Link: The 2013 Pritzker Prize winner is...

A great pick this time if you ask me. The highest award in architecture goes to Toyo Ito.

“Although Mr. Ito has built a great number of buildings in his career, in my view, he has been working on one project all along, — to push the boundaries of architecture. And to achieve that goal, he is not afraid of letting go what he has accomplished before.” — Yung Ho Chang, Member of the Pritzker Jury for 2013

Check out the coverage on ArchDaily for more.

The ABC of Architects

It’s been a slow news period at the beginning of the year around here, and I stumbled onto this great little animation that involves our favorite subject. I hope you are all getting inspired to do your best work this year. 

This work is an alphabetical list of the most important architects with their best known building. 

A lot of them have been left out with grief because we only need one for each letter and we done an effort to have differents nationalities.

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The ABC of Architects from fedelpeye on Vimeo.

I’m so glad they started with Aalto!

Architectural Plans of New Apple Cupertino Campus 2

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Obama Pacman has the latest info on the new Apple Campus design led by Foster + Partners including ARUP, OLIN, and Kier & Wright. It was great to have some more insight into the design of the campus which will unfortunately not be open to the public when it's completed like portions of the existing campus are now. It really looks beautiful and thoughtful to me. In the landscaping alone, they will be adding over 6,000 trees for a total of 7,000 trees throughout the site. The new campus will be located in Cupertino, California on the old Hewlett Packard campus site. 

There are links where you can download the plans and latest renderings (how cool is that?!) from the Obama Pacman site.

✱ Four Ways to Get Inside Your 3d Model

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Sometimes when you’re modeling a project the size of a building, you need to be able to get inside and focus on objects obscured by the outer geometry. In this video tutorial, I show you four ways to get in there so you can do just that, and of course there are a few other tips and tricks along the way.

This is something Bonzai3d and FormZ are really good at, and you can apply these techniques to other 3d modelers like SketchUp and Revit as well. After watching this Methodcast, you’ll be able to use one or more of the following methods:

  • Clipping planes
  • The copy/paste & replace trick
  • Isolate
  • Edit the cone of vision

Download a 30 trial of Bonzai3d here.

Download the beta of FormZ here.

✱ Design Is Not What It Looks Like

This quote has been on my mind lately, and because of today's event it has been underscored even more:

Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like. People think it’s this veneer — that the designers are handed this box and told, ‘Make it look good!’ That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

— Steve Jobs

Design has meaning.

I've had Steve Jobs' Harvard Commencement Speech open in one of my browser tabs for a few weeks now, and if you need a kick in the ass, you should watch it.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice, heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Now go out and create something. Make something that lasts. Something that's yours. Stop thinking about the now, and start thinking about the future.

 

✱ Fontana Courthouse Expansion & Remodel Project Wins AIA Design Award

I talk a lot about the tools we use for design here on Method, but I want to stress how much I get out of visiting my projects that have been built. I used several digital tools to model this project during the design process including SketchUp and Revit. None of the design and previsualization can compare to actually being in the space, which is what architecture is really about for me. It truly does invoke a personal, emotional response from me. This is why I do what I do. Space can indeed change us.

 

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✱ New Aquatic Center Article on Artlantis.com

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I recently wrote an article about a project I've been working on where I used Sketchup, Bonzai3d, Revit and Artlantis in my 3d design workflow. The article was written for Abvent, the makers of Artlantis. Originally they posted it to their blog and Facebook page, and today they put on the front page of their website. I am truly honored.

Check it out here and let me know what you think.

Inspiration - The Third and the Seventh

'Architecture as Art' is the underlying theme of this wonderful, mesmerizing and awe-inspiring short film by artist Alex Roman that shows off some truly amazing spaces as seen through the lens of an architectural photographer. Selected works by Khan, Calatrava, Ghery and others grace the screen. The entire film is CG, and Alex did everything including the modeling, texturing, lighting, animation, scoring of the soundtrack, post production and editing. Ridiculous, right?

I love how he used already-built pieces and was even inspired by other artist's scores like Michael Nyman'sThe Departure to influence his work as well. This kind of personal project is exactly the kind of thing I need to see when I want to be inspired. The camera angles, lighting, and sometimes surreal compositions are what I look for when photographing and experiencing architecture myself, so this really hits home for me. Of particular interest to me is the kind of architecture that sits you down and makes you say 'whoa'. When it can affect you emotionally, it truly is a work of art.

Sometimes you'll find yourself thinking that there is no way the film isn't showing a real space - so here's a couple of links to a few scene breakdowns so you can see the craft that goes into making the final product.