Topic: Inspiration

Inspirational architecture.

Cool video shows the MIT’s cross-disciplinary approach that could be the next step to build the towers, office blocks, homes, and schools of the future using new technologies, materials and techniques. This is how some of the architecture of the future may look like. From thereon it can only get better, with less clutter, better defined niches, a more philosophical approach to respond to real human needs and solve problems instead of simply looking fantastic.

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What will buildings of the future look like and how will they be built? Will they feature dynamic materials that communicate information? How about buildings that can assemble themselves? Or feature rippling computational walls controlled by a smartphone? Or will we, finally, be living on the moon? It’s food for thought and the sort of people who are having debates like that for breakfast are found at places like MITArchitecture. By Kevin Holmes for Vice.

“Welcome to the 5th Façade” takes a dystopian approach. Architecturally, the story is about the future of urban rooftops, which Maskin calls “a neglected layer of cities.” In this sense, the tale proposes several easily imagined scenarios, like mechanical vertical farms that rotate around buildings to maximize exposure to sunlight (Maskin says the team consulted a botanist about this story element). The rest of the narrative focuses on the protagonist—a man who has awakened from decades of artificially induced sleep and joined the workforce that makes this new type of city possible. He, like others in the story, wears an augmented reality headset that replaces human contact with a series of intelligent animations. []

Guangzhou Opera House

Zaha Hadid, renowned for her theoretical work, created designs that were so complex that for the first few decades of her practice, many of her more ambitious projects were never realized, even as she gained a dedicated following among her colleagues. Her completed projects include the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan (2013); Guangzhou Opera House in China (2010); the…

When it comes to designing and constructing a house extension the only limits are the ones we accept. But, generally speaking, the straight lines and simple architecture will almost always win if we’re looking for elegance, tradition and cost efficiency. Here is a similar design for two different houses, but built with different materials; sourced on Flickr (copyright Roger Wollstadt…