The students of the Lund Technical College of Sweden were given the challenge to design and create a geometrical installation to inhabit an empty space. Robert Janson, and his fellow classmates, chose to use plastic carrier bags to create their delicate structure. The final design was simple and delicate, as the bags explode into the space and dance against the light. They approached architecture not to create space, but to inhabit space.
In the last couple years we have seen a lot of shipping container designs from some of today’s leading designers. This design comes from Dion J Dekker of Cal Poly in his award winning design for a Miami Beach hotel to be built with the re-use of shipping containers to win a Modular Building Institute (MBI) student design competition. The main unit of the shipping container was used solely as an integrated component of the programmatic design, where in a lot of shipping container designs it is the sole feature of the project.
Here’s a project from Seth at University of Virginia, that is pretty abnormal in architecture projects. The project deals with something you don’t normally notice, or interact with. Instead, it’s a new idea for the constant replacement of bricole (wooden posts) that mark Venice’s canals. Designed to use left over bottles from everyone’s favorite Italian drink, wine!