January 3, 2011
After the jump: Mom, where do suns come from? Plus architecture’s brain drain, an interesting commentary on the newly opened President’s House open-air memorial in D.C., and more evidence of the internet fostering communication about and within the profession (hey, that sounds familiar!).
Designing new ways of learning: An interactive agency in Berlin designed an immersive, reactive exhibition about nuclear fusion and solar radiation (basically: How Suns Are Made). You’ll recognize some of the amazing technology employed (that, for example, allows you to ‘touch’ and interact with the myriad particles) as similar to the displays from this fall’s Beaux Arts Ball, if you were in attendance. [via Fast.Co Design]
A Lost Generation of Architects: Michael Liu over at Metropolis asks what the strategies young architects striving to break into the profession these days should adopt, in the face of the far superior situations that other alternative professions may offer them. How to keep architecture from experiencing a brain drain? [via Metropolis]
Potential Futures for Design Practice: Proving that comments threads may indeed still be the most relevant part of the internet, the comments on Rory Hyde’s latest post about future spatial practices are blowing up, with contributions from major players. Go read it – who knows, maybe in 35 years they’ll be writing books about this comment thread and its impact on design. [via BLDGBLOG]
Presidential preservation: The house-before-the-(White)-House that was home to George Washington and John Adams before D.C. became the capitol has been the source of much lukewarm controversy over the years, mainly stemming from the problem of memorializing a home where slaves were once kept. On a secondary level, the malaise over the project is a product of the complex spatial politics of memorials and reconstruction. Not only is the home no more than a foundation line, posing a challenge to designers who would have it reconstructed or remembered, but it also is down the street from Venturi Scott Brown’s beautiful memorial of Ben Franklin’s house. Click through to read Tom Stoekler’s commentary, and stay tuned for more on the much-maligned epoch of early-American History memorial projects. [via A/N Blog]
Prison competitions. Guess what country bothers to hold those? Denmark, of course (as opposed to the US, where the prison-industrial complex churns away architect-less). The country is well known for its thorough consideration of human rights, especially within the context of standards of living and design. So unsurprisingly, projects that would in other countries be put out to bid to the cheapest, fastest contractor has been given a proper design competition. Check out more images of a recent CF Møller winning entry below. [via BD Online]
Image of the President’s House (c) A/N Blog.
Images (c) C.F. Moller.