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Mon 16.12.

The Atomium: Cultural and contemporary

Posted by Walter Phillips on 16.12.2013 - Tagged as: ,

Atomium, Brussels; photo Alexandre Laurent

Atomium, Brussels; photo Alexandre Laurent

Icon of the Brussels skyline, sculptural or architectural curiosity, the Atomium is increasingly regarded as not just a symbolic landmark and tourist attraction, but also as a cultural centre in the north of Brussels. Interview with Arnaud Bozzini, the head of exhibitions. (by Catherine Édouard)

 

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Multifunctional, auditorium-style steps in New York’s co-working space Neuehouse, designed by Rockwell Group, are used for meetings, lectures and concerts; photo Eric Laignel

Multifunctional, auditorium-style steps in New York’s co-working space Neuehouse, designed by Rockwell Group, are used for meetings, lectures and concerts; photo Eric Laignel

Staircases are overdetermined things. A highly functional element in the internal circulation of a building, they are also laden with cultural and psychological symbolism. We may live in the age of the lift and escalator, but this hasn’t stopped architects using the staircase as a means of adding value to spaces, be it through their aesthetic or engineering virtuosity. It’s not the destination that counts but the getting there. (by Dominic Lutyens)

 

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Preview: Anton Alvarez Solo Exhibition at Gallery Libby Sellers, photo: Gustav Almestål

Preview: Anton Alvarez Solo Exhibition at Gallery Libby Sellers, photo: Gustav Almestål

Swedish-Chilean artist/ designer Anton Alvarez’s Thread Wrapping Machine creates objects by binding the different components that go into making an object (legs, seat, back rest, etc.) together with thousands of meters of glue-coated thread. For an upcoming exhibition at Gallery Libby Sellers, Alvarez is investigating alternative possibilities with the machine.

 

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Thu 12.12.

365 Sledges Christmas Tree by Hello Wood (HU)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 12.12.2013 - Tagged as: ,

365 Sledges Christmas Tree by Hello Wood, photo: Daniel Domolky

365 Sledges Christmas Tree by Hello Wood, photo: Daniel Domolky

Hungarian designers Hello Wood have built an 11-meter Christmas tree made of 365 sledges in front of the Palace of Arts at the riverbank of the Danube in Budapest.

 

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‘The Staircase. The Architecture of Ascent’ (2013) from Thames & Hudson Publishers

‘The Staircase. The Architecture of Ascent’ (2013) from Thames & Hudson Publishers

Thanks to our friends at Thames & Hudson Publishers, we’re giving away three copies of ‘The Staircase’. This extraordinary book showcases the astonishing diversity of staircases over the centuries and from all over the world, from the stepped pyramids of the Maya to the computer-aided designs of today.

 

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Vaulted Cork Pavillion by Pedro de Azambuja Varela, Maria João de Oliveira and Emmanuel Novo, photo: Joao Morgado – Architecture Photography

Vaulted Cork Pavillion by Pedro de Azambuja Varela, Maria João de Oliveira and Emmanuel Novo, photo: Joao Morgado – Architecture Photography

To demonstrate cork building materials made by Amorim Isolamento, Pedro de Azambuja Varela, Maria João de Oliveira and Emmanuel Novo created a vaulted cork pavilion for Concreta 2013 (a biennial building fair held at Exponor, Porto) while studying in the Digital Architecture Advanced Studies Course at CEAAD.

 

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'Magnet Magic' chandelier by Bower Studios

‘Magnet Magic’ chandelier by Bower Studios

Bower Studios’ ‘Magnet Magic’ chandelier stands out for its unique composition and structure; 16 suspended lights, eight above and eight below an octagonal wheel at its center – all held in place with magnetism.

 

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‘The Modern Magazine:Visual Journalism in the Digital Era’ (2013) from Laurence King Publishing

‘The Modern Magazine:Visual Journalism in the Digital Era’ (2013) from Laurence King Publishing

Thanks to our friends at Laurence King Publishing, we’re giving away three copies of ‘The Modern Magazine’. This beautiful and richly illustrated book features the best in current editorial design. The volume explores the issues facing the industry – in particular the way magazines have adapted to respond to digital media.

 

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