Spanish duo creates 100 architectural illustrations over 100 days

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Estudio Extramuros creates 100 architectural illustrations over 100 days
March 16, 2016
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image courtesy of Estudio Extramuros

According to¬†Spanish architects Fabiola Mu√Īoz and Carlos Le√≥,¬†“it’s difficult to read a plan and section, but it’s not that difficult to see an illustration and feel curious about the architecture behind it”. Which surely rings true when they created the 100 architectural illustrations in 100 days series. The duo have highlighted¬†architects and styles from all different eras and styles into 100 neatly framed squares that are an enjoyable and digestible visual experience.

Click here to read more about the series and hear more from the artists themselves.


An Industrial relic turned into a creative campus

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Urban Outfitters HQ
March 10, 2016
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The new corporate campus for the retailer Urban Outfitters transformed a decommissioned naval yard in Philadelphia into a new space for the city with artistic vengeance and ecological vigor. Maintaining the integrity of the original site, the design uses existing industrial elements to dictate the forms of the design. Suddenly former rail lines carrying cargo carry to and from ships now carries employees from their office to a cup of coffee.

Click here to read more about this poster child for industrial redevelopment.


Natural Playground

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Buga 05 Playground
March 3, 2016
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Normally playgrounds are simple prefabricated structures that can be placed in any park. Although these structures are usually the cheaper option, Rainer Schmidt Landscape Architecture utilized modified land forms to create a more naturalistic park that evokes play with no structure needed.

Click here to read more about Buga 05 Playground.


Lifting the Veil on Downtown Los Angeles

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Making Sense of The Broad: A Milestone in the Revitalization of Downtown Los Angeles
February 24, 2016
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The 20th century was not kind to downtown Los Angeles. While the city stretched out into suburbia, cities¬†like¬†Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood blossomed into cultural centers. Meanwhile the downtown “core” of the city rotted into vacant corporate mega towers.

Click here to read about how the opening of a new contemporary art museum downtown that is transforming the area into a new cultural hub for a new Los Angeles.


SHIFT, STRETCH, EXPAND: EVERYDAY TRANSFORMATIONS

The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara Satellite will be hosting two events this weekend for the release of its upcoming exhibition: Shift, Stretch, Expand: Everyday Transformations. Both events will take place at Hotel Indigo on 121 State Street and have free admission.

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Images courtesy of¬†Arna Bajraktarevińá and Weslie Ching

On Sunday, February 21 from 6-8pm there¬†will be an opening reception for¬†Shift, Stretch, Expand: Everyday Transformations. It features nine Santa¬†Barbara artists that “explore the quiet and inconspicuous operations of everyday existence”. Click here to read more about the opening reception.

On Sunday, February 21 from 11-11:30am Santa Barbara-based artist Weslie Ching presents a site-specific dance work as part of the exhibition Shift, Stretch, Expand: Everyday Transformations. Click here to read more about this event.


Remarkable Women of California

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Image courtsey of Marilyn Brant Chandler DeYoung

On Thursday, March 10 from 5:30-7:30pm the Santa Barbara Historical Museum will host Author Marilyn Brant Chandler DeYoung. She will be speaking about her new book about highlighting illustrious, talented and provocative women of the Golden State. Click here to read more about Marilyn Brant Chandler DeYoung and the event.

Tickets for the event are $20 for members and $25 for guests.


Wilderness and Exodus

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Wilderness and Exodus: the Production of a National Landscape
February 18, 2016
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image courtesy of Shelley Long

Car travel is a way of life in North America. Ever since the 1950’s development of our society has tended to focus on how easily things can be accessible¬†by our vehicles. This industrial mindset tends to¬†be detrimental to¬†existing natural systems. Shelley Long, a graduate student at the University of Toronto, wanted to challenge this disconnect by incorporating national park typologies into existing infrastructure.

Click here to read about Shelley Long’s visionary project about turning a famous Canadian roadway into a series of curated experiences that blurs lines between city and national park.


Immersion without Intrusion

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Bondi to Bronte Coast Walk Extension – ASPECT Studios
February 11, 2016
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image courtesy of Florian Groehn

Part of a 9km coastal walk from Sydney’s South Head to Maroubra, the Bondi to Bronte coast walk is a response to preserve the historic Waverley Cemetrey by redirecting the walk’s annual 700,000 visitors. Bypassing the cemetery, the walk takes visitors through a set of lookouts all connected by a light walkway along the cliff tops while capturing an outstanding view of the headlands, the sandstone outcrops and the grandeur of the Australian continent meeting the Pacific Ocean.

Click here to read more about how the project solved complex technical and structural conditions all while preserving the rich ecological communities on the exposed sandstone cliffs below.


Japanese Modern in the Midst of Suburbia

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An Atypical Modern Home in Southern California – Dwell
February 4, 2016
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photo courtesy of Daniel Hennessey

Amongst the Southern California landscape, homeowners Shino and Ken Mori wanted a home that would translate Japanese Modern design into this suburban context. The design is striking and unique, while pairing opposing forms together. From the outside, it seems to have no windows, but once you enter into the courtyard, the home is almost entirely open.

Click here to read more about this contemporary Japanese home.

 


A New Stage for Daily Life in Vienna

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Mariahilferstrasse – Landezine
January 28, 2016
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Mariahilferstrasse is a common shopping street in the Austrian capital city of Vienna. Dutch landscape and urban design office Bureau B+B together with the Viennese architects orso.pitro transformed this crowded street of pedestrians and vehicles into a metropolitan shopping boulevard fit for this thriving urban center.

Click here to read more about this new social center in the heart of Vienna.


Urban Living Room in Germany

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Town Hall Square Solingen – Scape Landschaftsarchitekten
January 21, 2016
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This urban space in Solingen, Germany¬†employs the concept of a continuous public open¬†space; one that connects the Town Hall Square to the city’s vast network of urban parks and spaces. Located in front of the city’s municipal offices, the design aims to create a space that is welcoming¬†and inviting to all its citizens in the industrial core.

Click here to read more about how this town uses its central district as a place for everyone to gather.