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Radical Architecture Inspired by a Radical Culture

“Seeing architecture differently from the way you see the rest of life is a bit weird. I believe one should be consistent in all that one does, from the books you read to the way you bring up your children. Everything you do is connected. “

~David Chipperfield

 The Apollo 11 lands on the moon. The LGBT community celebrates the first Gay Liberation Day. Hippies celebrate the culture of peace and love across the country and demonstrate against an unpopular war.  The civil rights movement reaches a crescendo. A great president and a powerful civil rights leader are senselessly slain.

These are just some of the monumental events of the 1960s and 1970s that will forever shape the way we look at the radical culture of the time.  Those cultural events influenced every part of American life and we have felt their impact up through current times. One of the most significant areas of culture impacted by the 1960s and 1970s was in radical architecture.

One of the most celebrated minds of the radical architecture period was architect and scientist Buckminster Fuller. He was an American engineer, architect, and futurist who developed the geodesic dome—the only large dome that can be set directly on the ground as a complete structure and the only practical kind of building that has no limiting dimensions. Given the complicated geometry of the geodesic dome, dome builders rely on tables of strut lengths, or chord factors. Tables of chord factors, the essential design information for spherical systems, were for many years guarded like military secrets.

Fuller Geodome 

Other notable inventions and developments by Fuller included a system of cartography that presents all the land areas of the world without significant distortion; die-stamped prefabricated bathrooms; tetrahedronal floating cities; underwater geodesic-domed farms; and expendable paper domes. Fuller did not regard himself as an inventor or an creature of radical architecture. All of his developments, in his view, were accidental or interim incidents in a strategy that aimed at a radical solution of world problems by finding the means to do more with less.

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Featured Professional – Greg Shain, Shain Development

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Shain Development, Inc. is a full service general contracting and design firm based in Los Angeles, specializing in luxury home development, which includes new construction, remodels, and restorations. They are second generation builders with over 30 years of experience.

Greg is a second generation home builder who grew up in the business of developing high end custom homes. At the age of fifteen years old, Greg was on the construction site working hand in hand with his father, Mark Fisher, learning the business from the ground up. As time progressed, Greg developed his skills, learning all the stages, phases, and inter-workings of design and development.  Greg strives for excellence and works tirelessly to make sure no detail, whether it be inside the walls or under the dirt, is overlooked.

Kanye West Yeezy Studio Calabasas

Kanye West Launches YEEZY Home In Calabasas

“I want to do product, I am a product person. Not just clothing but water bottle design, architecture … I make music but I shouldn’t be limited to once place of creativity. I hang around architects mostly, people that wanna make things as dope as possible.”

~Kanye West, YEEZY

Entertainer, entrepreneur and social icon, Kanye West is constantly pushing the envelope and impacting modern culture. Best know for his music, he has taken his YEEZY brand to the top of fashion circles and made a name for himself as a designer. His shoe brand has become one of the most influential brands on the market.  Now, he is taking his YEEZY brand into the design space, specifically working with architects and interior designers to bring his inspirations to life. The design space is located in Calabasas, CA and will be the creative studio and headquarters for all aspects of the YEEZY brand.

The space was designed by longtime West collaborator Willo Perron. The equal parts rough and minimal spaces contain a mix of production facilities for West’s YEEZY brand clothing line, a recording studio, and meeting spaces, among other uses. The creative spaces reflect West’s collaborations with Axel Vervoordt for the rapper’s nearby home in Hidden Hills and speak to an interest on the part of West to mix and match visual modes. The endeavor will aim to include architectural and urban design in West’s growing collaborative art practice, which already includes music, film, fashion, and performance art initiatives. 

Kanye West has been known also for his outspoken political and social views, not to mention his strange behavior and comments during awards shows over the years. This has created a significant amount of controversy. Whether he is a lightning rod for public opinion or a genius marketer is up for significant debate. However, there is no doubt that the YEEZY brand is influential and Kanye is the one people are buzzing about. The old saying that any PR is good PR because people are talking may be just his approach. With that being said, Kanye West is a successful creative, and he is opening a door to an avenue for him to innovate and collaborate in with the backing of a powerful and influential brand.  

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Dallas Architecture Uber BOKA Powell

Dallas Architecture Firm Presents Designs For Uber Skyports

For those who enjoyed The Jetsons cartoons, you will surely remember George Jetson and family embarking from their space age tower-like home and jetting off to their destination in a bubble-like space craft. Traffic was seen zipping about in synchronized flows all around the various towers in the city where the Jetsons lived. They would zip by residences, shopping centers, bowling alleys and theaters. There were no traffic jams or frustrated drivers as they zipped along to their next adventure. Now, Uber and BOKA Powell Architecture seem to be on the verge of making the Jetsons a reality for our future.         

The BOKA Powell architecture firm unveiled plans for an Uber skyport in Dallas. Uber has introduced plans to roll out their flying taxis in three test markets, with services starting in the year 2023. Dallas, Los Angeles and Dubai have been identified by Uber as their first three markets. The footprint of the skyport would be three acres, with a superstructure length of 930 feet, 200 feet wide and 200 feet tall. The design has been described as funky futuristic.

The concept would be for each city to have several skyports. When a passenger chooses the air taxi option, they would be picked up by a regular Uber, transported to the Skyport, where they would be flown to the closest skyport to their final destination, where a regular Uber would take them from the skyport to their final destination. The concept is to avoid commuter traffic and area with high congestion.   

Dallas Architecture Uber Skyport

The concept aircraft being developed by Uber and their partners, which includes NASA, is for a four-seat craft, plus a pilot that can cruise between 150-200 miles per hour, with a maximum altitude of 2,000 feet AGL. Their concept would have a range of 60 miles and have the ability to recharge between flights within five minutes. The would initially operate with a pilot onboard, but would eventually transition into an automated pilotless aircraft. 

BOKA Powell is a full-service architecture, planning and interior design firm, based in Dallas, Austin and Fort Worth.  With over 40 years of service to the community, they have received numerous honors and awards for their architectural and design projects. The firm has made its goal to give back and have become a recognized philanthropic presence in the regions where they live and work.       

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Miami Architecture Glamorous Environmental

Miami River Hosts a New Industrial Headquarters

The styles of architecture displayed by the buildings in Miami include the pristine examples in the eponymous Art Deco District, but aren’t at all limited to them. Miami and Art Deco seem synonymous. The city is known for this particular architectural style, especially in South Beach. Miami offers a wealth of interesting architecture to explore, and the buildings employ more than the familiar pastels and geometric lines.

The latest structure on the Miami River by Oppenheim Architecture reflects the vibe of its surrounding neighbor, which is pure 1980’s Miami Vice, with palm trees lining both sides of the river and speed boats filling the private quays. The design team states that they drew inspiration from the simple geometry of shipping containers. Most appropriate for the region and adds to the true vibe of Miami.

Miami Architecture Waterfront Stylish

 The building comprises various shared and private offices, conferences rooms, and various other spaces where one can enjoy the beautiful Florida sunshine. The building is right on the water, so theoretically engineers working there could take a water taxi to work. Some might be skeptical of such a design inspiration. However, the interlocking concrete boxes creates inspiring spaces reflecting refinement and soothing appearances.

Today’s innovative thinking in architecture is demanding fresh thinking and vision to a new future. Impacts of population and conservation are forcing a new way of imagining the way we use space and build structures that are both functionally appealing and environmentally sound. This new design by Oppenheim Architecture hits all the marks.  Their design is elegant. Most of all, through a simple structure design, they have captured the essence of Miami and the waterfront lifestyle this glamorous city is best known for.         

Oppenheim Architecture is an award-winning architecture, planning, and interior design firm specializing in hospitality, commercial mixed-use, retail and residential buildings worldwide. The firm’s projects are crafted to establish the perfect balance between artistry and economics. They celebrate timeless architecture that is as beautiful as it is functional.  

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