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8 Examples of Caged Architecture


Tori Tori Restaurant Mexico City, Mexico


Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, London, U.K.

In most contexts, a cage represents imprisonment or an otherwise undesirable restriction of one’s freedom. However, within the realm of architectural design, cages themselves can be freed from the negative connotation of containment: well-designed instances can dramatically enhance the structure or space they contain, framing views, creating visual dynamism, and filtering light to fantastic effect inside and out.
Wrapped in mesh, latticework, timber weaves, or slender piping, here are eight examples — including a 2015 A+Awards Special Achievement Honoree — that show how being caged is not always a bad thing.

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Enter the Mesmerizing World of Rainbow Coloured Maps with “Crayon the Grids”

New York City. Image Courtesy of Stephen Von Worley

New York City. Image Courtesy of Stephen Von Worley

A new series of maps by California-based artist-scientist Stephen Von Worley give colour coding an entirely new meaning. With his latest algorithm-generated project, “Crayon the Grids,” Von Worley has taken maps of ten major metropolitan areas and coloured them based on geographical orientation of the urban grid. Each street is assigned a colour specific to its orientation, varying in hue and weight depending on its cardinal direction and length. The result is a dizzying technicolor of urban planning, creating completely new demarcations for some of the world’s most recognizable cities.

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Image Courtesy of: Stephen Von Worley

Article Written by: Finn MacLeod

Source: ArchDaily

Mayor of London Unveils Three Visions for the Future of Heathrow

Romance of the Sky proposal by Hawkins\Brown

Romance of the Sky proposal by Hawkins\Brown

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has unveiled three proposals to redevelop Heathrow Airport into ‘Heathrow City,’ a new town occupying the site that according to one study “could provide 90,000 jobs and 80,000 homes” in West London. Developed in parallel with Foster + Partners’ proposal to create a new airport in the Thames Estuary, the three possible designs are part of a plan that Johnson believes will not only improve the capital’s aviation capacity, but also the quality of living in the area around the existing Heathrow Airport.

The three proposals, by Rick Mather Architects, Hawkins\Brown and Maccreanor Lavington, all take very different approaches to the brief, which was to create a mixed use residential and commuter town, with a focus on education and technology industries.

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Written By: Rory Stott

Image Courtesy of: Factory Fifteen

Source: ArchDaily

Tracking the Digital Revolution, From Pong to ‘Gravity’

Apostolos Despotidis

Apostolos Despotidis

Nolan Bushnell had only recently graduated in electrical engineering from the University of Utah when he came up with the idea for a computer game that batted a table-tennis ball across a screen.

That game, Pong, proved so successful that it helped to popularize computer games during the 1970s. So influential has it become, that Pong was chosen as the starting point for “Digital Revolution,” an exhibition that recently opened at the Barbican Center in London. The show explores the evolution of digital media, from Pong’s debut in 1972 to recent experiments by designers, artists, musicians, computer coders and filmmakers with augmented reality, artificial intelligence, robotics and other technologies.

As well as tracing the history of digital media — including the development of early home computers, digital artworks and websites — “Digital Revolution” examines the technology’s influence on movies, fashion, music, gaming, communication and architecture. “I don’t think an exhibition has brought all of these digital forms together before,” said Conrad Bodman, the show’s curator. “We want to show the astonishing breadth of digital creativity, and the connectivity between different forms.”

The Barbican exhibition coincides with a surge of interest in digital media among cultural institutions worldwide. The Museum of Modern Art in New York recently acquired the first digital typefaces and the first downloadable app, Björk’s “Biophilia,” for its collection. The Victoria & Albert Museum in London is expanding the digital component of its collection too; and the New Museum in New York is set to open a dedicated space in September for its recently established Incubator for Art, Design and Technology.

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Written By: Alice Rawsthorn

Image Courtesy of: Theodore and Stephen Spyropoulos

Source: New York Times

2014 Serpentine Pavilion by Smiljan Radic Opens in London

2014 Serpentine Pavilion by Smiljan Radic

2014 Serpentine Pavilion by Smiljan Radic

The fourteenth Serpentine Pavilion has opened in London’s Hyde park, designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radić. The temporary building occupies a 514 square meter footprint, positioned outside the entrance of the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens. The semi-translucent, cylindrical structure is perched on large quarry stones, envisioned as a flexible and multi-purpose social space that also houses a public café.

The Serpentine Pavilion is open to the public between Thursday, 26th June 2014, and Sunday, 19th October 2014.

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Written By: Philip Stevens

Image Courtesy of: Iwan Baan

Source: DesignBoom

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.

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Written By: Rodrigo Caula

Image courtesy of LIX

Source: Designboom

Vana: A Nature-Inspired Structure that Grows Like a Tree

From the architect. Orproject, a London-based architecture practice, completed a room-sized, nature-inspired canopy titled, ‘Vana,’ for the India Design Forum exhibited in The Brick House in New Delhi.

From the Architect: “Orproject developed a series of algorithms that digitally generate open and closed venation patterns, which can be used to simulate the growth of topiaries. The systems consist of a set of seed points that grow and branch towards target points in order to maximize exposure to light for each leaf. The resulting geometries fulfill these requirements and provide a suitable structural and circulatory system for the plant.”

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Source: ArchDaily

United Visual Artists Illuminates the Barbican with Momentum

London’s barbican center has commissioned british art and design studio, united visual artists (UVA) to take part in ‘curve art’, a program launched in 2006 to artistically occupy the rounded space behind the cultural institution’s concert hall. In response, the creative team has produced ‘momentum’. The multi-sensory installation immerses the observer in light and sound, turning the corridor into a musical instrument, to which pendulums dance above. as they move, the space is transformed with patterns of light that vary from simple stripes to platonic geometric and floral forms. They play of illuminated areas and shadow creates an ever-evolving atmosphere through which, visitors are invited to linger, taking their time, moving at their own desired pace to the beat of the music.

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Written by: Attila Nagy

Source: Designboom

Hadrian’s Wall to become a huge interactive light installation

The Connecting Light piece, part of the London 2012 Festival, has been created by New York based digital collective YesYesNo, which worked with artist and programmer Zachary Lieberman.
The work will see pulses of light sent along the length of 73 miles of Hadrian’s Wall from Segedunum Roman Fort at Wallsend, to Bowness-On-Solway on the west Cumbrian coast.

Written by: Tom Banks

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Images from the Edinburgh Festival 2012’s installation Speed of Light

This August Edinburgh’s Arthur’s Seat is the stage for a remarkable fusion of public art and sporting endeavour. The iconic mountain is brought to life in a mass choreographed act of walking and endurance running, as part of Edinburgh International Festival and London 2012 Festival.
A mesmerising visual display unfolds each night on the ascent to the summit as hundreds of runners wearing specially designed light suits take to the intricate path networks below. As a member of the walking audience you become part of the work, carrying portable light sources set against the dark features of the hill.

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Source: London 2012 Festival