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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's “cyborg botany” researchers have turned plants into sensors and displays, suggesting we use them as a gentle alternative to electronic screens.
Colour is creeping over our cities, thanks both to an explosion in street art but also designers and architects’ subsequent confidence in splashing rainbow-hued graphic treatments over their walls. But the line between street art, fine art and architecture is increasingly blurring as artists are invited to weave their own distinctive works into the fabric of buildings.
Nothing makes the connection between indoor and outdoor space like a courtyard. This week’s roundup of images from Pinterest celebrates some of the best examples, from a Japanese house built around a family’s beloved tree, to the open-air courtyard of an apartment block in one of LA’s densest neighbourhoods.
Facades is an ongoing series by French photographer Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy (previously) which strips isolated buildings of everything but their forward-facing exteriors. In his third iteration of the project he presents the facades of small homes, boutiques, and stately mansions at dusk. The structures are lit by the last waning light of day, in addition to a few street lamps that dot the lonely roads.
Macdonald Wright Architects has added a barn clad in black-stained boards to Caring Wood – a Kent country villa that is vying to be named the UK’s House of the Year.
Corvid Barn was erected close to Caring Wood house, which the London-based firm worked on with Niall Maxwell of Welsh studio Rural Office for Architecture.
A new digital billboard in London’s Piccadilly Circus uses recognition technology to display targeted advertisements based on the make of passing cars, and the gender and age of pedestrians.
The screen wraps around the facades of buildings overlooking the popular tourist destination, and replaces six separate screens that previously formed the advertisement display.
Built-in cameras concealed within the screen can track the make, model and colour of passing cars to deliver targeted adverts, said Landsec, the company that owns the billboard named Piccadilly Lights.
Brands are able to pre-programme specific adverts to play when particular cars drive past, and adapt to the age or gender of passersby.
The cameras and an algorithm register visual cues – for instance, hair length and height – to make assumptions on the demographics of the area. For example, if the algorithm detects a higher proportion of women in the area it could display promotions for womenswear.