Archive: Aug 2011

  1. Thursday Salute to Originals: Ancient Mayan Buildings, Modern Acoustic Wonders

    With our modern building techniques and technologies like computer design programs, tower cranes that lift over 100 tons, and underwater arc welding, we easily forget how human ingenuity allowed the ancients to erect amazing structures with innovative methods and results. From the Egyptian use of kites to lift massive, one-piece stone obelisks to the Roman […]

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  2. Kempten’s Dam Generates Symbiotic Power

    “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” -Heraclitus Hydroelectric power plants and the dams that accompany them often have a discordant relationship with the rivers they harness. Stark and brutalistic, they use the raw forces of concrete engineering and human ingenuity […]

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  3. Thursday Salute to Originals: Tomohiro

    A talented sculptor can make amazing pieces; but it entails an artist with a true gift to show one being unmade. Tomohiro Inaba excels at making metal sculptures, using wires in an innovative way to add an ethereal quality. He begins with normal organic figures, made perfectly to scale, but leaves them “unfinished”. These pieces […]

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  4. Thursday Salute to Originals: A Temporary Building Ingrains a Lasting Impression

    While our Thursday posts often highlight the outstandingly wacky, this week’s subject proves that originality can be expressed in a subtle and contextual manner. The NO99 Straw Theatre of Tallinn successfully mixes with a great deal of history. Adjacent to Tallinn’s Old Town, the theatre stands in Skoone Bastion, a 17th century Swedish fortification. Built […]

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  5. Dynamic Bridge Functions As Elevated Art

    In dense metropolitan areas, traveling from building to building often involves lengthy rides down elevators, up elevators, and across traffic-laden city streets and sidewalks. The organizers for the Building to Building Pedestrian Bridge International Challenge in Montreal sought to inspire designers to originate ideas which would ease congestion, decrease travel times, and diversify the use […]

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  6. Update #2 From the Field: Illuminated Wood and 3Form Panels Installed

    The backlit escalator wall installation at the Grand Hyatt in San Francisco is wrapping up smoothly. Here’s the project rendering again, described in our first blog post about this project: Some photographs snapped from our cell phones in the field: The clean lines and even illumination are the result of months of iterative detailing and expert installation. […]

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  7. Thursday Salute to Originals: A New Reality for Virtual Shopping

    As any seasoned public transportation veteran knows, waiting comes with the territory. Whether riding a bus or train, the peculiarities of traffic and passengers ensure that transit schedules often have little resemblance to real-world arrivals and departures. These inconsistencies become especially acute when one needs to run errands before or after work. Public transit also […]

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  8. Update #1 From the Field: Illuminated Wood and 3Form Panels Partially Installed

    If you missed our first blog post about GPI technicians arriving on-site for this long awaited backlighting installation at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco, check it out here (and take a peek at the project rendering). After a labor-intensive weekend, the bottom and center rows of the custom-built 3Form Varia Ecoresin and wood slatted surface panels […]

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  9. Fusing Art & Design with Surfaces and Light

    Having a passion for the way translucent surfaces and LED panels can accentuate and bring natural warmth to any space, we greatly enjoy the way Stefan Lindfors incorporated the two for his Light Works exhibition. First displayed in Helsinki during February and D.C. in May, Lindfors recently wrapped up a showing in NYC during the […]

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  10. From the Field: Backlit Wood and 3Form Panel Install Begins in San Francisco

    For the extensive renovation of the San Francisco Grand Hyatt in Union Square, the teams at Indidesign (interior design) and Revolver (lighting design) envisioned a custom panel and backlighting treatment to revive the wall surfaces at the main escalator. Extending from the lower lobby to the main lobby, dark wood panels striated with thin lines […]

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