David Barragan and Jose Maria Saez call their Pentimento House "an architecture to be naked to connect with its surroundings." Built using a new, Lego-like modular prefab system the two architects developed, the Quito, Ecuador, project is featured in our December/January 2013 issue on newsstands November 27. Here, we share a slideshow of the house under construction and a sneak peek of the finished product.
From now until February 15, SPUR in San Francisco is holding a rather interesting exhibition on the charts, diagrams, and visualizations that have changed the face of urban planning. From Ebenezer Howard's drawings of a garden city to an alarming graph showing our planet's rising temperature, Grand Reductions: Ten Diagrams That Changed City Planning takes a look at the images that have shaped our urban landscape. Equal parts art, design, and inspiring calls to action, the diagrams on view each offer a vision not just of where our thinking about cities has been, but how we might continue to mold them in the future. To read more, check out Benjamin Grant's fascinating essay on the subject in SPUR's publication the Urbanist.
What do you get when you take a French designer and a British real estate guru and give them a piece of land in a booming residential pocket of Manila, the Philippines? A glassy, 56-story residential tower named after a waterfall. French designer Philippe Starck teamed up with the British developer John Hitchcox to build the fifth of six residential buildings to rise in the Hitchcox's massive, 250,000-square-foot Mandaluyong city project. Called the Acqua Private Residences, each building is named after an iconic waterfall from somewhere in the world: Niagara, Sutherland, Dettifoss, Livingstone, and the newest project, Acqua Iguazu. These luxury developments are among the first in Southeast Asia and have attracted both local buyers and foreign investors from elsewhere in Asia, the Middle East, the United States, and Europe. The development looks down on the Pasig river and is situated between Mandaluyong, a commercial city known for its shopping malls, and Makati, the business district of Manila.
On Wednesday night the Museum of Arts and Design hosted a discussion on the cross section of home design and sustainability with a cast of characters including SHFT.com co-founders, actor/filmmaker Adrian Grenier and producer Peter Glatzer; designer Danny Seo; NY Metro Chapter President of the American Society Of Interior Designers, Jacqueline Hosford; VP of Project Sales at Grohe, Tom Santer; SVP marketing of LG Electronics USA, James Fishler; and designer Thom Filicia. The panel, sponsored by LG, was an opportunity for designers, environmentalists, and manufacturers to discuss how these industries are converging in the realm of design.
Greenbuild is charging full steam ahead at the Moscone Center in Dwell's home town of San Francisco. From November 11–16, an estimated 35,000 people will trawl the show floors, seeking the newest products and technologies for sustainable construction—everything from energy monitoring devices to insulation to cladding. We took a spin through the show and picked our favorite design finds.
The new app Lightt puts a spin on sharing your life moments. By capturing short video clips and highlights, it mixes short video clips into highlight reels. The beauty of Lightt is its creative potential. Rather than being limited to a single frame, users are able to capture that single frame through multiple angles, providing an artistic sharing and viewing experience.
A night out at the local library, especially for a Friends of the Library talk, never sounded so good as when James Fox took over in Somerville, Massachusetts. Fox, now head of Friends of the Somerville Public Library has initiated a kind of designer-maker lecture series called "Talk Design" that's attracting, as he puts it, "a non-traditional audience" to come, hang out, and connect with designers, graphic designers, illustrators, and the rest of Somerville's artsy crowd. What's more, each lecture has a local food sponsor, giving the whole affair something of a party feel. We talked to Fox about getting the design crowd into the public library, and what's next for his Talk Design series.
In our October Modern Across America issue, we previewed the Hamptons' Parrish Art Museum, designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron with interiors by Konstantin Grcic. Last week, we had the chance to see the building in person, right before it opened to the public on Saturday, November 10. When driving up the Montauk Highway on the eastern end of Long Island, it’s unclear if you are approaching an art museum or a farm. That is the subtle beauty of Parrish's new home, a space where industry meets the pastoral.
On November 1st, Phaidon debuted 20th Century World Architecture: The Phaidon Atlas. It's a huge book with some 750 works of last century's architecture that range from homes to civic structures to tall towers, from Morocco to New Zealand to Puerto Rico. The usual suspects are out in force—Corbu, Mies, Frank Lloyd Wright—but they're joined by undersung regional architects and a healthy dollop of contemporary designers working at century's end. We had a chat with Phaidon's editorial director Emilia Perragni about how the tome came together, why it's organized like an atlas, and why it's so monstrously huge.