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BLDG BLOG 2015-04-14 21:38:00
[Image: A curb in Hayward reveals how much the ground is drifting due to ?fault creep?: the red-painted part is slowly but relentlessly moving north. Photo by Geoff Manaugh]. South of San Francisco, a whole town is slowly being deformed by plate tectonics. These are the strange landscape effects known as ?fault creep.? An earlier version of this post was first …


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BLDG BLOG 2015-04-13 19:35:00
I found this thing in my desk again last night, and, as you can tell from the date in the image, below, it's been following me around since 1998 (!). However, after seventeen years of carrying random clippings like this around in files, folders, drawers, and envelopes?after all, this is only one of many dozens?I decided it was time to get …


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BLDG BLOG 2015-04-13 17:34:00
A post yesterday over on Rock, Paper, Shotgun described a new game called "Kieru," in which monochromatic ninjas lost in a monochromatic landscape alternately blend in with and radically stand out from their architectural surroundings. As Rock, Paper, Shotgun explains, the design of the game is such that "you?ll be trained to react to colour and shadow?two things that are …


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BLDG BLOG 2015-04-12 18:03:00
Here are some interesting houses by Greek architect Takis Zenetos, whose work we first looked at way back in 2009. [Image: House by Takis Zenetos (1961) from Takis Ch. Zenetos (1926-1977)]. I will confess to knowing almost nothing about these projects, but I wanted to post the images anyway; they're from a book called Takis Ch. Zenetos (1926-1977), which was originally …


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BLDG BLOG 2015-04-12 16:47:00
[Image: A tree turned into architecture by the addition of a door. Photo via Tumblr, where it is erroneously described as being on the Portuguese island of Madeira; in fact, it appears to be a tree on the U.S./Canadian border, as per a shot called "Two boys at the doorway of their treehouse, c.1870-80," from Bridgeman Images, where it is described …


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BLDG BLOG 2015-04-11 20:03:00
[Image: From the Midwestern Culture Sampler by Design With Co.]. Alas, I did not have a chance to write about this project while it was still on public display last month at the Graham Foundation in Chicago, but Design With Co.?an interesting firm previously featured here for their Farmland World proposal?has put together an analytic landscape model called the Midwestern Culture …


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BLDG BLOG 2015-04-11 19:29:00
[Image: An "unofficial illustration" of the idea by Huntington Ingalls, via gCaptain]. A Washington State legislator has channeled his inner Hans Hollein, proposing the radical adaptive urban reuse of discarded military equipment: turning old aircraft carriers into a new Seattle toll bridge. From gCaptain:A Washington state lawmaker looking to ease traffic congestion for several Puget Sound-area communities near Seattle has proposed …


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BLDG BLOG 2015-04-11 15:27:00
[Image: "RAM House" by Space Caviar]. An interesting new project by Space Caviar asks, "Does your home have an airplane mode?" Exploring what it could mean to design future homes so that they offer an optional state of complete electromagnetic privacy, they have put together a "domestic prototype" in which the signal-blocking capabilities of new architectural materials are heavily emphasized, becoming …


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BLDG BLOG 2015-04-11 03:08:00
[Image: By ScanLab Projects, with permission from the British Postal Museum & Archive]. The London-based ScanLab Projects, featured here many times before, have completed a new commission, this time from the British Postal Museum & Archive, to document the so-called "Mail Rail," a network of underground tunnels that opened back in 1927. As Subterranea Britannica explains, the tunnels were initially …


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BLDG BLOG 2015-04-09 22:19:00
[Image: A view of the Global Containers Terminal in Bayonne; Instagram by BLDGBLOG]. I just spent the bulk of the day out on a tour of the Global Containers Terminal in Bayonne, New Jersey, courtesy of the New York Infrastructure Observatory. That's a new branch of the institution previously known as the Bay Area Infrastructure Observatory, who hosted the MacroCity event …


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BLDG BLOG 2015-04-09 12:30:00
[Image: From Non_Sequitur: A Neighborhood by Anthony Morey]. A gorgeous project called Non_Sequitur: A Neighborhood by Anthony Morey, made while still a B.A. student at SCI-Arc under the guidance of Dwayne Oyler and Thom Mayne, is well worth a look. Morey describes the project as a strict exploration of drawing, tracking the effects of architectural "spillovers," freely moving between volume, shadow, …


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BLDG BLOG 2015-04-09 11:52:00
[Image: Courtesy of Sotheby's]. Back to opportunities in real estate: if you were tempted by the Minneapolis skyway but you're saving your money for something a bit warmer throughout the year, consider snapping up the "Submarine Pits on Boca Chica Key." [Image: Courtesy of Sotheby's]. As Sotheby's describes the carved landscape of submarine docking pens, the pits can be found amidst …


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BLDG BLOG 2015-04-09 11:24:00
[Images: "N House" by Roote is a clever response to a hillside plot in Fukuoka, Japan, accommodating a 4-meter (13-foot) change in elevation from one side of the house to the other; images courtesy of Roote via designboom].


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BLDG BLOG 2015-04-06 18:12:00
[Image: From "Destination Docklands" by Emma Colthurst; via Lobby]. This is such a clever architectural model: a project by Emma Colthurst from the Bartlett School of Architecture in London is presented as a narrative gyroscope, an urban universe of wheels within wheels, of shifting ground planes and emerging landscapes amidst a carousel of new horizons. [Image: From "Destination Docklands" by Emma …


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BLDG BLOG 2015-04-06 15:41:00
[Image: The "Vanessa School" (1973) by Fitch and Co., a retail design firm run by Rodney Fitch, whose later motto was "Shopping is the Purpose of Life." I don't otherwise have any info about the school; image found via aqqindex].


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BLDG BLOG 2015-03-30 21:52:00
[Image: "Dome-shaped Architectural Staircase Model," courtesy of the Cooper Hewitt]. If you liked those two staircase posts from earlier today, a reader has pointed out that the Cooper Hewitt has a whole slew of "Models & Prototypes" on display that seem worth checking out. More specifically, it's "a gallery devoted to exhibiting three-dimensional representations of ideas that demonstrate the design process; …


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BLDG BLOG 2015-03-30 21:25:00
[Image: A blueprint of tunnels rumored to connect the Playboy Mansion with nearby celebrity homes, via Playboy]. This is hilarious and amazing: there may (or may not) have been secret underground tunnels connecting the Playboy Mansion to the homes of nearby celebrities, including Kirk Douglas and Jack Nicholson. It's like the becoming-priapic of the Mole Man of Hackney. According to some …


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BLDG BLOG 2015-03-30 19:35:00
[Image: Grimm City University from Grimm City by Flea Folly Architects]. Later this summer, London's Flea Folly Architects?Pascal Bronner & Thomas Hillier?will be running a workshop in what they broadly call "narrative architecture" at the Tate Modern. "What would a town inhabited by Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and Man Ray look like?" they ask. "Taking inspiration from works …


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BLDG BLOG 2015-03-30 17:06:00
[Image: A staircase in the Grands Magasins Dufayel; view larger]. The second staircase I wanted to post today?here's the first?is from the Grands Magasins Dufayel, a vast, 19th-century department store in Paris. View it larger. Aside from the obvious grandeur of the structure, what makes this spatially noteworthy is the fact that one floor is pinched together with the next, and …


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BLDG BLOG 2015-03-30 16:23:00
[Image: Stairs inside the New York Life Insurance building, Minneapolis, by Babb, Cook and Willard; view larger]. There are two stairways I wanted to post, as they each solve the problem of getting from one floor to another in a particularly interesting way. The first example, seen above, is from the New York Life Insurance building in Minneapolis, Minnesota, designed by …


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