Seven more days of design blogs, seven more days of design overload. Here's the distilled version of the best projects from the blogs in the past week. This week's exhibition of favorites features some cool letterpress prints, concrete, and some awesome adaptive reuse / temporary architecture.
I couldn't find much information on this (especially any that was in english), but here it is nonetheless. Zurich's city council has initiated a project to encourage bicycle and diminish motorvehicle commuting by the year 2025. So that's awesome. This Velokafl is essentially a drive through dining stand, for bikes. The first stands are located at the Rathaus Cafe, and basically you drive your bike up, park, and remain seated while dining and drinking a complimentary coffee. Just kind of awesome. (via KNSTRCT)
Zhu Jinshi: Boat
This abstract Chinese artist has built this installation out of 800 suspended bamboo shafts and 8,000 sheets of rice paper, which is itself staggering (and you know how I love installations with large numbers of pieces). Evidently the pieces is about immigration from east to west, as well as 'traveling through the afterlife.' But as it is it is an interesting, floating spatial construction. Check out the artist's statement on his website. (via Colossal.)
Concurs de Castells
So this may seem to be unconventional design news, but it is amazing and fundamentally architectonic, so get ready. The Castellers are teams of acrobats in Catalunia, Spain, that band together to build human towers; not our american cheerleader pyramids, but legit towers of humans, employing different structural schemes. The annual concurs is a competition to see who can build the tallest ones. The process is fascinating, with a wide, tightly packed, tensile base of humans supporting various columns of people. These photos were shot this year by photographer David Oliete; check out his flickr roll for more images.
Produced for CNNMoney, this animation displays the amount of money made by people in different professions over the course of a minute. Noteworthy people include Koby Bryant, who makes $162.55 in 60 seconds, as well as physicians, teachers, &c. As the clock tics, the circles illustrating income grow proportionately, and when Bryant's circle breaks out of its box at 9 seconds the reality of my slightly-above-minimum-wage wages makes me cry. For more info check out the writeup on Co.DESIGN.
Alyson Provax: Time Wasting Experiment
This project makes me covetous, and I want them all. They are 5"x5" squares, letterpressed with phrases related to how we waste time. My favorites are "33 minutes of unfruitful rage" and "6 minutes performing for an imagined audience," but there are tons of them. Check out the whole series on her website; they'll put a smile on your face.
Joey Roth: motivational posters
This graphic designer has come up with three awesome posters, illustrating his outlook on hard work and making it. One is an index called charlatan, martyr, hustler ; another is a metaphor of hard work (grind) v. no work (dreaming ). Then he pressed these simple yet incredible metaphorical diagrams into posters, which are only $35 and available on his website as Posters 1-3. I want them just to look at them daily as a reminder of how to spend the day. love. (via Co.DESIGN.)
Hufton + Crow, & Zaha: Sheikh Zayed Bridge
Photography firm Hufton+Crow has released the nice images of Dame Zaha's Sheikh Zayed bridge in Abu Dabi. The bridge (2010) is basically a Zaha sketch, composed of three or four lines, but in 3 dimensions, 842m long and 64m high, and is actually kind of nice I think, though the photos capture its more interesting (and some boring) moments. Check out the series on Hufton+Crow's website.
Hector Fernandez Elorza: faculty building addition
This is an addition onto/remodeling of a building whose origins lie in early 20th century military service in Madrid. In the sixties it became the faculty for cellular and genetic biology, and this is its most recent (and best) addition. Evidently the new parts (which include a brand new third floor) were perfectly organized and managed, and are also simple and stunning to look at. Construction systems, which appear to have driven the project, remind me of a 21century version of Kahn's work at Salk, an appropriate precedent, with concrete pillars/planes and steel beams/trusses. Check out all the photos and writeup on Dezeen, as well as Elorza's website.
Fernanda Canales + Arquitectura 911: Elena Garro Cultural Center
So this is amazing. Canales and 911 were commissioned to turn this early 20th century house into a public library and cultural center, sporting outside patio areas and an auditorium. The street front of the house is now framed in a site cast concrete and glass box, punctured with small square openings for windows (and a living tree) and covered floor to ceiling in books. The fact that the original facade and entry porch are still completely intact inside the new building just makes the happiest boy. I think this project is awesome, and I desperately want to visit. Concrete and adaptive reuse and books: winner. Check out the photos on designboom, you won't regret it.
Tony Hobba Architects: Third Wave Kiosk
I admit, I want to visit this one even more than the last one. This coffee and sandwich stand in Torquay, Australia is stunning (and stunningly simple) all around and one of my favorite recent projects. It is a concrete block construction, wrapped in recycled metal sheet piles, used to shape and make up flood resistant embankments for the floods that hit Victoria in 2010. The result is a gorgeous, sculptural, rusted object on the top of a cliff overlooking the ocean, with room for surfers and travelers to simultaneously enjoy their food and the view, and artisanal coffee (making this the second coffee project today). Check out all the photos on KNSTRCT and the architect's website.
Haworth Tompkins: The Shed
The profoundly imagistic nature of this project gets me all kinds of excited. It's a simple, textured, bright red box (with posts), juxtaposed to the brutalist gray concrete of the Lasdun's National Theater in London. It forms a temporary auditorium for the next 12 months, employing passive and green methods of heating and furnishing. Plus the structure's transience allows for all kinds of interesting academic discussions of theater, spectacle, 'happenings' and temporary architecture, which the firm doesn't hesitate to exploit. Check out all the amazing photos on Dezeen.