The 2011 annual Times Square Valentine competition has been won by a 10 foot diameter, 50 pound heart, a creation of the design group Freecell, in collaboration with architect Peter Dorsey. 'Light Hearted' needs you and 2,599 others to help hold it up over Times Square in an extended celebration of Valentine's Day, February 10th through 20th. If you will be in New York City, don't miss this opportunity!
The Swedish architectural firm Jagnefält Milton came up with an ingenious new master plan for the city of Åndalsnes in Norway. The plan was submitted to the city's international Master Plan competition, and though the Jagnefält Milton plan didn't win first prize, it certainly is creating a positive stir in the architectural world and the plan may just be the right solution for another city.
One of my favorite forms of design is architecture. The beauty of a mathematically perfect scheme, natural balance in a man-made form, and the efficient hands-on methods of fitting parts together... They are just a few of the marvels of the art, now being brought into interiors by architects the likes of Ron Arad, Noriaki Okabe, and Zaha Hadid.
CREE Group proposes to build the tallest wooden building, appropriately named the "Life Cycle Tower," for Dornbirn, Austria. Using hybrid-construction that will cut CO2 emissions by 90% and construction time by 50%, the eco-conscious construction of the 30-story building uses sustainable resources such as timber and composite slab (wood/concrete). One of the oldest building materials known to man proves itself to be a timeless mainstay of construction even in the age of skyscrapers.