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Link Roundup: Week of Feb. 25-Mar. 3, 2019 Featured

BluEdge Staff   |   March 4, 2019   |   Link Roundups

The Hip Hop Designers Challenging The Architecture Establishment

The Hip Hop Designers Challenging The Architecture Establishment

For more than 40 years since emerging from South Bronx house parties, hip-hop has been a direct, powerful confrontation with the built environment. Hip-hop bloomed in the shadows of housing projects, among the husks of burned-out high-rises, and in view of subways tagged with a rainbow of graffiti. "Broken glass everywhere / People pissing on the stairs, you know they just don't care," Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five rapped on their seminal 1982 track "The Message." [Metropolis]

Virtual Reality: The 3-D Solution To An Engineer's 2-D Problem

Virtual Reality: The 3-D Solution To An Engineer's 2-D Problem

Virtual reality secured its place as an intriguing but unrealistic technology of the future many years ago. Pop culture references like 1999's The Matrix reveal quite a bit about the consumer’s fascination with "nearly real" experiences. Since then, the technology has made leaps and bounds in terms of application. [Propmodo]

Is This Harvard Prototype the Greenest House In America?

Is This Harvard Prototype the Greenest House In America?

Like a lot of revolutionary command centers — Trotsky's Mexico City retreat, for instance, or Bill Gates's Los Altos garage — the two-story house at 20 Sumner Road in Cambridge, Massachusetts, looks a little out of date from the outside. It's a handsome but unassuming place, built nearly a century ago and freshly shingled in blond wood, with a soon-to-be-weathered front porch and a New England dormer on the roof. A wheelchair ramp zigzags up a landscaped slope to the front door, one of the few signs of contemporary values noticeable from the street. Solar panels line the roof and a protruding metal frame shades each window like the visor on a baseball cap, but you might hardly notice those features as you hurry toward Harvard Yard, a few blocks away. [New York Magazine]

Black Panther's Oscar-Winning Costumes Include 3D-Printed Designs

Black Panther's Oscar-Winning Costumes Include 3D-Printed Designs

Black Panther took home the 2019 Academy Award for Best Costume Design for outfits that included an intricate collar and crown created using 3D printing. Costume designer Ruth E Carter accepted the award at the Oscars ceremony on 24 February 2019, when the superhero movie based on Marvel comic books received three prizes in total. [Dezeen]

See China's Groundbreaking $4.8B

See China's Groundbreaking $4.8B "Horizontal Skyscraper"

China is nearing completion of a new architectural landmark. The building is actually four distinct skyscrapers rising above the city of Chongqing. But what makes the project truly impressive is a 1,000 foot steel and glass sky bridge that connects them all, filled with trees, lagoons, observation decks, shops, and restaurants. Its developers call it "The Crystal." [Fast Company]

Coolest White: A Painting To Reduce The Urban Heat Islands

Coolest White: A Painting To Reduce The Urban Heat Islands

The increasing use of air conditioning is causing many cities to hit record energy consumption levels during brutally hot summer months. In populous countries like India, China, Indonesia, Brazil, and Mexico, large urban centers function like ovens: buildings absorb heat that is re-released back into the environment, further increasing the local temperature. More heat outside means more air conditioning inside, which not only raises energy consumption, but also increases the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. With this vicious cycle in mind, a paint was created to protect buildings and urban structures from excessive solar radiation, diminishing the effect of the urban heat island. [Arch Daily]

UNStudio Unveils Plans For 'The Smartest Neighbourhood In The World' In The Netherlands

UNStudio Unveils Plans For 'The Smartest Neighbourhood In The World' In The Netherlands

UNStudio has revealed their masterplan for the 'brainport smart district' (BSD), which is currently being developed in Helmond's Brandevoort district in the Netherlands. Envisioned as a unique Dutch initiative for future urban living, the scheme proposes a flexible grid system that can be developed according to the needs of the residents, as opposed to a fixed plan. Unlike traditional architecture, the project utilizes a step-by-step approach that will see design and construction go 'hand-in-hand.' By embracing experimentation and 'learning by doing,' the development intends to forge a sustainable and unique living concept. [DesignBoom]

When Gorgeous Architectural Landmarks Are Also Monuments To Fascism

When Gorgeous Architectural Landmarks Are Also Monuments To Fascism

Walking down Harnet Avenue in Asmara, Eritrea, you'll pass a distinctly angular building, and then another whose facade undulates more like a wave. The exteriors within view, though faded, are painted with noteworthy colors: pistachio, peach, a deep persimmon. Windows are often round and curious, like a submarine's. At once nostalgic and neglected, the overall feel is as if the city of Asmara has been frozen in time. [Atlas Obscura]

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