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Prosthetic Sockets and Exoskeletons
Prosthetic Sockets and Exoskeletons
by Sara Bertsche | 17 сентября 2014 г.

Microelectronics has led to significant improvements in prosthetics. Poorly fitting sockets are still a problem, however. Now digital manufacturing techniques involving 3D-printers are revealing new possibilities.

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Playing on the roads
Playing on the roads
by Charlotte Malz | 15 сентября 2014 г.

Motivation is a central aspect of “gameful design” and intends to have a positive influence on user´s behavior.

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Briggs & Cole
Briggs & Cole
14 сентября 2014 г.

: collect memories and makes collages with them.

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Weave replaces brickwork
Weave replaces brickwork
by Sophia Walk | 12 сентября 2014 г.

The properties and behavior of building materials play an important role in the robot-controlled construction process. The Institute for Computer-Based Design at the University of Stuttgart shows how a house can be built using the weaving method.

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Ata, applied?
Ata, applied?
by Martina Metzner | 12 сентября 2014 г.

“Give Love Back. Ata Macias and Partners” in Museum Angewandte Kunst is an attempt to devote a show to a man who shaped Frankfurt’s nightlife with his club, Robert Johnson, and who also transformed the restaurant scene, too.

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Eight days on the loose
Eight days on the loose
10 сентября 2014 г.

Once a year the “Burning Man Festival” transforms Nevada’s Black Rock Desert into a temporary city teeming with audacious buildings, fantastic sculptures, and out-of-this-world conveyances.

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Industrial design in the postindustrial age
Industrial design in the postindustrial age
by Stefan Diez | 8 сентября 2014 г.

We asked Stefan Diez to give us his personal take on the advantages and disadvantages and the consequences of digital fabrication for the everyday work of industrial designers. An outline.

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The dictionary of digital fabrication
The dictionary of digital fabrication
8 сентября 2014 г.

The label “3D printing” is often used to cover all techniques enabling data to be turned into objects. Whereas there are actually any number of possibilities in terms of technology, materials and application. An overview.

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A car for your handbag
A car for your handbag
7 сентября 2014 г.

The divisible car as a new interpretation of car sharing? Charlotte Malz talked to Prof. Fügener about concepts of future mobility.

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Factory - everywhere
Factory - everywhere
by Thomas Wagner | 5 сентября 2014 г.

Digital technology, data networking and Internet have revolutionized controls and communication. Now it’s manufacturing’s turn. In a new series we will in the coming weeks be focusing on the phenomenon of “digital fabrication”.



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Beautiful printed world
Beautiful printed world
by Martina Metzner | 5 сентября 2014 г.

The world of digital manufacturing has a new hero – the 3D printer. So are we all going to be dabbling in the art of creative production soon? What are the real benefits? And what opportunities can it offer to designers proper?

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Comfy chair with a fur collar
Comfy chair with a fur collar
by Martina Metzner | 3 сентября 2014 г.

What happens if fashion and furniture embark on a relationship? We’ve made a few matches for you from among the novelties at the Milan Salone and the catwalk couture for the coming winter season. All just coincidence?

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Here come the Finns!
Here come the Finns!
by Adeline Seidel | 2 сентября 2014 г.

Soon it’ll be book fair time again in Frankfurt. And as always, the fair’s Guest of Honor country gets to shape the face of culture in the city for a short time. So what does Finland have to offer in addition to vodka and forests, sauna and Saarinen, Artek and Aalto?

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The Secret of Happy Cities
The Secret of Happy Cities
by Charlotte Malz | 1 сентября 2014 г.

What kind of urban realm makes you feel good? Scientists have developed different methods to demonstrate the psychological impact of cities on their inhabitants.

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What lodged in   NKBAK´s minds:
What lodged in
NKBAK´s minds:
31 августа 2014 г.

Architects and designers naturally have their own view on houses, people and exhibitions. So we asked a few of them for their photographic impressions of the 14th Architecture Biennale. And for their related comments of course.



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Hot Spots:  The ideal summer for architects
Hot Spots:
The ideal summer for architects
by Adeline Seidel | 29 августа 2014 г.

Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam presents architects’ drawings of summer dreams – and escorts us sweetly into the balmy late summer.

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Arnout Meijer
Arnout Meijer
27 августа 2014 г.

: takes suns and planets out of orbit and puts them in our apartments.

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Learning from elevators
Learning from elevators
by Martin Lewicki | 26 августа 2014 г.

The elevator manufacturer Schindler develops intelligent transport systems. Dr. Paul Friedli, an expert in transit management, examines those systems for traffic management.

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Nature does not remain nature
Nature does not remain nature
by Ralf Wollheim | 25 августа 2014 г.

In the spaces of Louisiana Museum Olafur Eliasson has created a rough, Nordic landscape made of scree. It changes with anyone moving in it.

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What lodged in   Ateliermob´s mind:
What lodged in
Ateliermob´s mind:
24 августа 2014 г.

Architects and designers naturally have their own view on houses, people and exhibitions. So we asked a few of them for their photographic impressions of the 14th Architecture Biennale. And for their related comments of course.



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Hot spots: The Bridal Veil of Sancy
Hot spots: The Bridal Veil of Sancy
by Sara Bertsche | 22 августа 2014 г.

Architect Louis Sicard has installed a shower in the Auvergne for elves, fairies, dwarves and hikers.

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Caroline Olsson
Caroline Olsson
20 августа 2014 г.

: dreams of an opulent garden and gives a new twist to Bambi.

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The city is blind, deaf, and dumb
The city is blind, deaf, and dumb
by Carlos Gershenson | 18 августа 2014 г.

The Mexico City Team: If we regard Mexico City as an organism, then the metropolis will need eyes, ears and a brain in the future.

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What lodged in   Ross Lovegrove`s mind:
What lodged in
Ross Lovegrove`s mind:
17 августа 2014 г.

Architects and designers naturally have their own view on houses, people and exhibitions. So we asked a few of them for their photographic impressions of the 14th Architecture Biennale. And for their related comments of course.



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Hot spots: Water over wine
Hot spots: Water over wine
by Martina Metzner | 15 августа 2014 г.

Enjoy the hot summer in the cool world of wine cellars: The architecture of the VIK vineyard Smiljan Radić designed in Chile’s Millahue valley truly refreshes the senses.

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Aust &  Amelung
Aust &
Amelung
13 августа 2014 г.

: form a small powerhouse that folds concrete and works with counterweights.

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Please swarm out
Please swarm out
by Max Schwitalla | 11 августа 2014 г.

Team Berlin: The city as a nervous system requires a different kind of swarming behavior.

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What lodged in   Amandus Sattlers mind:
What lodged in
Amandus Sattler's mind:
10 августа 2014 г.

Architects and designers naturally have their own view on houses, people and exhibitions. So we asked a few of them for their photographic impressions of the 14th Architecture Biennale. And for their related comments of course.



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Hot spots: In the shadow  of the giant mushroom
Hot spots: In the shadow
of the giant mushroom
by Sara Bertsche | 8 августа 2014 г.

In the inner courtyard of the MoMA PS1 David Benjamin’s installation provides welcome shade in the summer heat, thanks to a weave made of thousands of microorganisms.

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Lex  Pott
Lex
Pott
6 августа 2014 г.

: sandblasts Douglas firs to create objects of a silent elegance.

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Hot spots: a Modernist dip
Hot spots: a Modernist dip
by Adeline Seidel | 4 августа 2014 г.

Guaranteed no “themed giant flumes” or “hot whirlpool” at Álvaro Siza’s “Piscinas de Marés”. Here you can immerse yourself in Portuguese Modernism.

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What lodged in   Something Fantastic´s minds:
What lodged in
Something Fantastic´s minds:
3 августа 2014 г.

Architects and designers naturally have their own view on houses, people and exhibitions. So we asked a few of them for their photographic impressions of the 14th Architecture Biennale. And for their related comments of course.



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Trade off
Trade off
by Reinier de Graaf | 1 августа 2014 г.

May 28-30, 2014: Attending the third “Global Infrastructure Initiative” in Rio de Janeiro, organized by McKinsey & Co. The gathering is dominated by an almost limitless optimism about the blessings of technology and the belief that innovation by the infrastructure sector (coupled to extravagant funds) will eventually cure all the contemporary city’s ails…

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Hot spots: A pool in the desert
Hot spots: A pool in the desert
by Thomas Wagner | 30 июля 2014 г.

Life is pretty hot in the desert, at least during the day. So what could be more handy than a pool to cool off in. Or to lie in pondering life, the universe. Just be sure to remember the key.

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The new Henninger Turm   remains a landmark
The new Henninger Turm
remains a landmark
28 июля 2014 г.

For the architects Meixner Schlüter Wendt planning a high-rise is normally a fascinating task. In designing the new Henninger Turm in Frankfurt/Main they show how living in a high-rise can be both personalized and attractive.

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Respelling Bauhaus
Respelling Bauhaus
by Martina Metzner | 25 июля 2014 г.

The Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin has announced a new corporate design along with a new font. “bayer next” by L2M3 borrows from the Universal font designed by Herbert Bayer in 1926 at the Bauhaus – carefully transposing it into the present.

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A building must help define its surroundings
A building must help define
its surroundings
23 июля 2014 г.

Not that long ago the label “residential high-rise” brought to mind images of cheap tenements and social flashpoints. Thomas Wagner talked to Claudia Meixner and Florian Schlüter of Meixner Schlüter Wendt Architekten about new, attractive and high-quality projects.

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A new Nordic perspective
A new Nordic perspective
by Martina Metzner | 21 июля 2014 г.

And we continue our explorations at "3DaysofDesign" in Copenhagen to find out if it's really true the Danes produce their wares sustainably and in their own country.

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Hot Spots: swimming in   the city or in the river
Hot Spots: swimming in
the city or in the river
by Thomas Wagner | 18 июля 2014 г.

Is there anything nicer than having a cool dip on a scorchingly hot day? Best of all downtown.

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In the good-life lab
In the good-life lab
by Martina Metzner | 16 июля 2014 г.

As regards design, Denmark certainly has its finger on the pulse of things. Is this anything more than a re-edition of Danish Modernism? Are objects being made sustainably inside Denmark? A trip to “3DaysofDesign” in Copenhagen provides the answers.

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Hot Spots: The One-Man Sauna
Hot Spots: The One-Man Sauna
by Thomas Wagner | 14 июля 2014 г.

Forget about the mixed sauna! In Bochum, people not only analyze urban interstices, they also get in a sweat all by themselves.

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The thing inside the sawmill
The thing inside the sawmill
by Franziska Horn | 11 июля 2014 г.

Madrid’s architect duo of Langarita Navarro is among the emerging young representatives of the “Movida Madrileña”: Their latest work, the Medialab building for Prado, stands for an unpretentious and ironic take on history.

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Great fake tortoiseshell
Great fake tortoiseshell
by Martina Metzner | 9 июля 2014 г.

Acetate was invented about 150 years ago as the first bio-plastic. Today it is primarily used for spectacle frames. Young designers such as the likes of Jean Baptiste Fastrez, Joséphine Choquet and Virgile Thévoz also create frames, tables and luminaires from it.

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A prize for the  wrong decisions
A prize for the
wrong decisions
by Dark Horse | 8 июля 2014 г.

The Berlin company “Dark Horse” consists of 30 partners who all have equal status – and has done so for five years. Can a hierarchy-free enterprise really succeed?

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The right Kit(t)
The right Kit(t)
by Martina Metzner | 6 июля 2014 г.

Take a backrest, a seat and four legs, add a touch of Scandinavia, pack it all in a box, and you’ve got “Kitt”, the breezy chair Stefan Diez designed for Hay.

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Bauhaus, the digital muse and a pearl
Bauhaus, the digital muse and a pearl
by Sophia Walk | 4 июля 2014 г.

During the “Digital Bauhaus Summit” in Weimar there was much discussion of creative collaboration in a digitized world of work.

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Cosmopoverty
Cosmopoverty
by Reinier de Graaf | 2 июля 2014 г.

Urban hurrah or unhappy rural exodus? People who live in the city are considered cosmopolitan. And yet: The flipside of this humungous influx to the cities reveals quite a different kind of international living: poor cosmopolitans, deprived of urban benefits.

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Lively, spontaneous, Brazilian
Lively, spontaneous, Brazilian
by Ralf Wollheim | 30 июня 2014 г.

The “Lina Bo Bardi: Together” exhibition at Deutsches Architektur Zentrum (DAZ) in Berlin focuses on an architect who came to fame as a passionate champion of subsidized building in Brazil. Yet she remained an outsider at the “Escola Paulista”.

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Fast tube to enjoyment
Fast tube to enjoyment
by Uta Abendroth | 29 июня 2014 г.

Astonishing things are happening on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein. Anyone climbing Carsten Höller’s “Slide Tower” will find not just an amazing view beckoning, but a slide with a great ride down. Added to which, grand master Álvaro Siza has created a new promenade that offers a novel route round the campus.

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Voulez vous Prouvé?
Voulez vous Prouvé?
by Uta Abendroth | 27 июня 2014 г.

At Design Miami, which took place in parallel to Art Basel, the French galleries presented an awful lot of Jean Prouvé originals. The icing on the cake: Konstantin Grcic transformed an Audi TT into a mobile living machine.

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Cocoon by fashion patterns
Cocoon by fashion patterns
by Antje Southern | 27 июня 2014 г.

Compared to last year’s Serpentine Pavilions, the new one by Chilean architect Smiljan Radić’s is certainly the most astounding and unpredictable yet.

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Charles Brooking’s world of windows
Charles Brooking’s world of windows
by Barbara Basting | 25 июня 2014 г.

So have we simply accepted the fact that nowadays one window looks just like any other?
This wonderful collection from England demonstrates just how much variety in window shapes and materials there once was.

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Well made and pleasant
Well made and pleasant
by Thomas Edelmann | 23 июня 2014 г.

For “Berlin Design Week”, philosopher Hannes Böhringer, photographer Hans Hansen and designer Axel Kufus invited representatives of a variety of disciplines to a conference to discuss the notion of ‘elegance’. The result: unusual and exciting stimuli for design.

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Digital Bauhaus
Digital Bauhaus
22 июня 2014 г.

Can the idea of the Bauhaus be transposed onto the digital age? This will be
the issue tackled at the “Digital Bauhaus Summit” at the end of June in
Weimar. Adeline Seidel interviewed the conference curators Philipp Albers,
Holm Friebe, Mads Pankow and Kathrin Passig via the cloud.

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The dream of an open society
The dream of an open society
by Adeline Seidel | 20 июня 2014 г.

The Dutch pavilion celebrates Jaap Bakema and with him the achievements of a form of post-War Modernism whose architecture is shaped by the institutions of the welfare state.

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Import – Export
Import – Export
by Franziska Eidner | 18 июня 2014 г.

Modernist architecture as a symbol of emancipation or occupation? Freedom or disenfranchisement? The country contributions from and about African countries provide many an idea in this regard.

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A Clockwork Modernism
A Clockwork Modernism
by Thomas Wagner | 17 июня 2014 г.

What course did Modernism take in Britain? “Clockwork Jerusalem” takes a glance at William Blake to paint a surprising picture.

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Modernism   and its uncle
Modernism
and its uncle
by Thomas Wagner | 17 июня 2014 г.

A fun-loving uncle resides in the French pavilion. He’s called Hulot, was invented by Jacques Tati, and shows in an amusing way all the things that can go wrong in the world of Modernism.

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Please touch
Please touch
by Barbara Basting | 16 июня 2014 г.

A new pragmatism has changed Japanese architecture as if it has bid farewell to dreams – as can be discovered in the Japanese pavilion: “The Real World” is an unusually cluttered exhibition.



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Germany’s  Ex-Top Models
Germany’s
Ex-Top Models
by Thomas Wagner | 15 июня 2014 г.

In the form of “Bungalow Germania” Alex Lehnerer and Savvas Ciriacidis have created one of the best exhibits in the Biennale and realized an unsettlingly instructive piece on the political instrumentalization of architecture.

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Architecture Know-How   in Museum and Archive
Architecture Know-How
in Museum and Archive
by Adeline Seidel | 13 июня 2014 г.

A great deal of hard work went into the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. The curators of the national pavilions kindly searched the archives and Rem Koolhaas had all manner of architectural elements brought to the Giardini. A tour of a surprisingly didactic exhibition.



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Italian affairs
Italian affairs
by Oliver Elser | 11 июня 2014 г.

For the exhibition “Monditalia” 41 teams were asked to design a piece about the country of Italy. The result: a show that is diverse, chaotic and at times pure kitsch.



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Rem Koolhaas’ foundations
Rem Koolhaas’ foundations
by Thomas Wagner | 10 июня 2014 г.

Rem Koolhaas has assembled a marvelous architecture biennial that mines Modernism to uncover its foundations in a bid to address the urgent issues of building in the 21st century.



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If you want to understand Modernity you need to have fun with it
If you want to understand Modernity you need to have fun with it
by Thomas Wagner | 10 июня 2014 г.

“Fair Enough” reads the lettering heading the pavilion of the Russian Federation. In other words: Very well! Or could it indeed imply that someone is fed-up with economization? In any case, this pavilion is great fun – while smart and critical at the same time.

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Sun, moon and marble
Sun, moon and marble
by Martina Metzner | 9 июня 2014 г.

When it comes to designing fragile luminaires that have a minimalist, elegant look-and-feel, Michael Anastassiades, a Cypriot-born designer now living in London, is considered a master in his field. He even succeeds in teasing extraordinary shapes from a solid block of marble.

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Directly ahead of the Windsors
Directly ahead of the Windsors
by Antje Southern | 8 июня 2014 г.

Traditional tools and techniques governed the aesthetic flavor at Clerkenwell Design Week. Young UK companies like Dare Studio, Deadgood, Case and James UK celebrated their British roots and personalities – presenting a breed of truly British future antiques.

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Simple city life
Simple city life
by Adeline Seidel | 6 июня 2014 г.

“Yourtopia” is the name Dutch architects SeARCH have given their pavilion located next to Het Nieuwe Instituut. An urban “Walden” and a call for us to leave our comfort zones.



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Resisting fitting the grid
Resisting fitting the grid
by Christian Holl | 4 июня 2014 г.

“A structure I have always wanted to demolish” was the title of a design assignment that Arno Lederer gave several times at Stuttgart and Karlsruhe universities. Not that the architect had always been hell-bent on tearing down the buildings belonging to the Stuttgarter Hospitalhof complex. Now he has had them demolished after all – and in their place realized a very convincing alternative that exudes nothing but perfection. Almost.

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Gondola! Gondola!
Gondola! Gondola!
3 июня 2014 г.

June 7 sees the opening of the 14th Architecture Biennale in Venice. Rem Koolhaas has chosen the basics of building as the main theme, along with “Absorbing Modernity 1914 – 2014”. So whom has gondoliere Rem welcomed on-board for the ride?

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Mr Hashimoto’s Chou Chou effect
Mr Hashimoto’s Chou Chou effect
1 июня 2014 г.

Yukio Hashimoto is one of Japan’s top interior designers and imbues hotels, spas and restaurants with a very special look and feel. Martina Metzner met the architect and asked him how he blends tradition with modern aspects, and why restaurants need dramatic lighting effects.

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Supercube reloaded
Supercube reloaded
by Sophia Walk | 30 мая 2014 г.

The architects at Dutch firm Personal Architecture planned the partial refurbishment of the cube complex that Piet Blom built in 1980s Rotterdam. Now the “Supercubes” have been reintegrated into Rotterdam’s urban fabric and society.

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Making a man into a chair
Making a man into a chair
by Franziska Horn | 28 мая 2014 г.

From Merano to London: Alto Adige-based product designer Harry Thaler melds originality with a quantum of international appeal. He delivers what many are still striving for: a fresh take on the tried-and-trusted.

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