Semper: El estilo, the first printed spanish translation of Semper’s Der Stil, an important 19th century architecture book, looks absolutely gorgeous.
SOILED is an architectural magazine that likes to get dirty.
Each issue breaks open issues of public space and urban design to share messy stories about the world we’ve built for ourselves. The team is currently funding its next issue, Windowscrapers — an exploration of surveillance, voyeurism, and privacy from an architect’s point of view.
Suburbia gone wild.
For the past six years, photographer Martin Adolfsson has traveled the world photographing empty model homes in emerging economies.
These lifeless suburban mansions have popped up in gated communities from Johannesburg to Bangalore, where they resemble each other more than anything else. Both positively amusing and awkwardly eerie, Adolfsson’s new Kickstarter project suggests an emerging global standard for telegenic wealth.
Before and after.
A three-story vertical farm designed as urban infill, Vertical Harvest will prove a model for similar urban agriculture projects throughout the world.
This project combines an innovative hydroponic system with a carousel that moves plants from artificial to natural light, cutting down on energy costs.
Burnt Water Cabin.
Artist Matthew Kirk has dreams of building a cabin in the middle of his studio. An opportunity to create a new body of work on the walls of a new environment, his “meditative art room” is designed to function like a snake constantly shedding its skin. Take a look at his new Kickstarter project and help Kirk build a home for his dreams.
The Cardboard Cabin? Oh that is just a scale model.
The Blue tape line? Oh that is just the outline of the Cabin.
I got 13 days left on this sucker. So please, if you have any inclination to help support this project, don’t hesitate, it does NOTHING for my stress level and sleep patterns!!!
I love you guys.
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Never Built: Los Angeles explores the landscape of unrealized projects designed for LA.
A mixture of architecture, urban design, and infrastructure fantasies that never left the drawing board, this exhibition will include work from Frank Lloyd Wright, John Lautner, Rudolph Schindler, Frank Gehry, and many others.
LA’s Architecture and Design Museum created a Kickstarter project to help fund the exhibition, which is finally within reach after two years of research.
Designing Seaside from scratch.
Seaside, Florida is, by all accounts, a lovely place to live.
The first master-planned community in the United States to reflect the tenets of New Urbanism, Seaside is at once a quiet beach town and a laboratory for creative directions in architecture, urban planning, and community development. Visions of Seaside will serve as the definitive guide to the Seaside project, including drawings and commentary from major collaborators on the town’s design and outlines for the future.
Visions of Seaside explores the potential of an entirely new town as our Project of the Day.
Slow down, don’t stop.
The designers of slowLab want you to take a moment.
A nonprofit hub for research in the emerging field of “slow design,” slowLab champions new work across art, architecture, technology, and the humanities that challenges the ever-increasing pace of the digital age. The organization’s new Kickstarter project will fund an online platform to exhibit and share slow design ideas and projects, promoting work that investigates more sustainable forms of living and engaging with the world.
The value of a dollar.
Bowerbirds have spent years living the simple life so that they can do what they do best: make delicate folk music with depth and a little darkness.
The duo recently took to Kickstarter to help fund the construction of their hand-built recording studio, which will replace an Airstream trailer as the band’s permanent HQ. In a new message, Bowerbirds express their appreciation for every dollar — and promise to put each one to good use.
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We are raising money for our next album on Kickstarter: http://kck.st/SxZEg2
We really want to keep recording music that we can take out on tour, to play our music for you wherever you live. That’s why we set up our new Kickstarter project to fund the recording of our next album, and to make it possible for us to make more music, and more soon, for your tender ears to hear.
We came up with this Kickstarter idea, because we realized that if all our fans each just gave us one dollar, we could start building the studio and recording new music right now, and we could put out two records in the next year or year and a half, instead of one in five years, if we have to take a full time job to raise this money in advance. If you want to hear the songs we’ve already started writing, as soon as we can get them recorded, you can contribute to our Kickstarter page right now.
It’s either: 1) order our albums now, with rad prizes, and get them really soon; or 2) wait to see if we can raise the money ourselves to put the albums out, and get them in four or five years. You decide.
Picture of possible album art, by Beth Tacular, and of the hand-built cabin where we’ll put our new recording studio to record new music.
We were thinking some of you have enough money to order an amulet, or a portrait of your dog, or want to be our mascot, but some of you are broke, and you probably think your contribution wouldn’t matter much. But even a donation of one dollar would mean a lot to us. And if you tell your friends, and they give a dollar too, it will really add up.
Today is “Dollar Monday.”
Maybe you got that hot lady to make out with you that time, by playing her Northern Lights. Maybe you listened to “Tuck the Darkness In” while dealing with a hardship in your life. Maybe “In our Talons” made you feel like an eco warrior. Or maybe you just never paid for our music in the past, but it meant something to you when you heard it, and you’d like to contribute something to the people who wrote that music. Maybe you want to find out what other songs we might come up with next.
Or maybe you are another musician, and you want to be part of creating a new way for all of our bands to be able to sustain ourselves in a changing music industry. We think the way forward is by connecting directly with the people who get something out of what we do, and getting their support to continue to write songs for them.
…Or maybe you just don’t want that triple latte with whipped cream today. You’ll just go with black coffee and drop those extra couple dollars into our little cup. We will love you for it, seriously. And anyone giving even one dollar will get signed up to receive updates on the progress of our studio space, new songs and plans for release. You’ll find out first when the new songs are available, and maybe by then, you’ll have the $8 for the download.
We love you and just want to make you these songs. Let’s do this.
Developed by dozens of volunteer architects, scientists, and designers on three continents, Taiwan Strait Atlas is a comprehensive manual for a sustainable future.
Based on years of research by CHORA, an architecture practice based in London, Berlin, and China, the book will propose a master plan for a low-carbon “smart region” in the Taiwan Strait.
Welcome to Recycled Island.
WHIM is an Amsterdam-based architecture firm with a big question. Is it possible to build a self-sustaining home entirely from plastic waste?
Disturbed by the increasingly enormous deposits of floating trash that cloud oceans and cover coastlines across the globe, WHIM hatched a plan to develop a floating island of plastic that could function as a human habitation.
The initial phase will test various types of plastic waste found in marine trash and develop strategies to build with these materials. Once gathered and recycled, the materials will be transformed into a flood-proof floating home — perhaps suggesting a new model for communities affected by both widespread marine litter and rising sea levels.
Live from Times Square.
Congratulations to the entire team behind Peace & Quiet — a temporary pavilion installed in the heart of Times Square. Constructed in time for Veterans Day, the architectural intervention is designed to provide a calm and inclusive environment for soldiers and civilians to discuss military service.
Off the grid.
Macro Micro is an experimental architecture lab committed to reducing the environmental footprint of new buildings through technology and design.
A project of the University of Dundee in Scotland, Macro Micro’s current endeavor is an energy-neutral studio designed for the city’s Botanic Gardens. The student-led team has finished designing the structure and has turned to Kickstarter to raise about a third of the necessary funding. If successful, the studio will be the first off-grid, carbon-neutral project to be designed and built in the UK.
Don’t let the name fool you — the Hollywood Theatre is the premiere art house cinema in Portland, OR.
The theater’s marquee is currently damaged beyond repair, threatening the Hollywood’s iconic facade. Backers can help this independent movie palace return to its 1926 glory, while scoring free tickets, custom swag, and even a personalized message on the new marquee. Not to mention the undying love of Portlandia’s Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein (just check out 1:40 in the project video).