artists re-visualize the rolls-royce ghost with scale models for charity


the bespoke british car maker requested twelve artists to create artworks for breast cancer care, with each featuring a 1:18 scale replica of the rolls-royce ghost.

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Edgley Design wraps a dilapidated 1960s house in stainless steel roofing

London-based architects Edgley Design used stainless-steel panels more typically applied as roofing to make this ageing Surrey house weather-tight (+ slideshow). (more…)

 

Simple Cabin Embraces Its Mountain Setting

Pine Forest Cabin exterior during evening

While it was tempting to embed the cabin into the hillside, Balance Associates sought a smarter solution. By elevating the project on two concrete walls, the clients could avoid a costly foundation, improve their view of the landscape, and stay above the thick winter snowfall.

 

On the market: Jonathan Ellis-Miller-designed Banham Studio in Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire

Jonathan Ellis-Miller-designed Banham Studio in Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire
Jonathan Ellis-Miller-designed Banham Studio in Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire

An artist’s studio and modernist living space. The Jonathan Ellis-Miller-designed Banham Studio in Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire is a very stylish place to spend time.

Jonathan Ellis-Miller-designed Banham Studio in Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire
Jonathan Ellis-Miller-designed Banham Studio in Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire

The work of London-based architect Jonathan Ellis-Miller, Banham Studio was commissioned for artist Mary Reyner Banham and her husband husband Reyner Banham (who sadly never saw the house built) as both as studio and country retreat. It still works on both of those levels.

Jonathan Ellis-Miller-designed Banham Studio in Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire
Jonathan Ellis-Miller-designed Banham Studio in Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire

As for the design, it dates from the early 1990s, taking inspiration from modernism from a few decades earlier. The agent mentions Mies Van Der Rohe, Charles & Ray Eames and Craig Ellwood as influences, which we can’t disagree with.

Jonathan Ellis-Miller-designed Banham Studio in Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire
Jonathan Ellis-Miller-designed Banham Studio in Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire

A steel-framed house with full height glazing, the house offers ‘far-reaching views’ across the Cambridgeshire Fens to the spire of Ely Cathedal’ and of course, plenty of natural light.

Jonathan Ellis-Miller-designed Banham Studio in Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire
Jonathan Ellis-Miller-designed Banham Studio in Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire

A decent, but not huge, amount of space too, which is dominated by a main room with that glazing on both sides (as well as a skylight) and a seating area, used by the  original owner as a sleeping space. There’s also a galley kitchen, a bathroom, a separate shower and a bedroom overlooking the gardens. A store room too, which could be converted for other uses.

Jonathan Ellis-Miller-designed Banham Studio in Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire
Jonathan Ellis-Miller-designed Banham Studio in Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire

Outside space is access via full-height glazed doors in the main room, leading to a ‘narrow terrace’ with steps down to the (mainly) lawned garden. A carport and pergola complete the layout.

Jonathan Ellis-Miller-designed Banham Studio in Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire
Jonathan Ellis-Miller-designed Banham Studio in Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire

£285,000 is the price, should you fancy it as your weekend bolthole or indeed, for somewhere more permanent.

Jonathan Ellis-Miller-designed Banham Studio in Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire
Jonathan Ellis-Miller-designed Banham Studio in Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire

Images and details courtesy of The Modern House. For more details and to make  an enquiry, please visit their website.

Jonathan Ellis-Miller-designed Banham Studio in Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire
Jonathan Ellis-Miller-designed Banham Studio in Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire
Jonathan Ellis-Miller-designed Banham Studio in Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire
Jonathan Ellis-Miller-designed Banham Studio in Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire
 

ross barney architects’ cermak-mccormick place station in chicago


the station sits directly above cermak road, allowing views to chinatown, the convention center, and the loop -- chicago's central business district.

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A Powerful, New E-Bike Aims to Make Americans Less Car-Dependent

Spicy Curry e-bike.

According to a 2013 study, 90% of car trips in the United States are between one and three miles long. To convince Americans to forgo their automobiles for such nearby errands, Yuba, the country's top-selling cargo bike brand, set out to design a safe, reliable e-bike with plenty of room to transport goods that normally require cars. The Spicy Curry, which can reach speeds of up to 20 mph using a 48-volt, 350-watt electric motor developed by Currie Technologies, gives city-dwellers an eco-friendly alternative to car travel.

 

9 Transformative Renovations in Austin

Modern Texan addition and renovation with marble island and integrated wood in the kitchen

Austin residents Sam Shah and Anne Suttles found a dilapidated 1920s bungalow in the Travis Heights neighborhood and, with the help of Alterstudio, began a renovation to complement the existing structure with a cypress-clad 1,100-square-foot addition. Originally planned as an investment property, Shah and Suttles ended up with a home that was too terrific to let go.

 

Indian Police Allegedly Beat Up a City Councilor Over Slum Redevelopment

Gurgaon’s slum-dwellers are continuously displaced from their neighborhoods to make way for gated communities, office towers and high-rise condos. (Photo by Sara Goodyear)

You can practically feel the money pumping through the congested streets of Gurgaon. In this posh suburb of New Delhi, towering new condo developments and office parks are constantly under construction. What was, just 25 years ago, a collection of sleepy villages and farms is now touted as India’s ‘Millennium City’ – a high-rise, high-rolling 21st-century metropolis. But even as Gurgaon represents the apotheosis of a new lifestyle dream for many middle-class Indians, it remains home to entrenched political dysfunction and social inequity, most recently spotlighted in the brutal arrest of reformist city councilor Nisha Singh.

Nisha Singh (Credit: Sarah Goodyear)

Elected to Gurgaon’s municipal council in 2011 on a platform of government transparency and accountability, Singh is a London School of Economics–educated engineer who worked for Google before entering public service. Since entering the council, she has advocated on behalf of working-poor slum-dwellers who in fast-growing Gurgaon and many other parts of India are continually displaced from their neighborhoods to make way for luxury developments.

Last Friday, in response to constituent concerns, Singh went to a site within her district where a jhuggi, or slum, was being demolished by the regional development authority. The community, made up of homes built by the families who inhabited them, was being cleared to make way for a road leading to a new development aimed at a more affluent population.

The residents, some of whose families had settled there as agricultural laborers 50 or 60 years ago, were claiming that they were being evicted without proper compensation. According to local activists who know her, Singh wanted to observe what was happening, and was standing well apart from what developed into a violent confrontation between jhuggi dwellers and police, recording the action on her cellphone. You can see her doing this in a video posted here.

Then, according to an account released by Singh’s supporters, the police targeted her for arrest. Here is an excerpt:

[A] lady constable came up to her questioning her right to be there. Nisha explained that she was an elected councilor and that she was filming the incident and was well within her rights. The constable tried to snatch her bag and phone by force while calling for backup…. Five policewomen arrived. Two held Nisha by the arms, one pulled her hair, two others beat her on the legs and back with lathis [police clubs] and batons. They dragged her for 200 metres to a waiting vehicle.

Supporters say she was driven around for five hours, in pain and without her family or anyone else being informed of her whereabouts, before finally being taken to the hospital. Once treated for her injuries, they say she was “discharged from the hospital against medical advice” and put in jail on Saturday night.

After a petition for her release on Change.org garnered more than 5,000 signatures, Singh was let go on bail Tuesday. (The 19 protesters who were arrested at the same time are still in jail without prospect of bail, according to the Times of India.) The charges against Singh, which include rioting and attempted murder, are still pending. All 34 of her fellow city councilors, including those from opposing parties, have called for the charges to be dropped, as has Mayor Vimal Yadav. ”If the false charges against Nisha are not quashed immediately, we will take this issue to the highest authorities in the state,” Yadav said in a public statement.

Singh won her council seat as an independent candidate, but she is a member of the national Aam Aadmi Party, which was created in 2012 as a political manifestation of the India Against Corruption movement. Her affiliation with Aam Aadmi has led some observers to speculate about possible political motivations for her arrest. The events of the past week took place against a national backdrop of contention over land-acquisition laws, with Narendra Modi’s ruling BJP party calling for a relaxation of requirements that landowners consent when their property is being acquired for major projects.

I met Singh in 2012 while reporting this story for Next City in Gurgaon. Then new to the municipal council, Singh was a bright light and ally for civic activists fighting against corruption and the vast inequality that has skyscrapers butting up against slums.

Jhuggis stand in stark contrast to Gurgaon’s newly developed high-rises. (credit: Sarah Goodyear)

I interviewed her in her tranquil, comfortable home. “We seem to have forgotten that the power and responsibility to revive our institutions lies with us,” Singh told me then. “We only will have to demand and raise level of governance in India.”

After she was freed on bail Tuesday, Singh vowed that she would refuse to be intimidated by the arrest or the charges pending against her. “This was an attempt to prevent me from speaking out,” she said after her release. “I will continue to raise my voice against corruption.”

 

7 Futuristic Homes

The rear of the Villa Bio features an almost 50-foot-wide expanse of glass.The pool (now just a large gravel pit) echoes the panoramic window’s exact shape. The custom kitchen features a Silestone counter.

This cutting-edge home stands out from its more traditional neighbors outside Barcelona. The house’s windowless concrete walls act as beams, enabling the 50-foot-wide structure to literally hang in the balance.

Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
 

On the market: 1960s Robert Rummer-designed midcentury property in Portland, Oregon, USA

1960s Robert Rummer-designed midcentury property in Portland, Oregon, USA
1960s Robert Rummer-designed midcentury property in Portland, Oregon, USA

Not the most architecturally significant property we have featured, but lovers of the era will definitely fall for this 1960s Robert Rummer-designed midcentury property in Portland, Oregon, USA.

1960s Robert Rummer-designed midcentury property in Portland, Oregon, USA
1960s Robert Rummer-designed midcentury property in Portland, Oregon, USA

The house dates from 1966 and at first glance, looks right out of the sales brochure. But first glances can be deceptive. This place has been renovated, but without impacting on the look and feel.

1960s Robert Rummer-designed midcentury property in Portland, Oregon, USA
1960s Robert Rummer-designed midcentury property in Portland, Oregon, USA

According to the agent, you now get a new ‘jazzy’ aggregate entry floor and heated concrete floors, as well as updated bathrooms and three new patios. Beyond that, we are still very much in the 1960s.

1960s Robert Rummer-designed midcentury property in Portland, Oregon, USA
1960s Robert Rummer-designed midcentury property in Portland, Oregon, USA

So floor to ceiling windows, exposed brick, beams, a wonderful kitchen, period light fittings and vintage cabinetry to boost the overall feel of the original era.

1960s Robert Rummer-designed midcentury property in Portland, Oregon, USA
1960s Robert Rummer-designed midcentury property in Portland, Oregon, USA

1,412 sq. ft. of space in total, which takes in three bedrooms, two bathrooms, reception space with an open kitchen leading off and an attached garage.

1960s Robert Rummer-designed midcentury property in Portland, Oregon, USA
1960s Robert Rummer-designed midcentury property in Portland, Oregon, USA

$500,000 is the asking price, which works out at around £321,000.

1960s Robert Rummer-designed midcentury property in Portland, Oregon, USA
1960s Robert Rummer-designed midcentury property in Portland, Oregon, USA

Images and details courtesy of Portland Modern. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit their website.

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1960s Robert Rummer-designed midcentury property in Portland, Oregon, USA
1960s Robert Rummer-designed midcentury property in Portland, Oregon, USA
 



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