Dezeen reports about the semi-translucent bar that designers Diogo Aguiar and Teresa Otto have built for a competition of the Universidade do Porto in Portugal. The 4.7 meter high bar consists of 420 IKEA storage boxes fixed on a metal frame. At night the boxes are illuminated by LED lights inside responding to the music being played. The boxes vary in size so that each box is giving a different brightness according to its depth. The modular white cube was built in one week with help of the students in Parque da Cidade, Porto. By opening one of the walls the cube transforms into a bar.
Some time ago a new pop-up store concept opened doors in North Amsterdam. The little shop called Mama Louise is a so-called ‘Wisselwinkel’, or ‘Shift Shop’, which means that the shop owner and the shop type change every six months.Read more →
Singapore’s Telok Blangah Hill Park is an amazing park structure consisting of different landscape types connected through a fly-over-like infrastructure. Within the context of the Weak Signals, Wild Cards exhibition, curated by art gallery De Appel in Amsterdam, a little green book with images of the park has been published. I discovered it lying on…Read more →
Pop-Up City’s resident container expert here with yet another report on shipping container urbanism. We love shipping containers, or, at least, re-using them: whether it’s making offices, hotels, or coffee houses, we’re ardent supporters of the cargotecture trend. But the logical end point of container urbanism appears to be on the horizon: shipping container cities.Read more →
Walmarts, the granddaddy of big box stores, are ubiquitous in America. Their lumbering structures and parking lots cover vast areas – a single store is the size of 2.5 football fields. Often cited as a major reason for sprawl in North America, Walmarts have been further criticised for their habit of abandoning stores for various reasons from upgrading to poor business. These soulless shells often sit idle for long periods, taking up space and infrastructure, contributing to nothing but blight. When the city of McAllen, Texas inherited one such store, it decided to give it a better use. Designers Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle completely overhauled the interior to create a bright and playful space for books and people to intermingle. At 124,500 sqft, this McAllen Public Library is the largest single-floor public library in the US.Read more →