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  • the event horizondesign it, shelter competition2009

    abacus bar&lounge2000

    anna hu-haute joaillerie, the plaza hotel retail collection2008

    the world museumvirtual museum2009

  • site:The James A. Farley Building is the main post office building in New York City. Its zip code designation is 10001. Built in 1912, the building is famous for bearing the inscription: Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

    The James A. Farley Building was constructed in two stages. The original monumental front half was built in 1912 and opened for postal business in 1914; the building was doubled in 1934 by the then Postmaster General, James A. Farley, and replaced the 1878 Post Office at Park Row and Broadway. Where it backs up to Ninth Avenue: along the side streets, McKim, Mead, and Whites range, which continues its Corinthian giant order as pilasters between the window bays, was simply repeated in order to carry the facade to Ninth Avenue. Farleys building supply firm General Builders Supply Corporation had received a federal contract under the Hoover Administration to provide building materials for the construction of the Post Office Annex. Farley was accused by then Senator Huey Long of Louisiana for receiving preferential treatment from the Roosevelt Administration, a statement that would be proved false as Farley would be cleared by the Senate of any wrong doing in what would be known as The Long-Farley Affair of 1935.

    The building was one of the last built under the Tarsney Act. Up until 1893 all federal non-military structures were designed by in-house government architects in the Office of the Supervising Architect in the United States Treasury Department. The 1893 act introduced by a Missouri Congressman permitted the Supervisory Architect to pick private architects following a competition. Supervisory architect James Knox Taylor picked McKim for the New York post office. In 1913 the act was repealed partially in light of a scandal in which Taylor had picked his former Minnesota partner Cass Gilbert for design of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House.

    The monumental faade on Eighth Avenue was conceived as a Corinthian colonnade braced at the end by two pavilions. The imposing design was meant to match in strength the colonnade of Pennsylvania Station (McKim, Mead, and White, 1910) that originally faced it across the avenue. An unbroken flight of steps the full length of the colonnade provides access, for the main floor devoted to customer services is above a functional basement level that rises out of a dry moat giving light and air to workspaces below. Each of the square end pavilions is capped with a low saucer dome, expressed on the exterior as a low stepped pyramid. Inside, the visitor finds an unbroken vista down a long gallery that parallels the colonnaded front. The north end of the gallery houses a small Museum of Postal History. Wikipedia.org


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    virtual art is art practice using virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality as a medium

    Reality, in everyday usage, means the state of things as they actually exist. In a sense it is what is real. The term reality, in its widest sense, includes everything that is, whether or not it is observable or comprehensible.Augmented reality (AR) is a term for a live direct or indirect view of a physical real-world environment whose elements are merged with-, or augmented by virtual computer-generated imagery creating a mixed reality.Mixed reality (MR) (encompassing both augmented reality and augmented virtuality) refers to the merging of real and virtual worlds to produce new environments and visualisations where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time.

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    conceptual reference

    conceptual reference

    installations and sculptures_____

    large format artwork_________

    photograpy and moving imagesand virtual art______________

    small format artwork__________

    invited artist showrooms_______

    vestibule media shops theater


  • The Empire State Building is a 102-story landmark Art Deco skyscraper in New York City at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street.

    The Empire State Building is a 102-story landmark Art Deco skyscraper in New York City at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street.

    The Empire State Building is a 102-story landmark Art Deco skyscraper in New York City at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street.

    The Empire State Building is a 102-story landmark Art Deco skyscraper in New York City at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street.

    In architectural theory, contextualism is a theory of design wherein modern building types are harmonized with urban forms usual to a

    traditional city.

  • The first rule of

    sustainability is to align with natural forces, or at least not try

    to defy them.

  • +Design It: Shelter Competition

  • the event horizon The shelter is refuge for studing is the apparent line that separates earth from sky. The line that divides all visible directions into two categories: those that intersect the Earths surface, and those that do not. At many locations, the true horizon is obscured by trees, buildings, mountains, etc., and the resulting intersection of earth and sky is called the visible horizon. When looking at a sea from a shore, the part of the sea closest to the horizon is

    called the offing.Located in a sand pool between Domincan Republic and the Saona Island.Saona Island or Isla Saona (in Spanish) is a tropical island located a short distance from the mainland on the south-east tip of the Dominican Republic, near La Altagracia Province. It is a government protected nature reserve and a popular destination for tourists from all over the Dominican Republic, who arrive in fleets of catamarans and small motorboats on organised excursions every day. The Island is famous for the natural beauty of its beaches, and has been used on many occasions by film-makers and advertisers.With an area of 42 sq miles (110 sq km) Saona is the largest Dominican offshore island and forms part of the National Park of the East (Parque Nacional del Este).The seas around the Island are rich in wildlife, with many species of birds and tropical marine fish, and there are large areas where natural sandbars offshore bring the depth to just a few feet.

    the event horizon

    The shelter is refuge for studing is the apparent

    line that separates earth from sky. The line that

  • `definitionevent horizon

  • Now, bring me that horizon.Johnny Depp American film Actor. b.1963

  • pasive active green house

  • sustainable design


    the green solution

    architecture is usually characterized by: 1 an adoption of the principle that the materials and functional requirements determine the result 2 an adoption of the machine aesthetic 3 a creation of ornament using the structure and theme of the building. Not rejection of ornamentation. 4 a simplification of form and elimination of unnecessary detail 5 an adoption of expressed structure Form follows function A growing trend in modern architecture is the move towards sustainability of design. Most buildings generate an average of 3.9 pounds of waste per square foot[10]. On a large building, that can add up to over one hundred tons. This has led many architects to develop ways to design structures that inherently have less waste, such as by creating spaces whose dimensions are based on standard material dimensions. Thus, constructors do not have to work the material into the proper shape, which saves both resources and money. In the United States, many new buildings are being designed to LEED standards with green details such as photovoltaic panels, green roofs, and natural lighting and ventilation.

    Solar technologies are means of using sunlight for useful energy without use of active mechanical systems (as contrasted to active solar). Such technologies convert sunlight into usable heat (water, air, thermal mass), cause air-movement for ventilating, or future use, with little use of other energy sources. A common example is a solarium on the equator-side of a building. Passive cooling is the use of the same design principles to reduce summer cooling requirements.[Technologies that use a significant amount of conventional energy to power pumps or fans are active solar technologies. Some passive systems use a small amount of conventional energy to control dampers, shutters, night insulation, and other devices that enhance solar energy collection, storage, use, and reduce undesirable heat transfer.Passive solar technologies include direct and indirect solar gain for space heating, solar water heating systems based on the thermosiphon, use of thermal mass and phase-change materials for slowing indoor air temperature swings, solar cookers, the solar chimney for enhancing natural ventilation, and earth sheltering.

    technologies are employed to convert solar energy into usable light, heat, cause air-movement for ventilation or cooling, or store heat for future use. Active solar uses electrical or mechanical equipment, such as pumps and fans, to increase the usable heat in a system. Solar energy collection and utilization systems that do not use external energy, like a solar chimney, are classified as passive solar technologies.Solar hot water systems, except those based on the thermosiphon, use pumps or fans to circulate water, an anti-freeze mixture, or air through solar collec