Javier De Riba Revives Floors Of Abandoned Buildings


Javier De Riba, a Barcelona-born artist and designer, spray- paints ceramic tile- like patterns on the floors of abandoned buildings,  giving them life and history. By creating these impeccably detailed patterns, he pays an homage to ceramic tiles that are typical of his homeland. These vivid patterns come from 19th-century hydraulic mosaic factories indigenous to Catalonia.




Black Box writing studio by ANX captures iconic Los Angeles views


A small writing studio designed by Aaron Neubert Architects on a hill in Los Angeles frames views of the Griffith Observatory and other landmarks through a room-sized picture window. The 200-square-foot (18.5 square meters) studio by LA-based Aaron Neubert Architects (ANX) is located in the Franklin Hills neighborhood and serves as a workspace for a technology columnist and author.


The dark-stained redwood and blackened-steel structure features a 10 foot by 12 foot (3 meters by 3.6 meters) window wall. The studio is located behind the client’s existing residence. The steeply sloped site is terraced, with the new structure placed at the highest tier.


Due to the steep terrain, the architect and his builder hung the two large glass sections – which together comprise the window – off the roof of the structure and then lowered them into place. One was broken during installation and had to be replaced and rehung. Visitors climb the steps up the hill and then turn around to face the view. They enter the studio from the side through a large sliding glass door, making the corner of the studio almost entirely transparent.


The all-white interior is simply furnished with a pale-colored desk and chairs. The uncluttered space is designed to further emphasize the views. The studio has proven so popular with the client that his wife has asked Neubert to design a workspace for her as well.
The simplicity and purity of artist studios make them an appealing typology for architects, one open to countless interpretations – like the concrete bunker in Chile or the building in Scotland with quilted zinc cladding.






The Sphere Series by David Bridburg- In Honor of Many Great Artists



David Bridbrug is an American fine artist that uses photos of famous paintings and gives them a modern aspect by digital image processing. David’s aim is to update the perception of blending famous art with modern design and incorporate it with current trends. Sphere series are blurred photos from the impressionist and post-impressionist movement that indicate well-known art pieces whereas the clear, highlighted image that floats in the “bubble” evokes amazement and satisfies our curiosity. David allows us to show our love for Degas, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Monet and others by making their presence in our homes in a contemporary and eye-catching fashion.


Illuminate The Arts Reveals New Project: Light Rail


Illuminate the Arts – the Bay Area collective behind The Bay Lights project has a new project in their sights. LightRail is the world’s first subway-responsive light sculpture. By visualizing the real-time movement of underground trains along Market Street, it will transform San Francisco’s main artery into a scene of wonder and awe for millions.


Two LED ‘strands’ in the center of Market Street will stretch two miles from Van Ness Avenue to The Embarcadero, suspended safely above SF MUNI lines by anchoring into existing light post infrastructure. They will use BART and MUNI APIs to brilliantly illuminate the movement of underground trains. After BART and MUNI have closed, randomly distributed small pulses of light will move along Market Street, simulating the passage of pedestrians. The piece will thus be a celebration of the many sustainable modes of transit that make up city life, seamlessly connecting the entire length of Market Street, crossing socio-economic divides. It will celebrate the 40th anniversary of BART and 100th anniversary of MUNI, which together transport over 300,000 riders daily.






OPA’s Casa Brutale Lets You Live on the Edge

Casa Brutale gives us wall-to-wall water and concrete set into cliffs above the Aegean Sea in what OPA promises will be a literally ground-breaking development.


Unclad and simple, the house is all about modesty, making no impact on the landscape beyond a surface swimming pool and a set of steps. Descending these steps, though, brings you to the entire point of this home; an enormous glass facade set flush into the cliff face, bringing an incredible view of the Aegean Sea to the entire residence. Upping the stakes, the living quarters are topped with a skylight that turns out to be, in fact, the swimming pool – made of reinforced glass, it functions as the only other window in the house, diffusing the sunlight to soften the hard surfaces of the building itself and giving you views that could plausibly claim to be 100% water.


With jaw-dropping features like these, OPA chose to keep the rest restrained. Simple, raw concrete surfaces and slabs set off by aged wood and steel form the rest of the project, placing an open living area around the main stairs and a master bedroom on the mezzanine floor, making the incredible water views perfectly visible from the bed, which is also made of cast concrete. The whole thing is cooled by the landscape and the swimming pool, thanks to the design’s clever twist – aside from the big chunk of rock removed from the cliff, there’s very little impact on the landscape.


An inverted Casa Malaparte – brutalist, plain concrete mixed with water, light and rock – OPA says that their concept “seeks for an investor or an ambitious owner to finance its construction.”






Barack Obama has chosen the University of Chicago for his Presidential library


The presidential library system in the United States is a nationwide network of libraries that preserve and make public president’s statements, papers, records, and other historic materials. President Obama’s presidential library is to be built in his hometown of Chicago, at the University of Chicago where he was a law professor before becoming a senator. The University of Chicago has been chosen over Columbia University in New York, the University of Hawaii and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The final site of the building has not yet been decided.


Two winners of Chicago Architectural Club 2014- Chicago Prize Competition for Barack Obama’s   Presidential Library are the Design team of Zhu Wei, Fu Junsheng and Liang Yinka and Aras Burak Sen.


The first project includes six divided sections each showcasing different aspects of President Obama’s   life; early life and career, legislative career, presidential campaigns, presidency, public image, family and personal life. The library is imagined to reflect President’s charisma but also the urban grid of the city. The building’s roof would also be fully utilized and visible from surrounding skyscrapers.


The second project’s primary function would be to serve as a public forum with a focus on President’s years in office.  The library would be divided into eight levels, where each one will archive a single year of Obama’s presidency. As levels would be of different heights, each of them would provide different views of Chicago. The ground floor is designed in a shape of a peace sign that represents the hope that Obama’s selection brought, and the peace sign would change on every level symbolizing the deviation of that hope over years. The peace sign construction would also serve as a bridge connecting three riverbanks.




Bruce Munro’s Arrow Spring


Bruce Munro’s Arrow Spring is a 300-foot serpentine trail filled with sage that resembles a flowing watercourse by day and a meandering stream of light by night. Its luminescence is the result of the innovative pairing of ordinary LED flashlights and cutting-edge fiber optics concealed within sculptural spheres placed throughout the landscape, weaving 15,000 points of light into the swath of sage.


The idea for Arrow Spring came to him on a bike ride in 2009 when he was thinking about the meandering pathway that led through a work of his called CD Sea (in which 600,000 recycled CDs were laid out in a field in the British countryside) and realized there was a natural connection to the spiritual rivers described in two of his favorite books, Kim by Rudyard Kipling and Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. His idea was to simply create a Serpentine River of light. The title of the installation is taken from the River Arrow in Kim.





“Defensive Constructions in the British landscape”- by Richard Brine


70 years after the Second World War there are still over 6,000 defensive structures nicknamed “Pillboxes” due to their mostly hexagonal shapes, left along the British coastline. Partly forgotten and often ignored, the old pillboxes and defensive emplacements built across Britain in 1940 and 1941 represent and record an extraordinary achievement. In the space of just a short number of months thousands of these buildings were built across the country in a desperate attempt to prepare for the very real threat of German invasion.

Photographer Richard Brine has documented the structures in a series of photographs called ‘Defensive Constructions in the British landscape’ – “These small, obscure buildings have a poetic importance, combining and encapsulating many themes that still have the power to arrest and engage us. They are poignant reminders of many aspects of our own identity and national character and their increasingly vulnerability, after so many years of ‘service’, lends them a particular pathos.”



Psychedelic Roomba LED Light Paintings


The Roomba has quite the following and it’s not just because it cleans your house without having to pull out the vacuum. Roombas are completely hackable serving as open source robots that can be turned into pacmen, be controlled by your cell phone, or even be turned into musical instruments. Then there’s a whole other group of people that is using the robot to create eco-art with LEDs.


Creative users are attaching LED lights to the top of these robots and taking long exposure photographs of the vacuums in action in dark rooms. The resulting pictures are a trace of the robots’ activity and often come in wild, psychedelic colors. Some users are going to such extremes as to program light color changes or specific robot movements to create their patterns, while others like the IBRoomba group set up obstacles in the middle of rooms to create blank spots, like the initials “IBR.”




LED Artist Bill FitzGibbons Illuminates Old Railroad


LED light sculpturist Bill FitzGibbons has turned Birmingham’s 18th Street railway underpass into LightRails, a dynamic interconnect between the revitalized south side, and city center to the north.


FitzGibbons programmed the light piece to play a 17-minute program that loops each night from dusk to dawn. The installation provides the requisite level of white light during the day, while by night the light becomes a colorful garden. Some of the effects used are colors with dazzling white sparkles, color as columns to explore the architectural space. In the smaller pedestrian tunnel, a single fixture can generate a reflection 360° around the tunnel using the beams and arches to provide additional opportunities to show the spectrum.


The installation also provides the opportunity for special shows. FitzGibbons already has the installation programmed to switch automatically to a holiday presentation in December with an emphasis on red and green colors. The controller can even store more programs that can be triggered by an astronomical clock. New programs can be downloaded via an SD card.