5/22/2011

Sunday Roundup: Among Others

Good initiative: designdeservice is a online resource created by Matthew Marino and his team of User Studio for the francophone service design community. As it is for the francophones, it is in French. The principle is clear, like an open-source system, users are invited to contribute and add definitions, case studies, tools and methods specific to the field of service design.

Just completed: Steven Holl Architects, in collaboration with Solange Fabiao, just completed the Cite de l'Ocean et du Surf in Biarritz, France. This results in a fascinating dialogue of convex/concave forms derived from the spatial concept "under the sky"/"under the sea". "The building's strong spatial qualities are experienced from the museum's entrance, where the lobby and ramps to the gallery give a broad aerial view of the exhibition areas, as they pass along the dynamic curved surface that will be animated by moving image and light…" (Steven Holl)

The Book of the week: Visiting my local bookstore, I bought A Green New Deal. From geopolitics to biosphere politics last week. This book is of Enric Ruiz-Geli and Cloud9 and published by Actar Editorial and Arts Santa Monica. It is on my desk. You can find in your local bookstore or Here, or Here.

Before: Before reading this book, I warmly suggest to read Jeremy Rifkin's essays: Biosphere Politics: A Cultural Odyssey from the Middle Ages to the New Age (which is hard to find), Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis. Nonetheless, a new book — The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy and Changing the World — will help for a best reading of Ruiz-Geli and Cloud9's book A Green New Deal. Jeremy Rifkin contributed in Ruiz-Geli and Cloud9's book. Consequently…

I like: Perkins and Will's FibroCITY and Map-Lab's ResilienCity. The first one, FibroCity, is a proposal by Perkins and Will. It aims at regenerate Houston's urban area. Urban voids will be filled up with places for people, activities, and interactions.
FibroCity, Houston, USA, © Perkins and Will. Originally appears on archdaily
FibroCity © Perkins and Will. Originally appears on archdaily

The second one, ResilienCity is a proposal by Map-Lab which aims is to set the vision for the future of Boston's Innovation District. This district is a new neighborhood built on grey field and brownfield sites providing residences and workplaces for over 300,000 people.
ResilienCity, Boston, USA, © Map-Lab
ResilienCity — Sea Level Change Coastline © Map-Lab

I Like: Mecanoo Architecten's Shenzhen Cultural Complex proposal has been chosen by the district government of Shenzhen. The complex contains a public art museum, a science museum, a youth center and a mega bookstore on a 90,000-square-meter site. This project will be built with the collaboration of the artists Doug and Wolf.
Shenzhen Cultural Complex, Shenzhen, China © Mecanoo Architecten
Shenzhen Cutlural Complex © Mecanoo Architecten

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