The New Must-Have for Luxury Buildings: Graffiti by Elizabeth Greenspan
Graffiti is used to sell lots of things, of course. In the nineties, Nike and Coca-Cola began hiring well-known graffiti artists to paint large-scale murals and to help design advertising campaigns targeted at young people. Other industries—fashion, vodka, fast food—followed. But the real-estate industry’s use of graffiti is different; after all, taggers don’t vandalize sneakers. Historically, property owners and developers have tended to consider graffiti a sign of decay that lowers property values. But that was before people started finding grittiness really cool.
A series by Daniel Kukla involving the interior environments for animals at 12 different zoos across the U.S and Europe.
Urban Jungle Street View is a google street view hack that turns any place into a tropical environment.
The Ace Hotel is taking their upscale flophouse vibe to the next level after paying $30 million for The Salvation Army Chinatown Shelter, which sits right next to the Bowery Mission.
The Riverlands Avian Observatory was designed by Cobalt Office in collaboration with the Audubon Society, the US Army Corps of Engineer, and select students from the Sam Fox School of Design at Washington University in St. Louis. Designed to camouflage visitors to the observatory and not the structure itself, the Riverlands Avian Observatory features a rippling facade of brown and black aluminum, with strategically placed window slits that hide birdwatchers in the shadows.
Fiat’s old Lingotto auto factory in Turin, Italy was a real bottom-to-top operation. Raw materials were delivered on the ground floor and after going through many levels of manufacturing, finished automobiles exited onto the rooftop test track for a drive.
The Heart of Hale County by Rob Walker
For 20 years, young design idealists have descended on this sad and gorgeous place with the best intentions. What have they wrought?
SeaOrbiter is a futuristic, semi-submersible aquatic research vessel designed by “sea architect” Jacques Rougerie. With construction set to begin this spring, the SeaOrbiter will feature 12 separate decks, containing a mixture of pressurized and un-pressurized labs and living quarters. With a goal to be actively exploring 24/7, the crew of 18 will definitely be living with the currents in this, the first “nomadic international oceanic station.”
Frank Gehry has been chosen to design a 300-unit residential building in Berlin that will become the city’s tallest skyscraper. Rising to nearly 500ft, the twisting stone tower looks as if Gehry had chopped up his original model for New York’s Beekman Tower into four parts, thrown out the top piece, and glued the rest back together with his left hand. That being said, it still looks nice.
For his site-specific installation, “Miner on the Moon,” artist Alex Chinneck turned a London building upside down. “I’m conscious that when a person walks through the doors of an art gallery they do so through choice, but people do not make that choice when presented with public sculpture,” Alex says. “I wanted to create an artwork therefore that offered spectacle but was simultaneously subtle and by using the material and architectural language of the district the artwork has the ability to disappear into its environment without dominating it.”
Hudson Woods is a dreamy green development taking form in the Hudson River Valley. Consisting of 26 beautifully curated parcels of land on 131 acres, the community’s design-driven homes are architected from locally-sourced materials with a forester deciding optimal placement in nature for each residence, making homeownership a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Available lots begin at $665k, so maybe we’ll be neighbors once I get my “creative escape” money up.
How to build an igloo in 5 steps
1. Find somewhere snowy
2. Make snow bricks out of a mold (rectangular plastic container)
3. Draw a big circle and build the igloo body
4. Cap it off with a single block
5. Cut out the door
Crawl in and enjoy!
Detailed explanation at the Modern Farmer