Sunday, February 22, 2009

mies van der rohe award 2009

the shortlist for the mies van der rohe award 2009 [european union prize for contemporary architecture] was announced in the second week of february!
i was sinking in the final rush for a competition deadline and didn't have time to update the blog!
Here are the finalists:
the Norwegian Opera & Ballet by Snøhetta

the Multimodal Centre – Nice Tramway by Atelier Marc Barani

the Library, Senior Citizens’ Centre and City Block Core Zone in Barcelona by RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta Arquitectes

the University Luigi Bocconi by Grafton Architects

the Zenith Music Hall in Strasbourg by Massimiliano Fuksas Architecture

i am very undecided between fukas and snøhetta...which one do you like?

pics via dezeen

Sunday, February 08, 2009

heads up people!


for the right of refusing life-prolonging procedures
in defence of the Italian Constitution and our freedom
against any Vatican's interference in the Italian civil life

in memory of Eluana Englaro

Friday, February 06, 2009

i can read movies

Spacesick's fake 1960s-style book covers: really cool!

via Good

Thursday, February 05, 2009


try this out!

Ubiquity for Firefox on Vimeo.

views + light

Architect David Hertz' s beautiful renovation work in Marina del Rey, California. The original residence (right) was built in 1923, with a second floor and an unsightly wood-shingled mansard roof that were added in the ’70s.

Even if “It would have been more economical to start over”, the house wasn't torn down in order to preserve "stunning ocean views that would have been lost because of the larger setbacks required by the building code for new constructions".
The new appearance is the result of a design exercise based on those views and the enhancement of light for the interiors.

all pics by Stephanie Diani via the NYTimes

Sunday, February 01, 2009

her morning elegance

absolutely sweet stop motion video!

via swissmiss