Life in Wanderlust

On the Invisible House
February 16, 2013, 5:07 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Art + Design, Inspiration

On the Invisible House


Detroit pt.2
August 23, 2012, 11:40 am
Filed under: Architecture, Urbanism


House in Futako-Shinchi by Tato Architects
July 3, 2012, 11:42 am
Filed under: Architecture

House in Futako-Shinchi by Tato Architects

Tato Architects via Dezeen

Kowloon Walled City
May 27, 2012, 4:24 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Art + Design, Books + Writing, Urbanism


Kowloon Walled City, illustrated by Terasawa Hitomi

Park Groot Vijversburg by Ishigami and MAKS
February 21, 2012, 12:11 am
Filed under: Architecture, Art + Design

architectural drawing

Junya Ishigami + Associates and MAKS via Dezeen

This proposal for a visitor center in Park Groot Vijversburg in Tytsjerk, The Netherlands offers a delicate, yet bold approach to the space. Designed by Ishigami + Associates and MAKS, the curved lines emphasize the landscape and encourage paths for movement.

These renderings are a gorgeous display of Ishigami’s aesthetic and interests; his work has a certain delicacy and simplicity that can often be found in Japanese design. I think these drawings represent the idea better than photorealistic renderings, which can sometimes be too detailed and literal. By creating a pseudo-photograph, a designer leaves no space for a viewer to interpret an idea, atmosphere, or place. Just a thought to ponder.

Anyways, Ishigami may be most famous for the KAIT building, featuring hundreds of steel columns supporting a flat, planar ceiling. This field of columns has a special place in my heart, as I spent hours hand-drafting the columns and gluing millimeter thin pieces of museumboard onto foamcore. A very delicate procedure indeed.

February 18, 2012, 10:43 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Art + Design, Community

via Inhabitat

A post dinner stroll with some friends visiting from Atlanta led us to this LED Heart sculpture in Times Square! Designed by BIG in collaboration with FLATCUT_ and Local Projects, this sculpture supposedly gets brighter as more people touch a nearby heart pad. The instructions were a bit vague, and the results were more subtle than expected. I had my hand on the heart with three strangers and didn’t see much of a change.

Either way, the sculpture was a pleasant surprise in Times Square, which I have avoided like a proper non-tourist. The sculpture is up until February 29th, so stop by if you get a chance.

*And Facebook a photo of the BIG heart to Think Energy, they’re donating $1/photo to Hope and Heroes Children’s Cancer Fund.

Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream
February 2, 2012, 2:20 am
Filed under: Architecture, Community, Urbanism


Rendering of Nature-City by WorkAC via MoMA

February 15–July 30, 2012

Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream is an exploration of new architectural possibilities for cities and suburbs in the aftermath of the recent foreclosure crisis. During summer 2011, five interdisciplinary teams of architects, urban planners, ecologists, engineers, and landscape designers worked in public workshops at MoMA PS1 to envision new housing and transportation infrastructures that could catalyze urban transformation, particularly in the country’s suburbs.”

This exhibition features proposals for the future of cities by Studio Gang, MOS, WORKac, Visible Weather and Zago Architecture. All conceptualized large-scale proposals for specific regions in the nation. The nature of the task inherently requires a top-down approach, which immediately leads to issues in terms of feasibility. Therefore, it is necessary to view these projects less so as solutions and more as catalysts of change. Spatially, I expect to see extensive transportation infrastructures and dense high-rise apartments. With the expertise of interdisciplinary teams, I am interested to see the proposed governmental and environmental policies.