People are quicker to pull out a smartphone to check the time, then to look at their watch, and even quicker to go shopping on their phone then to go to a mall. The shopping experience as we know today is rapidly disintegrating. More people are making their purchases online and now they can do it from anywhere, no longer shopping from home. The smartphone has allowed us to actually interact with our surrounding spaces. Shang-Jen Victor Tung begins to look at changing the way in which we shape, organize and even stock for today’s modern shopper. The architecture will no longer stand as a static strip mall, but will strive to connect with each customer thru digital means. Check it out after the jump!
Since the addition of the High Line to the New York City landscape we have begun to see an influx of apartment buildings and high rises being built all around it. Unlike when it was an elevated rail system and buildings shunned the tracks, the new designs are creating an intimate relationship to the site, as they hug it closer and lean over the walkway. Taryn Bone and Johnny Ng project does that and more, as their project pushes and pulls against the high line, the facade’s densification plays with the new found voyeurism given to walkers on the raised platform. The skin of the building opens up reveling circulation and public spaces, and blanks out private space, leaving some program to the viewer’s imagination. We just wish all these buildings would begin the 2nd dialogue of the high-line and finally begin to connect points of public circulation into these new hubs. Check it out after the jump!
Today we bring you a graduate thesis project by Ivan Bernal of SCIArch. Familiar Primitive makes and argument for reverting to “primitive” imagery and geometry to generate formal and programmatic relationships in architecture. It is interesting to see a proposal that embraces its context in an urban ruin; We’re getting pretty tired of seeing proposals for “modern” architecture as having pristine, shiny surfaces that apparently never get dirty or crack.