Bjarke Ingels, founder of Copenhagen and New York City-based architecture firm BIG, is frequently asked the question, "can you tell me why all new buildings are so boring?" Ingels and his team are motivated to find unique answers and solutions to this problem. Check out this thought-provoking film (complete with a sweet timelapse!) and hear how Ingels is reshaping the way we look at cities, apartments buildings, and even power plants.
Apartment Therapy is a blog that educates their readers about every area of life - family, technology, cooking, DIY projects, style, and more. We've been producing films for them for four years. But we recently started making a handful of videos for one of their many web-based series, "Maker Talks." The series is an on-site Q&A between Apartment Therapy CEO and founder Maxwell Ryan, and the "maker" that is the subject of each segment.
The first episode visits Rebecca Atwood, a Brooklyn-based designer and artist specializing in homemade pillows and textiles. Many of the patterns are hand-drawn entirely from one of her many sketchbooks.
This was the guinea pig for the series, as it was the first one of its kind. It was also a test run for us to try...
Happy New Year everyone! Here's a fun fact to kick off your Monday: it turns out that the animators behind some of our favorite Disney worlds actually took inspiration from real architectural wonders. Hope that doesn't ruin the magic of your childhood memories!
We were in Chicago last week covering the first ever Chicago Architecture Biennial. Chicago is the first American city to launch an architectural biennial of this size. The event was established in order to provide a public platform for architectural projects and installations, similar to that of theVenice Bienniale (which we covered last year). Chicago definitely made sense as a host city as it is centrally located, has strong ties to the architectural community, and has the public space to facilitate the event.
Despite a strong effort and good intentions, the event as a whole was pretty underwhelming and disorganized. There were definitely some highlights and a few exhibits/installations worth mentioning, but...
I have always enjoyed seeing the use of urban structures as canvases, this often comes in the form of graffiti, but is increasingly being supported by local governments. As a kid, I remember seeing the murals of Philadelphia and thinking they were the coolest thing, they were so large and colorful you couldn't help but notice them. Philadelphia was one of the early supporters of authorized murals and founded their Mural Arts program in 1984 as part of a larger Anti-Graffiti effort. The success of the Mural Arts program has been a model for other cities including Jersey City who recently launched a similar program to help beautify neighborhoods and promote cultural awareness in the community.