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Link Roundup: Week of Mar. 11-17 2019 Featured

BluEdge Staff   |   March 18, 2019   |   Link Roundups

Harnessing Company Culture And Wellness For Workplace Design

Harnessing Company Culture And Wellness For Workplace Design

For the past year, the workplace incubator of global architecture firm HOK has been working on an idea it calls "space fusion." That isn't quite the casual neologism it might initially appear to be: The concept is being shepherded at HOK by senior associate Lisa Krutky Reed, a veteran restaurant and hotel designer who has long pondered the mysteries of prep stations and concierge desks. In recent years she has sensed a shift taking place, where the back-and front-of-house have begun to blur. Could the same thing happen in an office environment? [Metropolis]

Morpholio Unveils AR Sketchwalk, An Augmented Reality Tool To Immerse Users In Design

Morpholio Unveils AR Sketchwalk, An Augmented Reality Tool To Immerse Users In Design

Architects have long struggled to bridge the gap between representation and reality, particularly when speaking with clients. Drawings and renderings, while valuable tools to depict design and detail, often fall short in their ability to give a sense of space. Augmented reality offers the possibility to connect contemporary architectural tools such as modeling programs with the immersive experience needed to understand the design. With its iOS-based capability, AR Sketchwalk is a uniquely accessible solution. [Arch Daily]

Hudson Yards Then And Now: A Decade Of Development

Hudson Yards Then And Now: A Decade Of Development

Before construction on the Hudson Yards megaproject officially kicked off in 2012, the area on Manhattan's west side between 30th and 34th streets wasn’t home to much. There were apartment buildings (including a handful of high-rises), some office towers, the remnants of the elevated railway that became the High Line, and—crucially to the redevelopment story—the West Side Yard, where Long Island Rail Road trains were stored and served. Seven years later, the physical transformation of the landscape has made the neighborhood barely recognizable. [Curbed]

The Lewis And Clark Of The Digital Building Frontier

The Lewis And Clark Of The Digital Building Frontier

On a bone-chilling day here with the winter rains pelting down, the architects Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello retreated to their cozy 3-D printed cabin in the backyard. A wall of moist succulents on the facade was springing to luxuriant life, embedded in rosette-patterned tiles 3-D printed from chardonnay grape skins, sawdust and cement. Raindrops pitter-pattered across 3-D-fabricated ceramic shingles. [The New York Times]

There Will Soon Be A Whole Community Of Ultra-Low-Cost 3D-Printed Homes

There Will Soon Be A Whole Community Of Ultra-Low-Cost 3D-Printed Homes

Over the past year, in a lab in Austin, a team of engineers and materials scientists tweaked and tested the design of the "Vulcan II," a massive, 33-by-11-foot machine that can 3D print the frame of a small house in less than a day. Later this year, it will begin printing a neighborhood of more than 50 homes. The new neighborhood–the first of its kind in the world–will be built in a semi-rural part of Latin America for families who earn less than $200 a month. [Fast Company]

The 8 Most Beautifully Designed Botanical Gardens In America

The 8 Most Beautifully Designed Botanical Gardens In America

So long as you look, any traveler can find some of the most stunning gardens tucked within America's busiest cities. Metropolises such as Philadelphia, southern hot spots like Atlanta and Charlotte, and western locales in San Diego and Portland all have their own take on the botanical garden that make them must-visit spaces. Like an encyclopedia of plants being brought to life, their botanical gardens offer a hodgepodge of flora ranging from palm trees, desert succulents, and roses to plants usually only found in the most remote parts of the world. [Architectural Digest]

The New Mall: 21st Century Iterations Of Retail Architecture

The New Mall: 21st Century Iterations Of Retail Architecture

On a blustery day, it's warm inside and inundated with natural light. After whizzing here on public transport, you may rifle through the racks of a brand you’ve only ever seen virtually, wander round the avant-garde art gallery, settle into a lounge for some music. For lunch, choose from a fresh salad, catch of the day or a gluten-free pizza on the heated terrace… without even a whiff of fried potatoes. This isn't your average shopping mall. [Wallpaper]

Here’s How 20 World Famous Buildings And Statues Looked During Their Construction

Here’s How 20 World Famous Buildings And Statues Looked During Their Construction

Although only the Great Pyramid of Giza remains of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the modern world can surely boast with a number of memorable architectural monuments. Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, Burj Khalifa... the list could go on and on. And while we can travel to most of them and see their magnificence and beauty surrounded by contemporary structures ourselves, there is something deeply admirable about the process of construction. [Bored Panda]

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