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Carlo Ratti Associati designed first mass-market robotic bartender that is ready to buy

WA Contents • Jul 17, 2018 • 49

Carlo Ratti Associati designed first mass-market robotic bartender that is ready to buy

International design and innovation office CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati has designed the first mass-market robotic bartender for Makr Shakr, the world’s leading producer of automated cocktail makers.

Makr Shakr 3.0 will act as a modular robot that can concoct infinite drink combinations and is now available for rent or purchase on the market. The robotic bartender is a new app-controlled machine, Makr Shakr 3.0, features two mechanical arms which can precisely prepare and serve any drink in seconds – shaking, stirring and muddling with coordinated, dance-like movements.

This newest robotic bartender is a major upgrade from Makr Shakr’s prior Bionic Bar, which over the last three years has served close to one m (...)

Shigeru Ban Built Paper Partitioning System for Flooding Victims In Japan

WA Contents • Jul 17, 2018 • 69

Shigeru Ban Built Paper Partitioning System for Flooding Victims In Japan

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban has started to mobilize his Voluntary Architects’ Network (VAN) to provide temporary homes for the victims of recent devastating floods in Southern Japan. The devastating flooding and landslides hit the Southern Japan last week and at least 210 people have been killed due to heavy rains - the disaster is described as the "worst in decades".

Shigeru Ban, best known with his humanitarian architecture and efforts, and with members of the VAN and volunteer students have set up a new partition system by using paper tubes and cloth curtains to protect the privacy for each family, which is built as a modular unit of 2 meters by 2 meters.

The temporary structure is not a new construct (...)

Architectural Journalism Competition Announces Winning Stories for Series 9 & 10 in India

Pappal Suneja • Jul 17, 2018 • 78

Architectural Journalism Competition Announces Winning Stories for Series 9 & 10 in India

Architectural Journalism Competition, India: Series 10 was themed to discuss "Rational Thinking in Architecture".

Concept brief was described in the competition as: Rational thinking in art and architecture refers to following a holistic approach that can incorporate the power of ‘now’ in our architectural endeavors. For taking any rational decision, it is important that all the parameters, which might get affected, be keenly observed. In architecture as well, rationalism comes into play when we need to consider diverse parameters that affect our point of consideration in one way or the other; doing so shall not be possible without architectural journalism. For example, when we have only a small portion exposed, we will n (...)

The White Tower of Fashion Designs the Skyline

Francesca Cuoghi • Jul 17, 2018 • 53

The White Tower of Fashion Designs the Skyline

A former distillery (Società Italiana Spiriti) has been transformed in a masterpiece of contemporary architecture in Milan that has become the headquarters of Fondazione Prada (Prada Foundation), one of the most relevant fashion industry in the world. The industrial complex traces back to the 1910’s and it has been completely redesigned with great appeal by OMA/Rem Koolhaas. The project involves seven existing structures, including warehouses, laboratories, and brewing silos and three new structures including a museum for temporary exhibitions, a transformable cinema building and a tower.

The Torre is 60-meters high and it is realized in exposed white concrete to express a sort of "underground feeling".

The build (...)

First major exhibition dedicated to Socialist Yugoslav Architecture opened at MoMA

WA Contents • Jul 17, 2018 • 152

First major exhibition dedicated to Socialist Yugoslav Architecture opened at MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has brought 400 works together for the first major exhibition dedicated to Socialist Yugoslav Architecture at the Philip Johnson Galleries, MoMA.

Called Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980, the largest retrospective has been opened to the public on July 15, 2018 and will be on view till January 13, 2019 on the third floor of the Philip Johnson Galleries.

Živa Baraga and Janez Lenassi. Monument to the Fighters Fallen in the People’s Liberation Struggle. 1965. Ilirska Bistrica, Slovenia. Image © Valentin Jeck, commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, 2016.The first major US exhibition features the remarkable body of architectural work from Yugoslavia that sparked inte (...)

Donald Insall Associates converts 19th-century Temperate House into a giant botanical garden

WA Contents • Jul 16, 2018 • 393

Donald Insall Associates converts 19th-century Temperate House into a giant botanical garden

UK-based conservation architecture practice Donald Insall Associates has converted the 19th-century Temperate House into a giant botanical garden in Richmond upon Thames, in southwest of London. The building situated at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew was predicated on a Victorian obsession with the observation and study of the natural world.

Originally designed by Decimus Burton between 1800-1881, the Temperate House is a series of five Grade I Listed pavilions standing prominently on a raised earth mound, aligned on an axis with the Kew Pagoda. It is one of a number of other Decimus Burton projects at Kew that include the Victoria Gate and the majestic Palm House.

After a major five year restoration programme with Donald (...)

Lake Pavilion: Brothers Grimm landscapes?

WA Contents • Jul 16, 2018 • 427

Lake Pavilion: Brothers Grimm landscapes?

The film of the "Lake Pavilion" from the architects DepA, created by Building Pictures, reveals the magical side of the project, and made us think that we enter in one of brothers Grimm Landscapes.

Although this landscapes are not from Germany, they are Portuguese. The project was localized, at the lake from Serralves Park, between July of 2017 and May of 2018, and was made for the exhibition "Live Uncertainty: an exhibition after the 32ndBienal de São Paulo".The magical side of the film is given by the mirrored materiality of the pavilion, which eliminates the barrier between architecture and nature. We found out that it is not perceptible where nature and pavilion begins or ends. The temporary building often seems to thin in (...)

Criticism vs. Populism & Contextual Architecture

Pappal Suneja • Jul 14, 2018 • 358

Criticism vs. Populism & Contextual Architecture

Contextual Architecture is the study of consciousness, deeply connected with what we feel in and around the built environment and landscapes, which are made not just to stand but rather to generate quality spaces. The essence of obligation to truth and loyalty of the building is the discipline of Critical Evaluation of Criticism v/s Populism in Architecture related to Contextual Responses.

“An Architect is too much in love with his creation; indulges in narcissism or self-love, only a contextual critic can bring out a perspective”. 'Wow!' and 'Why?: These are the two expressions which a critic expresses after the construction of a new building.

In today’s time, the most important aspect of conside (...)

EPArquitectos + Estudio Macias Peredo built educational complex made of hexagonal brick modules

WA Contents • Jul 13, 2018 • 565

EPArquitectos + Estudio Macias Peredo built educational complex made of hexagonal brick modules

Two Mexican architecture firms EPArquitectos and Estudio Macias Peredo have built a new educational complex, composed of 19 hexagonal modules and built from hollow brick to respond the local climate conditions of Mazatlán in México.

Titled Colegio María Montessori Mazatlán, the 1,100-square-metre complex is located in Mazatlan, a city on the Pacific coast is known with its humid climate and high temperatures around the year, which invited the architects to think an architecture that considers how to respond to the climate and the high degree of salinity of the area.

The architects followed a particular strategy for the school to minimize the heat impact in the classroom - without losing natural ligh (...)

Michael Maltzan installs Star Apartments providing homes for 102 homeless people in LA

WA Contents • Jul 13, 2018 • 636

Michael Maltzan installs Star Apartments providing homes for 102 homeless people in LA

LA-based architecture firm Michael Maltzan Architecture has installed giant version of Star Apartments at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale, which provides an in-depth exploration of the units to reflect what kind of a life is taking place in the buildings since 2014.

Called Star Apartments, the giant models are presented at the Giardini of Venice Biennale to give an overall impression about the scale of the city, the scale of the building and the scale of the individual in the general sense.

Image © Italo Rondinella, courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

Star Apartments, completed in 2014 in downtown Los Angeles, was designed as a permanent supportive housing project, providing homes for 102 formerly home (...)