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Stunning time-lapsed urban landscapes

Wednesday, 26th February 2014 at 11:42am

A photographer has created a series of collages from time-lapsed photographs, revealing the beauty of Los Angeles.

Dan Marker-Moore photographs the cityscape over a period of time, such as a day or the movement of the moon, for his 'time slice' series.

He then ‘cuts’ each photo into slices and arranges them into one single picture to demonstrate the visual journey Los Angeles takes during the time period.

Many of the images are taken at sunrise or sunset, capturing the silhouette of skycrapers against bold reds and blues.

Take a look at the spectacular pictures here and tell us what you think of the series.

Tagged Dan Marker-Moore, Los Angeles, photography, time lapse, time slice, landscape, cityscape, architecture

'City ABC': a beautifully detailed alphabet

Tuesday, 25th February 2014 at 10:46am

An illustrator has crafted an alphabet which pays tribute to the cities of the world, by incorporating their most famous landmarks into each letter.

French-Japanese artist Hugo Yoshikawa inks each letter of ‘City ABC’ and paints them with watercolours, adding vibrancy to the incredibly detailed pictures.

Dozens of buildings and monuments overlap each other on each letter, creating a bold ‘collage’ effect which captures the essence of each city.

The letters include ‘A’ for Amsterdam, ‘L’ for London and ‘P’ for Paris, alongside more unexpected cities, such as ‘J’ for Jerez de la Frontera and ‘U’ for Utrecht.

Currently living in London, Yoshikawa studied at Camberwell College of Arts and displays his work on his website.

Take a look at the whole ‘City ABC’ here and tell us what your favourite letters are.

Tagged Hugo Yoshikawa, Camberwell College of Arts, City ABC, alphabet, cities, architecture, landmarks, creative, clever, fun, art, design, illustration

Urban experiments for 'ghost' Metro stations

Tuesday, 18th February 2014 at 10:44am

A Paris Mayoral candidate has pledged to repurpose disused Metro stations if she is elected, offering a range of interesting suggestions for the spaces.

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet commissioned Oxo Architectes and Nicolas Laisné Associés to produce ideas for the renovation of the stations, including plans for an art gallery, a restaurant and even an underwater swimming pool.

The plans used Arsenal station (near Bastille) as an example, which closed at the outbreak of the Second World War and never reopened.

Paris has several out-of-use and never-opened Metro stops, and Kosciusko-Morizet would consult the public for more ambitious ideas if she wins the election next month. However, RATP (France’s public transport operator) raised concerns about the cost and safety of permanently repurposing the stations.

The London Underground also has ‘ghost’ stations, such as the original Shepherd’s Bush station, British Museum and Aldwych, which has been used for several films – would you like to see this kind of plan for our transport network?

Tagged Paris, Metro, Underground, NKM, Oxo Architects, Nicolas Laisné Associés, architecture, infrastructure, transport, design, creative, architects

Futuristic kiosks in Canary Wharf

Wednesday, 12th February 2014 at 3:41pm

In Canary Wharf, two metal kiosks have popped up with a futuristic design inspired by origami.

The multifunctional kiosks were designed by London architecture firm, Make, and resemble three-dimensional concertina fans.

Starting as a closed rectangular box, each kiosk is constructed from hinged aluminium panels that radiate from a central axis and is winched open to provide a protective canopy.

The interior of each kiosk is lined with waterproofing and insulation materials, and the whole structure is very lightweight.

Ideal for street vendors, the kiosks can also be used as information points, serving food and drink or even DJs, at a wide range of events.

The kiosks were used for Canary Wharf’s Ice Sculpting Festival and will be present for other occasions in the area.

Find out more about Make’s kiosks here and tell us if you would like to see them popping up at more outdoor events.

Tagged Make, Canary Wharf, London, kiosks, pop up, architecture, design, clever, innovative, origami

Surface Design Show opens its doors

Monday, 10th February 2014 at 3:11pm

Surface Design Show, an innovative surface solutions trade fair for the built environment, opened its doors from Tuesday 4th to 6th February at the Business Design Centre in London.

The event is well visited by architects and designers who come to the fair to discover innovative materials like natural stone, green materials, glass, illuminated surfaces, tiles and coatings that can be used for various applications such as flooring, cladding or wall coverings.

Visitors could enjoy over 100 participating companies exhibiting at the fair, and further benefit from a series of talks, seminars and live demonstrations. They could also learn about the colour and material trends for Spring/Summer 2015 or debate the meaning of BIM.

The fair kicked off with a preview evening hosted by the charismatic Maxwell Hutchinson for RIBA Journal who was joined by George Saumarez Smith, director at Adam Architecture, Pernilla Ohrstedt, director at Pernilla Ohrstedt studio and Robert Sakula, partner at Ash Sakula Architects to debate and discuss the role of materials in architecture and the vernacular in the built environment.

The other highlights of this show include the Pecha Kucha Evening on Wednesday, where leading architects and designers presented 20 of their favourite images, each for 20 seconds, The Trend Wall presented by Global Color Research, Mix Publications, highlighting future trend concepts for 2015, as well as Light School, introduced for the first time at the show, designed to educate and inspire through a programme of seminars hosted by lighting designers.

You can find out more about the show here.


Tagged Surface Design Show, architecture, architect, design, innovative, innovation, Business Design Centre, Adam Architecture, Pernilla Ohrstedt Studio, RIBA Journal, Ash Sakula Architects

The Archibet City – an illustrated alphabet of architects

Tuesday, 28th January 2014 at 2:49pm

An illustrator has created a pictorial alphabet, incorporating architects and their most iconic buildings.

Federico Babina, who is also an illustrator, transformed each letter of the alphabet into the work of a famous architect to create the ‘Archibet’. For instance, ‘F’ is represented by Foster + Partners and their ‘Gherkin’, while ‘U’ incorporates Utzon’s Sydney Opera House.

Babina said: “The idea on which the Archibet project is based is to find a way to express through 26 illustrations the heterogeneity of forms and styles that make up the architecture.”

Each individual letter is intricately detailed and as a whole, the letters form a city of distinctive buildings, organised around roads and trees.

Take a closer look at Babina’s ‘Archibet’ here and tell us what your favourite letters are.

Tagged Archibet, Federico Babina, architecture, design, fun, clever, Foster, Utzon, innovative, innovation

Designers create ‘secret garden’ for famous ICEHOTEL

Friday, 24th January 2014 at 1:45pm

Two Swedish-based designers have contributed a room to the 24th version of the ICEHOTEL – in the form of a fantastical secret garden.

Inspired by the saying ‘you must believe in what does not exist, for what exists now, hasn’t always been there either’, Alessandro Falca and AnnaSofia Mååg constructed a mystical room out of snow and ice, incorporating intricate fairy-tale-like patterns, chandeliers and even a unicorn.

The ICEHOTEL is located in Jukkasjärvi, Northern Sweden, where it attracts 50,000 visitors a year. Each winter, the hotel is rebuilt from Torne River ice and ‘snice’ (a combination of snow and ice), and artists and designers are invited to create fresh rooms for the hotel.

The ICEHOTEL remains open until April, when it begins to gradually melt back into its environment.

Look closer at the secret garden here and tell us if you would like a stay in the ICEHOTEL.

Tagged ICEHOTEL, Sweden, Falca, Maag, architecture, design, ice, snow, secret garden

Cathedral installation uses twenty miles of coloured ribbon

Thursday, 16th January 2014 at 3:42pm

Grace Cathedral in San Francisco is currently the site of a breathtaking art installation to celebrate its centenary.

Named ‘Graced with Light’, the installation was designed by the cathedral’s Artist in Residence 2013, Anne Patterson. It incorporates twenty miles of coloured ribbon cascading from the high ceiling, combined with lighting, projection and music, which emphasises the effect of the stained glass windows.

Patterson, who is Grace’s second artist in residence, assembled the installation by hand with the help of the local community. Coming from a background in architecture and stage design, Patterson is also known for her sculpture, painting and installations.

Take a look at more beautiful pictures of the installation here and tell us if you would like to see this replicated in other historical buildings.

Tagged San Francisco, Grace Cathedral, Anne Patterson, design, installation, art, clever, architecture

Latest World Design Rankings released

Thursday, 16th January 2014 at 1:35pm

World Design Rankings has released the 2013 list, which sees the United States remain at the top of the aggregated rankings.

The list ranks countries by their success in internationally juried design competitions and has been accumulating them in the current list since 2010.

It breaks down into ‘design business insights’ (strengths, weaknesses and opportunities), which reveal how countries perform in different areas of design, such as architecture, art and technology.

Arranged by the A’ Design Award & Competition, the list ranks sixty-nine countries, including this year’s newcomers Iceland and Puerto Rico. The United States tops the table with 112 awards between its designers, followed closely by Turkey (89) and Hong Kong (81). The United Kingdom is in a respectable fifth place with 55 awards.

You can see the whole table here – do you think this is a good way to represent design achievements?

Tagged World Design Rankings, design, competition, awards, architecture, art, technology, creative

The Think Tank highlights of 2013

Thursday, 9th January 2014 at 8:38am

2013 has been an interesting year on The Think Tank Blog. We have seen record-breaking buildings, hosts of awards, hilarious new adverts and much more. With the New Year now upon us we take a look back at our top blogs from 2013.

Certainly one of the most memorable buildings we saw last year was this attempt in China to build what would be the world's tallest building - remarkably inside 90 days. The controversial designs for this made for fascinating reading, you can remind yourself about them here.

Back in January we blogged on some remarkable photos taken of a thawing cold storage building. The images showed the amazing ice structures that had formed within the building - you can take a look at these here.

Another memorable blog was our look at the ten greatest offices in the world. This piece featured offices from Google and Red Bull - to name just a few - and certainly made us jealous that we couldn't work in offices such as these! Take a look at them here.

As part of The Think Tank's ongoing sponsorship of B2B Marketing's Knowledge Bank PR Channel, our PR Director Samantha Dawe produced a Whitepaper titled 'PR in a changing media landscape', which took a look at the need for a new mindset to accommodate a changing media world. You can download it here.

Finally one of the most memorable adverts we came across last year has to be the Poo Pourri advert. This video advert contrasted an elegant actress with a toilet spray product and a hilarious script. You can watch this advert here

Tagged The Think Tag, Blog, architecture, fun, funny, creative, 2013, PR

An upside-down building appears in London!

Thursday, 2nd January 2014 at 11:40am

London-based artist Alex Chinneck has installed this interesting building on the street of Blackfriars Road in London.

The building was originally used to store horses and carriages - before Chinneck radically revamped its appearance.

The piece is entitled the 'Miner on the Moon' and features windows, shopfront signage and doors all turned on their heads to create the upside-down effect.

Take a closer look at this project here, and tell us if this would interest you if you saw it on your street.
Tagged Miner on the Moon, Alex Chinneck, design, architecture, innovative, innovation, fun, art

10x10 Drawing the City London raises £90,000 for Article 25

Monday, 9th December 2013 at 4:48pm

We’re delighted to announce that 10x10 Drawing the City London, the flagship event for architectural charity Article 25, raised £90,000.   

The event brought together world-renowned architects, artists and designers to create artwork of a chosen area of London. The images went under the hammer at the special live auction which took place at The Crossing, 1 Granary Square, London on Thursday 28th November.

The thrilling evening provided a chance to view and bid on a great variety of over 100 pieces of unique artwork with 25 selected pieces auctioned by a Sotheby’s auctioneer.

The magnificent pieces of artwork, which captured the extraordinary, the unnoticed and the ever-changing City of London, included images from some of the UK's leading architects and artists, such as Dame Zaha Hadid, Lord Richard Rogers, Roger FitzGerald, Sir Terry Farrell and Piers Gough. This year focussed on areas such as Hackney, Shoreditch and the Barbican.

All proceeds of the sale of the artwork will go to Article 25 building Street Children Centres, helping to get thousands of Africa’s most vulnerable children off the streets permanently and reconnecting them with their families or foster families.

The Think Tank is proud to be this year’s media partner for Article 25. 

Tagged Article 25, 10x10 Drawing the City London, art, design, architecture, fun, auction, charity

World's tallest building to be built in just 90 days!

Wednesday, 27th November 2013 at 1:48pm

Work is set to begin next month on what will become the world's tallest building, and its constructors say it will be completed in just 90 days.

China's Broad Group will be constructing the building, which they say will be built at a rate of five storeys a day.

On completion the building entitled the 'Sky City' tower will include schools, a hospital, 17 helipads and apartments for more than 30,000 people.

Take a closer look at this project here, and tell us if you are a fan of this architecture. 

Tagged Broad Group, Sky City, architecture, design, creative, installation, innovation, architect, construction, architects

NEXT Architects win Chinese bridge competition

Tuesday, 26th November 2013 at 11:30pm

Dutch studio NEXT Architects has won a competition to design a pedestrian bridge in Changsha, China.

The design of this sinuous structure reflects traditional Chinese crafts such as the Chinese knot.

The 150-metre bridge will create three different pedestrian routes across the Dragon King Harbour River.

Work on this stylish bridge is expected to start in 2014.

Take a closer look at the project here, and tell us if you like this design.

Tagged Next Architects, Changsha, architecture, architect, design, creative, innovative

Inaba designs stunning 'Skylight'

Thursday, 21st November 2013 at 9:56am

Skylight is a permanent installation designed by Inaba for the New Concert Hall in Stavanger, Norway.

The 38 foot long installation is based on a simple cylindrical design, with areas along the surface removed to enable views from the building into the city.

Skylight hangs from the foyer of the New Concert Hall, and is sure to make an impression with its stylish design.

Take a closer look at this project here, and tell us if you a fan of this piece.

Tagged Skylight, Inaba, New Concert Hall, installation, creative, design, architecture

Thomas Heatherwick designs a garden bridge across the River Thames

Friday, 15th November 2013 at 11:44am

Thomas Heatherwick has designed a scenic pedestrian bridge to be installed over the River Thames.

Heatherwick Studio is working alongside engineers Arup and landscape designer Dan Pearson on the £150 million plans, proposing the 367 metre pedestrian bridge.

The bridge will be covered in trees and shrubs which will provide a more scenic view against the busy London environment.

This design derives from a concept by actress Joanna Lumley for a new park in central London.

The bridge is scheduled for completion by 2017.

You can take a closer look at the designs here.

Tagged Thomas Heatherwick, Heatherwick Studio, Arup, Dan Pearson, architecture, design, clever, innovative, installation

Paul Cocksedge Studio showcases its 'living staircase'

Wednesday, 13th November 2013 at 1:31pm

London-based Paul Cocksedge Studio has created a staircase that also functions as a garden.

The plants grow along the balustrade and certainly offer a more scenic view, you can even pick some fresh mint for your afternoon tea! 

The central column of the staircase can be removed and replaced by platforms, which can then be used for reading, socialising or just taking a break.

The living staircase was designed for the Ampersand Building that is to be opened in London, Soho in autumn 2014.

Take a look at the staircase here, and tell us if you think your staircases could do with a plant or two.

Tagged Paul Cocksedge Studio, architecture, architect, design, creative, innovative, living staircase

The Think Tank attends the 10x10 Drawing the City London artwork preview

Wednesday, 6th November 2013 at 3:43pm

This year, The Think Tank is the media partner for Article 25’s flagship event,10x10 Drawing the City London. Organised by architectural and construction aid charity Article 25, 10x10 Drawing the City London brings together world-renowned architects, artists and designers to create artwork of a chosen area of London.

Participants of this year’s 10x10 Drawing the City London were on hand at a preview event held at Paul Davis + Partners' offices on 30th October to discuss the inspiration behind their work. Charity Founder Maxwell Hutchinson, broadcaster, architect and former past president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, was on hand at the preview to quiz the participants in an informal ‘show & tell’. Rydal Hanbury, Giles Carlton, Christian Spencer Davies as well as well as Peter Heath, Morley von Sternberg, Simon Haddock, Simon Gazzard, Dominic Chung and Soham De provided a further insight into the inspiration behind their work.

It was fascinating to hear the personal stories linked to each of the artworks, and to see the different interpretations of this vibrant and multicultural part of London - the auction looks set to be a thrilling evening!

The artwork created is due to go on display to the public from 21st to 28th November at the Crossing, 1 Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA. Visitors will then have the opportunity to bid for selected pieces by attending a special charity live auction event on the 28 November. Preliminary bids can also be made here. To attend the auction register online here.

The 10x10 charity auction helps to raise funds for Article 25. All proceeds of the sale of the artwork will go to Article 25 building Street Children Centres.


Tagged Article 25, 10x10 Drawing the City London, art, design, architecture, fun, auction

Renowned architects create fantastic designs using LEGO

Tuesday, 5th November 2013 at 10:44am

Three world-renowned architecture firms were given sets off LEGO and tasked to use their imaginations to design something new.

This year LEGO introduced 'LEGO Architecture Studio' - a LEGO set designed exclusively for adults - and gave the architecture firms a set each.

The firms included in this were SHoP ArchitectsSnøhetta and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.

The architect's designs certainly didn't disappoint, with designs ranging from ice sculptures and even entire cityscapes.

Take a look at the rest of the designs here, and tell us if you think you could do better. 

Tagged LEGO, creative, design, architecture, architects, SHoP Architects, Snøhetta, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, fun

Spectacular suspended bridge just for cyclists

Wednesday, 30th October 2013 at 3:28pm

This spectacular bridge enables the cyclists of Netherlands easier mobility without using roads!

Designed by Dutch design company IPV Delft, the 'Hovenring' is a circular bridge 236 feet in diameter.

The bridge is suspended above the road and held in place with steel cables anchored by a central pylon.

Take a closer look in the video below, or find out more about this bridge here, and tell us if this would persuade you to get on your bike! 

Tagged IPV Delft, Hovenring, architecture, innovative, installation, creative, clever, construction

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