<a href="https://design-milk.com/discover-nycs-architecture-and-design-scene-during-archtober-2019/11-hunters-point-library_steven-holl-architects_photo-by-paul-warchol-courtesy-steven-holl-architects/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/09/11-Hunters-Point-Library_Steven-Holl-Architects_Photo-by-Paul-Warchol-courtesy-Steven-Holl-Architects-810x456.jpg" alt="Discover NYC’s Architecture and Design Scene During Archtober 2019" /></a>
Get ready, New York. The annual <a href="https://2019.archtober.org/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Archtober</a> festival, now in its ninth year, is just around the figurative and architectural corner. Organized by the <a href="https://www.centerforarchitecture.org/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Center for Architecture</a>, this month-long event celebrates NYC’s architecture and design with 31 days of programs and events that will make you appreciate the sites you walk by every day.
You can head to archtober.org to see the full lineup of events, visit the Center for Architecture for Arctober guides, or keep reading to learn about some of our favorite highlights of the festival:
Put your walking shoes on and head out on an architect-led tour to check out the Building of the Day. Each day in October will take you around New York to discover (or rediscover) contemporary and iconic buildings, such as Solar Carve by
<a href="https://design-milk.com/the-new-sonos-move-brings-the-noise-outdoors/sonos_move_1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/09/Sonos_Move_1-810x561.jpg" alt="The New Sonos Move Brings the Noise Outdoors" /></a>
If you’re a Sonos user who has harbored hopes for an outdoor compatible speaker engineered with the same convenience and refined details as their existing line of networked audio components, your wishes have been finally answered. Sonos has announced the <a href="https://www.sonos.com/en-us/shop/move.html" rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Move</a>, their first portable indoor/outdoor speaker.
As a longtime Sonos user I’d identify myself as one of the many who’ve always wanted to take the music into the backyard. Sonos has been aware of this common desire amongst its users for an outdoor, battery-powered option, but the company waited till the maturation of Airplay technology (and the new Bluetooth 4.2 protocol) to develop a speaker capable of attaining the performance/standards matching their existing catalog.
The $399 Sonos Move’s aural capabilities are delivered by way of two Class-D amplifiers powering a single tweeter and a mid-woofer driver, plenty sufficient for most indoor spaces and also the outdoors, where sound
<a href="https://design-milk.com/hive-a-biodegradable-3d-printed-shade-by-plumen/0017_hive-brass-honey-gold-002/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/09/0017_Hive-Brass-Honey-Gold-002-810x538.jpg" alt="Hive: A Biodegradable 3D-Printed Shade by Plumen" /></a>
<a href="https://plumen.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Plumen</a> has teamed up with designer Luke Deering to create a bespoke shade specifically for their unique lightbulbs. <a href="https://usshop.plumen.com/collections/hive-3d-printed-shade" rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Hive</a> is a biomorphic, biodegradable, 3D-printed shade inspired by the natural structure of honeycombs. The shade works to frame the bulbs, allowing them to shine through and adding to their beauty.
Through the latest 3D-printing technology, Hive is printed in PLA bioplastic that’s 90% recycled plastic and other plant-based resources. In the end the shade will biodegrade within six months, closing its circle of life completely.
The spectacular houses of Marmol Radziner merge interior and exterior life as they engage the built and natural environment. With lush photography and an expansive format, Site: Marmol Radziner in the Landscape focuses on the evolving relationship between house and landscape, revealing what the architects describe as “the gradual erasure of boundaries between indoor and outdoor” spaces.
This collection of nineteen houses, shown in over two-hundred full color photographs that will make readers swoon, is organized by habitat—desert, urban, canyon, and woodland—and includes projects in Arizona, Southern California, Utah, Nevada, and the Netherlands. A foreword by novelist Mona Simpson provides a personal reflection on her experiences in a Marmol Radziner house,
<img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/11/11db1aaba36f46e11ed9fc1d24f7f758.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />A month ago Dr. Richard J. Williams of the <a href="https://archinect.com/schools/cover/938/university-of-edinburgh" >University of Edinburgh</a> expressed his views of the over-hyped shipping container design fad in <em><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/14/opinion/shipping-container-homes.html" >The New York Times</a>. </em>Describing the fatal flaw in logic widely used to promote the use of shipping containers in recent architectural proposals, Williams writes, "They’re great for doing what they were designed to do, which is transporting stuff. A simple technology, they have helped facilitate global trade like no other. But they’re designed for things, not people."<br>
Through out the article, Williams, who is a professor of contemporary visual cultures, art, and history, expressed his dislike for the containers and the effort it takes to turn these large transport boxes into habitable structures suitable for human occupation.
Perkins+Will propose an innovative and resilient office building in Southeast Washington, D.C, created to survive calamities and withstand natural disasters. The project reinvestigates the relationships between humans and nature.
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London design studio Sella Concept used plush furnishings, grandiose light fixtures and a “sophisticated” colour palette to ditch the stereotypical aesthetic of startups inside this central London co-working space. Read more
This summer the federal government released an astonishing statistic: 87% of American homes are now equipped with air conditioning. Since the world is getting undeniably warmer, I suppose this isn’t all that surprising, but keep in mind that robust number of mechanically cooled homes include residences in some fairly temperate climates. So my question is a simple one: When did air conditioning in the U.S. became a requirement, rather than an add-on?
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