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Transplant Community

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By Snell in New Trends on Wednesday 9 July 2008

A new idea has emerged in Norway that we think could be the precursor to things to come in the way our societies interact and develop. The general gradual demise of traditional gathering places such as town halls, community centers and churches has seemingly gone in hand with a generational shift and sharp increase in online virtual communities. However, humans still need to rub shoulders at some point to get things done, until, say, we perfect the sensitive hologram.

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Zaha in Lithuania

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By Snell in Architecture on Wednesday 2 July 2008

Zaha Hadid has been announced as the winning architect for the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, Vilnius, Lithuania. As with the rest of the Guggenheim Museums, the architectural boundaries are pushed. Zaha lets loose with her fluid, energetic architecture and has subsequently deemed the building to be the manifestation of the city’s new cultural significance. One wonders […]

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Cardillo Music

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By Snell in Architecture on Friday 27 June 2008

Italian architect Antonio Cardillo is of the opinion that architecture is only still in pictures, as in its real life it is in a state of transition with man and light moving through it.

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Full Metal Jacket

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By Snell in Architecture on Thursday 26 June 2008

Using an intuitive sketch by Ilona Lénárd, the architect Kas Oosterhuis has created a very unusual façade. In a way it is more than a façade as it includes the roof also, fully wrapping the building in all its 3D glory.

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Zeppelin Return

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By Snell in Architecture on Wednesday 25 June 2008

French design dynamo Jean-Marie Massaud has created a Manned Cloud. A cruise airship with a hotel for 40 passengers and 15 staff, Massaud worked with the Office National d’Etudes et de Recherche Aérospatiale in this proposal.

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Green Lodge

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By Snell in New Eco on Wednesday 25 June 2008

This is an image that caught our eye. A modern building that seems to be, at the same time, emerging and regressing out of and into foliage and ruin.

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Paris Tour Signal

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By Snell in Architecture on Monday 23 June 2008

Architect Jean Nouvel is on a roll. His projects are popping up everywhere, but this may be the grandest. In choosing Nouvel’s design, the competition judges stressed that this ‘is the most important act of architecture since the Eiffel Tower’.

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Pop Pergola

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By Snell in Architecture on Wednesday 21 May 2008

Designed by landscape architects Claude Cormier, Pergola is a pop art piece comprised of 90,000 plastic balls arranged in the form of a wisteria bloom at Le Havre City Hall. A tribute to Monet, much of whose work featured wisteria, the piece works with an existing vine, creating an interesting juxtaposition between the artificial and […]

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Kraanspoor Delight

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By Snell in Architecture on Wednesday 14 May 2008

The Dutch, the beautiful Dutch, in terms of architecture anyway. Here they have led the way again with this reuse of an old crane dock. A new glass office building, with a climatic façade of double glazing, motorized louvers on the outside and full length windows on the inside, hovers above the old dock.

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Eco flood

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By Snell in New Eco on Thursday 8 May 2008

In these new quick-eat restaurants around Paris, the quality of the air is as important as the quality of the food. Mathieu Lehanneur has utilized a 3 billion year old micro-algae, Spirulina Platensis, in 100 litre vats to produce large quantities of pure oxygen through the process of photosynthesis.

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White Studio

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By Snell in Architecture on Monday 5 May 2008

The young architect Junya Ishigami is pushing the boundaries of the weightless aesthetic stream of architecture. Here, for the Kanagawa Institute of Technology, he has designed a glass and steel pavilion with a roof that floats on a sparse forest of thin steel columns or ‘flats’.

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Green Ribbons

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By Snell in New Eco on Thursday 24 April 2008

An example of another green approach to city living, the Green Ribbons project connects a number of high rise condominiums in the Heping neighbourhood of Tianjin.

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Vertical urban farm

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By Snell in New Eco on Tuesday 22 April 2008

The New York architectural firm, Work Architecture Company, have produced this urban farm and apartment building as part of an ideas competition for an awkward block in the city.

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Dynamic Architecture

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By Snell in Architecture on Sunday 20 April 2008

The Italian architect with the English name, David Fisher, has arrived in Dubai and brought with him this building that literally does a lot on its site.

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Popular Tower

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By Snell in New Eco on Friday 18 April 2008

The strategy based architectural firm Popular Architecture has created a scheme that takes on the spread of cities. Based on the estimation that London will need to provide housing for 100,000 new people each year up until 2016, this building houses 100,000 in one hit.

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