Architecture, Design and Deco

A new meditation studio in Manhattan

There is a famous scene in “Eat, Pray, Love” where Elizabeth Gilbert (aka Julia Roberts) begins to practice meditation — and before she knows it, her mind is racing about how to plan her very own meditation room at home. Oh, haven’t we all been there. The thing is, you can’t really blame Gilbert, because […]

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Architecture, Design and Deco

How To Decorate Like a Parisian

One of the things that has intrigued me most since moving to Paris, besides the beautiful architecture, the fashion, and of course the food, is how Parisians decorate their homes. It’s a mix of old and new, traditional design offset by modern, and always very chic and stylish, just like their fashion sense. So here […]

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Architecture, Design, Design and Deco

Robot 3 Studio designed Ramen hut

Robot 3 Studio designed a metal hut in Beijing with the size of only 52 square meters, kitchen excluded. The original ramen shop is adapted to a BBQ bar. It features a narrow space, with limited budget, in a poor location. Each ring road of Beijing is a rough division of social classes. The invisible […]

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Architecture, Design, Design and Deco

Micro Hutong Designed by ZAO

Designed by ZAO in Beijing, Micro Hutong inherits the intimate scale of the traditional hutong, revitalizing its social condensing capabilities, while enhancing it with spatial improvements. The goal of this project, a 30 sqm hostel, is to search for possibilities of creating ultra-small scale social housing within the limitations of super-tight traditional hutong spaces of […]

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Architecture, Art+Culture

Carlo Scarpa and Japan

Not many places in Venice are conducive to contemplating the changing seasons. One of them is the garden of Palazzo Querini Stampalia, where Carlo Scarpa landscaped the slow rhythm of silence, measure and natural elements, all taken as architectural cues. His bent for turning problems into resources (water, for instance), pure geometric shapes, transformable surroundings, […]

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Architecture, Collector Covers, Photograhy

Albanian Star in Paris

After architecture school master degree and opportunities in Usa and Japan to work for an archistar Kengo Kuma, she was representing Albania in the contest of Miss World 2008 in South Africa, Johannesburg. She decided after to follow her dream of becoming an actress and move to Paris to pursue one of most the famous […]

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Architecture

The Architecture of Happiness by Alain De Botton

Is a dazzling and generously illustrated journey through the philosophy and psychology of architecture and the indelible connection between our identities and our locations.One of the great but often unmentioned causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the kinds of walls, chairs, buildings, and streets that surround us. And yet […]

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Architecture

A House Between the Old and the New in Portugal

Vigário House by And-Ré in Paredes, Portugal is the outcome of the privileged context of the existing ruins, setting the conditions that unfold the new architecture narrative. The new organism adapts itself to the old stone walls, filling the existing interstitial spaces, unifying the mass and providing a contrast backdrop against the rough stone surfaces – the main characters in […]

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Architecture, Art+Culture, Photograhy

BILDBAUTEN

The rapid development of computer and information technology has fundamentally changed the relationship between image and architecture as well as their perception. In addition to the conventional types of mostly abstract images used until now in the design and planning phases – sketches, plans, elevations or axonometric drawings – a new type of image is […]

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Architecture, Photograhy

Night of a Regime by Antonio Fantasia

These photographs are embedded on the political challenge that democratic institutions and society are currently facing in coming to terms with the inconvenient and uncomfortable communist past in contemporary Albania. It is a night journey through Albanian abandoned communist sites: these places once were symbols of the totalitarian regime and today are instead the emblem […]

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