and stairs, allowing students to climb the building. ‘ (via Designboom)