Phoenix couple Thomas and Laura Hyland bought the award winning Dialogue house in 2010. Working with the homes original architect, they restored the home to its former glory. With the renovations, the couple paid special attention to the surrounding desert landscape by maintaining the rocky landscape and native vegetation.
This low cost and portable kit is a great way to activate under programed public spaces. Constructed from a lightweight material, the pack fits into a bike trailer, can be unpacked in 10 minutes and contains a high top table, benches, side tables, stools, games, and planters.
Designer Yinka Ilori has turned to simple dining chairs as canvas for telling his personal story. He finds old and abused chairs and up cycles them using Dutch Wax batik–print fabrics that are closely associated with his Nigerian heritage. The traditional patterns are a part of his personal narrative of being British and Nigerian and it resonates with other people of similar backgrounds.
Located in the heart of Budapest, Hungary, Coffice is a collaborative initiative that brings together three distinct uses in an airy modern space. Part coffee shop, office, and bar, the open concept allows for a seamless transition between uses as the day progresses. By providing a series of open as well as closed areas, Coffice is able to fit the need of every type of person coming to it.
This small pool area was transformed by Austrian Landscape Architecture firm Heri & Salli. The existing rectangular pool lacked appeal and connection with the surrounding garden. By introducing a series of undulating metal panels that seamlessly connect the horizontal and vertical planes, the garden and pool area of the home are to sure to be a statement piece for the homeowners for generations to come.
With land so scare in the urban core, and free food not allowed to be grown on public land, a collective of designers and artists have come up with a solution. A repurposed barge allows enough space to grow a series of crops that can be open to everyone, as well as having the ability to be mobile.
A LEED platinum project, this 88 unit apartment complex in San Francisco is sure to be the envy of its neighbors. Built to accommodate the influx of young tech workers and families moving into the urban core, the design maximizes outdoor entertaining spaces with terraces and a roof deck with eye catching color and form.
The French and American studio of Marc Fornes has created its first permanent installation in the United States. Located at the gateway of a century old park in San Antonio, the sculpture is made up of 1,009 perforated aluminum shingles fastened together by 19,429 rivets. The digitally designed installation serves as a prime example of exploratory structural design to create iconic public spaces.
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Hector Perez, a Woodbury University professor, rallied together a team of architects to design a small urban infill project in the historic Barrio Logan neighborhood of San Diego. The development was supposed to be a series of nine infill projects, but was unable to complete them due to the economic downturn. However, the first lot was developed into a double-height, mixed-use building of Perez’s design, where, in less than 4,000 square feet, he has created eight live-work units, each with a private outdoor space.
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This weekend kicked off the first installment of the famous art and music festival in Coachella Valley, California. Every year, artists from around the world create larger than life installations for the festival to celebrate culture and design. Click here to check out the best installations from this year’s event.
Built for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the Urban Coffee Farm & Brew Bar is a beautiful example of bringing a functional landscape into the urban core. Melbourne is famous for its coffee culture, and design studio HASSEL wanted to bring the story of coffee’s growth and production into the same space as it is consumed. Sitting amongst coffee plants, users will be able to learn more about coffee’s journey from rainforest slopes to the cup they have in their hand.
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