LIFETIMES EXHIBITION, WORKS OF BIRGIT SEVERIN AT THE DMY BERLIN GALLERY
LIFETIMES EXHIBITION, WORKS OF BIRGIT SEVERIN AT THE DMY BERLIN GALLERY
LIFETIMES EXHIBITION, WORKS OF BIRGIT SEVERIN AT THE DMY BERLIN GALLERY
LIFETIMES EXHIBITION, WORKS OF BIRGIT SEVERIN AT THE DMY BERLIN GALLERY
LIFETIMES EXHIBITION, WORKS OF BIRGIT SEVERIN AT THE DMY BERLIN GALLERY
LIFETIMES EXHIBITION, WORKS OF BIRGIT SEVERIN AT THE DMY BERLIN GALLERY
LIFETIMES EXHIBITION, WORKS OF BIRGIT SEVERIN AT THE DMY BERLIN GALLERY
LIFETIMES EXHIBITION, WORKS OF BIRGIT SEVERIN AT THE DMY BERLIN GALLERY
LIFETIMES EXHIBITION, WORKS OF BIRGIT SEVERIN AT THE DMY BERLIN GALLERY
LIFETIMES EXHIBITION, WORKS OF BIRGIT SEVERIN AT THE DMY BERLIN GALLERY
LIFETIMES EXHIBITION, WORKS OF BIRGIT SEVERIN AT THE DMY BERLIN GALLERY
LIFETIMES EXHIBITION, WORKS OF BIRGIT SEVERIN AT THE DMY BERLIN GALLERY
LIFETIMES EXHIBITION, WORKS OF BIRGIT SEVERIN AT THE DMY BERLIN GALLERY
LIFETIMES EXHIBITION, WORKS OF BIRGIT SEVERIN AT THE DMY BERLIN GALLERY
LIFETIMES EXHIBITION, WORKS OF BIRGIT SEVERIN AT THE DMY BERLIN GALLERY
LIFETIMES EXHIBITION, WORKS OF BIRGIT SEVERIN AT THE DMY BERLIN GALLERY
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ARCHITECTURE
KIMBALL ART CENTER BY BIG ARCHITECTS
"Since being awarded the project in 2011 we have listened and responded to the community’s concerns and have worked hard with the city, community, consultants and the Kimball staff to completely reinvent the design for the new Kimball Art Center."
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EVENTS
CONVERSATION PIECES AT THE MILANO DESIGN WEEK BY HEAD
In an apartment designed entirely by the students, from spaces to furniture, from video games to interactive wallpaper and culminating in three ceramic centrepieces, which give the exhibition its name, the design of the space, products and objects shows how, over and above functions, materials, forms and concepts, its role can also modify interpersonal relationships and, for example, draw people into conversation.
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DESIGN
WALK THE LINE AT THE MILAN DESIGN WEEK BY LUCA NICHETTO AND LERA MOISEEVA
Walk the line, the exhibition designed by Luca Nichetto and Lera Moiseeva, illustrates how the Sucabaruca coffee set and Cheburashka table set were born. The two collections, which are produced by different companies in different parts of the world, geographically and culturally very far from each other, share the same craftsmanship characterizing the production processes of porcelain and of ceramics, respectively.
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EVENTS
RIJKSMUSEUM: RIJKSSTUDIO M2 DRESSED WITH FANTASY, A NEW ENVIROMENT FOR MINIMALISM AT THE MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2014
Inspired by the rich collections of the Rijksmuseum, Droog created a setting for a studio – entrance, bedroom, kitchen, living and dining. This presentation is complemented by wallpaper that renowned graphic designer Irma Boom subtracted from works of famous painters like Vermeer and Rembrandt in the museum’s collection. Additionally Droog presents new products, first on display in Milan last year, and now available to the public. 
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MATERIALS
3-PRING PRODUCTS BY TACKT PROJECT, JAPAN
3-PRING PRODUCT is a new D.I.Y. idea proposal that can change the usage of the product, or pursue user’s own better usability by adding 3D-printed parts to ready-made products. This time we used ready-made products of MUJI as an example. Just like ‘Sampling Techniques’ in music industry which creating a new track by quoting tracks or sounds in the past, create an original product with adding own made parts while quoting ready-made product. In this instance, We treat a 3D printer as a music instrument that can enhance the prospect exponentially for this 'sampling' process. With making joint parts for plastic product, or parts which utilized size that is peculiar to ready-made product by 3D printer, it expand the possibility of incubate a new kind of customizing at this 3D printer generation.
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INTERIORS
NM APARTMENT BY PAUL KALOUSTIAN
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DESIGN
THE PEOPLE'S BENCH BY ANONYMOUS PART OF THE SINGAPLURAL EXHIBITION AT THE SINGAPORE DESIGN WEEK 2014
The People’s Bench (坐人) is a public furniture using salvaged wood from Singapore’s national parks. Inspired by Confucianism and its teachings on bettering oneself, the bench is based on the Chinese character “人” for people to sit back in a reclined position to rest and reflect on their thoughts.
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ART
THE GOLDENROACH
Other countries' exhibition-goers have already had the chance to encounter the insects of the Goldenroach project. The isnects which Kiss smuggled into prestigious exhibition halls across Europe since 2011 are a part of a well thought and planned gerilla art movement. The artist made sure the insects that found their ways into the MuMoK (Vienna), the Saatchi Gallery and the Tate Modern (London), the Louvre and the Centre George Pompidou (Paris), or the Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin) had the perfect display labels, that matched the look of the current exhibit with matching souvenirs that were put in the gift shops of the same Museums. Kiss never ceased to refine the Goldenroach project. He replaced what were originally real roaches sprayed with golden paint by dainty goldsmith’s works, and improving the method of smuggling.
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ARCHITECTURE
HOUSE IN TZOUMERKA - RESTORATION AND EXTENSION BY XT ARCHITECTURE STUDIO
The current case study looks at designing an extension to an old stone-built house in the Tzoumerka region of Epirus, located on a unique land plot with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. While the old stone house is not a primary residence, it provides a complete living experience. The objective is to integrate the home’s new extension into the natural landscape and the region’s heritage but with a modern and minimalist spin. The key focus was on the region’s traditional architecture. Our inspiration was the settlements’ homogeneity characterized by hipped roofs with slates mounted on sturdy stone shells. The existing building has been preserved with the timeless local stone. The extension’s distinctiveness was the study’s starting point. 
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INTERIORS
HALLE A: STUDIO, WORKPLACE AND LIVING PLACE INTERIOR DESIGN BY DESIGNLIGA
Until its conversion, Halle A was a metal-working shop for the Munich utilities company Stadtwerke München. The 10.4-metre-high hall is part of the Heizkraftwerk Süd CHP plant complex, located directly in the green area to the south of the River Isar. The initial intention of preserving the character of the hall was carried out, and a studio was created which builds on the industrial atmosphere of the space and continues its external features throughout its interior. The colour palette is based on the materials and textures prevalent in the complex, whose brick buildings primarily house skilled trades. 
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ART
'EVIDENCE' AI WEIWEI EXHIBITION AT MARTIN GROPIUS BAU, BERLIN
The Chinese sculptor, concept and installation artist, film-maker, book author and human rights activist Ai Weiwei is numbered amongst the most important representatives of contemporary Chinese art. His work has attracted international attention partly because in it he openly expresses criticism of his country’s government policy. Ai Weiwei pillories above all the Chinese government’s aggression towards dissidents. His criticism of the government and his anti- government activities have led to the artist himself being a victim of government power on several occasions. The present publication appears on the occasion of Ai Weiwei’s biggest exhibition so far worldwide. Many of the works were made especially for this major exhibition.
 
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ARCHITECTURE
HOUSE OF THE MOTHER BY FAF ARCHITECTS
“House for mother” is a work in progress with construction starting in August 2014. The project is located in Linköping, Sweden, and part of the Linköpingsbo 2017 housing exhibition. The house is divided into two parallel volumes slightly shifted from each other, thus creating spaces both in front of and behind the building. Oriented to the park in the north and the alley in the south, the two adjacent gables emphasize the overall theme for the area in general: narrow plots and a variation of housing types. 
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INTERVIEWS
ARKKI SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE FOR KIDS / VIDEO INTERVIEW STAVROS MARTINOS
Stavros Martinos, the Academic Supervisor of ARKKI School of Architecture for kids and youth in Greece and Cyprus talks at PATHFINDER.gr about the program. The program will soon be launched in Greece and Cyprus by Vassilios P Bartzokas & Stavros Martinos in collaboration with top Educational Institutions.
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EVENTS
WHERE ARCHITECTS LIVE EXHIBITION AT THE SALONE DEL MOBILE, MILANO 2014
Conceived as a cultural accompaniment to the Salone del Mobile, a prestigious exhibition featuring leading international architects, “Where Architects Live,” will be held in pavilion 9 at the Rho Milan Fairgrounds, from 8th to 13th April. “The Salone is a valuable resource for the Italian economy – Cosmit President Claudio Luti said – not only does it need to be preserved, but also bolstered with innovative services and projects catering to international business and client demand, in order to make the Milan event more attractive than ever.”
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INTERVIEWS
INTERVIEW WITH SOU FUJIMOTO, NICOLAS LAISNÉ AND MANAL RACHDI ABOUT THE L'ARBRE BLANC TOWER IN MONTPELIER
We are really glad to present a small sample of the interview with the three architecture agencies that have presented L'arbre Blanc Project at the architectural contest for a housing Tower in Montpellier, France. Sou FujimotoNicolas Laisné Associés and Manal Rachdi Oxo Architects. L'arbre Blanc is the new multi functional tower giving space to accommodations, restaurants, art galleries, offices, panoramic bars, etc. The tower occupies a strategic position in Montpelier, just by the city center and in between the old and the new part of Montpellier.  The project has been designed around the inspiration from the qualities of "living out". 
 
"The project started off as a joint effort between architects, but then took the form of this approachment between Montpellier, with its Mediterranean lifestyle, and Japanese architecture, with its expressions and characteristic indoor/outdoor relationship."

Nicolas Laisné 
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ARCHITECTURE
CITY OF DREAMS HOTEL TOWE BY ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS IN COTAI, MACAU FOR MELCO CROWN ENTRETAINMENT LIMITED
Melco Crown Entertainment, a developer and owner of casino gaming and entertainment  resort facilities in Asia, has unveiled the 
project details and design of the fifth hotel tower at City of Dreams, the company’s flagship property in Cotai, Macau. With 40 floors and a gross floor area of 150,000 square meters, the tower houses  approximately 780 guestrooms, suites and sky villas. The hotel also includes a variety of meeting and event facilities, gaming rooms, lobby atrium, restaurants, spa, and sky pool. Including extensive back of houseareas and supporting ancillary facilities, the tower’s design resolves the many complex programs for the hotel within a single cohesive envelope. The design combines dramatic public spaces and generous guest rooms with innovative engineering and formal cohesion.
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DESIGN
LIFELINE - DATA AIR INSTALLATION BY DOMESTIC DATA STREAMERS
In life there are things which we are able to decide, and others which we can't. Death is one of those things that plays between these two posibilites, where one can decide when to die but not for how long they will live for. The installation is made up of a grid of 800 balloons which mark the point between one's real age and the age at which they would like to die, contrasting the information with their gender. The coordinates where no one wants to die are represented in white, where as the ones that represent death are in black. A volatile and ephemeral piece which questions our desire to live and an irrefutable end of a journey, or in other words, a lifeline.
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INTERVIEWS
NIKOS KOUTSIS / VIDEO / THE CREATIVES SERIES BY PATHFINDER.GR & ARCHISEARCH.gr
Nikos Koutsis is one of the most distinguished illustrators with a career abroad and some really exciting collaborations in Greece. Today he teaches at VAKALO Art & Design College and helps to the development of the illustration and comic art in Greece.
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CITY ISSUES
THE DYNAMICS OF THE INFORMAL CITY AND THE PROSPECTS OF SPONTANEOUS URBAN PRACTICES (VIDEO) | CYCLE "RE-THINK ATHENS" |
Event curated by Panos Dragonas, Architect & Associate Professor at the University of Patras

Speakers:
Ethel Baraona Pohl: Architect, writer and blogger
Cathy Lang Ho: Architecture and design critic, curator
Ares Kalandides: Urban Planner
Lois Papadopoulos: Architect, Professor at the University of Thessaly

Co-ordinator:
Achilleas Hekimoglou: Journalist.

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EVENTS
SENSING SPACES: ARCHITECTURE REIMAGINED MAIN GALLERIES AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS, LONDON / 25 JANUARY – 6 APRIL 2014
Seven of the world’s most original and exciting architects have taken over the Main Galleries of the Royal Academy of Arts to convey the power of architecture. The architects have been commissioned by the RA to create site-specific installations: the shared brief was to explore the essential elements of architecture. Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined re-defines the traditional architectural exhibition by immersing visitors in a multi-sensory experience. This groundbreaking exhibition considers architecture from the angle of the human encounter: how vision, touch, sound and memory play a role in our perceptions of space, proportion, materials and light.
Global in scope, the architects include Pritzker-prize winners to emerging practices: Grafton Architects (Ireland); Diébédo Francis Kéré (Germany/Burkina Faso); Kengo Kuma (Japan); Li Xiaodong (China); Pezo von Ellrichshausen (Chile); Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura (Portugal). They were carefully selected to form a group whose distinct approaches share similarities and offer contrasts. Their different cultural, geographical and generational sensibilities bring a rich array of perspectives that encourage a broader understanding of architecture and what it can offer us.
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ARCHITECTURE
CHINA PAVILION, EXPO MILANO 2015
Tsinghua University, along with New York-based Studio Link-Arc, has been announced as the winner of a competition to design the China Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Rejecting the typical notion of a pavilion as an object in a plaza, the China Pavilion is instead conceived as a field of spaces. Designed as a cloud hovering over a “land of hope”, the pavilion is experienced as a sheltered public plaza beneath a floating roof that incorporates the building’s cultural and exhibition programs. The roof’s distinctive profile creates an iconic image for the project and will foster a unique presence within the Expo grounds.
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INTERIORS
OPEN HOUSE ATHENS 2014
Open House is a leading international architectural venue initiated from London in 1992. It is aiming to familiarize the public with outstanding architecture by showcasing each city’s timeless range of quality projects. In Greece, the first Open House event took place in Thessaloniki in 2012 and is implemented every autumn ever since, while the corresponding event in Athens will be held every spring. The Open House Athens aspires to become an annual constitution as every other Open House venue in at least 25 cities around the world.
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INTERVIEWS
INTERVIEW WITH SOU FUJIMOTO, NICOLAS LAISNÉ AND MANAL RACHDI ABOUT THE L'ARBRE BLANC TOWER IN MONTPELIER
We are really glad to present a small sample of the interview with the three architecture agencies that have presented L'arbre Blanc Project at the architectural contest for a housing Tower in Montpellier, France. Sou FujimotoNicolas Laisné Associés and Manal Rachdi Oxo Architects. L'arbre Blanc is the new multi functional tower giving space to accommodations, restaurants, art galleries, offices, panoramic bars, etc. The tower occupies a strategic position in Montpelier, just by the city center and in between the old and the new part of Montpellier.  The project has been designed around the inspiration from the qualities of "living out". 
 
"The project started off as a joint effort between architects, but then took the form of this approachment between Montpellier, with its Mediterranean lifestyle, and Japanese architecture, with its expressions and characteristic indoor/outdoor relationship."

Nicolas Laisné 
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ARCHITECTURE
SPARK IS THE WINNER OF THE MIXED USE CATEGORY WITH THE VANKE JIUGONG, BEIJING PROJECT 2014 MIPIM ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW FUTURE PROJECT AWARDS.
SPARK wins the mixed-use category at the 24th annual Architectural Review MIPIM Future Project Awards 2014, which were conferred on 12 March in Cannes. The Vanke Jiugong project (Beijing) has been recognised for its intricate mixing of retail, leisure, entertainment, and office programmes, and for the strong urban connections and experiences it proposes through its inversion of the shopping mall typology. Currently under construction in Beijing’s rapidly redeveloping southern suburbs, Vanke Jiugong marks a continuation of SPARK’s investigations into the breaking up of the architectural mass of the shopping mall, and the forging of connections between ‘interiorised’ space and the city. The 127,000sqm development will incorporate a mall, a cinema, three live-work towers, and a separate retail pavilion, with a pedestrian bridge connection to an adjacent train station.
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INTERVIEWS
K-STUDIO ARCHITECTS | THE CREATIVES SERIES BY PATHFINDER.GR & ARCHISEARCH.gr
Interview of K-STUDIO founders, Konstantinos and Dimitris Karampatakis to Harry Tzannis for Pathfinder.gr and Archisearch.gr
Dimitris and Konstantinos Karampatakis set up K-Studio in 2004, after study at the Bartlett, UCL and work at Alsop’s. Since then the office has grown and completed many exciting projects in Greece and abroad.
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INTERIORS
BAR ASSEMBLY A CONCEPT FOR A POP-UP RESTAURANT DURING THE BIENNALE INTERIEUR 2014, KORTRIJK, BELGIUM - SPACES AWARDS HONORABLE MENTION
The anonymously judged competition for cutting-edge bar concepts for the Biennale INTERIEUR 2014 - Spaces category Interieur Awards, threw up an international mix of prize and honorable mention winners heralding from Sweden, Italy, Greece, Germany, Belgium, Latvia and Japan. Bar Assembly is the manifestation of the collective ideas of unity and simplicity brought about through conceptual and physical ambition.  Envisioned as a communal space free of pretension, the design seeks to create a point of gathering amongst the bustle of the biennale. Bar Assembly serves as a singular collector where all persons, regardless of reason for attending, sit amongst one another at long communal tables consuming simple food in a casual open setting. The idea here is that the bar area becomes an extension of the expo itself, whereby design serves as an enabler, provoking conversation, interaction, and community.
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INTERIORS
AUDI QUATTRO FESTKOGL ALM - INTERIOR DESIGN BY DESIGNLIGA
The Obergurgl-Hochgurgl skiing area is known as the ‘diamond of the Alps’, with an international reputation based on its extreme altitude and guaranteed snow. The quattro Festkogl Alm represents a dialogue between the Alpine environment and the world of high-tech, revealing Alpine images and themes in a new light and presenting design that combines traditional elements with avant-garde, and craftsmanship with high-tech production methods. 
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ART
180 CANVASES SITE SPECIFIC INSTALLATION DESIGNED BY MARCELLA CAMPA AND STEFANO AVESANI TO FILL THE SPACE OF ARROW FACTORY GALLERY IN JIAN CHANG HUTONG IN BEIJING
180 fabric canvas, acrylic colours, metal wire, staples. Beijing, 2014.
180 Canvases is a site specific installation designed by Marcella Campa and Stefano Avesani to fill the space of Arrow Factory gallery in JianChang Hutong, Beijing. Arrow Factory is a 15 m² independently run alternative art space founded by artists Rania Ho and Wang Wei, which occupies a former vegetable stand and which is now hosting exhibitions on a monthly base.
 
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DESIGN
DMY INTERNATIONAL DESIGN FESTIVAL 2014 FROM MAY 28 TO JUNE 1
As one of the central events of the upcoming Berlin Design Week (May 26 – June 1, 2014), the DMY International Design Festival 2014 will present more than 700 young and established designers in the hangars of former Berlin Tempelhof airport. An exciting cross section of design, research and material sciences by leading universities, designers and renowned studios from all over the world will then meet upon the vibrant Berlin scene. Over the years, the festival has continuously developed, remaining one of the highlights of the Berlin Design Week. This year, the festival will feature new sections such as the first launch of the DMY Market. Furthermore, DMY Berlin will once again host the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany which is endowed by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy.
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INTERVIEWS
CTRLZAK / INTERVIEWED JUST BEFORE MILANO DESIGN WEEK
CTRLZAK is a hybrid studio that integrates different disciplines and cultures. The founders, Katia Meneghini and Thanos Zakopoulos, are both artists and designers in their own right. The Italian-Greek duo’s creations are inspired by their travels and experiences around the world and by their own rich cultural backgrounds. The studio creates artworks, objects and spaces but– above all– situations where people can come together in order to make what really matters: human relations. CTRLZAK's projects and extensive research into tradition and cultural context create a new hybrid future by learning from the past. Each project is a story waiting to be told, with a multitude of forms and endings. Each one experiments with diverse methods of narration where irony and symbolism go beyond aesthetics and functionality, in order to activate mechanisms of reflection.
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INTERVIEWS
THE CREATIVES | A PATHFINDER.GR PRODUCTION IN COLLABORATION WITH ARCHISEARCH.GR
A new online web series called  "The Creatives" was launched on Friday the 14th of March and will be online every Friday on the web through the platforms of PATHFINDER.gr and ARCHISEARCH.gr

The series is a production of the new Pathfinder.gr with the support and collaboration of ARCHISEARCH.gr platform, exclusively for distribution through web and it will present the portraits of the best creative agencies of Greece in the fields of Architecture, Visual Identity, Industrial Design as well as other fields of the Creative Industries. Presenter and Curator of the show is the designer Harry Tzannis founder of Aspri Mera creative agency.
The series, taking the role of an unconventional research tool, it seeks present and future cultural evolution through architecture, as well as the possible exchange with design, art, graphics and green/eco design.
The aim of this series is to find all those who might be unknown to a wider audience, designers and creatives with awards in Greece and abroad, who balance between art and usability so that they can visualize messages and ideas in order to improve our environment and the places we live as well as design spaces or objects that make our daily life more beautiful and perhaps simpler.
 
The series will be available every Friday by the online platforms of Pathfinder.gr and Archisearch.gr
 
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PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTION OF ARCHITECTURAL ATRIUMS BY PYGMALION KARATZAS
 ''I am interested in the dissemination of architecture and urban developments, in studying and portraying how architecture creates cultural and economic assets for people, the industry and society at large, and in broader multi-disciplinary approaches to our needs and problems. ''
 
Pygmalion Karatzas
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ART
WHITE ISLAND WORKS - BLACK BIOMORPHICS
Athens-based White Island Works (Konstantinos "P" Papamichalopoulos and Artemis Lydi) is an independent art and design collaborative. Their limited edition biomorphic rings are talk of the town at the moment. Konstantinos P talks to Archisearch on their recent work and upcoming projects.
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INTERVIEWS
AN INTERVIEW WITH ARCHITECTURAL & FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHER ANDREW PROKOS BY STAVROS MARTINOS
Andrew Prokos is an award-winning architectural, location, and fine art photographer who shoots for clients in advertising, real estate, industry, government, and corporate art. Andrew's photos have been widely published in magazines, newspapers and books, and have appeared in print ads for some of the world's top brands. Andrew captures his photos using ultra high-resolution cameras, which can produce large-format prints with astonishing detail and sharpness. His large-format prints have been exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York and in numerous fine art collections in the USA and Europe.

Andrew's extensive collection of New York City photography includes photos of New York architecture and landmarks, New York skylines and cityscapes, and NYC urban landscapes. Andrew's fine art photo collections also include architectural, panoramic, cityscape, landscape and black and white photography. Andrew's photographs are sold as limited edition fine art prints, either framed or unframed. They can also be licensed as ultra-high-resolution stock photos for advertising use. Andrew is available for photo shoots internationally. For answers to frequently asked questions about our fine art photographs or how to license our high-resolution stock images please refer to the links below. For licensing requests or photo shoot estimates please contact us.
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DESIGN
CASA MARIOL BRANDING, COMMUNICATION AND PACKAGING BY BENDITA GLORIA STUDIO SILVER AWARD IN THE EUROPEAN DESIGN AWARDS
''We always begin by working on the conceptual aspect of the project. We develop the concept until we are able to put down in words the ideas we are going to work with. These words will lead us through the process, so we present them to the client. If the client approves of the concept, we continue by dividing the tasks depending on the project, and only then do we begin the graphic design.''
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ARCHITECTURE
NATURALIZING ARCHITECTURE: ARCHILAB 2013
The exhibition 'Naturalizing Architecture' held in Orleans, Central France is no exception in characterizing the true spirit of ArchiLab events; acting as a true laboratory for showcasing architectures most advanced research. This, the 9th ArchiLab exhibition focuses upon the interaction between digital architecture and the sciences, exploring the challenges faced in simulating the living world. Architects are no longer professionals armed only with pencils and paper. 
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ARCHITECTURE
VINTAGE - DESIGN WITH A HISTORY AT THE MUSEUM FÜR GESTALTUNG IN ZÜRICH
“Vintage” is everywhere: recently a new, increased appreciation of old or used things has developed. In an exhibition that explores different layers of meaning the Museum für Gestaltung presents this current trend as a subject for discussion. We have a constant need for new things. This is the life blood of our consumer culture. More recently, however, these new things can also be old and used – or at least look as if they were. “Vintage” is the name given to this movement which originally established itself as an alternative within the consumer culture of the late 20th century but by now has spread to wider sectors of the population and also to certain areas of mass production. “Vintage” stands for the increase in the value of an object that results from aging, selection or shortage – even where these are artifi- cially created. But the term also means a pleasurably creative way of dealing with history and a mixing of styles. For, nothing appears quite as antiquated as a look that is made up entirely of flawless designer pieces. Patina, on the other hand, illustrates an eventful past and makes the mass product into something unique.
 
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