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Posts tagged as 'alternative architecture'

The LEGO Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum NY

The LEGO Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum NY

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announced that The LEGO Group is now the exclusive licensed manufacturer of Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® LEGO Architecture sets. The line currently consists of six buildings – now including two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous and recognizable buildings, the ‘Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum NY’ and ‘Fallingwater’.
With models developed in collaboration with architects, LEGO Architecture works to inspire future architects, engineers and designers as well as architecture fans around the world with the LEGO brick as a medium. Builders of all ages can now collect and construct their favorite worldwide architectural sites through these artistic replicas.
Both exclusive Frank Lloyd Wright LEGO Architecture sets contain booklets that feature traditional building instructions along with exclusive archival historical material and photographs of each iconic building.

The Original Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum NY

The Original Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum NY

“By organic architecture, I mean an architecture that develops from within outward in harmony with the conditions of its being, as distinguished from one that is applied from without.” – Frank Lloyd Wright Collected Writings Volume 1, p.127

The LEGO Fallingwater

The LEGO Fallingwater

Doug Volker of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
According to Director of Licensing and Product Development, Doug Volker, “The LEGO product was one that the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation had considered pursuing for several years. It was the vision, passion and creative desire of Adam Reed Tucker to capture the essence of Mr. Wright’s most famous buildings using the medium of the LEGO brick that brought this partnership into being. The LEGO Group is known for its creative approach to brick models and now, with its Architecture Series, it will reach even further, to individuals of all ages.”

The original Fallingwater

The original Fallingwater

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'Portraits from Above'

'Portraits from Above'

In South America the slums are attached to the outskirts of mega-cities such as Caracas and Mexico City like wasps’ nests on a cliff face. In a hilly island city like Hong Kong, however, living space is limited. Here you only see the laboriously constructed huts made of corrugated iron and planks of wood in which the poorest of the poor live if you look upwards – they occupy, to put it in cynical terms, a penthouse location.

An exhibition of Rufina Wu and Stefan Canham

An exhibition of Rufina Wu and Stefan Canham

Some of these rooftop shacks, which in the year 2006 after the government’s first slum clearance programme still housed 3962 people in 1554 households, are up to three storeys high. Improvised structures made of ladders and bits of furniture create connections between the individual parts of the buildings and join these impoverished dwellings into complete rooftop settlements – sociologists even talk of a “self-organising niche architecture” and point to the utopian aspects of this urban way of life.

3962 persons in 1554 households

3962 persons in 1554 households, detailed sketches and photos by Rufina Wu and Stefan Canham

Over a period of months the Canadian architect Rufina Wu and Hamburg photographer Stefan Canham created a record of the rooftop slums of Hong Kong in photos and detailed sketches. Their work is displayed at an exhibition in Hamburg’s Kunsthaus.

to the Kunsthaus Hamburg website

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