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Spanish artist Javier Riera designs and photographs light projections that fit perfectly onto specifically shaped trees and their branches. The geometric forms are inspired by the particular landscape, and are used to reveal what Riera perceives to be latent dimensions or energies embedded in the na

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pico colectivo reveals a new outside structure that is meant to unite the community —  ‘implant on the roof’ at on of the facilities of madrid’s do it yourself institute is a program that generates use value in the periphery of a building. the extension beyond the interior produces a space on the margin, as a way to question the lack of common places and more autonomous and free spaces in our cities.
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danish firm johansen skovsted arkitekter transforms a cottage and shed sited in the protected landscape of denmark. initially built in 1905, the project is situated among historic vacation homes carefully placed along slopes of overgrown moraine and sand dunes, rising from surrounding flatlands. the reconstruction’s ambition is to recreate the sense and atmosphere of being in the heritage building before it was left unused and timber infestation made restoration unavoidable. the structure, originally built as a pair of log cabins, is reimagined as a wooden light-frame construction, with an exterior maintaining the protected expression of the original house. the new interior interprets memories and accumulated features for contemporary conditions, informed by the modern structure.

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swiss architecture firm leopold banchini partners with noura al-sayeh of the bahrain authority for culture and antiquities (BACA) in the design of bahrain’s ‘house of architectural heritage.’ the project serves as an exhibition and archival space, showcasing the area’s architectural ancestry through the exposition of the neighboring heritage buildings. the narrow concrete structure is opened along each long axis to frame the exterior walls of the existing adjacent buildings, exhibiting the ancient construction in detail as a museum piece.
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A windowless wall punctured by a roof-level void projects from this steel-clad black house near Tokyo, creating a secret “exterior living room”.

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100 east 53rd street, a slender new york skyscraper designed by foster + partners, is nearing completion in midtown manhattan. the 63-story residential tower is located on the corner of lexington and 53rd street, in close proximity to two 20th century modernist icons: SOM’s ‘lever house’ of 1952 and mies van der rohe’s ‘seagram building’, completed in 1958. the new structure boasts a minimalist geometric form, designed to complement these distinguished neighbors.
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In Nihonbashi, a business district of Tokyo named for an old, beautiful bridge that has been obscured by an expressway, it is very difficult for a foreigner to get cash. When I was in Tokyo last week to give a talk, the first two ATM machines I tried refused to cooperate with my American debit cards. The third one worked, giving me large, beautifully designed ¥10,000 bills featuring a dot portrait of a somewhat glum Yukichi Fukuzawa, scholar and founder of Keio University.
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the first images of the 29th annual ICEHOTEL have been revealed, featuring suites sculpted out of ice and snow from the free-flowing arctic river torne. ICEHOTEL is the first and largest hotel built of snow and ice and is reborn in a new guise every winter.
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Start the new year off right–with insightful books on everything from computer history to animal evolution, chosen by design leaders.

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First algorithms figured out how to decipher images. That’s why you can unlock an iPhone with your face. More recently, machine learning has become capable of generating and altering images and video.
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A network of subterranean concrete galleries forms the UCCA Dune Art Museum, which OPEN Architecture has completed in Qinhuangdao, China.

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Von Morgen is a recently launched German label that’s released their first collection of products called Booles. The line consists of minimalist concrete objects with smooth finishes and rims so thin you’ll be surprised it’s made from concrete.
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LEGO is on a mission to reduce stress and anxiety among adults. the danish toymaker’s latest range – called forma – incorporates sturdy rods and parts to build the skeleton of a fish, combining this with customizable skins. the idea behind it is that combining organic forms and mechanical complexity could help to improve wellbeing among adults.
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studio velocity embarked on the design of the kowa apartments with the aim of rebuilding a housing complex in mihama, a seaside town on the southern tip of a peninsula in japan’s aichi prefecture. as the site’s pre-existing, 1950s-era apartment building was facing such issues as structural failure and decline in occupation, the studio resolved to replace the unusable structure with an open, friendly complex of spaces for multi-generational families. while the number of apartments was reduced in the new plan, an ambiguous boundary between public and private spaces promotes engagement between neighbors. 
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bourgeois / lechasseur architects has completed dômes charlevoix, three geodesic dome structures in the forest of petite-rivière-saint-françois, near quebec, designed to serve as all season, eco-luxury accommodations. part of a larger tourist project, each dome sits on a separate wooden patio that overlooks the mountainous landscape, and is complete with a hot tub and outdoor terrace. 
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Creative co-working giant WeWork and acclaimed architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group have teamed up to reimagine education starting with the launch of WeGrow, a new school in the heart of New York City that encourages education through play. Designed for children between three and nine years of age, the light-filled learning landscape is a tactile environment filled with custom-made curved architecture and movable furnishings. The theme of nature runs throughout and can be seen everywhere from the woodsy palette of timber surfaces and shades of green to the Laufen-tiled vertical garden filled with leafy plants.
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a series of brightly colored, geometric volumes make up casa olabeunaga, a hawaiian residence designed by famed italian architect and designer, ettore sottsass. completed in 1997 the home is defined by its memphis style, with virtually everything in the home, from furniture and décor, to the dishes, flatware, glasses, and even the stationery, designed by sottsass. 
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