Archive for September, 2008

Ninja Homes: Sliced Porosity


Not all of our Ninja Homes features will be bougie singl-family homes, peoples…

Steven Holl is at it again - chasing after an idea of ‘porous’ architecture/design. His recent project for NYU’s Department of Philosophy seems to have been a success - where Holl investigated porosity as it applied to a project of much smaller scale [one building]. Now the firm is stepping it up, designing a ‘Sliced Porosity Block‘ in Chengdu, China. Scheduled to open in 2010 [pretty soon, right? I can’t believe its the future already…], this ‘giant chunk of a metropolis’ will house a hybrid complex of public spaces, bordered by 5 jagged towers containing offices, apartments, retail, a hotel, cafes, restaurants + more. All contained on a 105,000 square foot site, the development is meant to maximize public open space while creating a type of ‘micro-urbanism’.


The overall ‘look’ of the project is that of an enormous city block, or mega block [I always preferred LEGOs myself - and yes, I could tell the difference], that is carved, sliced, and distorted to create a feeling of openness while maintaining the sense of interconnectivity. Look’s mostly as if it’ll be a monstrously monolithic creation, but who knows - we’ll have to wait and see. Here’s some more info, from courtesy of Steven Holl Architects:

The a€Sliced Porosity Blocka€™ will be located just south of the intersection of the First Ring Road and Ren Min Nan Road. Its sun sliced geometry results from minimum daylight exposures to the surrounding urban fabric prescribed by code. Porous and inviting from every side, five vertical entrances cut through a layer of micro-urban shopping before leading to the elevated public a€Three Valleya€™ plaza. A great urban terrace on the scale of Rockefeller Center, this multi-level plaza in the center of the complex is sculpted by stone steps, ramps, trees, and ponds and caters to special events or to a casual afternoon in the sun. Here the public space parallax of overlapping geometries in strict black and white is supercharged by color that glows from the shops positioned underneath the plaza.

The three generous ponds on the plaza are inspired by a poem by Du Fu (713-770), in which he describes how a€Time has left stranded in Three Valleysa€™. (Du Fu was one of ancient Chinaa€™s most important poets, who spent a part of his life in Chengdu). These three ponds function as skylights to the six-story shopping precinct below, and are pierced by diagonal stray escalators that thrust upwards to three a€buildings within buildingsa€™. Residing on voids in the facades of the sculpted blocks these pavilions are designed by Steven Holl (history pavilion), Lebbeus Woods (high tech pavilion), and Ai Wei Wei (Du Fu pavilion).


Your achievements overshadowed
any in the Three Kingdoms;
most famous of all was your design
for the Eight Formations.

Against the rivera€™s surge,
they stand solid, immovable,
a monument to your lasting regret
at failing to swallow up Wu.

- Du Fu, The Eight Formations

The project is also going for a LEED gold rating. The project utilizes geo-thermal heating + cooling, uses the large plaza ponds to harvest rainwater while the natural grasses + lily pads both partially clean that water, and create a natural cooling effect. Additionally, the design calls for high-performance glazing, energy-efficient equipment and the use of local building materials.


Previous posts involving Steven Holl, over at our architecture page AMNP:

Furniture by Steven Holl

Steven Holl Architects : Linked Hybrid

Steven Holl : NYU Department of Philosophy

7th BIA: SA£o Pauloa€™s International Biennial

::All images + info courtesy of Steven Holl Architects::

.::Check out our previous a€Ninja Homesa€ features->


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Posted: September 17th, 2008
at 11:30am by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,ninja homes

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Michael hates Hobbitses

This is a photoshop mockup, apparently courtesy of Daily Mall, of what Michael Jackson could look like if he hadn’t totally mutilated his face.AA I feel bad for him though.AA He’s like… a bad episode of Dr. Phil (er… not that I watch Dr. Phil).AA I kid you not, the man is obviously scarred for life (bad pun intended).AA I wonder what exactly happened to him… but then again… he was a child star.AA Annnnd Stephanie Tanner ended up on heroine so…
Oddly, in that same post from Buzzfeed I came across an awesome "the Evolution of Michael Jackson" post.AA You SURRIOUSLY need to check that out.

Highlight reel:

Thanks to B for the link.

.::Evolution of Mike via -> Mike sans surgery

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Posted: September 17th, 2008
at 8:57am by Black Ock

Categories: celebrity,not ninja-worthy

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Water-Jet Printer

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A co-worker of mine was showing me this yesterday, and its way too cool not to post. Basically, it’s like an ink-jet printer, but with water - and awesomeness.

.: Space Printer, via ->

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Posted: September 17th, 2008
at 8:52am by orangemenace

Categories: myninjaplease,youtube,too good to be true,design,fo' real?

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Polar Bears

YouTube Preview ImageThis is just a friendly PSA from the Environmental Defense Fund.

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Posted: September 17th, 2008
at 8:44am by Black Ock

Categories: art,green

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Drill, Idiot, Drill


Imagine for a minute that attending the Republican convention in St. Paul, sitting in a skybox overlooking the convention floor, were observers from Russia, Iran and Venezuela. And imagine for a minute what these observers would have been doing when Rudy Giuliani led the delegates in a chant of a€oedrill, baby, drill!a€A

Ia€™ll tell you what they would have been doing: the Russian, Iranian and Venezuelan observers would have been up out of their seats, exchanging high-fives and joining in the chant louder than anyone in the hall a€" a€oeYes! Yes! Drill, America, drill!a€A a€" because an America that is focused first and foremost on drilling for oil is an America more focused on feeding its oil habit than kicking it.

Why would Republicans, the party of business, want to focus our country on breathing life into a 19th-century technology a€" fossil fuels a€" rather than giving birth to a 21st-century technology a€" renewable energy? As I have argued before, it reminds me of someone who, on the eve of the I.T. revolution a€" on the eve of PCs and the Internet a€" is pounding the table for America to make more I.B.M. typewriters and carbon paper. a€oeTypewriters, baby, typewriters.a€A

.:T. Friedman’s op-ed Making America Stupid -> via the NY Times

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Posted: September 17th, 2008
at 7:50am by orangemenace

Categories: myninjaplease,life,not ninja-worthy,politricks,fo' real?,real life news

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Ming Jing Wang - Untitled


.::Ming Jing Wang a€"> annnathangallery

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Posted: September 16th, 2008
at 2:22pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: art

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IceHotel - Sweden

"Ice Hotel 2008 - Absolut Icebar"

Some dumb movie (ha! take that!) had a dead old baseball player that told a winsome (I mean, for ’89) Kevin Costner that if he built it, they would come. Well, in the lil’ town of JukkasjA¤rvi (ask a Swedish ninja) every year, they build it… they come…. and then it melts. Okay, I suppose I should clarify.Every year the company, Jukkas, has their people (artists and engineers) dig up in the frozen Torne river for ice to build the beautiful behemoth ice hotel, part of which is pictured above. The ice hotel is built in sections, vetted, and opened in sections throughout the winter season. You can read the story of how it started on their web page, albeit a little babel-fished out. I’ll paraphrase.

"Snow Aurora Borealis"

It all started because this company was an active tourism agency in the area - about 200 miles into the arctic circle - during the popular summer season. When the winter came, however, it was almost like the town (and the entire region, I imagine) became a ghost of its former self. That’s partially because of how gottdamn cold it gets up there - but, it’s inside the arctic circle, so I guess it’s always cold - and how dark it gets in the winter too. I actually don’t know exactly how the seasons work but I know they have a problem with the sun rising and setting at the correct hours, or at all.Anyway, a few ninjas wanted to change that… so they built an igloo.* Okay, maybe the igloo came first, God knows, but, the point is that a few people came along one day and slept in the igloo and it was a wrap from there on out. So, they kept rebuilding the igloo and I guess eventually it turned in to the ice hotel that it is now, full of ice sculptures, sweet architecture, sleeping arrangements and a unique experience. Personally, I think the illest part is that it actually looks different every single year.

"The Forest Suite"

If you’re into this sort of thing, definitely check out the page, which is linked below. The rest of you will undoubtedly be interested by the ABSOLUT icebar.

.::Visit -> ICEHOTEL

*The village, it seems, commissioned a French artist to spice the place up, and he decided to build and igloo. How decidedly French.

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Posted: September 16th, 2008
at 10:26am by Black Ock

Categories: green,design,fo' real?,walk the earf

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Atlanta: City of the Future


Atlanta-based firm Praxis3a€"and the local offices of San Franciscoa€™s EDAW; Kansas City, Mo.a€™s BNIM; and Wakefield, Mass.-based Metcalf & Eddya€" partnered in the History Channela€™s City of the Future competition. They had seven days to formulate a 100-year plan for Atlanta. Online voters chose their entry, which beat out plans to transform Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.

a€oeWe created as simple a story as possible,a€A says the teama€™s leader, Eric Bishop, a senior associate of EDAW, an international engineering, architecture, and planning firm. a€oeAnything we proposed had to be viable today. There was just an elegant simplicity to it.a€A The proposal was sweeping in its recommendations. Rivers will resurface, dense residential corridors will be built along existing transportation routes, and trees will pop up everywhere in between. Green rooftops will reduce water run-off , while greywater systems will be implemented to reduce water consumption. These eff orts are designed to spur significant long-term solutions.

Atlantaa€™s development and planning communities seem to be listening. The plan, dubbed a€oeThe City in the Forest,a€A is serving as a jumping-off point for a citywide sustainability program that is currently in the works. a€oeThere are a lot of complex issues coming down the roada€"energy, water, climate changea€"
that we need to be prepared to confront,a€A Bishop says.

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Posted: September 16th, 2008
at 5:17am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: architecture,competitions,development

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Development Resources


An extensive list of books concerning real estate development. Look out for the handful of websites at the bottom as well..
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Posted: September 16th, 2008
at 5:04am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: development

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