Architecture, Urban Design

“Architecture is the evidence of the existence of human beings”

– Toyo Ito, when asked What is Architecture?

In recent archi news, Toyo Ito (wiki) has been awarded the recipient of the 2013 Pritzker Prize.  His work and contribution to the architecture world truly reflects the worth of this distinction.

Tod’s Omotesando Building

He’s always been an activist in creating architecture that incorporates human senses and nature; his creations have a boundless beauty of zen aura that exudes from them. His structures take a life of its own, becoming more than giants that inhabit life forms within. They themselves, speak out to the surrounding and respond, both physically and emotionally, to the conditions and needs of the site. Using innovative building technology in combination structural ingenuity, he designs forms that are infused with a poetic language that delivers aesthetic and functionality. concrete looks light, walls look transparent.

His project “Home-for-All”  in 2012 invites hope into the situation regarding the devastating tsunami that hit the Sendai region of Japan back in 2011. The exhibition invited other architects to collaborate and propose homes for the people in Rikuzentakata. Not only did this movement display the design possibility for new structures, but it portrayed a compassionate side of humanity. It was a display of community and strength.

Toyo Ito’s work speaks of relationships. Room to room, exterior to interior. In another interview he states that “Architecture is the relation between one person and another, something that can make people gather”, more than just a form, a building, a design movement.  He is one of my all time architect role models for this reason. He understands and stresses that significance of designing for humans.

“In contemporary society, I think that 99% of architecture has become the instrument for economical activities, and I am very sorry for that. Because I think that architecture is supposed to be something that links people to other people, architecture has to become a form of cooperation, a co-operational body for people. It should not be something that is controlled by economy, but that creates a relationship of trust among people. This is what architects are supposed to do when they create architecture.”

Congratulations Toyo Ito, and thank you for radiating a compassionate rational in your extraordinary designs.

Serpentine Gallery, London

White U

Cite:

Quirk , Vanessa. “Infographic: The History of the Pritzker Prize (1979-2013)” 20 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Mar 2013. <http://www.archdaily.com/347363&gt;

Basulto , David. “Venice Biennale 2012: Architecture. Possible here? Home-for-all / Japan Pavilion” 30 Aug 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Mar 2013. <http://www.archdaily.com/268426&gt;

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Architecture, Urban Design

Moses Arrives

damn.

although there is much debate about how feasible this structure actual is, i still find it absolute stunning. its unbelievably fresh, there simply isn’t anything like it. Moses Bridge in Netherlands, by Ro&Ad Architecten is a really a trench built in a moat. of course the name of the bridge comes from the biblical myth of moses separating the red sea. the the wood is accoya wood, treated so that it is waterproof.

walk like moses

there are a number of debates about this structure. some say its unrealistic to maintain. debris will build up inside the structure. another issue that is mentioned is the flooding of the bridge. if water levels rise, wouldn’t it flood?

i kinda sketched out my own rendition of it. perhaps the water could be allowed to flow over the walls and collect and drain out at the bottom of the pathway. maybe the bridge could float too! it’s quite possible I’m sure.

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water flowing over the walls and collected

 

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water flows back out from underneath the floating structure

nonetheless, i think its an amazing design. congrats on it being a finalist at the dutch design awards.

source: ArchDaily

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Architecture, Urban Design

And this is why Germany is so damn cool.

HOW incredibly cool is this?

this is the stuff that gets me super excited. i mean i would love to be a part of a team who creates infrastructures like this. of course i understand that judging by my skills/experience ability at the moment, i won’t be having a say in the design part…but i mean to be just doing other tasks and being involved in projects like these in some way will satisfy my goals.

anyways, indulge in architography. i love how it lights up at night ❤

photo credits: Thomas Mayer
info: ArchDaily

PROJECT: TIGER & TURTLE – MAGIC MOUNTAIN

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a stroll

A took a little walk today,

well a walk that lasted precisely an hour and half. it was quite enjoyable however, i was in no rush to get from point A to B.

46mins says googlemaps

i was very inspired by the many objects and spaces that i encountered along the way. i observed and felt materials during my little adventure. todays post will be a purely visual recording of design and husthetics:

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the only way to become familiar with a city, is to walk it with your own two feet.

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petites

todays post will be a quick one on petite infrastructures.

Loom by 1 Friday Design Collaboration

TKTS Booth by Choi Ropiha Design Development & Executive Architects

theres somthing really captivating about small scaled projects.
i appreciate the details and thoughts compacted into each one. i find that the concepts are amplified through a more defined focus. the scale is closer to the heart. it creates a more personal connection that affects the mind. perhaps this is a reflection of my personality. i am very meticulous when it comes to dealing with smaller scales. but because of that, i struggle with managing the bigger picture or larger scheme.

Plot #183 by Bernard Khoury

house NA by sou fujimoto

i feel that some larger scaled projects lose connectivity with the human emotions that occupy the space. they always have that ‘wow factor’ because of their size and appearance, but architecture/urban design should be more humane, build beautiful spaces for people.

lets not forget,
great things come in small packages.

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