Weekend readings: MIT and Google team up, Twitter account about art of wood and multifunctional apartment in Madrid

MIT and Google Team Up to Create Transformable Office Pods



The nowadays office spaces are mostly same as they were 40 years ago. A lot has changed since that time, however, it affected office design very little: it is still the same open space with some variations. Two future shaping facilities, MIT and Google, decided that the time of changes has come and created a first transformable meeting space integrated into the regular working building. The result is fascinating and could be just a first prototype which will declare new paradigm of office design.  Read more…


Twitter account that is bringing back the ancient Japanese art of wood joinery



The ancient Japanese art of wood joinery might be a dying tradition in today’s modern technological landscape, but one man is still trying to thrust this age-old practice into the future – and now he’s bringing it to Twitter. Read more…


Back to school: Design lessons from the world’s smartest education centers




It’s easy to dismiss the way a school or university looks. As long as it’s functional, the more pressing educational concerns for parents are usually the curriculum, quality of teaching and exam results.

But the way educational buildings are designed — from classroom layout in elementary schools to shared, collective spaces on college campuses — can have a huge influence on learning. Read more…

Sliding Modular Dividers Effortlessly Transform a Tiny Interior Into a Multifunctional Apartment in Madrid



If you’ve ever turned down an otherwise perfect apartment because it was too small, you may want to reconsider your stance after seeing PKMN Architectures’ ingenious transformable home design. In the project “All I Own House,” the design firm created a set of sliding modular dividers that transform a small, single-story space into a multifunctional home and studio in Madrid. Commissioned byERREPILA studio Founder Yolanda Pila, the design organizes all of the client’s personal belongings into adaptable mobile containers custom-built to match her daily routine. Read more…


Why we should build wooden skyscrapers



Building a skyscraper? Forget about steel and concrete, says architect Michael Green, and build it out of … wood. As he details in this intriguing talk, it’s not only possible to build safe wooden structures up to 30 stories tall (and, he hopes, higher), it’s necessary. Watch the video…


9 Architectural Photography Tutorials to Help You Get the Right Shot



While drawing or even writing about architecture can be a great way to be expressive in the field, today architectural photography is by far the most direct and widely-used methods for communicating the true form of the built environment. Capturing the perfect architectural photograph, however, can be far more difficult than one might anticipate. In light of this, we have compiled a list of ten architectural photography tutorials to help you get the right shot every time. Read more…


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