Monthly Archives: May 2014

Downtown Sydney Transformed by Light

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Starting tonight through June 9th, the city of Sydney is hosting an annual exhibition of light and music called Vivid Sydney. Dozens of light sculptures and projections will be viewable throughout the downtown area as well as in the Sydney Harbor in an event that is completely free to the public.

Click HERE to see all the images

Image courtesy of: Christopher Jobson

Written By: Christopher Jobson

Source: Colossal

Next Leap in Mobility

AUDI urban future award 2014 science slam

AUDI urban future award 2014 science slam

‘The Next Leap in Mobility’ is the motto of the 2014 AUDI urban future award. This year, the initiative invited four international multidisciplinary teams composed of ethnographers, IT specialists, product designers, urban planners, natural scientists, sociologists, etc. – from Berlin, Boston, Mexico City and Seoul –to research and develop schemes responding to problems related to transportation in cities. The four proposals were first presented in Berlin in April. Though distinct in their own rights, reacting to four diverse parts of the world, they all express one underlying commonality: to improve mobility in large, densely developed areas and enhance residents’ quality of life.

Click HERE to read full article with videos and images

Image courtesy of AUDI urban future award

Written By: Andrea Chin

Source: Designboom

9/11 Memorial Pavilion by Snohetta Opens at Ground Zero

National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion

National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion

At the world trade center site in New York, the city’s ‘National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion‘ opens to the public as the only built structure on the plaza. In 2004 international architecture office Snøhetta was commissioned to undertake the project which forms a cultural facility dedicated to the comfort and orientation of ground zero’s many visitors.

The ‘National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion’ is inaugurated by President Obama on May 15, 2014 before opening to the public a week later on May 21.

Click HERE to read full article with images

Image courtesy of Snøhetta

Written By: Philip Stevens

Source: Designboom

Top 10 Green Buildings in USA

View of Main Entrance from Kent Avenue (NYC skyline in background)

View of Main Entrance from Kent Avenue (NYC skyline in background)

The first phase of the transformation of the Greenpoint–Williamsburg waterfront from a decaying industrial strip to a multifaceted public park, this project features a program of playfields, public meeting rooms, classrooms and park maintenance facilities. Below the green roof is a complex of building systems – ground source heat pump wells, rainwater harvest and storage, and drip irrigation.

Click HERE to see slide show of top 10 buildings

Image courtesy of Paul Warchol

Source: Hindustantimes

3D Printing Pen Doodles in Mid-Air

similar to 3D printers, the LIX quickly melts and cools colored plastic

similar to 3D printers, the LIX quickly melts and cools colored plastic

London-based LIX has created the smallest 3D printing pen in the world. The device enables users to doodle in the air; you can make anything in just a few seconds, including calligraphy, accessories and one-off prototypes. Functioning similarly to 3D printers, the LIX quickly melts and cools colored plastic, which enables the pen to create rigid and freestanding structures on demand. Milled from aluminum, it measures 164mm x 14mm (approx 6.5″ x .5″), and includes a power cable that plugs into any traditional USB port for charging.

Click HERE to read the full article and see Demo Video

Written By: Rodrigo Caula

Image courtesy of LIX

Source: Designboom

AWA Project Update – AIA lists Bushwick Inlet Park in the Top Ten Sustainable

AWA is pleased to share that the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) has named Bushwick Inlet Park amongst the Top Ten Sustainable Projects in the United States for 2014.

Congratulations to the entire team lead by Kiss + Cathcart Architects.

Please see the images below of the project at night.

PROJECT TEAM:
Client:    NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
Architect:    Kiss + Cathcart Architects
Lighting Consultant:    AWA Lighting Designers
Local Team:    Starr Whitehouse Landscape ArchitectsRobert Silman AssociatesLangan Engineering
Photographer:    Paul Warchol

Select Recent Press Coverage:
America Institute of Architects:    AIA Press Release
Architect Magazine:    Bushwick Inlet Park
ArchDaily:    AIA Names Top 10 Most Sustainable Projects in U.S.
Architectural Digest:    The Top Ten Green Buildings of 2014
ECO Building Pulse:    The 2014 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects

View of Main Entrance from Kent Avenue (NYC skyline in background)

View of Main Entrance from Kent Avenue (NYC skyline in background)

Architectural Volumes Augmented by Light- LED lighting integrated into a double curve handrail

Architectural Volumes Augmented by Light- LED lighting integrated into a double curve handrail

Rhythm and Wayfinding- Steplights located in a staggered rhythm visible from over the East River in Manhattan

Rhythm and Wayfinding- Steplights located in a staggered rhythm visible from over the East River in Manhattan

Fins on South Facade- Lit with narrow beam LED downlights cast in concrete

Fins on South Facade- Lit with narrow beam LED downlights cast in concrete