Architizer’s Change Your City: Architecture + Urban Transformation

Architizer’s Change Your City: Architecture + Urban Transformation

Scroll through the projects featured in this article which focuses on Architecture + Public Space.  I personally LOVE the Bridge Bounce by Atelier Zundel Cristea and the Superkilen by BIG, Topotek 1, and Superflex which embrace the fun and adventurous side of design…

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Its a house… no wait its a Theater!!

Its a house… no wait its a Theater!!

Click the link above to see how artist Matthew Mazzota and the Coleman Center for the Arts in York Alabama transform a dilapidated single family home into a community theater.  The new public outdoor space utilizes the materials salvaged from the old house.  

The new open air theater is camouflaged as a small house, blending into the street landscape, which opens up to form bench seating for outdoor performances.  Make sure you check out the video!

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Syracuse New York and the S.Alt City Mural: Revitalizing the Post Industrial City through Art.

Syracuse New York and the S.Alt City Mural: Revitalizing the Post Industrial City through Art.

This interactive mural honors the city’s past while taking advantage of today’s technology.  The pixelated image of a salt barge on one of the city’s former canals is composed of a series of QR codes linked to other art organizations in the city; such as, the Everson Museum, Erie Canal Museum, Artrage, Lightwork, etc.  

The mural by Cheng + Snyder is a part of the Connective Corridor, a larger urban project attempting to re-link Syracuse University with downtown through the use of signage, park space, pedestrian friendly infrastructure and interactive installations.  The project capitalizes on pockets of vacant space left behind by former industry.

I am very happy to see a few former students listed as members of the project team and can’t wait to check it out on my next visit!

Explore this and other installation projects here: http://codaawards.com/

 

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Still a kid at heart…

Amazon.com :: GoldiBlox and the Spinning Machine

Amazon.com :: GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine

On my way into work the other morning I was listening to Take Two on 89.3 KPPC and I heard a story about a young female engineer, Debbie Sterling, that is introducing young girls to the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math through the use of a girl named Goldie.

Sterling researched and observed the differences in how young boys and girls played and designed GoldieBlox to appeal to the future generation of female engineers by combining both verbal and spatial elements in the toy.  You read and learn along side Goldie the engineer as she builds a machine to make her ballerina spin.  Sterling is working to produce a series of GoldieBlox books with interchangeable parts to allow the girl’s imagination to create, design and build more complex machines.

Am I too old to buy this for myself??!!?  Shhhhh, no one will ever know…

Find more information on Debbie Sterling and GoldieBlox at the links below:

http://www.scpr.org/programs/take-two/2013/06/04/32060/goldiblox-game-encourages-girls-to-build-engineeri/

http://www.goldieblox.com/

http://www.engineergirl.org/Engineers/Directory/13512.aspx

http://www.amazon.com/Goldie-Blox-The-Spinning-Machine/dp/B00BCXU3PQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370551197&sr=8-1&keywords=goldieblox

 

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