So, you've just purchased the apartment next door and you want to combine the two spaces into a larger simplex. You can imagine the space, but you're not sure what all will go into it, and you want to make sure the two spaces flow together smoothly. But how do you get started?
Perhaps most notable are London's iconic new skyscrapers popularly renamed for their shapes. The Shard is the Renzo Piano-designed 87-storey sheath piercing the sky. (And shattering sales records, reportedly, for its condominium apartments.)
I'm a big fan of architecture and all things beautiful. I'm also a big fan of the religions of the world. So naturally, during a recent trip to Europe, I wanted to get up close and personal with as many Old World cathedrals and churches as my three-week itinerary would allow.
As a designer, slash, travel blogger, I like to think that I have my finger on the pulse of, well, design and travel. Imagine my delight when I discovered that I would be in Los Angeles just when the ultra-cool French hotel brand, Mama Shelter, would be opening their first United States outpost.
Hudson Yards in particular has challenged conventional thinking and brought about a one-of-kind collaboration between planners, developers, architects, landscape architects, engineers and even soil scientists.
There has been quite a bit of discussion lately on "The Office of the Future" -- what it will look like, how will it be different than the traditional office, will there still be an appetite for cubicles? These, of course, are all great questions if you work in an office or have in the past.
Questions and answers about accessing cities and neighborhoods once spoke the language of exit ramps, street widening and parking adequacy. Now, different conversations, and varied imagery, create diverse story lines, where urban policy and citizen activism converge.
An oft-cited obstacle we see in work like this is the significant lag time between stabilizing a disaster-stricken area through emergency humanitarian response and the implementing of viable recovery programs which return a sense of normalcy to those affected.
One item the University of Washington has never been short of is master plans for its landscape.
The two photographs below say both simple and remarkable things about how urban residents interact with each other, and the streets around them.
Though Beyoncé's persuasion has yet to build a nation, it has inspired the construction of at least one building. The curvaceous new Premier Tower, located in Melbourne, Australia, was modeled after the singer's famous form.
While the profession of architecture discriminates against women, the rest of society objectifies women through the image of architecture. "She's built" is a common expression, and in a 1957 interview journalist Mike Wallace asked Frank Lloyd Wright, "What do you think of [Marilyn] Monroe as architecture?" Replied the architect, "Extremely good."
In Cannes this past June, I spent some time on camera with my friend Bob Greenberg, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of R/GA, one of the most creative and innovative agencies on the planet. Watch as Bob and I discuss how R/GA reinvents their business model every nine years and how they are using technology to disrupt the way they think and create.
When Oral Göktaş and Sevince Bayrak of, emerging Istanbul based, SO? Architecture and ideas entered a design competition hosted by the Royal Academy of Arts and Turkishceramics, they had no idea how inventive they would have to be when approaching the task.
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"Mansionization" is the name given to the increasingly common practice of tearing down a smaller house and building a much larger, more expensive one on the same lot, often to the detriment of next-door neighbors who suddenly find themselves deprived of sun, views, and privacy by the new mansion now looming over them.