Trompe L’Oeil Daylight

Novel use of technology to overcome a design constraint: if you can’t have sunlight, create the perception that it’s there.  More photographs and text here.

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This rendering is of a twelve unit condominium project just brought to market in Kolkata, India.  The building was designed by Piercy Connor Architects of the U.K.  For an in-depth description of the project, go here.

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Traditional is nice, but…

…my “contemporist” inclinations are showing.  This retreat designed by Bjarko|Serra Architects of Seattle shows considerable simplicity and restraint without being cold or minimal.  There are more photographs here.

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In this work by b720 arquitectos of Barcelona, the end result resoundingly transcends the simple forms and limited palette of materials.

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Some design stands the test of time

860 & 880 Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, the iconic residential towers designed by Mies van der Rohe and completed in 1949/1951, have been refurbished.  More information and photographs can be viewed here.

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“TownShift: Suburb into City” was an open international ideas competition to gather innovative ideas for five of Surrey’s established Town Centres.  Its aim was to “Shift” thinking and opportunities for each of these hubs towards more intense, public-minded and productive urban futures. The categories include:

  • Round-Up – Building Affordability
  • Fleetwood: Marker – Shaping Gateway Identity
  • Guildford: Cornered – Place-Making at Mall’s Edge
  • Newton: New Town – Connecting Density to Transit
  • Semiahmoo: Up – Forming Plaza through Residential Towers

The results are posted here.

In “Banking on the Games afterglow”, Frances Bula discusses the next steps for Millennium’s Olympic Village development with Bob Rennie and Cameron McNeill.

Vancouver city council moved to adopt LEED Gold as the new standard for rezonings as of July 2010 with LEED Gold certification in early 2011.  Director of Planning Brent Toderian’s blog post is here and the staff report is here.

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For more information, the article is here.  The initial release is limited to Milan and is expected to cost USD$3,500 to $5,000.

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