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The Living Wall

This past summer, the Griffis Sculpture Park in Western New York became the testing ground for a project called “The Living Wall.” 100 freshmen architecture students at the University of Buffalo designed and build 14 inhabitable structures in plywood.

ニューヨーク州立大学バッファロー校で建築を専攻する一年生達の、この夏の年度末課題を御紹介。学生時代は母校東京芸大に於いてすら、金槌を持った美術学部建築科の学生を目にしたことがなかったことと比べると、さすがはDIY(ドゥ イット ユアセルフ)の国、一般大学の一年目にこんなことをしてしまうのかと感心させられる。大工でもないのに自分で家を建ててしまうよう人がたくさんいるのも頷ける。


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Theurel & Thomas, Maison du Macaron


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sunglasses required in this intensely elegant Mexican pâtisserie…

There’s certainly somewhat of a renaissance in the world’s cosmopolitan cities right now, for France’s most famous confectionery – the macaron. Theurel & Thomas, located in San Pedro, Mexico – Latin America’s most affluent suburb – is the first pâtisserie of its kind in the South American country, and has one of the most beautifully complementing brand identity and shop interiors we’ve seen in some time.
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Icons: Les Bains Des Docks, Le Havre


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Roman baths inspired aquatic centre is a true modern icon…

Icons usually become as such over many years, probably decades, but occasionally there’s design that is so blisteringly captivating that it can achieve that status pretty much overnight, Les Bains Des Docks – Jean Nouvel’s Roman thermal baths inspired aquatic centre in Le Havre, France – is very much an example of such a thing, a true modern icon.
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A Second Act


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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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Art of Speed


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The Luxury Manufacturer Reveals its Ultra-Fast Limited Edition Supercar

With a reputation for only producing the finest-quality luxury vehicles, Aston Martin has a special place in every car lover’s heart. The latest baby from the English company, founded in 1913, is the One-77, a high-performance sports car currently being produced at Aston’s new manufacturing headquarters in Warwickshire. Its top speed reaches 220mph (354km/h), but this is more than just a racing machine.
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