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.
One in eight shops in the United Kingdom currently stand empty. On the one hand it’s the credit crunch that trebled the number of empty shops, on the other hand it’s the emergence of suburbian mega malls and the Internet shopping boom. “Shopping experts warned that the high street will never be the same again.” UK-based Shopjacket claims to have a solution to the problem of empty shops on main streets. By using three-dimensional bespoke panels, the young company transforms unoccupied retail spaces into store fronts that look like they’re in use.Read more →
What are you up to this July? Want to design and create a piece of architecture over the course of 72 hours? The 72 Hour Urban Action allows you to do just that. Self-dubbed as the “world’s first real-time architecture competition,” teams have a mere 72 hours to design and construct interventions into a hotly…Read more →
As you know we’re very interested in temporary structures and and flexible living, but what if life itself is ultimately temporary?Read more →
Oh, glorious street food! Probably, the thing I most look forward to when going to markets, festivals, and even concerts. And I have just been giddy to see the recent rebirth of the food truck culture, along with myriad new cuisines and creative offerings. If only there were a regular event that brought all these delicious victuals together so that street food fans, like myself, could sample to their tummies’ content. Off the Grid in San Francisco came up with exactly that idea in 2010. They now have 12 weekly street food markets running throughout the Bay area. The markets are setup in fairly central areas on plots of undeveloped land to keep costs low and local vendors are invited to peddle their fares. Offerings range from fusion tacos to delectable cupcakes. Hungry visitors can expect to see many well-known food trucks, as well as lesser-known start-ups, and even chefs of famous local pop-up dinners.Read more →