Quebec City architecture students create B15 installation based on electropop music

B15 installation by Jean Verville and Kroy

A down-tempo, electronica song by a Montreal singer informed the design of an all-white installation created by students in a studio led by Canadian architect Jean Verville.

B15 installation by Jean Verville and Kroy

Called B15, the installation is the final project for a graduate studio at Laval University School of Architecture in Quebec City, where Verville recently became a professor.

B15 installation by Jean Verville and Kroy

Verville also leads an eponymous firm in Montreal and is well-known for experimental projects such as a black-and-white apartment that tricks the eye and a fairytale-like cottage in the forest.

For the studio project, Verville invited singer-songwriter Camille Poliquin – leader of the Montreal electropop band KROY — to participate.

B15 installation by Jean Verville and Kroy

Poliquin met with the studio’s 15 students to discuss her work methods and the “rhythms, sequences, nuances and variations” that characterise her artistic vision. She then composed a song specifically for the studio and charged the students with creating an installation to accompany it.

B15 installation by Jean Verville and Kroy

Over the course of the semester, the students conceived a small installation for a snowy clearing on campus. The temporary structure consists of 15 white-painted plywood blocks in various shapes and sizes, which can be combined to form different landscapes – some highly fractured, others more intact.

The students carried all of the pieces to the site by hand and tested out the different configurations.

B15 installation by Jean Verville and Kroy

“This stage led the group to work on in-situ adaptations of the elements, in order to explore the different assembly possibilities while preserving the installation’s structural and formal characteristics,” said Verville in a project description.

Canadian photographer Maxime Brouillet was brought in to document the work and capture “scenographic compositions” that revealed the versatile and expressive quality of the students’ design.

B15 installation by Jean Verville and Kroy

Poliquin used the installation as a backdrop for a forthcoming music video, and it will also figure in album artwork. Four different configurations will be featured in total. A short preview is available online.

“The hypnotic universe of KROY becomes the source of impulse for this installation, resulting in a multidisciplinary experiment combining music, architecture, video and photography,” said Verville.

B15 installation by Jean Verville and Kroy

In addition to providing architecture students with a unique experience, the studio supported Verville’s ongoing mission to develop “interventions that contribute to the de-compartmentalisation of artistic disciplines”.

B15 installation by Jean Verville and Kroy

Other recent projects by students include a robotically fabricated wooden bench by students in Vancouver and a woven pavilion that shelters archaeologists, which was designed by Swiss and Peruvian students.

Photography is by Maxime Brouillet.

Project credits:

Workshop instructor: Jean Verville
Students: Achille Breysse, Francis Brunette, Sara Bursikova, Louise Cancel, Alex Clavet, Guillaume Couture, Marion Delahay, Jonathan Estrade, Rosemonde Gadoury-Salvail, Steven Girard, Zachari Guay-Hébert, Walter Lopez-Echeverry, Noémie Marcellin, Justine Rioux, Marie-Ève Thibert
Workshop collaborators: Tania Paula Garza, France Goneau (of Jean Verville Architecte)
Musician: Camille Poliquin (of KROY)
Music video DOP and editing: Adrian Villagomez
Video colorisation: Charles-Étienne Pascal

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Studio Lotus unveils design for visitor centre at 15th century Mehrangarh Fort

Mehrangarh Fort visitor centre by Studio Lotus

Studio Lotus has designed the Mehrangarh Fort visitor centre in Jodhpur, India, from a system of interconnected and adaptable decks.

Mehrangarh Fort visitor centre by Studio Lotus

Delhi-based Studio Lotus has designed the visitor and knowledge centre for the city’s 15th century Mehrangarh Fort, which towers 125 metres above Jodhpur on a rocky hill.

Describing their approach as an “architectural system” rather than a set of buildings, Studio Lotus said they wanted their interventions at the historic fort to be as sensitive as possible.

Mehrangarh Fort visitor centre by Studio Lotus

“The towering edifice of Mehrangarh and its various outcroppings constitute a staggeringly intricate built character, as much a testament to the beauty of the built form as it is an embodiment of the region’s culture and heritage,” said the architecture studio.

“It was pertinent that any additions or modifications to this dense fabric enmesh with the existing; the proposed intervention aims to do just that – through expressive and adaptable additions that make the most of modern construction technology, yet stand deferential to the historic site’s timeless magnificence.”

Mehrangarh Fort visitor centre by Studio Lotus

The Mehrangarh Fort Visitor Centre will create a new entrance for the site, situated at the junction between a path that will run parallel to the main entryway to the fort and the Jai Pol Plaza.

A modular steel lattice work roof will shelter the centre, which will be paved with stone slabs.

Mehrangarh Fort visitor centre by Studio Lotus

A knowledge centre, which will include exhibition galleries, seminar halls and community spaces, will sit on the north western ramparts overlooking the Chokhelao Bagh.

Interconnected decks will lead from the plaza to the knowledge centre, shaded by latticed stone screens known as jaalis, and more steel trellises.

Mehrangarh Fort visitor centre by Studio Lotus

Studio Lotus’ proposal for the Mehrangarh Fort visitor centre is modular and easy to build locally, allowing for new pathways and platforms to be added or re-configured as the uses of the historic site change.

In China Selldorf Architects is designing a visitor centre for a palace in Beijing’s forbidden city which has never been open to public before, and in Reiulf Ramstad designed a series of zig-zagging mountainous pathways for Norway’s Trollstigen Visitor Centre.

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Benjamin Von Wong’s Stawpocalypse 

C’est un véritable signal d’alerte visuel et artistique qu’a créé l’artiste canadien Benjamin Von Wong avec son oeuvre « Strawpocalypse ». Une idée survenue en collaboration avec Zero Waste Saigon, une association vietnamienne à but non lucratif ayant pour objectif d’aider la population à réduire ses déchets. En résulte une vague grandeur nature composée de précisément 168 037 pailles en plastique. Un moyen percutant d’éveiller les consciences, tout en offrant une deuxième vie à ces déchets recyclés. Starbucks a en partie sponsorisé cette installation en installant, dans un certain nombre de leur cafés, des bacs de collecte de pailles usagées. Zero Waste Saigon a également apporté sa pierre à l’édifice en organisant des groupes de nettoyage. Après six mois de ces récoltes plastiques, les pailles ont dû être lavées, triées et codées par couleurs. 

Cette installation a été reconnue par le Guinness World Records comme la « plus grande sculpture en pailles » : 3,3 mètres de haut, 8 mètres de long et 4,5 mètres de large. Les visiteurs peuvent marcher au sein même de cette vague, de cette « séparation d’une mer en plastique » en deux partie. Une déambulation pour faire comprendre la triste situation actuelle quant aux énormes quantités de plastiques déversées dans l’océan.

Plus de son travail à découvrir sur son Instagram @Vonwong

A Thought-Provoking Dongle!

At first sight, this quirky trio may just look like a playful desk accessory, however, both its functional purpose and metaphorical inspiration have been concealed behind the literal façade. Like with a cabin on a snowy mountain-pass, where mountaineers gather, stay for a while and then leave, files and photos are also momentarily held within a USB and SD card hub… temporarily holding digital memories.

This metaphor has been encapsulated within the minimal, stylistic form of a traditional cabin; an SD card slot is present within the roof of the device, whilst a USB makes up the vibrantly colored chimney! Completing the trio of products is the External HDD that sits below the cabin; this has been designed to mimic a snowy, mountainous landscape where a cabin may be found!

Designer: Homm Studio

The full version of products is composed with External HDD which located in bottom, cabin USB hub and chimney USB memory stick.

Ventura Future and Ventura Centrale return to this year's Milan design week

Dezeen promotion: Ventura Projects has announced the return of its Future and Centrale exhibitions to Milan design week, where it will display the latest works from emerging and established studios including Lavazza, Gufram, Lensvelt and Modular.

The return of Ventura Future and Ventura Centrale to the city’s annual design festival – which is taking place from 9 to 14 April 2019 – will mark the organiser’s 10th anniversary at the event.

Italian design studio Aria will be presenting an installation at Ventura Centrale

Designers at the Ventura Future exhibition will explore innovative processes like synthetic biology and address current global affairs such as migration, while Ventura Centrale will host a range of established practices.

Ventura Centrale will remain at its usual setting in a series of vaults near the Italian city’s main train station, but Ventura Future has found a new location in the Tortona district in the Base Milano industrial complex.

Dutch furniture brand Lensvelt will also be exhibiting together with Belgian brand Modular

“Milan not only embodies design but the city lives and breathes its key principles,” said Margriet Vollenberg, founder and art director of Ventura Projects.

“Milan is the perfect environment with its generous curiosity for the new and unknown and its loving affection for the aesthetics of the established,” she added.

Korean studio Noroo Group is also among those exhibiting in one of the 16 vaults under the Ventura Centrale train station

Mexican-American artist Isabelle Sanchez Jacques is one of the many names exhibiting at Ventura Future who will be using their designs to address global affairs.

Jacques will invite the public to consume homemade Mexican dishes while listening to anecdotal stories from migrant workers, in a bid to call into question issues like heritage and intolerance between cultures.

Kuang-Yi Ku will be presenting his Tiger Penis Project at Ventura Future

Switching from a sense of taste to a sense of smell, Dutch company SOM Tales of Perfume will be presenting a “fragrant experience” at the exhibition. At the exhibit visitors will be able to move through a composition of 100 wooden pieces that are infused with various components of pure botanical perfume.

“Over the last years there has been a detectable shift from the designer of objects to the designer of stories,” said the organisers. “Ventura Projects has always been at the forefront of this development.”

Matilde Boelhouwer will be exhibiting her Food for Buzz project at Ventura Future

This year’s edition of Ventura Future will also explore the topic of bio-design. Eight Dutch designers  including Matilde Boelhouwer will show their visions for a “liveable earth”. Boelhouwer’s contribution will be a set of artificial flowers that turn rain into sugar water, to serve as emergency food sources for city-dwelling insect pollinators. The bio-design project is supported by the Embassy and the Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Milan.

The forward-facing exhibition will also host notable design academies including London’s Central Saint Martins, and Royal College of Art, Prague-based university UMPRUM and University of Iowa 3D Design Program.

Design School Kolding in Denmark will ask the question “where do we feel at home?” in their exhibit, visualising the relationships between mobile personal objects and the ideas of home.

“The freedom that design students have to explore current topics never fails to excite,” said the organisers.

Amalia Shem Tov produced a series of ancient-looking cooking utensils, which will be on show at Ventura Future

Thanks to the success of previous years, this year the Ventura Centrale exhibition will be expanding to host 16 vaults instead of last year’s number of nine.

Japanese manufacturer AGC and Korean practice Noroo Group will be among those exhibiting in the vaults, as well as Italian brands Lavazza together with Gufram and Aria studio, Dutch furniture brands Lensvelt, with Belgian lighting manufacturer Modular, Weltevree and Swiss practice Sky-Frame and Freitag.

Swiss practice Sky-Frame will team up with designer Stephan Hürlemann to present an installation

Dutch designer Maarten Baas and American practice Rapt Studio will also present special projects at the show.

Baas will showcase his latest works at the exhibition, in a display that aims to entertain visitors with his artistic interpretation of what he has dubbed the “attention economy”.

Eduard Bartels will be showcasing his Hydroformed Radiator during the annual design week

Rapt Studio will make its first appearance at Milan design week with an installation that explores the emotions of connection.

Called Tell Me More, the installation will feature drapery-clad “stages” where each person will be asked to answer a question posed by the stranger who came before them, before moving on into a lounge where they are encouraged to strike up a conversation with the people all around.

Dezeen is main media partner for Ventura Projects, which was established in 2010 when founder Margriet Vollenberg launched the first edition of Ventura Lambrate. Since then, she has also set up Ventura exhibitions in London, New York and Berlin.

Ventura Centrale is freely accessible. For more information about Ventura Centrale exhibitors, visit the Ventura Projects website. Ventura Future has an entrance fee of €5. For tickets and more information about Ventura Future exhibitors, visit the Ventura Projects website.

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Studio Fuksas reveals plans for "vertical park" on Monaco waterfront

Visual of Studio Fuksas' new building for Fontvieille waterfront

Studio Fuksas has unveiled plans for a stepped office and commercial building covered in plant-filled terraces, on the waterfront in Monaco.

Referred to by Studio Fuksas as “a vertical park”, the scheme will be built on the site of a shopping centre in the south of the city, and will stand alongside a cable car station being designed by Shigeru Ban Architects.

The building will contain a mix of cultural and commercial spaces spread over five storeys, which will open out on to a series of curved, linked terraces.

“The new Fontvieille site offers a contemporary, fluid and organic architecture,” explained the architecture studio. “The greening of the building introduces nature into the urban space, creating a new landscape up to the sea.”

Visual of Studio Fuksas' new building for Fontvieille waterfront
It will have a curved, organic form designed to echo its natural surroundings

Studio Fuksas’ building will be orientated to maximise views of the sea, and designed to “emphasise” the qualities of the surrounding landscape – including the Rock of Monaco.

From the ground to the fifth floor, its tiered facade will be connected by ramps and staircases designed to create a series of scenic walks for pedestrians. They will also link to the adjoining cable car being built on the site.

“The project directs the building to the outside, towards the horizon, creating new links with the environment and the natural landscape all around,” added the studio.

Inside the building, the interiors and furniture of each floor will be distinguished by a colour, also be informed by an elements of the landscape.

While the ground floor will be red to reflect the tiles of the historic centre of Monaco, the first storey will be sea-blue, and the second purple to resemble lavender. On the third floor, shades of ocher will be used to reference nearby buildings, and the fifth level will be finished in grey tones to echo the cliffs of Cote d’Azur.

Led by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, Studio Fuksas is an award-winning architecture studio, which has completed more than 600 projects across the world.

The Fontvieille waterfront project is not the only building by the studio with a curved, organic form – it follows the Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport in China, and more recently its design for a new convention centre with wavy floors and a bulging roof.

Project credits:

Client: Principality of Monaco, Cabinet du Prince, Ministère des Finances and Administration des Domaines
Architect: Studio Fuksas, Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas
Interior design: Fuksas Design
Landscape consultant: Atelier Jean Mus
Local architect: Alexis Blanchi Architecture
Commercial developer: SOCRI

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The Leica Photo Printer revives my love for photography

Hypothetically this could be a Leica branded printer concept, but I’m going to keep that aside for now and focus on this clever idea and its potential. Instant printers are not a new phenomenon, so what makes this Photo Printer different? The prospect of it directly connecting to your phone, acting as a battery backup and a printing machine. I could go a step further and say that it even serves as a memory backup for all the wonderful moments you capture through your phone, but for some odd reason I feel it shouldn’t have this feature.

In my mind, it takes away the charm of printing instantly and that being the only evidence of the magic you created. Back in the days, it worked well – of course you had a negative film that you could take more prints from. In this digital age, I think the phone’s memory will suffice. Let the printer do its job and be your constant companion when you travel and help you take beautiful pictures… always!

Designer: Deokhee Jeong

Made in Yame: Traditional Craft and Contemporary Design in Japan

SVA Made in Yame returns with its June 2019 opportunity to study traditional Japanese crafts in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan and have a contemporary product design produced and distributed by MoMA Wholesale. SVA Made in Yame accepts applications from all interested participants—not just SVA community members.

The group of visiting designers were welcomed by the craftsmen in a traditional ceremony at a Shinto shrine

In October 2018, program director and industrial designer Sinclair Smith lead a group of designers on a tour of the region’s remarkable concentration of traditional crafts, food and history. Sigi Moeslinger and Masamichi Udagawa of Antennae Design, Alexandra Dymowska, lead designer for brand strategy at Cadillac Design, General Motors, Ian Collings, product designer, sculptor and co-founder of Fort Standard, and product designer Panisa Khunprasert (MFA 2016 Products of Design) visited 10 craft studios and sketched new product designs using those tools and techniques. Prototypes are in development for consideration by MoMA’s team of buyers.

Ian Collings observes the process of straightening bamboo for traditional arrow making

“Meeting the craftsmen of Yame was a humbling experience. … All of them have accumulated a depth of knowledge about a material or process that allows them to produce exquisite artifacts,” says Sigi Moeslinger. “This is in such contrast to our fast-paced, low-cost, throw-away culture and an inspiration to take the long view on whatever we design and make.”

And anyone can apply to these programs regardless of any affiliation with the school. But now SVA has added product design to its roster with Made in Yame: Traditional Craft and Contemporary Design in Japan.

Sigi Moeslinger observes the tight tolerances of wood details for a Butsudan home altar

Made in Yame will take designers to Yame City in rural Japan to learn over a dozen traditional Japanese crafts and guide them through a design process toward a contemporary product using those traditional tools and techniques. We have seen similar programs in the past, but what sets this one apart is its partnership with MoMA Wholesale.

Alexandra Dymowska presents her final sketches of contemporary designs to the Yame craftsmen

“We’re in our fourth year of partnering with MoMA Wholesale and so far they have licensed and manufactured a dozen or so of our students’ designs,” says SVA MFA in Products of Design faculty member and Made in Yame program coordinator, Sinclair Smith. “It’s exciting to extend that partnership and opportunity to participants in Made in Yame.”

Alexandra Dymowska tries her hand at painting flowers on a silk lantern

According to the website, prototypes will be flown from Japan to MoMA where buyers will have the option to license and produce the designs for global distribution. So you get to see Japan and its traditions and you might get your product produced by one of the most reputable names in contemporary design. Learn more about SVA Made in Yame and how to apply at Read the FAQ here.

Modsy reimagines Oscar-winning film sets with a "modern twist"

Oscars Best Picture winners renderings by Modsy

Interior design studio Modsy has created renders of rooms based on the production design of five Best Picture Oscar-winning movies.

The San Francisco-based studio reimagined room sets from award-winning films Titanic, Casablanca, The Sound of Music, Shakespeare in Love and The Shape of Water.

Modsy wanted to recreate the films’ sets as interior spaces put together using furniture items currently on the market. The studio describes them as having a “modern twist”.

Oscars Best Picture winners renderings by Modsy
The film Titanic’s rendering is based on the smoking room on-board the ship

“We designed the renders by incorporating key elements of each movie’s theme and thinking about how those design styles would be translated to the modern day,” said Modsy.

“A big goal for these projects is creating a space that can actually be brought to life. We think about the core design elements, styles and colours and then source products that you can buy today from favourites such as CB2 and West Elm to design the re-imagined rooms,” explained the brand.

Oscars Best Picture winners renderings by Modsy
The Casablanca-inspired render draws on Rick’s Café Américain in the film

The first render is a nod to 1944 Best Picture winner Casablanca, in particular Rick’s Café Américain, an upscale nightclub and gambling den in the film.

It features wicker furniture and geometric stone tables with a carpet of Moroccan rugs.

“Boho eclectic meets Moroccan charm, we’ve restyled Rick’s café and turned it into a Moroccan oasis that serves as a perfect place for cosy and intimate gatherings,” said Modsy.

“However, we’ve brought in a bit more of a bohemian feel to modernise the space a bit from its original 1940s style,” explained the studio.

Oscars Best Picture winners renderings by Modsy
The Sound of Music render reimagines Captain Georg von Trapp’s living room

Another render depicts the living room of retired naval officer Captain Georg von Trapp in 1966 winner The Sound of Music. The room has a cream colour-scheme with patterned curtains and a chandelier.

“We wanted to create a more traditional interior that is aligned with the period of the film, as well as the more serious and austere side of the family’s values for balance, precision and order,” said the studio.

“We were inspired by the living room where the family gathers to hear their father sing the classic song, Edelweiss,” continued Modsy.

Oscars Best Picture winners renderings by Modsy
Inspired by Elizabethan design, the Shakespeare in Love render features a writing desk and layered curtains

For Titanic, which won an Oscar for Best Picture in 1998, Modsy reimagines the Titanic’s smoking room to include an ornate chandelier, green velvet furniture and a red Persian rug.

Another render is inspired by 1999 winner Shakespeare in Love and is complete with a writing desk, layered curtains and a red patterned rug.

“Where modernised Elizabethan meets theatrical flair, this space is perfectly dark and moody, just like a Shakespearean tale with elements of dramatic whimsy woven throughout,” said the brand.

“We took inspiration from the Elizabethan-era style of combining textiles and pattern, as well as the use of dark, rich and bold colours.”

The final render is a reinterpretation of last year’s winner The Shape of Water, particularly protagonist Elisa Esposito’s 1960s living room, which has a moody, dark colour palette with art deco and industrial-inspired decor.

“It represents a life of isolation and her unique bond with a mysterious, scaled creature,” said the studio.

The Oscars took place on 24 February 2019. We rounded up five of our favourite set designs from this year’s nominees.

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Scientists create temperature regulating fabric

Temperature regulating fabric by researchers at University of Maryland

Researchers at University of Maryland have invented a smart material capable of warming up a person when they’re cold and cooling them down when they’re hot.

The textile is made of regular polymer fibres that have been coated with carbon nanotubes, making them responsive to changes in body heat.

In warm and humid conditions, when the body is sweating on a hot day, the yarn contracts, allowing more infrared radiation coming off the body to pass through. When it’s cool and dry, the yarn expands, trapping that same heat.

Temperature regulating fabric by researchers at University of Maryland
The temperature regulating fabric is responsive to changes in body heat

The effect would be almost instantaneous, with the fabric activating well before a person noticed any physical discomfort.

The University of Maryland (UMD) scientists discussed the research in the journal Science this month, in a paper titled Dynamic gating of infrared radiation in a textile.

“The human body is a perfect radiator. It gives off heat quickly,” said researcher Min Ouyang, a UMD physics professor and co-author on the paper. “For all of history, the only way to regulate the radiator has been to take clothes off or put clothes on. But this fabric is a true bidirectional regulator.”

Temperature regulating fabric by researchers at University of Maryland
The researchers anticipate the material first being used in sportswear

The most obvious application for the material would be sportswear, but the researchers see a wider scope for its use in clothing and bed linen.

“I think it’s very exciting to be able to apply this gating phenomenon to the development of a textile that has the ability to improve the functionality of clothing and other fabrics,” continued Ouyang.

The fabric constitutes a new type of active or smart material — a class of materials that change their colour, stiffness or another property in response to some prompt. In this case, the yarn changes shape.

Researchers at MIT’ achieved a similar affect a few years ago with a material they dubbed BioLogic, which harnessed the power of certain bacteria. Another was the Active Auxetic material.

In contrast, the UMD’s material uses a readily available base fibre, with a carbon coating they say can be easily added during the dying process. It also harnesses electromagnetic changes in the carbon-based coating to enhance the effect.

Temperature regulating fabric by researchers at University of Maryland
YuHuang Wang and Min Ouyang developed the material at the University of Maryland

The warping yarn actually helps to modulate temperature in two ways. The first is that with enlarged pores in the fabric, more heat can escape, cooling down the body.

But the bigger impact comes from a knock-on effect of this distortion. With the pores more open and strands of yarn closer together, the electromagnetic coupling between the carbon nanotubes changes, further augmenting how much infrared radiation can pass through.

“You can think of this coupling effect like the bending of a radio antenna to change the wavelength or frequency it resonates with,” said another of the paper’s co-authors, chemistry and biochemistry professor YuHuang Wang.

“It’s a very simplified way to think of it, but imagine bringing two antennae close together to regulate the kind of electromagnetic wave they pick up. When the fibres are brought closer together, the radiation they interact with changes. In clothing, that means the fabric interacts with the heat radiating from the human body.”

An example of a smart material already in use in sportswear is in Reebok’s PureMove sports bra. It incorporates a texture-changing gel that adapts its firmness in response to different levels of movement.

Photography is by Faye Levine / University of Maryland.

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