Knafo Klimor Architects

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Knafo Klimor is one of the Winners of the 2nd International Architecture Competition for Sustainable Housing. to find out more...

"Israeli culture is a collage of traditions, assembled over a short period of time. Its source of inspirations and influences comes from both Mediterranean and European cultures, attempting, with simple alchemy, to define an identity. Within this debate Knafo Klimor Architects operates over three decades.
Our firm views Israel’s search for identity as an opportunity to explore new aspects of regional architecture in an era of massive globalization and a rapid cultural transformations.
Knafo Klimor Architects was established in 1980 and has evolved steadily since.
Over the years we have carried out a large number of in the areas of:
- Public, education and sports buildings.
- Industrial and hi-tech plants.
- Commercial centers and office buildings.
- Neighborhoods and residential housing.
- Town planning and urban design projects of various scales.

Among our clients are government agencies, local authorities, private developers and construction companies. Our work was published in professional magazines in Israel and worldwide, and displayed in national and international exhibitions.
We are dedicated to the pursuit of invention of new contemporary architectural expressions and we are committed to the achievement of excellence in design." to find out more...


Passage from http://www.knafoklimor.co.il/about.html
Image from http://www.knafoklimor.co.il/living-steel/index.html

Steel's knowledge

Saturday, December 29, 2007

"We've brought together a wealth of information about designing and constructing residential buildings using steel. Tap into Living Steel's knowledge through our informative case studies and tutorials." to find out more...


Iskandar Development Region, Malaysia

Friday, December 28, 2007

"On January 15, 2008, Mecanoo will present to the Prime Minister of Malaysia the design for the Iskandar Development Region in Johor ..." to find out more...
The IDR covers a land size of
221,634.1 hectar
=547667.6acre
=2,216,341,000sqm
=23,856,500,000sqft ~!
to find out more...

Ramblings from bigdotdot...

Image from http://www.irda.com.my/idr-5zones-a.html

Transforming Digital Architecture from Virtual to Neuro

Thursday, December 27, 2007

"A few years ago, architects were almost obsessed with the question of how cyberspace and virtual reality are changing basic ideas about architectural space. But events like the Neuroaesthetics conference here in London , along with the increasing impact of neuroscience on contemporary architectural theory, marks a clear change of interests -- if not a paradigm shift. Significantly, the then almost ubiquitous word "virtual" is now being replaced by "neuro." What is happening?" to find out more...
Passage from http://www.intelligentagent.com/archive/Vol5_No2_massumi_markussen+birch.htm

Free .Online Training from Vismasters~!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

"Following up on the hugely successful free V-Ray class that was offered in October, in which over 2000 people registered, VisMasters is once again offering free training! In partnership with CGarchitect.com, VisMasters is pleased to offer three new free training classes in the month of January. Regular visitors to CGarchitect.com will be familiar with the Visualization Insider articles written by Brian Smith. As the wrap up of that series, the final topics will be presented as a live online session through VisMasters.
Space is extremely limited, so be sure to register today!
" to find out more...

Passage & Image from http://commerce.vismasters.com/static/training/FreeClassJan2008

IES Lithonia Lighting free download

Saturday, December 15, 2007

"Lithonia Lighting provides IESNA formatted photometric data to help lighting professionals select products and options that are most appropriate for their requirements. The files are used in applications like Visual, Photometric Viewer, Economic Viewer and other commercially available software."[1] to find out more...
And to download the free viewer here...
What is IES files? Ies files are files that contain information of how light source energy are shooting out. Very useful for 3dsmax real time rendering information. The photorealistic rendering effect comes from the light sources.
"IESNA stands for Illuminating Engineering Society of North America [1] (IESNA) is a non-profit, learned society founded in New York City on January 10, 1906. The Society's stated mission is to improve the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and by translating that knowledge into actions that benefit the public."[2]to find out more...
Passage [1] from http://www.lithonia.com/Library/IESFiles/default.asp?Path=/Lithonia_Lighting
Passage [2] from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illuminating_Engineering_Society_of_North_America

curiosity.jp

I like this! The building form reflects the relationship of privacy and publicity. A rectangular glass box rapped round with solid concrete structure. The solid concrete seems to be pushing you away from the inner layer where functional areas are situated. Contrast of material between transparent glass panels and opaque, clean, solid concrete structure; long ramp entry from side way to the second level shows contrast towards the entry point to the office working area at ground level with simple, straight forward colour scheme and light treatment just makes it adorable to me. The work by curiousity.jp. to find out more...
Image from http://www.curiosity.jp/eng/works/details.cgi?cp=2;s=3;t=26;cq=1

Daily Blue Print

Just found out my blog is in the top 15 in Daily Blue Print today...
There are so much interesting architectural blogs now, still I think the international listing had did some great work for the blog brief and catagorizing them.
"Discover The Hottest Blogs On Architecture.
Want to know the hottest blogs on Architecture? You have come to the right place!
At dailyblueprint.com we are constantly monitoring the top blogs and blog posts on Architecture."
to find out more...
Passage from http://www.dailyblueprint.com/community

The Year in Architecture

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

"This week in New York magazine's "Year in Culture" issue, architecture critic Justin Davidson names the ten best things that the architecture world had to offer this year, from the best new building (The New Musuem of Contemporary Art) to the best new interior (Tiffany & Co on Wall Street). See his picks at http://nymag.com/arts/cultureawards/2007/41799/"

Passage from Jill Weiskopf, New York magazine

Fender Katsalidis

Monday, December 10, 2007

Katsalidis tower is one of my design directors' favourite. Some more interesting work from Katsalidis. to find out more...

Image from http://www.fk-au.com/

Casey Brown

Friday, December 07, 2007

Fasinating stuff from Caroline Casey & Robert Brown.
"A studio devoted to creating contemporary architecture through an organic understanding of building in direct response to climate, topography and lifestyle. Sensibility of place derives from years of working on historical buildings, learning the crafts, understanding the tectonics of biulding and how our time relates to history. This perspective creates a preference for lasting architecture ofunpretentious functionalism, using materials and expressed structure.This non prescriptive approach takes each client, site and brief as something one off and special. "
to find out more...
Passage & Image from http://www.caseybrown.com.au/

Waro Kishi + K associates

"This is located in a highly fashionable district in the middle of Tokyo. The five-story building is occupied by a jewelry store on the first four floors and a salon for public relations and customer services on the top floor. Each floor in plan consists of just a single space and a stairway. The tiny site is 6.3 meters wide, 4.6 meters deep, and less than 30 square meters in area. My two basic design ideas were to adopt a structural system without columns in order to make effective use of the limited area and to make the overall structure as lightweight as possible in order to simplify the foundation. A reinforced-concrete wall structure is used on the lower three floors. Panels fabricated from steel sheets in a factory were assembled on the site for the fourth and fifth floors. As a result, construction work was much like assembling a model of the building." More interesting work from Waro Kishi + K associates. to find out more...

Passage & Image from http://k-associates.com/k.associates/en/03

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