13.05.16 by Staff

Artist Spotlight: Mateusz Urbanowicz

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09.05.16 by Staff

“Asylum” by Photographer Christopher Payne Documents Abandoned Mental Hospitals

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New York City-based photographer Christopher Payne’s series “Asylum” is the culmination of work conducted over 6 years, 30 states and 70 abandoned state mental institutions. More images below.

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16.12.15 by Kimi Hamada

Illustrator Spotlight: Leonie Bos

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Lovely architectural illustrations by Amsterdam-based artist Leonie Bos. Bos adapts traditional printmaking techniques, creating different shades and colours in her digital images by layering semi-transparent tones. See more images below.

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10.12.15 by Staff

Grass-Covered Path Suspended Above Courtyard in Poland

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Inspired by being stuck in an office and thinking “if only I could go for a walk,” the Zalewski Architecture Group have designed a unique bit of green space. This narrow path, suspended between the surrounding buildings, has transformed the sad little courtyard below into something far more enticing. Check out more images below.

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10.12.15 by Jeff

Artist Spotlight: Filip Dujardin

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Manipulated architectural works by artist Filip Dujardin. More images below.

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11.11.15 by Staff

Design of the Day: MUJI is Making Huts!

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Minimalist lifestyle brand, MUJI, unveiled MUJI Huts at Tokyo Design Week! The micro living spaces cater to simple and (presumably) mostly solitary pleasures. 3 different designers came up with 3 distinct types of huts: Naoto Fukasawa (Wooden Hut), Jasper Morrison (Cork Hut), and Konstantin Grcic (Aluminum Hut). Set to hit the market in 2017 at 3-5 million yen or $30,000 – $50,000 CND, check out more images below! Or, if you live in Vancouver, just head straight to the comments and rant about housing prices!

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29.09.15 by Jeff

New Design for the Vancouver Art Gallery by Herzog & de Meuron

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The design for the new Vancouver Art Gallery has been unveiled! Designed by acclaimed Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, the proposed gallery will be 230 feet tall and have a total floor area of 310,000 square feet (85,000 of which will be dedicated exhibition space). There will be a library and 350-seat theatre, and it will all be primarily made of wood! While the design is impressive, the project is expected to cost $350 million. That’s not only $50 million more than expected but far from the $73 million raised so far.

I personally love the building design; the scale, the striking silhouette, and the carefully considered windows in the upper levels rather than yet another all glass addition to the boring Vancouver skyline. I just don’t know how our city is going to afford it (I hope we can). If it is indeed built, it will be Herzog & de Meuron’s first building in Canada. More renderings of the proposed design below!

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16.09.15 by Staff

Artist Spotlight: Jenny Volvovski

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Lovely print series featuring quintessential Chicago houses by Jenny Volvovski (of three person design company ALSO). More images below.

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