HTDSTUDIO’s 2008 competition proposal, Nordhavnen Pixel City was selected as a design example on the SHBiB architecture blog. http://bit.ly/eOcqrP
Our good friends at Architizer.com have released their new iPad app. Enjoy.
Photo © 2011 Alexis Schneider
In October 2010, international ideas competition Griffintown Interrupted was launched, calling for temporary structures in one of Montréal’s most contentious districts. In response, forty-three teams of architects and designers from ten countries came forward to propose innovative temporary structures on five sites throughout Griffintown. These propositions were featured in an exhibition at the Fonderie Darling, which ran January 17-24, 2011. HTDSTUDIO’s winning Horsepalace scheme was part of this opening and exhibition.
Dan Phillips, co-founder of Phoenix Commotion gave a great presentation at TEDx Houston last fall. The Phoenix Commotion is a local building initiative created to prove that constructing homes with recycled and salvaged materials has a viable place in the building industry. This process uses only apprentice labor and teaches marketable skills to anyone with a work ethic who is willing to swing a hammer. By keeping labor costs low and using donated or found materials, the homes created are truly affordable. No two are alike due to the myriad of materials used, so there is an artistic element that makes Phoenix Commotion homes unique. The Phoenix Commotion targets single parents, artists, and families with low incomes. They require that the homeowner be involved with the planning and construction of their own home. The result is a person who is empowered, not only by the useful knowledge and building skills, but by the opportunity to become part of a community as a vested participant.
As a longtime fan of cars, machines and all things mechanical, I’m back in Detroit for the North American International Auto Show. Not only to witness the imminent resurgence of the US auto market, but to return to a city that blew me away on my first visit in late 2010. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many extraordinary people here, many of them innovators and/or pioneers. For now, I will continue to exchange ideas, continue unfinished conversations, assist friends and colleagues, and feed off the energy I take away as we kick off 2011. Entrepreneurs, farmers, artists, industry professionals remain hopeful and positive that Detroit’s rebirth efforts are both sustainable and REAL. Detroit, like dozens of ‘post-industrial’ cities around the US is fertile with potential in creating new markets, industries, collaborations and yes jobs, but one has to be positive, diligent and creative. The bittersweet mix of the future and futility swirls like the cold Detroit winter wind itself.
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Exhibition | Griffintown Interrupted
40 international propositions for temporary, dynamic and disassemblable architecture on 5 sites across Griffintown
17-22 January 2011, Fonderie Darling, 745 rue Ottawa, H3C 1R8 Montréal
Please join us for the opening reception: 6:00-8:00 PM, January 17, 2011.
Exposition | Griffintown Interrupted
40 propositions internationales pour l’architecture temporaire, dynamique
et démontable sur 5 sites répartis dans Griffintown
17-22 janvier 2011, Fonderie Darling, 745 rue Ottawa, H3C 1R8 Montréal
SVP nous joindre pour le vernissage: 18h00-20h00, 17 janvier, 2011.
The Brooklyn New School has recently been awarded a $50,000 Lowe’s Grant to help finance this project, a concept for an educational activities laboratory and garden for school-aged children. Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) has helped more than 1,000 schools across the country create reading gardens, build playgrounds and implement other improvement projects that help strengthen their schools and their communities.