LA’s National History Museum makeover to include a "curated facade" displaying objects from the collection

            <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em>Including its basement level it would add about 60,000 square feet of space, bringing the museum&rsquo;s total square footage to 485,000, without dramatically expanding its footprint in the park. The addition would take the form of a glass cube holding a new entrance and a flexible, multipurpose event space at ground level.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" ><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Renderings by Frederick Fisher and Partners Architects</figcaption></figure></figure><p>The National History Museum plans a makeover by <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Frederick Fisher and Partners Architects</a>. With the <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on its way</a>, Exposition Park will be getting more crowded. The extension of the NHM is still in the conceptual-design phase. The facade will include large glass cases displaying objects from the Museum's collections. Lori Bettison-Varga, director of the museum calls it the museum's "curated facade".&nbsp;The plan aims to better connect the Natural History Museum to its neighbors in Exposition Park.&nbsp;
Renderings by Frederick Fisher and Partners Architects

OMG! designs "Primitive Hut," a pavilion that will decompose over time

            <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" />In his&nbsp;<em>Essai sur l&rsquo;Architecture, </em>the 18th-century French architecture theorist Marc-Antoine Laugier developed the concept of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Primitive Hut</a>. Exploring the origins of architecture, Laugier described the primitive man as constructing a shelter to protect himself from nature. The iconic frontispiece of the second edition,&nbsp;by the artist, Charles-Dominique-Joseph Eisen, made the book's argument clear. It shows an allegorical figure, representing architecture, pointing to the primitive hut, a new structural clarity found in nature.&nbsp;
Essai sur l'Architecture, frontispiece by Charles-Dominique-Joseph Eisen. Image via Wikipedia.
Drawing by OMG!, inspired by Charles-Dominique Joseph Eisen's frontispiece.
Martin Miller from Antistatics and Caroline O’Donnell from CODApreviously featured in our Small Studio Snapshot series—partnered with one another as OMG! to create their own Primitive Hut. Inspired by Marc-Antoine Laugier’s work, the duo created a pavilion made of decomposing materials tha...

Swedish train gets officially named "Trainy McTrainface"

            <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em>It&rsquo;s happened again. A public vote to name four trains running between the Swedish cities of Stockholm and Gothenburg has resulted in one of the four being called Trainy McTrainface in an echo of the name chosen by the British public for the new polar research vessel.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last year, the British public voted to name its new polar research vessel "Boaty McBoatface"&mdash;a decision that the British government quickly overturned in favor of the less comical name "RRS Sir David Attenborough."
Hopefully, Boaty McBoatface's legacy will live on in Sweden, where the public voted to name one of its trains, running between Stockholm and Gothenburg, "Trainy McTrainface" "We saw pretty quickly that Trainy McTrainface was in the lead in the popular option. There was a bit of international attention on the vote, and I imagine that some people were quite delighted to get some revenge for the Boaty McBoatface thing," said Swedish Continue reading "Swedish train gets officially named "Trainy McTrainface""

Japan’s timber industry deplores the plastic seats of Tokyo’s new stadium

            <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em>Dignitaries at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games will obviously get the best seats--those made of wood--but ordinary common folk will have to make do with plastic.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Less than 1 percent of <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Tokyo's Olympic Stadium</a> seats will be wooden. Those will be allocated for the best views of the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as track and field events. The country's timber industry has been advocating since 2016 to install wooden seats for all the spectators as a symbol of Japan's craftsmanship and to promote the forestry industry.
'We're very disappointed (with the decision). We will still continue to propose that wooden seats be introduced, as making use of this domestic natural resource will prove beneficial to maintaining the mountain environment and preventing disasters (such as landslides),” said Yasuhide Nakayama, head of the federation of Diet members for the promotion of Japan's timber industry.

Carlo Ratti Associati designs a delicious building made of chocolate

            <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" />Attention chocolate lovers, Italian designer&nbsp;Carlo Ratti has conceived an edible pavilion made of pralines.<br>
Image by Daniele Iodice
Made for the high-end chocolate manufacturer Venchi, the building will be presented at Fico Eataly, the world largest food park in Bologna, Italy. The structure is composed of 30 thousand pralines of different sizes and shapes, all individually wrapped in a variety of colors of shiny paper. The dream doesn't end here, visitors are invited to pick and taste the pralines, slowly eating the building away…

Unknown pioneer of solar energy, Konrad Frey, is given a second look

            <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em>Konrad Frey was a pioneer who designed and built solar houses based on data and scientific insights. Yet Frey and his work are largely unknown. A project by the architectural theoretician Anselm Wagner aims to change that.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The architectural designs of Konrad Frey are characterized by the fact that their form is a consequence of function. Had he worked in Vienna, had his activities started in the urban context, his architecture would have become a topic of research long ago,"&nbsp;says art historian and architectural theoretician Anselm Wagner.&nbsp;<br>
Frey studied solar energy in the 1960s and designed Austria's first solar house in 1972, together with Florian Beigel, using a combination of active and passive harnessing of solar energy. "The Sun Houses of Konrad Frey: Environmental Research and Solar Design Knowledge", a research project funded by Austrian Science Fund FWF, will produce an online catalogue raisonné and a monograph of Frey work.