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Nice house. Nice setting.
When the architect is Frank Gehry, renovation suddenly becomes more complicated. How a Broadway producer writes his house’s second act with one question foremost on his mind.
To some design aficionados, altering landmark architecture can be as perverse as painting a mustache on the Mona Lisa; any departure from the original tampers with its integrity.
Frank Gehry, not surprisingly, takes a contrarian view.
“I don’t have a compulsion to preserve things like that,” the architect said. “People have to live in buildings. You have to roll with the changes. To get locked into a straitjacket of design seems to me counterproductive to one’s life.”
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One of the shortlisted projects for the 11th Cycle of Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2010
Environmentalists and designers John and Cynthia Hardy wanted to motivate communities to live sustainably. Part of that effort was to show people how to build with sustainable materials, namely bamboo. They established the Green School, and its affiliates: the Meranggi Foundation, which develops plantations of bamboo plants through presenting bamboo seedlings to local rice farmers; and PT Bambu, a for-profit design and construction company that promotes the use of bamboo as a primary building material, in an effort to avoid the further depletion of rainforests.
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A collaborative project between Beat Poet + 22designstudio of Taiwan
These rings are based on the brutalist ideas of architects such as Louis Kahn and the concrete architecture of Japanese architect Tadao Ando. His work is characterised by simple geometry and an almost exclusive use of concrete, with the formwork holes left intact. The concrete, imperfect and raw like a man-made contribution to the natural environment, ages gracefully in a wabi-sabi manner, making visible the invisible logic of nature.
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This geometric retreat in Bogotá, Colombia is a space to escape from the rest of the family …see/read more »