Tara Donovan at the University of Chicago

Fieldwork, an exhibit which celebrates Tara Donovan’s distinctive art practice, is coming to the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago on June 13th. The exhibit features stunning works that transform everyday materials including straws, index cards, rubber bands, and Slinkys into elaborate, otherworldly structures. The show will be up through September 22, 2019.

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The Creative Hoardings Program

The City of Sydney has responded to a community demand for street art with a unique approach called the Creative Hoardings Program. This program aims to improve the visual impact of construction sites, while also providing a showcase for artists. In high traffic areas, developers must either commission art from an Australian artist, choose from art already licensed by the city, or cover their site with historical imagery relevant to the development. Below are just a few examples of the program in acton.

Poly Ubiquitous, Cynthia Schwertsik

Real Myth, Captain Pipe

Children Very Upset, Edwin Budhi

A Song From Nature, Danling Xiao (Mundane Matters)

Obstacle Course, Elliot Bryce Foulkes

Double-Take, Rachel Harris

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Stone Ruin Transformed Into Zero-Energy Villa

Villa Slow, a vacation home in Spain by Laura Álvarez Architecture, is built in the place of an old stone ruin. It is designed to have minimal impact on its environment through use of high quality insulation, and an air-heat pump that produces five kilowatts of energy for every kilowatt that it takes from the network. The designers wanted Villa Slow to be visually simple and well balanced. On its exterior, the designers accomplished a simple look through natural materiality, including a slate roof, rough stone walls and large windows with wood frames and doors. On the interior, simplicity is achieved with a bright, minimal and calm atmosphere that focuses attention on the outdoor views.

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Blue House by BETA

The exterior of Blue House by Dutch architecture firm BETA, conforms to the surrounding development of its Amsterdam neighborhood, while also celebrating the clients’ colorful personalities. On the interior, the home is tailored to both entrepreneurial and family life, with the living areas of the home sitting atop an office space. The multi-level living space cascades down into the garden, creating a segmented but open floor plan that has large sources of light at both ends. While Blue House is a private home, it also seeks to disrupt the typical feel of a home with its materiality and spatial characteristics that resemble those of a public building.

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Stepping Stone House

Architecture studio Hamish & Lyons has completed a house in Berkshire, England, that is raised on stilts above a lake. Stepping Stone House stands in the place of three previously underused and flood-prone buildings, and is now home to a family with five children. The design is closely tied to the surrounding landscape, with large glass windows that fill the home with daylight and natural materials that bring in outdoor elements. Because the house is raised on steel pillars, it even makes it possible to jump from the balconies and swim in the lake underneath the home.

 

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The Evans Tree House

In the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas, the Evans Children’s Adventure Garden is home a new tree house by Modus Studios. The Evans Tree House is the first of three tree houses that will provide space for interactive, educational experiences for children visiting the garden. The form, material, and location of the tree house within the native forest, highlights the underlying theme of dendrology, the study of trees and wooded plants, that kids will be able to learn about at the garden.

Evans Tree House in Garvan Woodland Gardens Arkansas by Modus Studio

Evans Tree House in Garvan Woodland Gardens Arkansas by Modus Studio

Evans Tree House in Garvan Woodland Gardens Arkansas by Modus Studio

Evans Tree House in Garvan Woodland Gardens Arkansas by Modus Studio

Evans Tree House in Garvan Woodland Gardens Arkansas by Modus Studio

Evans Tree House in Garvan Woodland Gardens Arkansas by Modus Studio

Evans Tree House in Garvan Woodland Gardens Arkansas by Modus Studio

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Simple House by Moon Hoon

Seoul-based architect Moon Hoon has completed a three-story home on Sjeju Island in South Korea. The home is made up of three rectangular prisms that are stacked on top of each other and connected by angled support beams. The rotation of the prisms creates a bold, geometric structure and leaves a number of open verandas that overlook the surrounding landscape.  On the interior, a stunning central staircase connects all three stories and houses a library.

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Stgilat Aiguablava Villa

Stgilat Aiguablava villa in Catalonia’s Costa Brava coast, is capped with an undulating roofline that creates an organic blend between the structure and its geological surroundings. To further merge the structure with its surroundings, Barcelona based architecture firm Cloud 9 designed the home to accommodate for the site’s preexisting community of pine trees, integrated native foliage into the landscaping and gardens, and chose a filtered rainwater swimming pool.

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Architectural Sculptures by David Moreno

Barcelona-based sculptor David Moreno describes his artistic process as “drawing with sculpture.” Moreno’s works show this tone as even in their final form they resemble the scribbly line drawings that they are based on. After creating his original sketches, Moreno welds together hundreds of steel rods to bring his architectural scenes to life. When lit by spotlights, Moreno’s pieces create soft shadows that contrast against the their hard metal structure, providing yet another layer to his work.

 

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Mondrian Brought to Life

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Breakfast with Mondrian by BraniDesi

Breakfast with Mondrian by BraniDesi

Breakfast with Mondrian by BraniDesi

Breakfast with Mondrian by BraniDesi

Breakfast with Mondrian by BraniDesi

Breakfast with Mondrian by BraniDesi

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