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November 28, 2011

KRADS | Open The Tower

Open The Tower is a collection of a total of 676 models in scale 1:1000 by the Eurohigh design studio.Led by architect, professor Winy Maas (who visited us in DesignMarch 2011), Alexander Sverdloy and Anja Molenda of The Why Factory in collaboration with KRADS and supported by Lego and Arup, Eurohigh design studio looks at the way skyscrapers could be designed and how they could translate the horizontal dimension of the city to a vertical one.Open The Tower is an outcome of a 2-month-long research period on the ultimate European skyscraper.The models are presented in a grid of 26 linear iterations in Oostserre (Tu Delft Faculty of Architecture), Rotterdam.The extensive catalogue of possibilities will serve as the first step to a more precise parametrization of the process of modeling eight European skyscrapers in scale 1:100.The work continues until January 20, 2012 and will be exhibited in Oosterre until February 2012.

November 27, 2011

Architecture in Charts By Jody Brown

November 27, 2011

Eduardo Souto de Moura | Competitions 1979 – 2010 Exhibition


Portuguese architect, , was recently honored with an exhibition that took place this summer at the Álvaro Siza-designed Porto Faculty of Architecture (FAUP) which was arranged by curators André Campos and Pedro Guedes Oliveira. The exhibition, Eduardo Souto de Moura-Competitions 1979-2010, is a tribute to a specific design approach and working method.

Twenty years worth of drawings accompanied a collection of models and photographs that document fifty competition entries.Chests of drawers made from oriented strand board displayed the models alongside working drawings, construction photographs and additional sketches.

Instead of focusing on built projects and shiny photographs of the final product, the idea of the organisers André Campos and Pedro Guedes de Oliveira was to reveal the intense and sometimes obsessed working process behind this architect “ouvre”.In the two room exhibition gallery of Álvaro Siza’s Architecture School we can check for sketches, physical models, accurate drawings, photomontages, photographs and historic data of 50 projects prepared for competitions between 1979 and 2010.

Exhibition: Eduardo Souto de Moura – Competitions 1979 – 2010
Venue: Exhibition Gallery – 
Dates: June 9th through September 9th 2011
Committee: Francisco Barata e/and André Campos
Coordination and Organization: Eduardo Souto de Moura, Francisco Barata, Alberto Lage, André Campos e/and Pedro Guedes de Oliveira
Secretary: Pedro França
Exhibition Design and Project: R2
Photographs: Luís Ferreira Alves e/and Arménio Teixeira
Models: MG Maquetes



September 7, 2011

world’s highest Ferris wheel

Don’t look down: China debuts world’s ‘highest’ Ferris wheel, at top of 1,500ft tower


An elliptical track has been constructed around the edge of the tower's roof, and the 16 transparent 'crystal' pods take between 20 and 40 minutes to go round the track

On top of the world: An elliptical track has been constructed around the edge of the tower's roof, and the 16 transparent 'crystal' pods take between 20 and 40 minutes to go round the track

This is the world's 'highest' Ferris wheel on top of a 1,480ft tower in China - with passengers riding in see-through pods

Riding high: This is the world's 'highest' Ferris wheel on top of a 1,480ft tower in China - with passengers riding in see-through pods

Unlike other Ferris wheels, it has a 15-degree incline and can resist 8-magnitude earthquakes and Beaufort scale 12 typhoons.

Sturdy: Unlike other Ferris wheels this has a 15-degree incline and can resist 8-magnitude earthquakes and Beaufort scale 12 typhoons

Each capsule is just over three meters wide, and built using a special macromolecule material which allows a 360-degree crystal clear view

Sky's the limit: Each capsule is just over three meters wide, and built using a special macromolecule material which allows a 360-degree crystal clear view

If you thought the London Eye was a stomach-churning experience, then look away now.

The world’s ‘highest’ Ferris wheel has been unveiled in China – on top of a 1,480ft tower.

Passengers were set to ride in see-through capsules perched on top of the 450-metre-high Canton Tower, also known as the Guangzhou TV Tower. The 16 pods – which hold a total of 96 thrill seekers – each measure just over three metres wide.

They were built using a special macromolecule material which allows a 360-degree crystal clear view.

Unlike other Ferris wheels, it has a 15-degree incline and can resist 8-magnitude earthquakes and Beaufort scale 12 typhoons.

An elliptical track has been constructed around the edge of the tower’s roof, and the 16 transparent ‘crystal’ pods take between 20 and 40 minutes to go round the track.

It’s located in Guangzhou, capital of the southwestern Chinese province of Guangdong.

The attraction will cost visitors 130 Yuan each.

Although it’s described as a Ferris, its passenger cars are not suspended from the rim of a wheel in the traditional fashion and the track is horizontal.

The tower is also known by its local nickname – Xiao Man’s waist – which refers to a famous Geisha who used to entertain people during the reign of the tang Dynasty.

She was appreciated for her slim waist and the tower has a twisted and tight appearance.

In August, Las Vegas announced plans to build the world’s ‘tallest’ Ferris wheel, which will be more than 100ft higher than the London Eye.

Caesar’s Entertainment, which runs the Caesar’s Palace hotel and casino, revealed its wheel will be called the ‘Las Vegas High Roller’ and measure 550ft.

That would pip the Singapore Flyer (541ft) to the title of world’s tallest wheel.

The London Eye is 443ft tall.


1. Kingda Ka is the world’s tallest rollercoaster at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, U.S. The top tower is 456 feet tall

2. Formula Rossa at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is the world’s fastest roller coaster with a top speed of 150mph which it can reach in 4.9 seconds.

3.Takabisha is the world’s steepest rollercoaster with a drop angle of 121 degrees  in Yamanashi, Japan.

4. The Singapore Flyer is a giant Ferris wheel in Singapore at 541ft tall making it the tallest in the world

5. Superman Ride of Steel in Massachusetts, U.S. wins awards every year as the best rollercoaster in the country. It speeds over 77mph, has a 221ft drop into a tunnel and 10 seconds of weightlessness

August 28, 2011

Jobs Quits as Apple CEO


Steve Jobs delivered the keynote address at the 2011 Apple World Wide Developers Conference at the Moscone Center on June 6 in San Francisco

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, the ailing tech visionary who founded Apple Inc., said he was unable to continue as chief executive of the technology giant and handed the reins to Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook.

Apple said Mr. Jobs submitted his resignation to the board of directors on Wednesday and “strongly recommended” that the board name Mr. Cook as his successor. Mr. Jobs, 56 years old, has been elected chairman of the board and Mr. Cook will join the board, effective immediately, the company said.

“I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know,” Mr. Jobs said in his resignation letter. “Unfortunately, that day has come.”

Art Levinson, chairman of Genentech and an Apple board member, said in a statement that the board “has complete confidence that Tim is the right person to be our next CEO.” He added that Mr. Jobs will “continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.”

After a brief halt, Apple’s shares slid 5.13% to $355.70 in after-hours trading, after closing at $376.18, up $2.58, at 4 p.m. on the Nasdaq Stock Market Wednesday.

Mr. Cook, 50, has been widely considered as the leading candidate to succeed Mr. Jobs, who has been on medical leave since January. The 13-year Apple veteran, who joined the company shortly after Mr. Jobs took over for the second time in 1997, has been running the day-to-day operations during this period as he has done during two prior medical leaves of absence by Mr. Jobs in the last seven years.

The announcement likely marks the end of one of the most extraordinary careers in U.S. business history. Mr. Jobs not only co-founded Apple—and the personal computer industry along with it—but decades later played a central role in reshaping the music, movie, animation, and mobile-phone businesses.

“Steve Jobs is the world’s magic man. No compromises,” wrote John Sculley, who led the company from 1983 for a decade, in an email. Mr. Sculley was recruited by Mr. Jobs in 1983 as CEO, but ousted him in 1985 after a power struggle.

Mr. Jobs—widely known for his mercurial, demanding management style—drove his company relentlessly to make products that consumers lusted for, unveiling them in heavily rehearsed events that earned him a reputation as high-tech’s greatest showman.

It earned him a fortune that he said he wasn’t interested in. The company pays Mr. Jobs a salary of $1 a year. He also has Apple shares worth about $2.1 billion, and is the single largest Disney shareholder, with stock worth about $4.4 billion.

Even after his health began to fail, Mr. Jobs insisted on turning up at key product launches—including the introduction of the iPad 2 earlier this year, where he was greeted with a sustained standing ovation.

“I think his brilliance has been well-documented, but what gets forgotten is the bravery with which he’s confronted his illness,” said Howard StringerSony Corp.’s chief executive. “For him to achieve this much success under these circumstances doubles his legacy.”

Perhaps more than any other CEO, Mr. Jobs has developed a cult-like following among both employees and customers who hang on his every word at press conferences and vigorously defend the executive from those who might question his products.

Former Apple employees say he created a unique culture inside the company, and affected how other Silicon Valley companies think about innovation.

“Steve inspired an entire generation of entrepreneurs and creative people to think about things in terms of innovation and design,” said Dave Morin, the CEO of start-up Path Inc. and an Apple employee from 2003 to 2006.

The announcement focuses attention on the health of Mr. Jobs, who was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant two years ago.

Mr. Jobs hasn’t commented on it since he said in a letter in January that he was taking another leave of absence to “focus on my health.” He appeared thin at Apple’s annual developers’ conference in June.

People familiar with the matter say Mr. Jobs has continued to be active at Apple and closely involved in the company’s product strategy. To the extent his health permits, some Apple watchers think that involvement is likely to continue even after Mr. Cook takes the CEO post.

Some Apple employees Wednesday were in a state of disbelief, people familiar with the situation said. One person noted that Mr. Jobs had been seen less frequently around the company’s campus lately.

The transition to Mr. Cook has been widely expected and many are determined to move forward, starting with the launch of the fifth-generation iPhone, which is expected in October.

Mr. Cook, an Alabama native who previously worked for International Business MachinesCorp. and Compaq Computer Corp., is known for his operational acumen. He was instrumental in wringing out inefficiencies in Apple’s manufacturing and setting up its supply chain in China.

Since then, he has gradually increased his responsibilities, becoming chief operating officer in 2005. He has also ably led the company during Mr. Jobs’s absences in the past.

Unlike Mr. Jobs, Mr. Cook has tended to stay outside of the spotlight apart from quarterly earnings calls with analysts.

Mr. Cook faces a daunting task succeeding Mr. Jobs, who proved his managerial mettle by bringing Apple back from near bankruptcy when he returned to it in 1997. And Mr. Jobs relentlessly pushed through his vision of the tech business, reviving the Macintosh computer business and developing new products like the iPod, iPhone and iPad.

Apple faces a particular challenge in that Mr. Jobs has had an unusually strong influence in setting Apple’s corporate culture and strategy, said Charles O’Reilly, a management expert at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business “Great companies rarely go from strength to strength,” he said.

“I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it,” Mr. Jobs wrote in his letter Wednesday. “And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

“I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you,” he added.

The news of Mr. Jobs’s resignation quickly became the talk of the Internet. Overwhelmed with traffic, the blog Cult of Mac temporary went offline. “This thing is melting down,” said editor Leander Kahney, about an hour after the news broke on Wednesday.

Wall Street reacted with little surprise. “This was a ‘when’ not ‘if’ moment,” said Mike Binger a fund manager for Thrivent Asset Management in Minneapolis, which owns Apple shares. He added that he had no plans to change his holdings, saying that the stock is still “really cheap for the kind of operating fundamentals they’ve been putting up.”

The value of the company, however, has been skyrocketing as the success of products like the iPhone, iPad and ultra-thin Macintosh computers keep setting records. At close to $350 billion, Apple is second only Exxon Mobil in market valuationat the moment, recently eclipsing the oil giant for a brief period.

Tim Ghriskey, chief investment officer for Solaris Asset Management in New York, which holds Apple shares said he has confidence in Apple’s executive team even without Mr. Jobs, but is hoping for more details on who will be Apple’s “creative force” now that he is gone.

While Mr. Jobs’s resignation is a blow to Apple, the company has a solid pipeline of products, churning out new versions of its Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPods every year.

A person familiar with the situation has said in the past that the board spends most of its time discussing product development and there is a roadmap in place for the next several years. Its next iPhone is expected in mid-October.

“This definitely marks the end of an era,” said Michael Gartengerg, an analyst for Gartner, but he added that “there’s much more to Apple than Steve Jobs.”

—Ian Sherr and Geoffrey A. Fowler contributed to this article.

Write to Yukari Iwatani Kane at

June 27, 2011

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April 24, 2011

Richard Meier’s Sunday Routine – Designing Collages

Richard Meier, the architect, works on a collage at his Upper East Side apartment.

By ELISA MALA | Published: April 1, 2011

The professional portfolio of Richard Meier, 76, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect, includes dozens of geometric designs spanning decades and continents. On Sundays, he contributes to another body of work, using scraps of found paper to create collages, a collection of which will eventually appear in a book. Mr. Meier lives in a duplex on East 72nd Street and owns a house in East Hampton, N.Y. ELISA MALA

RISE AND SHINE, MAYBE Usually somewhere around 8 or 8:30. Well, it depends on the weather. If it’s still gray and unpleasant-looking, maybe I’ll stay in bed until 9. I usually have just coffee, with milk and sugar.

TO THE PARK When the weather permits, I go to Central Park and sit on the bench for a couple of hours, watch the people go by and read a lot of newspapers and books. I read “A Life of Picasso,” by John Richardson. There are three volumes, and I can’t wait until the next one is published. I read “Off the Wall: A Portrait of Robert Rauschenberg,” by Calvin Tomkins, which was a terrific book. Occasionally, I see an old friend or someone I know, and we’ll stop and talk. That’s always nice.

REGULAR SEAT I sit in the same seat. There’s a row of benches on the north side as you go into the park from East 72nd Street — it’s kind of in the middle. The sun hits that area until at least 4 or 4:30. When the sun goes down, I leave. If I get hungry, I go home.

SMOKE A CIGAR? Not anymore. Not since Mayor Bloomberg banned it with his new law.

AVOIDING THE KITCHEN I just heat something up — whenever I cook, I burn it. Sometimes I just wait and have dinner. For sushi, it’s Sushi of Gari.

MUSICAL INTERLUDE I listen to classical music, read and do collages. I have a variety of different composers. Besides Beethoven, I listen to BrahmsBartok, Bernstein and Mahler. I listen to them on CDs. Just this morning, I was talking to someone who wanted to get me an iPod. It can be white or black — I hope it’s not a color!

BITS OF INSPIRATION Whatever I have at hand, whatever I pick up: cards, tickets, photographs, things I cut out of magazines, things people give me, business cards, invitations. Whatever passes through my hands during the day, I kind of put in an envelope. It finds its way into a collage, sometimes years later.

SCRAPBOOKS I sometimes do them in blank-paged books, A4-sized Sennelier’s. I’m doing a book of collages with Rizzoli, with my friend Massimo Vignelli. Between collecting the stuff and working it out, I spend an hour and a half on each collage, and sometimes finish six or seven or eight in a night.

SPECTATOR SPORT I like the New York teams. I’m both a Jets and a Giants fan, and I like to watch the Knicks.

SUMMER SWIMS In the summer, I will go to the Hamptons. Every day when I am there, I go swimming, usually in Georgica Beach. I freestyle. Everyone should know how to swim: someone threw me in the pool and said, “Swim!”

TAKING NOTES Years ago, I used to work on Sundays. I stopped going to the office on Sundays right around the time that we finished the Getty Center. Now, I jot down notes on what I need to do on Monday.

BEDTIME I try to stop by midnight, but sometimes I’ll go to bed at 2 a.m. I try to sleep seven or seven and a half hours a night. If I could, I would like to have more than one Sunday a week.

April 23, 2011

Chris Bangle | BMW DESIGN CHIEF 1992-2009

April 23, 2011

Saab PhoeniX Concept | Jason Castriota