An installation by Kengo Kuma.
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How do spaces make us feel?“Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined”, opening to the public on Saturday, is the “most ambitious architecture exhibition" at the Royal Academy of Arts (RA), according to Telegraph architecture critic Ellis Woodman. With drawings, models, photographs, and film from seven firms around the world, the exhibit explores the sensory aspects of architecture. “If it inspires visitors to think more about their surroundings, that can only be a good thing; but by reducing it to pure spectacle, a tranquilliser dart of sensory titillation, it's in danger of missing the bigger picture of what architecture actually is,” says Guardian architecture critic Oliver Wainwright. [The Guardian]
How did they end up here? Most of China’s 500 million Internet users were mysteriously rerouted to web addresses registered to this house in Cheyenne, Wyoming. [Gizmodo]
Donald Trump is planning a $200 million redevelopment of The Old Post Office Pavillion in Washington, D.C., an iconic Pennsylvania Avenue landmark. Built in 1899, the post office will be converted into a luxury hotel.
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The Natural Resources Defense Council’s Kaid Benfield weighs in on the importance of post offices (and the buildings they live in). [The Atlantic Cities]
According to a recent report from the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, 2013 was the second busiest year for building skyscrapers. Last year 73 skyscrapers were built, second to the 81 completions of 2011. [Prime Resi]
Bulgarian architect Delcho Delchev is one of the founders of Transformers, a nonprofit organization of over 20 architects and architecture students that design civic art for Sofia. [The New York Times]
University of Oregon architecture students design fire stations as part of a Sustainable City Year Program in a partnership between the architecture school and local governments. Over 400 students will work 40,000-plus hours on up to 20 projects. [Mail Tribune]
Charette Venture Group announced new business plan competition architects for wanting to start their own firm and established firms that have been in the business for five years or less. The Port Charette, Fla.-based consulting firm focuses on supporting entrepreneurship in architecture and design. [Digital Journal]
Emily Kinni snaps photos of modern-day places, like a house or department store, that sit on a place where executions used to occur. [Slate]
Despite controversy, did female architectsbreak barriers in 2013? [Metropolis]
Major cities in Texas are leading the housing recovery in single-family home construction. See how other cities are shaping up across the country. [USA Today]
Clients, not designers, should be the drivers of sustainable design. [The Guardian]
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