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august 06, 2018

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NASA has selected the five winning designs in the latest stage of its 3D-printed habitat competition, including a pod inspired by the anatomy of a spider and vertical egg-like container. teams were challenged to come up with a solution that tackled the issues of transporting materials to mars, considering differences in atmosphere and landscape on the red planet. see the winning schemes here.

 

meanwhile, BIG unveiled its proposal for ‘southbank by beulah’ — a competition which will see a new skyscraper built in melbourne, australia. the project has been designed as two interlocking towers, each comprising a series of stacked volumes that contain a variety of different programs. the proposal — dubbed the ‘lanescraper’ — is competing against entries from other high-profile firms, including coop himmelb(l)auMAD architectsOMA, and UNStudio, with the winner to be announced on august 8, 2018.

NASA reveals winners of 3D-printed mars habitat competition teams had to come up with a solution that tackled the issues of transporting materials to mars, whilst considering the planet's extreme conditions.

by kieron marchese

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BIG's proposed 'lanescraper' could become australia's tallest building the project has been designed as two interlocking towers, each comprising a series of stacked volumes that contain a variety of different programs.

by philip stevens

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new dorms with library for novice monks of buddhanimit temple in thailand the architects skarn chaiyawat, rina shindo, andwitee wisuthumporn have renovated an existing abandoned building while keeping a part of the budget for a new library.

by skarnc

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airbnb now lets you spend the night on the great wall of china for the first time in thousands of years, four winners will be able to sleep in a custom-designed home along the ancient portion of the wall.

by sofia lekka angelopoulou

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design

born in san sperate, a small village in the southern part of sardinia, artist pinuccio sciola gained wide recognition for his rock sculptures, which have been shown in various exhibitions worldwide, including the venice biennale, and renzo piano’s parco della musica in rome. particularly known for his ‘sound stones’, sciola was able to make rocks ‘sing’ by carving patterned fissures onto them with a circular saw. designboom visited the artist’s sound garden in san sperate to discover how running a smaller rock over a carved piece of stone can transform it from art object to musical instrument.

 

ECAL student dimitri nassisi reimagined the fire hydrant as a multifunctional drinking fountain. styled in blue, the drinking hydrant‘s revision is meant to attract the attention of the community whilst signifying its new uses which include quenching people’s thirst, filling water bottles and hydrating pets.

this hotel has no roof or walls, just a summer night sky and a swiss valley as a backdrop situated in eastern switzerland, 'zero real estate' is a revival of the the null stern hotel art installation by swiss concept artists frank and patrik riklin.

by wes toshiro purpura

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industry city is NYC's one-stop design shopping destination for experts and enthusiasts alike design-lovers, interior decorators, and set stylists need look no further: industry city is here to solve your shopping woes.

by nina azzarello

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dimitri nassisi reimagines the fire hydrant as a public fountain the blue design signifyies its new uses which include quenching people's thirst, filling water bottles and hydrating pets.

by kieron marchese

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magic singing stones in the giardino sonoro by pinuccio sciola the sardinian artist has been carving into ancient rock to release the sounds that for millennia have been trapped inside the stone itself. designboom visits his sound garden in the tiny village of san sperate.

by sofia lekka angelopoulou

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art

on the occasion of the floating art 2018 festival,organized by denmark’s vejle art museum, artist asmund havsteen-mikkelsen has created and sunk a 1:1 replica of a corner of le corbusier‘s 1929 villa savoye. titled ‘flooded modernity’, the half-submerged sculpture floats in theejle fjord as a comment on the ‘sinking’ of reason amidst recent sociopolitical events including brexit, donald trump, the cambridge analytica scandal, and the use of social media to manipulate democratic elections.

 

in other news, vans partnered with the van gogh museum in amsterdam on a collection of shoes and apparel inspired by the dutch artist’s masterpieces. the brand and the museum have selected four main bodies of work to be used as themes in the collection, with proceeds dedicated to the preservation of van gogh’s legacy and collection of art.

le corbusier's villa savoye floating in a danish fjord is a comment on the ‘sinking’ of modernity the half-submerged sculpture floats as a comment on the 'sinking' of reason amidst recent sociopolitical events including brexit and donald trump.

by sofia lekka angelopoulou

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vans unveils van gogh collection inspired by the artist's iconic paintings the limited-edition series will feature some of the artist's most prominent works, including skull (1887), almond blossom (1890), sunflowers (1889) and van gogh's self-portrait as a painter (1887-1888).

by kieron marchese

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alex chinneck unzips the walls of an abandoned office building a 1960s-era office building which had fallen to disuse has been unzipped by british artist alex chinneck and is open to the public.

by kat barandy

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paper cutting artist pippa dyrlaga creates ornate flowers and intricate animals the micro details of ornate plants, animals, and abstract designs bring these flat images to life.

by kieron marchese

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technology

NASA is on a mission to better understand the complex systems that drive ocean ecology by studying the earth’s seas all the way from space. PACE — short for the plankton, aerosols, cloud, ocean ecosystem mission — will use advanced technologies to measure the diversity of the ocean’s tiny plant-like organisms called phytoplankton to help scientists get a better grip on how climate change is affecting the environment.

 

designboom also featured a harley-davidson 11K, the american company’s first purpose-built v-twin racer, restored to its former glory. the bright orange model is one of harley davidson’s 79 exceedingly rare original racers, with a CV that’s just as colourful.

the next generation of supercars: the exclusive milan red only 99 models will be built of the milan red, that combines groundbreaking formula 1 technology and leadership into a street-approved supercar.

by wes toshiro purpura

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the car that inspired an outlaw movement: 1956 porsche 356A carrera GS this particular porsche was first redesigned by legendary painter and custom car builder dean jefferie.

by wes toshiro purpura

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NASA plans to study earth like a giant fish tank in space to discover ocean's secret sea life the mission will help scientists get a better grip on how climate change is affecting the environment.

by kieron marchese

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harley-davidson's first purpose-built v-twin racer, 11K, restored to its original glory the motorcycle, which goes on auction next month, is one of an astonishingly rare 79 original racers.

by kieron marchese

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readers

'earthbox' is a small architecture office in the middle of asunción, paraguay, designed by local studio equipo de arquitectura. the building is made with rammed earth walls, surrounding two trees, and features a vast opening covered with glass. 30-cm thick rammed earth walls hold the weight of the roof, exploiting the structural qualities of this material.

 

elsewhere, international design practice hassell revealed its vision for human habitation on mars, after being listed in NASA’s top 10 for its 3D printing centennial challenge. the approach by hassell and engineers eckersley o’callaghan puts people first — it moves beyond the idea of astronauts as operators, to create a habitat where people can not only survive life on mars but really thrive there.

equipo de arquitectura builds an office out of earth around two trees in paraguay the building is made with rammed earth walls, surrounding two trees, and featuring a vast opening covered with glass.

by Horacio Fernán

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mix architecture transforms a chinese sun shed into a banquet hall with 12 bamboo pillars the farmer hopes to adjust to the use of the banquet hall as the spot's main function to maximize its benefits.

by Mix Architects

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hassell + eckersley o’callaghan design martian habitat where people could really thrive the competition sought perspectives from outside the aerospace industry, to explore how a human habitat could be designed and delivered on mars using autonomous 3D printing technologies and sustainable design practices.

by Adam Ross

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UUA sets a curved steel staircase in this photography studio being one of the leaders in the industry, ASTUDIO needs a space destined to become a benchmark for this profession.

by UUA

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