These days, the architecture conversation in NYC is all about the tallest, slenderest, and priciest towers. But while everyone has their eye on what’s going up, no one seems to be talking about what’s coming down to make it happen. That’s why this new design competition from the Storefront for Art and Architecture is so intriguing. “Taking Buildings Down” wants to expand the context of new development to include the entire life cycle of our built environment, and proposals are being accepted for “production of voids; the demolition of buildings, structures, and infrastructures; or the subtraction of objects and/or matter as a creative act.”
Daily Link Fix: Finding Peace and Quiet in NYC; In-Store 3D-Printed Earphones Customized for Your Ear, Mon, August 11, 2014
- Finding A Quiet Respite In The Loud, Busy City: As part of Narratively and WNYC’s “My Secret New York Sanctuary,” one New Yorker shares her secret place to recharge and think when things in the city get a bit too hectic.
- Submit Your Birdhouse Design To NEST: Calling all architects and designers! NEST is looking for your most creative bird-friendly home for their upcoming gallery exhibition and auction. If the design sells, the designer can receive up to 50% of the sold price.
- Baltimore Bus Stop Spells Out “Bus”: If you’ve ever had trouble finding the bus stop in NYC, maybe we should try to get this extremely literal sign that popped up in Baltimore last month. City Lab reports each letter can accommodate up to four people either laying down, sitting or standing.
- Earbuds That Are Customized To Your Ear: New Yorkers need more from earbuds than a “universal ear.” We need ones that withstand crowded trains, “showtime,” awkward moments when your eyes meet someone else’s and when people come through the car panhandling. Cool Hunting featured Normal, an NYC-based company that provides in-store (or remote) scanning for 3D-printed, premium sounding earbuds made specially for your “earhole.”
Cameron Sinclair Launches ‘Dead Prize’ Competition Honoring Architecture That’s Caused Remarkable Environmental Harm, Tue, August 5, 2014
Architects and designers love getting and giving accolades, and rightly so—there are some stellar projects out there transforming the world that deserve recognition. However, Cameron Sinclair, the Executive Director of the Jolie-Pitt Foundation and co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, seems to be fed up with the lack of discourse when it comes bad design, and in response he’s just kicked off a new competition that aims to “honor” works that have inflicted serious harm on our environment. Called “Dead Prize“, Sinclair hopes that this award will recognize the bad, point out the failures, and hopefully inspire individuals to do something to rectify these designs against humanity.