June 29, 2011

UNESCO does not consider candidacy works of Le Corbusier as world heritage

Translated and reposted from Platforma Arquitectura

The 19 architectural works of Le Corbusier who aspired to become World Heritage Site for its "outstanding contribution to the modern movement", today failed to convince the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO, sources told Reuters the organization.

The committee found that only three buildings in the series had effectively "outstanding universal value" in the light of the documentation provided, and he invited to France, where all of them, only to make an application, inform the promoters of the application.
Nôtre-Dame-du-Haut de Ronchamp © Cara Hyde-Basso
Villa Savoye © Flavio Bragaia

This time France led the petition with twelve pieces, while Argentina, Belgium, Germany and Japan each contributed to a creation of the Franco-Swiss architect, and Switzerland contributed three buildings.

The nineteen monuments of Le Corbusier (1887-1965) included in this selection are in eighteen cities. The iconic Villa Savoye near Paris, the chapel of Notre-Dame du Haut at Ronchamp , in eastern France and the house of Dr. Curutchet in the town of La Plata, Argentina, are among them.

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House of the Week 116: R House

The 1,850 ft2, two-story, single-family 3 bedroom residence located on a 4000 ft2 site in the trendy Venice Walk area, is designed as the home of Yasi Vafai and Robert Thibodeau, principals of duArchitects.
The open plan layout is efficient and features indoor/outdoor living and a palette of natural materials and the design is a nod to West Coast Modernism of Southern California.

June 28, 2011

Installation ::: Aerial Sculptures by Janet Echelman

The aerial sculptural installations designed by artist Janet Echelman employs the use of fishing nets and was inspired by learned tricks from local fisherman in India. The artist has produced and been commissioned to create public art sculptures in North America and Europe. More here

June 25, 2011

INSITU - teaser


The teaser of the interactive film 'IN SITU' by Antoine Viviani. An interactive film about artistic interventions in public spaces in Europe.

June 24, 2011

Environmental architecture takes off

Environmental architecture takes off; Andrew Maynard is regarded as one of the nation's most eco-friendly architects and says Australia is ripe for his designs.

Dialogues in Space

The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to invite the public to Dialogues in Space, a series of performances as part of its open house to be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday June 25, 2011. For more

blog wunderlust : 27 June 2011

We cover the universe with drawings we have lived
Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space, 1958

what is architecture? | The Wing House is Complete | Mistake by the Lake: Follies Photographed | 9 Cooling Rooftop Gardens and futuristic rooftop living| 25 yrs of Sandcastles | Artist Ai Weiwei released on bail | historic ship converted into floating clinic | Goodbye MHT | the architect's studio | RIBA 2011 winners slideshow | Mapping New York's Solar Potential | Underwater treasure | Pink Swan Project

last word: please check out Open Source Ecology, learn how to make 50 different industrial machinery

June 23, 2011

The Tree of Life

From Terrence Malick, the acclaimed director of such classic films as Badlands, Days of Heaven, and The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950's. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Through Malick's signature imagery, we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life.

The luminously shot epic defied convention by underscoring the film's environment rather than its characters to evoke sentiment with the architecture playing a gargantuan role within the film. The Tree of Life is now playing in theaters.

June 21, 2011

Interiors : Omonia Bakery

Designed by Antonio Di Oronzo, principal of architects bluarch, the Omonia Bakery features a see-through tempered glass kitchen that exhibits the inter workings of the bakery to the public. The 1,000 ft2 interior is finished clad small chocolate brown Bisazza tiles and an array of tubular incandescent light bulbs and red cedar spheres

June 20, 2011

blog wunderlust : 20 June 2011

To restore a building is not to repair it, not to do maintenance or to rebuild, it is to re-estabilish it in an ultimate state that never existed before
Eugene Viollet-le-Duc

Bjarke Ingels's BIG Ambitions | Household Air Conditioning Unit Doubles as Water Heater | Seattle architects have the blueprint for hot new restaurants | Public Park Opens In Montego Bay | 21 bank branches vs. 21 architecture students | London 2012: The flatpack Olympics | AJ Writing Prize: Alan Berman on what makes good architectural writing | Architect Dies in Fall from West Village Loft | I live in a Holl

last word: Solving the Real Estate Crisis with Parks

June 15, 2011

landscape ::: SITIO

SITIO is a site-specific art project designed by Santiago Borja to sit alongside the famed modernist Villa Savoye in Poissy, France. SITIO plays with the argument developed by Adolf Max Vogt in his book Le Corbusier, The Noble Savage (2003), that traces the use of pilotis to childhood memories coloured by imagination and fantasy, rather than the logic often associated with Le Corbusier. More about the project and artist here

In other landscape news a new Public Park Opens In Montego Bay

June 13, 2011

blog wunderlust : 13 June 2011

If architects just manipulate form, they will become completely irrelevant
Thomas Fisher

Wartime Architects: Creating amid chaos | A Dreamscape of Bamboo and Bridges | Heritage Is Green: Lessons From The Architectural Conservancy | paper cities | In NYC, A Grand Opening for High Line Phase II | Do you want size with that? | Control of iconic sculpture Spiral Jetty in dispute | Squatter Nation: 5 years with no mortgage payment | GOATstudio wants to save Phillis Wheatley Elementary (previously) | 1 Man + 30 Years + 20,000 ft2

last word: The best houses of all time in L.A.

June 10, 2011

Paul Revere Williams - A Legend in Architecture

Documentary highlighting the life of Paul Revere Williams, the first certified licensed African American architect west of the Mississippi and "Architect to the Stars."

Libraries Across Africa

June 9, 2011

on the boards: residences Seminyak, Bali

10 private villas located in Seminyak, Bali designed by architect Putu Edy Semara. The design features light-filled spaces, private timber supported verandahs to be complimented with lush landscapes. The tropically designed villas combine traditional indigenous features like tetaring, the temporary bamboo structure used for festive events re-conceived to become lofts.

on the boards: Chole 4

Designed by Mumbai based architects SPASM Design, Chole 4 is a 12 unit cluster of 3 bedroom apartments located on a constrained site. Programmatically the apartments are broken into two blocks, one containing single level units the other dual level; the void between the blocks are bridged on alternate floors to create shaded decks for communal activities.

June 8, 2011

house of the week 115: House on Kona

This house on the island of Kona, Hawaii by Webster Wilson architects mirrors the local custom of heavy basalt masonry walls with floating roofs. The modern interpretation is produced with black-pigmented concrete walls base and the use of a lush vegetated outdoor area covered by a timber canopy that lends way to the open floor plan and expansive use of glass.

June 3, 2011

Hidden Gems of LA

L.A. is a city so full of global hotspots and sought-after tourist attractions that sometimes the more discreet treasures go unnoticed. We put on our boots with Odette Annable and explored the overlooked Watts Towers, visited the Brewery Artist Complex, and took in the view from the rooftop of the historic Rosslyn Hotel, before visiting a 14-acre Frank Lloyd Wright property in Malibu to unearth the hidden gems of L.A

DIY streets & neighbourhoods

Clapton Terrace DIY street project, London’s Do-It-Yourself Approach to Safer Streets

blog wunderlust : 3 June 2011

There was a time when I thought I could be an architect, where I expected to be more creative than I turned out, so I had to go into politics instead.
Barrack Obama

The Future of Green Architecture: A Live-In Power Plant | Paper Architecture, Emerging Urbanism | The fragmentation of urban exploration | AIA's 2011 Small Project Awards | Photo Gallery: Creative Uses for Frustating Potholes | Can Architects Fix The Suburbs? Designers Visit Long Island To Find Out | Building Beauty | US President touts Chicago architecture in Pritzker Architecture speech
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