Category Archives: Architecture

Incremental Housing Strategy

So, one of the things I’m currently working on is a book with my pops. The book focuses on several aspects (social, technological, economic) of everyday life beginning in 1975 and projecting out 20 years into the future. Tentative topic areas include energy, jobs, news, tv, books, movies, healthcare, education…you get the picture. One of the more interesting areas to me has to do with housing, especially amidst increasing urbanization. Current estimates indicate that more than a billion people live in urban slums, mainly in the Southern Hemisphere. This fact, of course, leads to the expression of pressing concerns. For instance, what does it mean to have the majority of people on Earth living in urban areas, and the majority of these folks in slums. How will these individuals be represented in the political realm in the years to come? As some have pointed out, most specifically in my own readings, Slavoj Zizek, the slum-dwellings may well form a massive, impromptu voting bloc, almost appearing as a post-modern proletariat, or perhaps a post-modern lumpen proletariat (e.g., the force behind the empowerment of a group of South American leaders, such as Hugo Chavez).

Another important concern revolves around the structural living conditions of those individuals, and how it might be possible to create more inhabitable dwellings amidst these incredibly haphazard preexisting shanty towns. This is where movements such as the Incremental Housing Strategy in India can play a great part. Designed by Filipe Balestra and Sara Göransson, with a pilot being launched in Pune, India, the project aims to turn urban slums into more sustainable dwellings through an incremental construction procedure. The architects have designed three skeletal frames which can be built-upon and placed within existing zones without displacing the communities living in them.

(Thanks, Dezeen)


Higashiya Tea Shop

Since I can’t sleep, as I’m a little anxious about the dentist tearing my face apart tomorrow morning (sadists, all of them…), I might as well continue with some posting. Came across the Higashiya Tea and Sweet shop on Cool Hunting. Georgeous little spot in Nakameguro in Tokyo designed by Simplicity…looks amazing, and features all kinds of seasonal goodies…ah, someday I’ll make it to Japan…someday…

Pipe Light

Architects Triptyque created the art installation Pipe Light on an abandoned house in Sao Paolo. Using metal tubes and lamps, they completely wrapped the inside and the outside of the building. Really cool design using minimal materials.


The Contemporary Fix X Mastermind Japan Store

Crazy Mastermind Japan store created by Yuichi Yoshii, who tore down his restaurant to the foundation, and created this metal and cement monster. Nasty Zakus, as well.

Mastermind Japan

Mastermind Japan


Recording Studio in Italy

Beautiful recording studio in Tavernago, Elfostudio, created by Italian Architect Romolo Stanco. According to the designer, the studio aims for a kind of jazz fusion effect…ah, whatever, but it’s pretty. (Incidentally, if you’re in the market for a music studio in Pittsburgh, you should go here, Dana will take good care of you.)

Elfostudio 1

Elfostudio 2

Elfostudio 3


London 2090

Flooded London was created by the incredible media production group Squint/Opera and visualizes the English city several decades in the future when sea levels have risen substantially. The series is set years after initial chaos took place, and has a fairly Utopian perspective. Good luck on that, but pretty nonetheless; I like the style of the pieces. The absence of Kevin Coster-esque mermen is enough for me. The images are at Medcalf Gallery in Clerkenwell, London for the London Festival of Architecture.

Flooded London 1

Flooded London 2

Flooded London 3


Romantizism Boutique

While gratuity and decadence are the name of the game at this Romantizism shop in Hangzhou, it is an impressive sight nevertheless…Designed by Keiichiro Sako. Perty…

Romantizism 1

Romantizism 2

Romantizism 3

(Thanks to the LV D)