The conceptual master plan for the Milan World Exposition 2015 resulted from the teamwork of five architects: Jacques Herzog, Mark Rylander, Ricky Burdett, Stefano Boeri, and William McDonough. Working with the theme “feeding the planet, energy for life”, the exposition will be a planetary botanical garden that will “feed Milan literally, spiritually and intellectually.” The architects created the framework for the exposition and organized an orthogonal bridge that contains an agrofood park and is surrounded by water ways.
The idea for this planetary botanical garden is based on the Ancient Roman urban plans that included twin axes (the cardo and the decumanus) with a central forum. The two axis create a grid of spaces where some will be developed by the exposition, and other spaces will be give to individual countries to design.
In a time where dance music appears to have stumbled across a barren wasteland artists like Vitalic stand out like a glistening beacon of light: an incendiary guiding force away from the commercially un-listenable pap. The Frenchman uses purely synthesized instruments and states himself that “the only thing he can’t fake is the emotion that galvanizes his music”. He succeeds at making listeners smile, shake their stuff, and still walk away a little shaken by the music’s intensity.
Want to be the cool one later this year that gets to say “oh I had this months ago” when people are raving about this new artist they have discovered? Well now is your chance! Ladies and gentlemen I introduce you to a new genre called folktronica and the sexiness that is Ellie Goulding. This British singer and guitarist is in my opinion one of the most promising new talents of the decade, and I’m not the only one that thinks so because she was chosen as BBC’s #1 “Sound of 2010″. It’s a list that highlights the most exciting musical talent for the coming year and as they put it “if Kate Bush, Bjork and Stevie Nicks shared a flat in 2009, but were a little bit more sane, this noise would emerge”. She sounds delicate and strong, ethereal yet raw. Basically if her voice were edible I would be obese.
American poet, musician and dignified revolutionary: Gil Scott-Heron releases a new single along with a visual entitled, Me and The Devil. Best known for his lyrical content addressing a variety of social and political issues during his time, his works have had major influence towards the creation of genres such as Hip Hop and Neo-Soul. His most distinguished piece of work was his 1971 Poem entitled, “The revolution will not be televised” – a pithy quote that originates with this gentleman. His upcoming album has a tentative release date of February 9th.
Family and lifestyle patterns have changed throughout times, however sometimes it’s good to keep traditional patterns in modern lifestyles. Singaporean practice Formwerkz Architects has completed such a contemporary house in Seletar Estate, Singapore where the idea of cluster living “apartments” with open communal spaces was devised for the multi-generation families living under one roof. While paying close attention to the needs of the end user and constructing a residence from the primary state, Formwerks focused on the requests of each person on an individual basis as well as their function as a group or a whole. The primary question upon designing and building this residence is can architecture deal with the differences in behavior, lifestyles, needs or even the potential tension between individuals or sub-families when these individuals are to live in one residence? The answer is yes! The rest is up to the occupants who have to cooperate on a daily basis to co-exist in harmony! The areas were defined into working spaces, fun spaces, personal spaces and engaging spaces; they were attached together with each family’s needs which were carefully studied and planned with the required privacies. The choice in materials and architectural language has been vigilantly expressed by the hierarchy of spaces and family cells. To embrace the individuals’ differences and desires, material palettes were restrained to the most basic form of construction elements. The basis of selections was simplified to natural colors and textures rather than subjective decorative merits. Formwerks Architects believes that dwelling spaces are organic; therefore, most elements were designed to be easily de-mountable and replaceable. This strategy allows room for future growth, since they started bare and simple.
Sako Architects have designed the BUMPS building complex in Beijing, China.
The complex is a mixed-use residential and commercial development, which will be a landmark that leads to further development in the surrounding area of the city.
The building is characterized by it’s constant variation between the different levels. Every two floors are set as a unit, and every unit is staggered by 2 metres horizontally, with the resulting set-back areas being used for terraces.