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Does the world need another bit of wearable tech? Will.i.am thinks so, and the musician/entrepreneur has enlisted Zaha Hadid to lend her talents to his fashion-forward cause.
Here’s the rundown: Called the Puls, the Android-based cuff braceletÂ uses a SIM card, allowing it to function independent of any smartphone.Â It responds to voice commands, whichÂ makesÂ sending texts, placingÂ phone calls, playing music, posting to social media, and the like largely a hands-free operation (although there is a teeny, tiny keyboard that can pop up onscreen).
Facades+ Dallas participants can register for a full day of dialog workshops.
Dialog, whether between teacher and student, master and apprentice, or a group of peers, has been an essential element of architectural practice throughout history. At next week’s Facades+ Dallas conference the tradition continues, with a series of dialog workshops following day 1′s symposium. Facade geeks from around the world will gather at the premier conference’s Dallas debut to chew over both abstract and concrete challenges, from designing envelopes for resilience to dealing with the problem of glare.
Exterior of Wenzhou Kean Campus. (Michael Graves via Kean University)
This Saturday, Kean University, in Union, New Jersey,Â will launch the Michael Graves School of Architecture in celebration of the 50th anniversary ofÂ Michael Graves Architecture & Design. Over his career, Graves has racked up an impressive list of architectural accolades including the AIA Gold Medal, the National Medal of the Arts, and theÂ Driehaus Prize for Architecture.
Last month ANÂ took a look at how Silicon Valley’s campus model is changing to keep up with its urban competition. But as we pointed out, the greenest form of campus is adaptive reuse. One of the mostÂ successful new examples is the recently-renovated Hercules Campus, the former home of Howard Hughes’ Hughes Aircraft in Playa Vista (part of the LA’s fast-growing “Silicon Beach“). The campus restoration was completed byÂ Brenda Levin and EPT Design, with firms like Lean Arch designingÂ individual offices. The growing facilityÂ is now home to YouTube, Konami, advertising agency 72 and Sunny, and UCLA’s Ideas Campus.
A Studios Kabako performance. (Courtesy Curry Stone Foundation)
Studios Kabako, a Congolese theater and performance group, has won the Curry Stone Foundation’s 7thÂ annual Design Prize,Â which honors designers who use their craft for social good. The arts group was founded in 2001 by choreographer and director Faustin Linyekula, and uses theater, dance, and music to help communities imagine a life beyond hardship andÂ violence.
As Dallas comes of age, its built environment is a subject of debate among designers, city leaders, and residents. (David Herrera / Flickr)
Dallas is growing up. And just like the rest of us, the city is doing some soul-searching on its way from adolescence to adulthood. “Growing up doesn’t necessarily mean growing out; bigger isn’t necessarily better,” said Heath May, director of HKS LINE and co-chair of the upcoming Facades+ Dallas conference. “People are starting to understand that it’s time to start thinking about public policy and the way it relates to placemaking.”
One ofÂ Chicago‘s most visible rust-belt remnants is up for sale, just in time for its cameo in the Transformers 4Â movie. The derelict Santa Fe grain elevator has been a favorite hangout for squatters, graffiti artists and ruin-porn enthusiasts since 1977, when a fire and explosion ended 70 years of industrial history there.
The village ofÂ Sagaponack, New York has confirmed toÂ ANÂ thatÂ Philip Johnsonâ€™s Farney House has been demolished. AÂ Robert A.M. Sternâ€“designed home is expected to rise in its place. Johnson completedÂ the home in 1946, just three years before his world-famous Glass House in New Canaan. The now-disappeared Hamptons home is believed to have inspired that later work.
The Merchant Square Footbridge. (Edmund Sumner via Knight Architects)
The UK-based firmÂ Knight ArchitectsÂ has created a pedestrian bridge in London that opens and closes like a Japanese folding fan. The Merchant Square Footbridge is comprised of five steel beams that sequentially open with the help of hydraulic jacks. The structure spans about 65 feet across the Grand Union Canal in the new mixed-use Merchant Square development in Paddington.
Despite reports of their demise, giant, neighborhood-bustingÂ McMansions in Los AngelesÂ appear to be alive and well. Although they wereÂ passed six years ago, it looks likeÂ Los Angeles’ Mansionization rules, according to the LA Times, “haven’t stopped neighborhoods from being overwhelmed by out-of-scale homes.”
HiWorks’ schemeÂ posits a segmented building with glass sections that allow views in to the moon rocket. (Courtesy HiWorks Architecture)
When I was a boy growing up in Houston, Texas, one of my favorite field trips was the drive down to Clear Lake to tourÂ NASA’sÂ Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. One of the highlights of the visitâ€”in addition to seeing Mission Control, eatingÂ astronaut ice cream, and picking up a new zero-gravity penÂ in the gift shopâ€”was the enormous Saturn V rocket, lying on its side in sections, that greeted you as you approached the facility at the corner of Saturn Lane and 2nd Street.