The world may finally be ready for Zaha Hadid. An
Iraq-born deconstructivist architect based in London, Hadid has
been making waves with controversial and futuristic architectural
concepts for over 20 years. Many of her ideas never made it past
the drawing board, because the designs were just too…well,
Now, she’s gaining steam, and has projects going all over the
world. She was recently commissioned to design an Aquatics
Centre in London for the 2012 Summer Olympics, a
Performing Arts Center in Abu Dhabi, and the spaceship-like
Innovation Tower for the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Her buildings are oddly shaped (compared to traditional
architecture), but definitely have a very organic feel. For
instance, the Abu Dhabi building (pictured above)is complete with
windows that look like leaves, and Hadid herself calls it a
The day when anyone can create a stunning 3D Augmented Reality simulation is getting closer. Last month, General Electric's innovative AR media campaign to promote its 'Smart Grid' platform helped to push Augmented Reality out into the masses by giving users a chance to try it at home using a printable marker download and webcam.
In recent years forward-looking architects and designers have been pushing out the leading edge of advanced energy systems for built environments. Along the way they have created a new marketplace for integrated energy solutions with lower costs and improved performance. Their efforts have been supported by the growing list of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings.
On Tuesday, Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, NC, became the first hotel to be awarded the LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is the USGBC’s rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient, and high performing buildings.
Opened in late 2007, the Proximity (videos) was designed to use 40% less energy and 30% less water than comparable hotels. It along with the adjacent Print Works Bistro are the first hotel and first restaurant to obtain the USGBC’s top level certification.
“When we started the design process four years ago, I would have never believed that we could use 41% less energy and 33% less water without one iota of compromise in comfort or luxury and with minimal additional construction costs,” says Dennis Quaintance, the CEO and CDO (Chief Design Officer) of builder Quaintance-Weaver “It just goes to show what a determined team can accomplish if they use common sense and get a little bit of help from the sun.”
During the next decade we are likely to see commercial products that will start to define the 'Post PC' Era of smart, networked objects that follow a new path of product development. Users will interact with embedded devices beyond the keyboard and mouse. We know that OLEDs offer a clear path to flexible, transparent display screens, but what about the combination of sensors and low power chips that make the 'screen' irrelevant for new applications. If it is hard to imagine commercial Post PC applications for enterprise sectors, what about designs for education and entertainment markets based on visions like Impress project from Sillenet [via Vimeo]
France-based Easy Web develops 3D video projection systems for 'monumental architecture', but could they be developing new cultural expectations for human-city interfaces where everything becomes a template?
The Lithuanian capital city of Vilnius is about to embark on the
construction of a new-age masterpiece. Designed by award-winning
deconstructivist architect Zaha Hadid, the new Guggenheim
Hermitage Museum will be a museum and arts center that houses the
St. Petersburg-based State Hermitage Museum and selected Guggenheim
The pre-build research for the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum is
slated for completion by 2008 and the building set to open in 2011.
Check out the phenomenal photos of the design pictured below the
Other remarkable projects by Zaha Hadid currently underway
include the CMA
CGM Tower in Marseille, France, the Bridge
Pavilion in Zaragoza, Spain, the Kartal Urban Transformation in
Istanbul, Turkey, and the Glasgow
Transport Museum in Glasgow, Scotland.
Seeing such forward-thinking architecture cropping up in the
small post-Soviet Baltic country of Lithuania, with a total
population of only about 3.7 million, demonstrates just how high
the bar has been set for futuristic architecture around the world.
I wonder when such design will make its way into more expensive
markets like NYC? (cont.)