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BLDG BLOG 2015-01-19 21:02:00
[Image: From "Mining Cenotaph" by Alexis Quinteros Salazar; courtesy of the RIBA President's Medals]. Here's another project from the RIBA President's Medals, this one by Alexis Quinteros Salazar, a student at the University of Chile in Santiago. Called "Mining Cenotaph," it imagines an "occupation" of the tailings piles that have become a toxic urban landmark and a spatial reminder of the …


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BLDG BLOG 2015-01-19 20:15:00
[Photo: "Mega Bike" at the Louisville Mega Cavern; photo courtesy Louisville Mega Cavern]. An underground bike park is opening up next month in a former limestone mine 100 feet beneath Louisville, Kentucky. At 320,000-square feet, the facility is massive. Outside Magazine explains, "the park will have more than five miles of interconnected trails that range from flowing singletrack to dirt jumps …


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BLDG BLOG 2015-01-19 18:50:00
[Image: From "Brooklyn Co-operative" by Yannis Halkiopoulos, University of Westminster; courtesy RIBA President's Medals]. I was clicking around on the RIBA President's Medals website over the weekend and found a few projects that seemed worth posting here. The one seen here is a beautifully illustrated proposal for an "alternative supermarket" in Brooklyn, New York, that would be located in the …


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BLDG BLOG 2015-01-07 19:46:00
[Image: Photographer unknown, via Root Blog]. Via some indirect links following an email tip from Sam Grawe, I stumbled on this collection of ambient music "mostly emanating from the corporate infrastructure of the 1980s asset bubble. FM synthesis, prefab 'lifestyle' soundscapes and the illusion of nature in a hyper-urban environment." It's music as the icing on the space?a sonic introduction to …


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BLDG BLOG 2015-01-03 20:30:00
[Image: Courtesy of Icecave Iceland]. There's an interesting construction/excavation project going on over in Iceland right now: an artificial tunnel and cave complex being dug into the Langjökull Glacier. When complete, the publicly accessible infra-glacial facility "will consist of numerous nooks and dens which will house exhibitions, information, restaurants and even a small chapel for those who would like to marry …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-12-27 19:57:00
Back in the summer of 2012, Nicola Twilley and I got to visit the headquarters of GPS, out at Fort Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado. [Image: Artist's rendering of a GPS satellite, via Wikipedia]. HOW AN ARTIFICIAL CONSTELLATION IS CONTROLLED Over the course of our roughly two-hour visit, we toured, among other things, the highly secure, windowless office room out …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-12-27 17:01:00
[Image: Via the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge]. "We will put up the mountains. We will lay out the prairie. We will cut rivers to join the lakes." So says the narrator of a nice piece of ecosystem fiction by my friend Scott Geiger published over at Nautilus. This corporate spokesperson is building virgin terrain: "all-new country, elevated and secured from …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-12-02 02:20:00
[Image: "Historical Monument of the American Republic" by Erastus Salisbury Field]. I just spent far too much time clicking around on Archi/Maps, where?amongst dozens of other images?this painting by Erastus Salisbury Field, showing a proposal for an "Historical Monument of the American Republic," seemed worth a quick post. Check out related images under the "utopia" or "monument" tags.


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BLDG BLOG 2014-12-02 02:09:00
[Image: Bond Street platform tunnels, courtesy Crossrail]. Crossrail?the massive, 73-mile rail project currently underway in London, including twin-bore 13-mile tunnels?has released a handful of new photos showing the underground works. [Images: Bond Street platform tunnels, courtesy Crossrail]. I'm a sucker for images of the human form stranded amidst the shadows of massive, dimensionally abstract spatial environments, so I thought I'd post …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-11-28 21:49:00
[Image: An extraordinary diagram by Auguste Choisy]. France is considering a ban on stereoscopic viewing equipment?i.e. 3D films and game environments?for children, due to "the possible [negative] effect of 3D viewing on the developing visual system." As a new paper states, the use of these representational technologies is "not recommended for chidren under the age of six, use in moderation for …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-11-28 17:40:00
[Image: The International Space Station at night, photographed by astronaut Alexander Gerst, courtesy of the ESA]. The European Space Agency recently released a group of photos taken by astronaut Alexander Gerst showing the International Space Station at night. The only real contextual information provided is that "the six astronauts on the weightless research centre live by GMT, and generally sleep at …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-11-20 20:33:00
[Image: A screen grab from the homepage of Orbital Insight]. Proving that some market somewhere will find a value for anything, a company called Orbital Insight is now tracking "the shadows cast by half-finished Chinese buildings" as a possible indicator for where the country's economy might be headed. As the Wall Street Journal explains, Orbital Insight is part of a new …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-11-20 19:01:00
[Image: "Untitled #13," from "Scripted Movement Drawing Series 1" (2014) by Andrew Kudless]. San Francisco-based designer and architect Andrew Kudless is always up to something interesting, and one of his most recent projects is no exception. For a new group of small works called "Scripted Movement Drawing Series 1" (2014), Kudless is exploring how robots might make visual art?in this specific …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-11-20 16:53:00
[Image: Laser-etched wood panel, design by Kris Davidson, etching by Clear Cut Creation]. This laser-etched wood panel designed by tattoo artist Kris Davidson is pretty awesome. While the grain of the bamboo itself interferes in a few spots with the actual patterns?perhaps suggesting that something like stained hardwood would be a better choice to really make this thing pop?it's nonetheless a …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-11-18 14:34:00
Screenshot from a sample 3D car crash animation created by Kineticorp; visit their website for the video. (Note: An earlier version of this interview previously appeared on Venue). Ellis Barstow, the protagonist in Nick Arvin's most recent novel, is a reconstructionist: an engineer who uses forensic analysis and simulation to piece together, in minute detail, what happened at a car …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-11-18 12:07:00
[Image: Red Bull New York offices by INABA; photo by Greg Irikura]. I got a handful of preview shots from the new Red Bull New York offices the other night, with interiors designed by INABA, and I thought I'd post them here. [Image: Red Bull New York offices by INABA; photo by Greg Irikura]. INABA, of course, already designed the connected …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-11-14 13:49:00
[Image: Comet 67P, via ESA]. In the story of how European Space Agency researchers are scrambling to locate?and possibly move?the Philae probe, which they successfully landed on Comet 67P two days ago, there's an interesting comment about computer vision and the perception of exotic landscapes. [Image: Comet 67P, via New Scientist]. "We're working our eyes off," one of the scientists says …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-11-14 13:30:00
[Image: David Gissen, "Cross-Bronx Expressway," with Victor Hadjikyriacou; from Landscape Futures]. In case you're reading this near Ithaca, New York, I thought I'd mention that I'll be speaking at a conference this weekend at Cornell, called Spolia: Histories, Spaces, and Processes of Adaptive Reuse. Things kick off this evening with a lecture by Kate Orff. What are spolia? From the …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-11-14 13:11:00
[Image: From Science Daily/University of Oslo]. Robots emitting robots emitting robots: this is one way that machines will learn to navigate extreme spatial environments. "In the future," we read in a press release courtesy of Science Daily, "robots must be able to solve tasks in deep mines on distant planets, in radioactive disaster areas, in hazardous landslip areas and on the …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-11-12 18:13:00
[Image: Outside the Tesla factory; Instagram by BLDGBLOG]. The coolest thing about a tour of the Tesla factory out in Fremont, California, is the huge metal-stamping machine?a behemoth piece of equipment that applies more than five thousand tons of pressure in order to mold metal parts in an instant. In fact, it was not even the company's largest, which was offline …


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