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The Green School in Bali

 

Photo © Iwan Baan
 

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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Helena Rizzo: Brazil’s Queen Chef


Photo © Carol Sachs
 

The Model-Turned-Culinary-Artist Heats Up Sao Paolo Restaurant Maní

Helena Rizzo is one of the best chefs in Brazil, period. But she came to the profession via an unlikely route, studying architecture in her youth and then working as a model before settling on a culinary career at the age of 18. “Ever since I was a child I loved to eat and to experience new flavors and aromas,” she says. Like supermodel Gisele Bündchen, Rizzo is every inch the charming sulista (or southern Brazilian woman), and has a gastronomic CV to match her sun-kissed looks: in her early career she worked in many top restaurants in Brazil, including Fasano and Emmanuel Bassoleil, before moving to Europe and the kitchens of Italy’s La Torre and Sadler, and Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca.
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(I miss São Paulo! So I get excited when I discover something that makes me proud of my native city.)

CONCRETE RINGS


© Beat Poet
 

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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Wonderwall: Interior Invention


Photo © Kozo Takayama
 

How the Visionary Studio Behind BAPE’s Stores Defines Tokyo Retail

Wonderwall is the brainchild of Masamichi Katayama, a Tokyo-based architect and interior designer whose obsession with cuboid forms, glistening transparent surfaces and candy-colored grids has made him the go-to man for brands including Pierre Hermé, APC and Godiva for their retail concepts in Japan. Katayama founded the company in 2000, shortly after creating his first, career-defining store for cult streetwear label BAPE in 1998.
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