Central Chinese Television Building

Street Art // Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Located in Beijing, China, the CCTV Headquarters is a remarkable project designed by architect Rem Koolhaas.  With a fire nearly burning down a neighboring building and a Chinese critic publishing an article stating the building was modeled after a pornographic image of a naked women on her hands and knees, it’s surprising the building reached completion.

Before I Die Project

Street Art // Wednesday, July 13, 2011
New Orleans resident, Candy Chang, has created a community project, utilizing a dilapidated old building as a canvas for individuals to express themselves.  As Architecture News states, “The seed of the project was planted several years ago when Chang was living and working in Helsinki as a design researcher and suffered numerous personal tragedies including the loss of close friends. A number of her friends faced similar hardships, causing Chang to view her future in a very different way.”  Chang quit her job, moved to New Orleans, co-founded a civic design studio called Civic Center, and started to engage with public space again.

Balancing Barn

Street Art // Tuesday, July 12, 2011
For $1000 a night, you can stay in a dangling, 100-foot-long Balancing Barn off the Suffolk Coast in England.  Designed by the Dutch firm MVRDV, the barn’s highlight is the single rope swing hanging from the edge of the structure for children or adult recreation.  


Street Art // Friday, July 08, 2011
Located in Vienna, Austria, Flederhaus is open space project where anyone can come and relax in a multistory, hammock heaven. Wonderful concept for use of public space

Merida Factory Youth Movement

Street Art // Thursday, July 07, 2011
Built by architectural firm Selgas Cano in Merida Spain, Merida Factory Youth Movement, is an all-encompassing fun zone for kids and young adults.  Completed this year, the project includes a skatepark, concert hall, rock climbing, theatre, ballroom, and even broadband Internet.  The entire building is covered under a large thermal canopy, allowing use in all weather conditions.  Open to anyone and beautifully designed.

Jaume Plensa Sculptures

Street Art // Tuesday, July 05, 2011
  Renowned Spanish artist, Jaume Plensa, recently completed the following series of sculptures and drawings at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield, England.  The artist’s work encourages viewers to explore the art in a tactile and sensorial manner.  Plensa is currently exhibiting a sculpture titled “Echo” in Madison Square Park in New York.  In a recent park visit, I was mesmerized by the pieces powerful shapes and demanding attention.  Be sure to visit the sculpture in New York before it comes down in August.


Street Art // Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Located in Tepoztlán, Mexico, TuboHotel is an affordable solution for travelers visiting or passing through.   Completed in 2010 by T3arc, the hotel consists of 20 rooms constructed from recycled concrete pipes and a beautiful surrounding natural environment.

Hexigloo Pavilion

Street Art // Friday, July 01, 2011
Hexigloo is a pavilion based on the cellular structure of a honeycomb applied to an igloo surface typology.  Located in Bucharest, Romania, the pavilion was the result of a seven day workshop involving Fifty-five students.

Mountain Dwelling

Street Art // Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Known as Mountain Dwelling, this impressive apartment building is located in Copenhagen, Denmark and was design by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group + JDS Architects.  As the architect states, “The north and west facades are covered by perforated aluminum plates, which let in air and light to the parking area, and the perforations in the facade form a huge reproduction of Mount Everest...

Panyan School

Street Art // Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Panyan School, in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is a privately owned bilingual school that aims to deliver a holistic education integrating Buddhist principles and green awareness.  Designed by the architectural company 24H, the entire school was built from local earth and local bamboo that has been naturally treated to withstand the elements.


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