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On the Radar
February 20, 2009, 12:31 am
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BLOGGING
There’s been a number of hot blogs coming our way lately, check em out:
the belly of an architect; good writing, nice big images and it’s full of links.

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arch Daily; we suggest starting with the Brione House – rrrroww.
-thanks to Senior Field Correspondent and all around rock-star Josiah

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The Art of Where; clean and sleek with plenty of sexy images.
-thanks to Dru

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The Architects Newspaper; we suggest diving into the article on Cecil Balmond’s latest exhibit at the Graham Foundation in Chicago.

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TWITTERING
BUILD is on twitter, jump on board for the sneak peek at things.

PHOTOGRAPHING

The February 1st Sunday New York Times book review covered Zoe Strauss’ book “America” which includes some great photography of urban American grit.  We did a bit of homework on Strauss and stumbled on a portfolio that hits a chord of authenticity.

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The work of Sete Dias takes photographs into a uber-interesting hybrid graphic context.

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-thanks to Lou

DESIGNING
The St. Antonio Church by jlcg arquitectos in Portugal brings a monastic clarity to form.  The website slideshow is really worth a tour.
-thanks to John – who continues to knock the ball out of the park

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The French designer Marc Venot has developed one of the most unassuming industrial design aesthetics our eye-balls have ever seen.  His “Secret Box” seen below is one of many inconspicuous products.
-thanks to Josiah

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LISTENING
There are a couple of new methods to get your dose of lectures without having to find a spot to parallel park.  Tune into the Stanford lectures and the pop tech lectures.  You Seattleites might check out the Blaine Brownell lecture which could just as easily be titled “Local Boy Does Good”.
-thanks to Craig

Heard of Siftables yet?  If not get on board, it’s going to be HUGE.

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Also, a phenomenal lecture on the nature of genius given by Elizabeth Gilbert can be found at TED.
-thanks to Jerry

MATERIALIZING
Blaine Brownell has also got a couple of websites that you should really become familiar with: Transmaterial and Transstudio.

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DIAGRAMMING
It happens once a year, Nicholas Felton releases his “Feltron Report”, the measure of his year in graphic presentation with clean, inspiring diagrams.  Check out the online version here and buy the physical versions here.  If you are in any way involved with design, knowing Felton’s work is a requirement. (…and a tip from your friends here at BUILD – the eating and drinking categories are always filled with Manhattan’s new cool spots.)

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ARCHITECTING
Anytime an architect is designing the interior of a learjet they have our full attention.  Check out some of the hot, sleek work that Shelton, Mindel & Associates are up to.  Also take a look at the work of David Hertz Architects Inc. who is doing some crisp work in Santa Monica.  For a dose of some gorgeous regional work from the Pacific Northwest check out our friends over at Rex Hohlbein Architects.
-thanks to Josiah

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HUMORING
“We live in an amazing, amazing world, and it’s wasted on the crappiest generation of spoiled idiots.” It’s in no way related to architecture or design but we though you might get kick out of this vid.
-thanks to Chris

FLAT PACKING
D’Arcy Jones in Vancouver, BC has developed a line of flat-packed cabins that seems to have potential.
-thanks to John

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LODGING
The sharp-shooters over at The Roger Smith Hotel in New York have come up with a new concept to spread the news of their hotel.  And while the design isn’t modern – the marketing tactic is brilliantly modern: offer discounts to bloggers. (did we mention we’ve got a trip to NYC coming up in March…)

In the modern design department is the Jumbo Hostel.  Leave it to the Scandinavians to re-appropriate a Boeing 747 as a youth hostel.  Over the top hot.
-thanks to dezeen

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CLOTHING
Guys jackets with modern lines for 50 bones.  Check out Artificial Flavor.

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RECYCLING
There’s a good, clean, modern way to get rid of that old electronic <fill in the blank> you’re no longer using.  Check out E-Stewards.org for a regional list or if you’re in the Seattle area head on over to Total Reclaim.
-thanks to Donald

GABLING
A BUILDblog fan sent in this photo of MUMOK in Wien.  It’s the only gable we’ve liked in a while…

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-thanks to Jerry

Cheers



On the Radar
January 26, 2009, 6:58 pm
Filed under: On the Radar

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BLOGGING
Our new favorite architecture blog is arch Daily.  Not only do these guys keep you up to date on hot international projects but they provide all that delicious data as well.
-thanks to senior field correspondent Josiah
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RENDERING
We’re constantly struggling with our philosophy of digital, architectural rendering.  Producing photo-realistic renderings is costly, time consuming and not necessarily needed if you can visualize the finished product in your mind.  At the same time there is an important craft to renderings and a good rendering illustrates key aspects of reality.  We’re always on the lookout for groups who are finding that balance between efficient renderings and photo-realism; the digital rock-stars at XTEN are doing just that.
-thanks to Josiah
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[Rendering by XTEN]

PHOTOGRAPHING
Thank God for long exposure photography – any dull scene can become something brilliant and dynamic – check out some of these super-slick shots.
-thanks to Jason
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[Photo by BUR?BLUE]

PHOTOGRAPHING – iPHONE STYLE
Our new favorite application for the iPHONE is “Camera Bag” available for $2.99.  It’s full of cool filter tools like “1962″, “1974” and “Instant” as seen in the shots below.
-thanks to Chase Jarvis Photography
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[Photos by BUILD LLC]

LOGOING
For some clean, simple logos, get your eyeballs on Logofavs; a logo design inspiration gallery that represents a variety of designers
-thanks to Josiah
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[Design by Muamer Adilovic]

READING
At the moment we’re reading “Rise of the Creative Class” by Richard Florida.
“Florida’s theory asserts that metropolitan regions with high concentrations of high-tech workers, artists, musicians, lesbians and gay men, and a group he describes as “high bohemians”, correlate with a higher level of economic development. Florida posits the theory that the creative class fosters an open, dynamic, personal and professional environment. This environment, in turn, attracts more creative people, as well as businesses and capital. He suggests that attracting and retaining high-quality talent, versus a singular focus on infrastructure projects such as sports stadiums, iconic buildings, and shopping centers, would be a better primary use of a city’s regeneration resources for long-term prosperity.” –Wikipedia

The December issue of the Atlantic Monthly has a great article by P.J. O’Rourke titled “Future Schlock” based on Disneylands newest “House of the Future” exhibit – intended to evoke the enthusiasm of the project from the 1950’s.  The result?.. Dumb, beige and mediocre.

FLYING
Clothing design isn’t usually part of our gig here at the BUILDblog but when a uniform is so well engineered that every stitch counts – we take notice.  You’ve most likely already come across the clip “wingsuit base jumping” of the flying Norwegians… absolutely incredible.  As if pushing a mouse around all day didn’t seem boring enough before flying suits.
-thanks to John

PIMPIN
We admit it, okay.  We’re the last ones to the party on this one – everyone but us has covered it.  But nonetheless, it’s news and it’s an indication of the tough times ahead.  John Morefield’s Ballard Sunday market booth which sells architectural advice for 5¢ symbolizes the spirit of our time – architects just try’n to do architecture.
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[Photo courtesy of the Seattle P.I.]

ENGINEERING
Orginally started in Germany, “Passive House” design is quickly making “Green Design” seem like dumping toxic rocket fuel in your backyard.  The technology and mindset of Passive Design are making their way to the states; educate yourself here or attend the Northwest Ecobuilding Guild presentation on February 8th.
-thanks to Donald
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[Photo courtesy of Wikipedia]

LISTENING
The University of Washington is hosting a lecture by Lise Anne Couture on Wednesday, January 28th at 6pm in Architecture Hall 147.  Couture is principal of uber-super-future design shop Asymptote with Hani Rashid. This event was canceled.  Instead of noting this on their website, the UW department of architecture simply removed it from their lecture series as if it never existed – leaving us potential attendees entirely out in the dark.  Thanks for the clear communication UW!
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[Photo by Alex Cao]

STARCHITECTING
Is it terrifying or absolutely hilarious that even the starchitects are fighting over insignificant projects out there?  You be the judge.

DESIGNING
We’ve come across some really handsome, modern residential design lately.  Check out the work of Garduno Architects out of Mexico…
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[Photo courtesy Garduno Architects]

…and Steven Kent of southern California.
-thanks to Josiah and Mike
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[Photo courtesy Steven Kent]

BUILDING
We’ve been keeping the wraps on our little cabinet shop until we’re ready for the full press release -so if you say anything about this we’ll deny everything and blame it on alcohol.  The cabinet shop will include a line of custom designed furniture and we thought we’d give you insiders a sneak peak at some of the sleek, modern connection details that are coming together.  Stay tuned…

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DIAGRAMMING
We love diagrams.  And when a diagram can convey a bulk of complicated information as well as a bit of humor, all the better.  The Folks at Goldstar Beer covered both bases -then continued on to tackle the male/female dynamics of modern day society.  Larger versions of these BRILLIANT diagrams can be found here.
-thanks to Chris
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[Flowcharts by Goldstar Beer and McCann Erickson]

Cheers!



On the Radar
December 20, 2008, 3:09 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Design, On the Radar

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Thanks to those of you supplying our addiction to modern design and culture, there’s been no lack of great links finding their way to the BUILDblog.  Today’s On the Radar, BUILD’s every-couple-of-weeks synopsis of what we’re up to, should keep you busy over the holidays.

BLOGGING
Our new favorite design blog is the oh-so slick Contemporist.  Forward thinking and inspiring, we’re not sure how we got by without it.
-thanks to senior field correspondent Josiah

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READING
It’s that time of year again.  Each December the hard working peeps at the New York Times Magazine send us the “Year in Ideas” issue  <cut to visual of team BUILD frothing at the mouth>.  You can have the hard copy when we’re done with it – until then, the digital version oughta tide you over.

Currently we’re reading Tribes by Seth Godin, and we highly recommend getting a copy in your hands.  As per Wikipedia:
“Godin combines three elements in his writings. First, the end of the ‘TV-Industrial complex’ means that marketers no longer have the power to command the attention of anyone they choose, whenever they choose. Second, in a marketplace in which consumers have more power, marketers must show more respect; this means no spam, no deceit and a bias for keeping promises. Finally, Godin asserts that the only way to spread the word about an idea is for that idea to earn the buzz by being remarkable. ”

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WATCHING
The short film “My Playground” by Kaspar Astrup Schröder does a phenomenal job of exploring architecture and human interaction.  BIG’s recent Mountain Dwelling project provides the backdrop as Team Jiyo bounces around the space like a couple of pin-balls.
-thanks to Kai-Uwe Bergmann

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We’re big fans of the TED conference and Sir Ken Robinson’s speech “Do schools kill creativity?” has it all.  It’s informative, forward thinking, it challenges the status quo and he’s got that English gentleman sense of humor.  Robinson’s theory is that Intelligence is diverse and dynamic and creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value.  Cheers to that.

LOOKING
Digital SLR cameras are commonplace, HDR photography is accessible to the masses and cameras are crossing over into the moving image.  With visual design blogs becoming the most informative source in our industry (at least for us), photography has never been more important as a tool for communication.  With that said, we’re always keeping a pulse on photography blogs and websites.  Recently we checked out Vincent Laforet’s uber-slick photography website and his New York Times “Lens” series was just the dose of Manhattan we needed.
-thanks to B.J.

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For those of you in the Seattle area, the Henry Art Gallery is currently showing Richard Misrach’s show “On the Beach”, a PHENOMINAL series of large format color photographs.  Get your eyeballs over there before January 18th and support one of the better art venues in town.

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BRANDING
As part of the new BUILD marketing package (to be released soon) we redesigned our logo and had a ton of fun doing so with Bill Reilly Design.

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From Bill’s profile:
“Bill Reilly Design specializes in design solutions that compliment your branding efforts through creative services such as design, art direction, and electronic production. Bill Reilly Design is located in Seattle, Washington and has experience in creating advertising, brochures, logos, packaging, point of purchase displays, booth graphics and other creative ideas.”

If you’re looking at some new, hot branding strategies we recommend you give Bill Reilly a shout.  Check out some of his previous work here (600kb PDF).

MATERIALIZING
Parador has released a new material called Laminat TrendTime 2 which emulates the color, texture and weathering of fruit and wine boxes.  While the material is marketed as a flooring application it seems like it has wider applications for walls and ceilings.
-thanks to senior field correspondent Josiah

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As we’re designing up a cool modern house in Magnolia we’re looking into all the current products that make residential design so much fun.  We’ve been specifying Montigo fireplaces lately and have been very happy with the clean unobtrusive look of their steel and glass “fire-boxes”.  You can eighty-six the fake wood logs and, instead, install a bed of black shiny stones – hot.  If only their website was a clean and well designed as the product.

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ARCHITECTING
Here’s your coolio architect fix for the day, straight from the Netherlands (big surprise there I’m sure)
-provided by senior field correspondent Josiah

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If you want an empty lot or a new house, building on a steep slope in Seattle is one of the few ways to do so these days.  Subsequently architects are getting very good at design applications for steep slopes and northwest hillside architecture is leading to some very handsome projects.  Architect Tim Hossner recently completed a residence at 4135 21st Ave SW in West Seattle that got our attention.  It’s also on the market and being listed by Bear’s Head LLC.
-thanks to John Nuler at Bear’s Head LLC

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For those of you, like us, looking to build cost-effective modern homes the 100k house program will be of interest to you. The blog outlines “an attempt to build a modern and green home in Philly for $100,000 in construction costs”.
-thanks to Chris

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…and what would a BUILDblog post be without poking fun at us architects.  Recently U.S. News published an article on the most overrated careers, one of which being architecture.  “When screenwriters give a hero a career, it’s often architecture”.

SHOPPING
We learned of some good news that one of our favorite shops, Great Stuff, in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood has their website up and running.  Check it out here – or better yet, get down there and support a great design business.

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Cheers! and we’ll see you in the new year.



On the Radar
November 20, 2008, 4:17 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Design, On the Radar, Seattle, Travel, Urban Architecture

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On the Radar is BUILD’s every-couple-of-weeks synopsis of what we’re up to up.

SURFING
Lately our favorite gratuitous image site is suckerPUNCHdaily which asks: “when was the last time you got punched by design?”
-thanks to Ryan

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If you’re looking for more data to sink your teeth into head on over to Greenlineblog, it’s full of juicy information on design, technology and sustainability.
-thanks to Brian

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The A-Cero website was new to us and the BUILD jury is still out.  Sexy architectural experience or overdesigned and complicated, you be the judge.
-either way, thanks to Josiah

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MEETING
A couple of weeks ago we started the Northwest Architecture Meetup group and rounded up the troops at Picnic for our first event.  If you live in or around Seattle and enjoy meeting design-minded peeps get yourself signed up for future soirees.  Check it out here.

DRINKING
We’ve got a new favorite drink.  A St. Germain is 1 shot gin, 1/2 shot St. Germain, 3 shots tonic water, throw a lime in there.

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MATERIALIZING
Porcelanosa out of Spain is manufacturing large porcelain tiles textured and graphically matched with a specific wood species.  The flooring material is said to be cost-effective,  maintenance free and extremely durable.  Typically we like materials to look like what they are but for some reason the images of Porcelanosa’s Woodtec line caught our eye.  It seems like this product line could have a wide range of uses like walls, backsplashes, indoor-outdoor surfaces… Find out more here.
-thanks to Ken

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EVOLVING
If you have not yet watched Annie Leonard’s Story of Stuff close down our silly little blog immediately and watch it here.  Then email it to people you like.  Solutions can be found here.

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DIAGRAMMING
Have we been drinking too much again or did this last election exhibit better communication graphics than all other elections combined?  Check out the dynamic maps, cartograms dingbats, icons and yes.. cupcakes.

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IDENTIFYING
For a very thorough study in brand logo identity over time check this out.
-thanks to Angela

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For a hilarious study of personal identity guidelines give Tank Studio’s Christopher Doyle a visit.
-thanks to Angela

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TOURING
The California Academy of Sciences designed by Architecture God Renzo Piano opened up last month and our BUILD senior field correspondent sent us photos hot off the press.
-thanks to Alex for the photos

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JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at JFK re-opened on October 22nd.  The original TWA terminal by Eero Saarinen was given a $743M addition and update by Gensler and finally the elegant lines and cool lounges regain the lost romance of travel.  Get yourself on a flight to Manhattan and we’ll see you in the Deep Blue Bar for St. Germains.

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There’s a new player in the modern lodging game.  i-escape’s website is a bit cluttered but it offers some hip hideaways and boutique hotels.  Afterall, you’ve got to compare the prices on tablethotels with something.

Modern cottages and cabins are a tough find but if you’re in need of lodging in Northern California look into the Healdsburg Cottages.  They’re website needs a nice modern update but the grounds look inspiring and the cottages, appropriately named Charles, Ray, George and Eileen, are little modern gems.
-thanks to ken

READING
As far as non-fiction goes around here, Malcolm Gladwell is the bomb.  He just released Outliers, his latest book, on Tuesday November 18th and BUILD got a hot little copy in our hands.  “An ‘Outlier’ is a scientific term to describe things or phenomena that lie outside normal experience.”

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CREATING
Although Andrea Zittel has been producing art since the early 90’s we were only recently introduced to her work at MOMA.  Her recent projects look at our living spaces, functional household objects and daily behaviors.  She boils these items down to caricatures of habitation creating final pieces that are simple, humorous and refreshingly playful.  It’s nice to check in with her work after designing big houses all day.

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The Bellevue Art Museum is at the tail end of John Grade’s: Disintegration Sculpture through Landscape; a phenomenal body of work that deserves some attention.  Get over to BAM, one of the few Steven Holl projects in the northwest, and check it out before the show closes on November 30th.

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You most likely remember the provocative images from Chris Jordan’s “Running the Numbers” series which looks behind the curtain of our collective behavior in the U.S.  His photo montages are fascinating, haunting and infectious.  He recently spoke at the TED conference and if you’re a Seattle-ite get on over to Grey Gallery & Lounge on the Pike-Pine corridor and join us for the ARCADE release party on Wednesday, December 3rd which features Jordan’s “The Art of Waste”.

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DEVELOPING
Despite the terrible market, nice projects continue to spring up in the northwest.  Portland’s newest addition, the Clinton Condominiums, relies on close collaboration between developer, architect and builder.  Hat’s off to developer Randy Rapaport who supported great design in a time when the path of least resistance is anything but.  The building is filling up with great homeowners, a bakery and a yoga studio.  Seattle take note – when you build sensible, timeless architecture, good peeps show up.
-thanks to Brian

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Mini-malls, parking lots and big box stores seem to be the new focus of society-conscious architects willing to throw schematic ideas at real problems.  Recently, “The Washington Post assembled a team of artists, architects, engineers and developers to think creatively about what to do with spaces once occupied by big box stores”… Kudos to The Washington Post.  Read more about the second lives of big box stores here.

…that oughta keep you busy over the weekend



On the Radar
October 23, 2008, 6:59 pm
Filed under: On the Radar

On the Radar, the every-couple-of-weeks synopsis of what we’re looking at on the web, is an official category in the side bar now.  Cheers to that.


READING
Get your eye-balls on “Designing Design” the new book by Kenya Hara, the mastermind behind Muji. As Surface Magazine puts it “Hara is widely hailed as the most outspoken member of his generation to promote [the] ‘unnoticeable design’ philosophy and perfect the Japanese art of understatement”.  And as many of us architects can attest, Hara confirms that “keeping things simple is actually quite complex”.  Don’t we know it Kenya.
-thanks to Dot for the skinny on the Surface Magazine article


WATCHING
Several years ago the BBC released a series called “Dreamspaces” that did a beautiful job of covering world architecture in 12 separate documentaries.  John Beohm, the hard working blogger behind IDENTS, has done an amazing job collecting and organizing most of the Dreamspace documentaries.  The site also allows downloads to the iPhone.  The blog makes it easy to get a mid-day dose of awe-inspiring design.


STRIP MALLING
The sharp shooters over at Randy Brown Architects are taking strip mall architecture head on.  Their Monarch Place 1 project in Omaha is the type of architecture that brings design to the strip mall and, dare we say, makes them desirable destinations.  We’ve got to swallow our pride and admit that we didn’t think it was going to be Nebraska to lead the charge on strip malls, but there it is – touché.
-thanks to John for the tip


DESIGN-BUILDING
The Wall Street Journal recently interviewed New York’s Peter Gluck on the nature of architect as designer and builder.  “Membership in the American Institute of Architects’ design-build community has nearly tripled over the past five years” and the architects that learn to get their hands dirty may find a good solution to the hard times ahead… find out more in the article “House Designers Don Hard Hats”
-thanks to Paul for sending this on over


ARCHITECTURE TOURING
In addition to being modernists we’re also authentisists (authenticators, authensters… help us out here).  Anywho, you know what we mean – we like stuff that’s true to its nature.  For those in and around Seattle, the architectural historian Larry Kreisman has generated a great online tour guide of Seattle’s 7 historic districts.  The article was published by the hard working folks at Preservation Magazine – go check it out and eat your architectural spinach – it’s good for you.
-thanks to Caroline for the link


TOPOGRAPHICAL MODELING
The Fluidforms website enables you to select a topographical area from Google Earth – the topographical data is then fed to a laser cutter that generates a physical 3D model out of wood.  Architectural interns of the world – if you’re smart this means fewer all-nighters for you.


iPHONE APPING
The Pano application for the iPhone could quite possibly be the coolest app we’ve seen yet, maybe even better than Shazam.  Load up Pano for $2.99 and the iPhone becomes a mini wide angle lens + photoshop photomerge.  The application lets you take up to 4 photos side by side, then the application bends, blends, feathers and overlays to create one seamless panoramic image – all automatically.  For the architect /designer constantly trying to capture the jobsite in one coherent photo – this app is indispensable.
– thanks to swissmiss for getting this on the radar


AWARDING
The Seattle AIA awards are up – go take the tour here and get your tickets here.  Or if you choose not to attend you can check in with BUILD for the scoop – we’ll have the winners announced the evening of the award ceremony – cause that’s how we do it, all quick-like.


ARCHITECTING
Chenchow Little architects was a refreshing find and their gorgeous photos make a tour of their website quite pleasant.


MOUSING
A client of ours loaned us the formula one race-car of mouse technology and we recently took the 3D Connexion Space Navigator for a test drive.  The Space Navigator works in all three dimensions allowing you to zoom in and out of the screen.  Note: you still need a mouse for the functions of the modeling programs, as the name indicates, the Space Navigator only controls the navigation within the model.


BLOGGING
Our favorite site of the moment is StyleCrave.  Kick back with a drink and scroll though page after sexy page of uber-cool stuff.  From architecture to jeans to motorcycles, everything on this site is well designed and well composed.  Pure visual pleasure.


INDUSTRIAL DESIGNING
Daniel Hahn is one of those designers that makes us feel like we’re building with Lincoln logs.  The slick images of speed yachts and electric vehicles are drop-dead gorgeous and he’s finding a graphic language that you should take note of.

now get out there and start DOING…



On The Radar
October 14, 2008, 5:23 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Design, On the Radar, Seattle, Travel, Urban Architecture

A lot of cool stuff has found its way to the BUILDblog lately. Thanks to everyone for keeping us up to date. Take a peak and see if any of it should be on your radar…

BLOGGING

Our new favorite blog is Territoiredessens. Never mind that it’s French and, despite our frequent visits, we’ve yet to understand a single word on the blog. The photos and images are so clear and expressive that we think we know what they’re talking about -as if the French needed another reason to laugh at us.

READING

”…the state of Nevada offers developers property-tax rebates—up to 35 percent—for LEED certification. Don’t worry about the tons of jet fuel that will be used to deliver millions more tourists to Vegas each year—those visitors can help make up for that by reusing the towels in their hotels”

Finally someone’s got the kahunas to throw a few tomatoes at how fashionable “green” architecture has become.  Hats off to Cathleen McGuigan on her recent Newsweek article “The Bad News About Green Architecture”.

CENSORING

Making fun of bad condos may be the only way to get developers to stop building crap. Recently the Seattle based blog cheapshitcondos.com was launched and it did just that – stuck it to the man -the cheap, crappy-condo building man. Photos and brief explanations called out Seattle’s worst new condos. Mysteriously the site “disappeared” last week but that’s not going to stop us from commending the anonymous author on such a great idea. Hopefully the crappy-condo mafia didn’t put a pair of concrete shoes on anything other than your blog.

ONLINE DESIGN SHOPPING

For those of you not familiar with Toronto let us put in our plug for an entire city: Toronto put the extra “v” in design savvy. Its newest addition to the cool-design-stuff category is UP TO YOU, a voyeuristic experience that changes the pattern of choice. Owner Dimitra carefully chooses designers from around the world, exchanges ideas, purchases the goods and promotes individuality amidst a world of cookie-cutter imagery and products.

TRAVELING

We like to think that we’re in the game with our Modern List downloadable PDFs but now and again we have to swallow our pride and point you to some truly inspiring resources. The Style-Files have put together an Amsterdam design guide that is a must-have for the design conscious traveling through the Lands of Nether. Touché Style-Files – we love what you’re up to.

LODGING

While you’re in the Netherlands make sure and get on board the recent and exciting development of the modern B&B. The Maff apartment is to us modernists what the rocking chair and front porch is to ma and pa. Apartment therapy did a very nice job covering this project back in August.


And if you’re on the west coast – don’t you worry, Portland has recently stepped up its game with UNdoMODERNDWELLINGS. Owners and modernists Tom and Keryn have traveled all over the world and have figured out the proper ingredients for the design savvy traveler. The refurbished mid-century modern home in the southwest hills “creates a modernist’s escape, created by people who understand”. Hallelujah! For those of you venturing to Oregon’s spectacular dry ranchlands east of the mountains, UNdo has you covered in Bend as well.

CONCEPTUALIZING

Strip-malls are so far off the design palette that if you’re anything like us you’ve been ignoring their entire existence since.. well since they existed. All the more reason why a recent competition, initiated by the city of Phoenix, caught our attention. The “Flip a Strip” design competition asks how we can reject the numbness of strip malls. How might we re-think and newly envision the potential of the Strip Mall. We’d give Phoenix a big round of applause had they not invented the strip-mall in the first place and propagated it all over the map.

REWARDING YOURSELF

If you’ve made it this far in the post you deserve a little something nice. The owners and restaurateurs of a recent project of ours, Picnic, are throwing the doors open on Thursday, October 16th from 5pm to 7pm for their grand opening. Located on Phinney Ridge at 6801 Greenwood Avenue North, Picnic is a food and wine boutique with great wine and eats. The owners Anson and Jenny will be there, winemakers Darryn O’Shea and Travis Scarborough will be there sharing tastes of their recently released wines and the BUILD team will be there. Stop on by, have a drink and say hello.  Open the full size invite here.



On the Radar
March 12, 2008, 10:29 am
Filed under: Architecture, Design, On the Radar, Seattle, Urban Architecture

While we’re putting together some upcoming themes we thought we’d post a few items currently on the BUILD radar, enjoy…

Chase Jarvis FRAMES: Studio Buildout
Good friend Chase Jarvis has recently completed a very handsome build-out of his photography studio with SKB Architects. Being the thorough photographer that he is, he’s put together a 4,000 photo documentation of the process. Rarely is a project so well captured throughout construction – all the way down to stocking the bar. Check out the photomontage here.

Studio Buildout
[All photos by Chase Jarvis Photography]

Feltron 2007 Annual Report
Each year the graphic design guru Nicholas Felton produces a brilliant diagrammatic summary of his life. The 07 version recently emerged and he still has a few copies left, get yours here.

Feltron 07 Report

Feltron 07 Report
[Images by Nicholas Felton]

Henrybuilt steel table
We just learned that Henrybuilt offers a steel & wood table in whatever size you want, perfect for that custom proportioned dining room. The top is available in a variety of woods including walnut, rift-cut white oak, teak and wenge. Top is also available in Durat or Corian. More info here.

Henrybuilt table
[Photo by Henrybuilt]

Synesso Espresso Machines
Our buddy Todd Lawson, architect for Herkimer Coffee, sent over some info about the gorgeous espresso machines Synesso makes right here in Seattle. A chat with the barista over at Herkimer confirmed that they are the Cadillac of espresso machines and function as good as they look. With the Synesso machines each espresso head can be individually controlled for temperature and time – much better for those ristretto pulls. The mechanics of Synesso machines are manual – leaving the quality of the espresso in the hands of your trusted barista.

Synesso Espresso Machine

Synesso Assembly Line
[Photos by Synesso]

Lego Ice-Cube trays
Ours are already in the mail and we’ll let you know how that gin & tonic tastes over an icy cold stack of Lego bricks. Get yours here.

Lego Ice Cube Trays
[Photo by LEGO]