Arts and Crafts Movement

January 18th, 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Design & Products, General, London

Philip Webb's Red House in Upton, Bexleyheath, Greater London © Ethan Doyle White/cc-by-sa-3.0

Philip Webb’s Red House in Upton, Bexleyheath, Greater London © Ethan Doyle White/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Arts and Crafts movement was an international movement in the decorative and fine arts that began in Britain and flourished in Europe and North America between about 1880 and 1920, emerging in Japan (the Mingei movement) in the 1920s. It stood for traditional craftsmanship using simple forms, and often used medieval, romantic, or folk styles of decoration. It advocated economic and social reform and was essentially anti-industrial. It had a strong influence on the arts in Europe until it was displaced by Modernism in the 1930s, and its influence continued among craft makers, designers, and town planners long afterwards. The term was first used by T. J. Cobden-Sanderson at a meeting of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society in 1887, although the principles and style on which it was based had been developing in England for at least twenty years. It was inspired by the ideas of architect Augustus Pugin, writer John Ruskin, and designer William Morris. The movement developed earliest and most fully in the British Isles, and spread across the British Empire and to the rest of Europe and North America. It was largely a reaction against the perceived impoverished state of the decorative arts at the time and the conditions in which they were produced.   read more…

European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture

August 3rd, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Design & Products, European Union

© europa.eu

© europa.eu

The European Union Prize for Contemporary ArchitectureMies van der Rohe Award is a Prize given biennially by the European Union and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona, “to acknowledge and reward quality architectural production in Europe”.   read more…

Design Museum London

July 7th, 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Design & Products, General, London, Museums, Exhibitions

© designmuseum.org

© designmuseum.org

The Design Museum is a museum founded in 1989, originally located by the River Thames near Tower Bridge in London, and later relocated to Kensington. The museum covers product, industrial, graphic, fashion and architectural design. The museum operates as a registered charity, and all funds generated by ticket sales aid the museum in curating new exhibitions. Entrance is expected to be free to the museum’s permanent collection display, “Designer Maker User”. In June 2011 Sir Terence Conran donated £17.5 million to enable the Museum to move in 2016 from the warehouse to a larger site which formerly housed the Commonwealth Institute in west London. This landmark from the 1960s, a Grade II* listed building that had stood vacant for over a decade, was developed by a design team led by John Pawson who made the building fit for a 21st century museum, whilst at the same time retaining its spatial qualities.   read more…

Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia

January 13th, 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Design & Products, General

© kingdom.com.sa

© kingdom.com.sa

Jeddah Tower, previously known as Kingdom Tower and Mile-High Tower, is a skyscraper under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, at a preliminary cost of SR4.6 billion (US$1.23 billion). If completed as planned, the Jeddah Tower will reach unprecedented heights becoming the tallest building in the world, as well as the first structure to reach the one-kilometer-high mark. Initially planned to be 1.6 km (1 mile) high, the geology of the area proved unsuitable for a tower of that height. The design, created by American architect Adrian Smith, who also designed Burj Khalifa in Dubai, incorporates many unique structural and aesthetic features. The large, outdoor sky terrace will overlook the Red Sea from over 610 metres (2,000 ft) height and have an area of over 697 square metres (7,500 sq ft). The creator and leader of the project is Saudi Arabian Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, the wealthiest man in the Middle East, grandson of Ibn Saud, and nephew of the Kings of Saudi Arabia after him. Al-Waleed is the chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) which is a partner in Jeddah Economic Company (JEC), which was formed in 2009 for the development of Jeddah Tower and City.   read more…

Theme Week Abu Dhabi – Masdar City

March 23rd, 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Design & Products, Energy, Environment, Building Automation, Green Buildings, Green Technologies, Living, Working, Building, Materials, Sustainability, Universities, Colleges, Academies

© fosterandpartners.com

© fosterandpartners.com

Masdar City is a planned city project in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. Its core is being built by Masdar, a subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company, with the majority of seed capital provided by the Government of Abu Dhabi. Designed by the British architectural firm Foster and Partners, the city relies on solar energy and other renewable energy sources. Masdar City is being constructed 17 kilometres (11 mi) east-south-east of the city of Abu Dhabi, right beside Abu Dhabi International Airport. Masdar City will host the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The city is designed to be a hub for cleantech companies. Its first tenant is the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, which has been operating in the city since it moved into its campus in September 2010.   read more…

SunCat 46 Yacht: Luxury yacht without emission

August 3rd, 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Design & Products, Environment

© www.solarwaterworld.de

© www.solarwaterworld.de

The new SunCat 46 yacht is the first large solar yacht in the world built in serial-production. The yacht, 14 m in length, combines eco-friendly technology, luxury and elegant design. The yacht was designed by Juan Carlos Espinosa and was built in collaboration with the famous yacht manufacturer Horizon. Suncat 46 offers all amenities that a high-class yacht in the 21st century can provide. The resistance and drift dynamic optimized catamaran hull guarantees outstanding handling characteristics and security in all situations for the vessel as well as the crew. SunCat 46 is available in two variations concerning the hull. 5.00 m width and 6.85 m either as a yacht or a passenger ship.   read more…

The Jetboat

June 21st, 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Design & Products, General, Sport

Shotover River Canyons, Queenstown, New Zealand © Alex Proimos

Shotover River Canyons, Queenstown, New Zealand © Alex Proimos

A jetboat is a boat propelled by a jet of water ejected from the back of the craft. Unlike a powerboat or motorboat that uses a propeller in the water below or behind the boat, a jetboat draws the water from under the boat into a pump inside the boat, then expels it through a nozzle at the stern.   read more…

Theme Week Berlin – Currywurst & Co.

November 14th, 2010 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Berlin, Design & Products, General

© umami

© umami

Berlin has a lot of culinary delights to offer. The traditional Berlin dishes are distinguished by the fact that they are more hardy and hearty to give hard-working workers the necessary calories back. It looks as if some Berliners eat in anticipation of hard work upfront. The little dishes for inbetween got a truly national and international boast.   read more…

Frank Gehry buildings in the Media Harbour in Düsseldorf

November 8th, 2010 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Design & Products

© knut-wiarda.de

© knut-wiarda.de

The “Art and Media Center Rhine Harbor” by Frank O. Gehry (California) is divided into three contrasting parts of buildings, designed and looks like a giant sculpture. Asymmetry dominates the building, the windows seems to jump out from the facade, the floor plans are uneven. By selecting different materials, each building has its own complex identity. As a connection between the three houses the material of the facade structure of the building in the middle reflects the two buildings in the north and south.   read more…

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