The Best of the 21st Century: Architecture...

Jul 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Metropolis Magazine / July-August 2016 / The Best of the 21st Century: Architecture We asked leading practitioners to share their picks of the best projects of the past 16 years. The following is a curated list of architectural projects, both big and small, that have helped to define the cityscape of the new millennium.  Email  Print  Feed ©Naoya Hatakeyama ​Sendai Mediatheque​ ​Miyage, Japan (2001) Toyo Ito & Associates “What better way to usher in a new century than by issuing an elegantly crafted public building that willfully re-situates and quietly coalesces the quintessential architectural trajectories of the previous century—that of structure, core, and skin—a narrative neatly set afloat in 1915 by Le Corbusier’s Dom-ino rallying cry.” —Donald Chong, partner, Williamson Chong ©SANAA ​21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa, Japan (2004) SANAA “Embodying the holy grail of each...

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Antennae to Experience: What Bucky Fuller Taught Me...

Jul 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Buckminster Fuller’s daughter shares a previously unpublished essay and reveals a rarely spotlighted side to the revered thinker. Allegra Fuller Snyder   METROPOLIS MAGAZINE Allegra Fuller Snyder and her father, Buckminster Fuller, in the 1950s. All Images Courtesy The Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller —On the occasion of Bucky’s 100th birthday, July 12, 1995 My father was a warm, concerned, and sharing father. As focused as he was on his own work, he nevertheless included me in his experiences and his experiencing. I remember with great clarity when I was about four years old, I was sick in bed, and he was taking care of me. He sat down on the bed beside me with his pencil in hand and told me—through wonderful freehand drawings—a Goldilocks story. I was Goldilocks, and with his pencil he transported...

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Hamburg Creates a Vibrant Neighborhood by Creating Spaces for People...

Jul 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Dennis Pieprz Cities develop over time. A relatively “new” city might be as old as a century. Any city or neighborhood younger than twenty years old, in urban design terms, is a newborn, a place in the-process-of-becoming. In Hamburg, Germany, a startling work in progress is underway, in Hafencity, a mixed-used district that when completed will be home to 12,000 residents and almost 40,000 office workers. In the early 1990s, as the 19th century Elbe River warehouse district fell into disuse, Hamburg officials began to reimagine the river islands that were once the bustling hub of the city. The new district, one of the largest urban redevelopments in Europe, has numerous community and cultural buildings, including the much delayed (and anticipated) Elbe Philharmonic Hall, by Herzog & De Meuron, located prominently at...

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How Brandcentric Architecture is Destroying Our Sense of Place...

Jul 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Ben Willis In 2013, an online game called Geoguessr caught fire across the social media landscape.  The user is placed in a randomly-selected Google street view—anywhere from a desolate stretch of highway in Alaska to the downtown streets of Monaco—and then asked to pinpoint on a map where in the world they have been dropped. It’s a Sherlock-Holmes-meets-Carmen-San-Diego style challenge that puts the regional identities of the world on digital display. The game has now received sponsorships from the likes of Lufthansa and the Intercontinental Hotels Group, which means I wasn’t the only person who experienced an extreme wanderlust while playing it. After a few minutes (or hours, if I’m being honest) playing Geoguessr, it became clear that the most difficult landscapes to pinpoint are, in fact, the landscapes that many of...

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David Hertz’s Los Angeles Oasis...

Jul 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The architect and environmentalist is known for repurposing materials. Now a new device is helping him turn air into water. By Sheila Marikar   NEW YORKER MAGAZINE The L.A. architect and environmentalist David Hertz has a knack for repurposing stuff: planks of wood into skateboards, the wings of a Boeing 747 into the roof of a house, crushed LPs (smashed by teens in a gang intervention program) into flooring for a record label’s headquarters. But when a former client told him, last year, that he knew a guy who had invented a way to turn air into water, Hertz was incredulous. “I was, like, sure, let’s try it,” Hertz said. “It sounds like alchemy. And it sounds too good to be true, but let’s try it.” Hertz connected with Richard Groden, a general contractor...

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zooco estudio reconfigures the bedroom with modulor concept...

Jun 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]         ‘modulor’ is an interior organization proposal that adapts the bedroom to meet changing lifestyles. developed by spanish zooco estudio, the concept is composed of modular porticoes, organized sequentially in order of daily routines. different color tones and mosaics are paired with functions, distinguishing between structures for sleep, work, leisure, bath, and dressing. ‘modulor’ all images © zooco estudio       based on the level of privacy needed, ‘modulor’ units are either located openly in the room or pushed to peripheral areas. thus, the shower and bed have a cove-like feel that provides a sense of security and public areas receive plentiful sunlight. ‘modulor’ bedroom concept was created by zooco estudio. public-oriented units are positioned to receive maximum sunlight buenos dias mosaic on balcony the concept proposes an altered...

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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE EXAMINES THE MINING INDUSTRY AT VENICE BIENNALE...

Jun 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT BY  Aaron King A visitor to Extraction watches a video displayed in the ground / copyright Laurian Ghinitoiu, via Arch Daily One of the first ever national architecture pavilions to be curated by a landscape architect debuted last month at the Venice Architecture Biennale. The Canadian exhibit, entitled Extraction, is curated by landscape architect Pierre Bélanger, ASLA, who is also associate professor at Harvard University. Ryerson University ecologist and landscape planner Nina-Marie Lister, Hon. ASLA, also worked on the project, along with architecture firm Rvtr, design firm Opsys, and the multimedia firm Studio Blackwell. Extraction examines Canada’s role in extracting the resources that fuel our cities. “Canada has become a global resource empire. The preeminent extraction nation on the planet,” Bélanger said, citing its 20,000 mining projects now underway. Visitors to...

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OPEN STREET NETWORKS: GATEWAYS TO CHANGE...

Jun 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   THE DIRT BY Jared Green Ciclovia, Bogota / Kiwi crossfit odyssey Open street initiatives temporarily close networks of streets to motor vehicles, allowing people to walk, bike, skate, dance, and hang out. These initiatives enable things that “usually feel illegal or unsafe,” said Mike Lydon, a founder of Street Plans Collaborative and co-author of Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change, at the Congress for New Urbanism in Detroit. But they also open up communities to new opportunities to improve their pedestrian and bicycle networks. And according to Lydon, “people love open streets.” It has long been assumed that Bogotá, Colombia, started the movement with their Ciclovía in the mid-1970s, but Lydon argued that Seattle’s Bicycle Sundays, which started in 1965, may have been the first open street initiative. Still, Ciclovía was...

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CAN THESE INVENTIONS SAVE OCEANS FROM OUR PLASTIC HABIT?...

Jun 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] (Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) As an environmental catastrophe looms, innovators around the world are hoping to turn the tide. Taylor Hill is an associate editor at TakePart covering environment and wildlife. NEWPORT BEACH, California—As a lifelong surfer, Louis Pazos has had an up-close look at the world’s plastics problem. Just about every time he has paddled out at any of his favorite breaks in Southern California, he has ended up swimming among trash bags and other rubbish. But the floating garbage isn’t just offshore. Twenty years ago, on a lunch date at a waterfront restaurant with his wife, he noticed that the same debris he was swimming with in the open ocean was floating in the local harbors as well. “I remember people cleaning up the trash in one spot in the marina,...

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TADAO ANDO’S 152 ELIZABETH STREET IN NEW YORK INCLUDES A MONUMENTAL GREEN WALL...

Jun 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]       ‘152 elizabeth street’ is an ultra luxury condominium building located in new york’s nolita neighborhood. designed by acclaimed japanese architect tadao ando, the scheme measures 32,000-square feet and comprises a total of seven stories and seven residences. each dwelling has been designed as a bespoke custom home, individually configured to highlight craft, detail, and quality. the living green wall measures 55 feet by 99 feet (17 x 30 meters) image by noë & associates and the boundary       developed by sumaida + khurana, ando is collaborating on the project with michael gabellini, the architect of record who is also designing the building’s interiors. in addition to ando’s signature poured-in-place concrete, the scheme also features a living green wall measuring 55-feet-high and 99-feet-wide — one of the largest in...

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PENDA POSES GREEN-FILLED SKY VILLA RESIDENCES IN INDIA...

Jun 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]         penda has shared the latest development for his magic breeze project in hyderabad / india with the proposal of a residential idea of a ‘house with a garden’ to complement the maze-like garden landscape. the 450,000 square foot development is composed of 127 units; designed as duplex sky villas with each unit divided from its neighbor by a double-height, private garden. these green ‘in-between spaces’ create a sense of openness and vitality to the compound and loosens up the density a tenant would experience in a common condominium building. the complex would be composed of residential 127 units       for the project, penda developed a modular planter system that would be installed as an extension for the balconies of each unit. each planter can be filled with...

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HOW FRANK GEHRY’S L.A. RIVER MAKE-OVER WILL CHANGE THE CITY AND WHY HE TOOK THE JOB...

Jun 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The 6th Street Bridge over the L.A. River; famed architect Frank Gehry has been working for about a year on a wide-ranging new plan for the river, with the focus on hydrology, not architectural landmarks. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times) Christopher Hawthorne  LA TIMES Frank Gehry and the Los Angeles River: It’s a combination that makes zero sense (if you’re looking strictly at Gehry’s resume) and follows a natural logic (if you think about the interest the architect’s work has long shown in L.A.’s linear infrastructure and its overlooked, harder-to-love corners). And it might give Mayor Eric Garcetti a way to confront the growing conventional wisdom that he is sometimes paralyzed by caution, gun-shy about big-ticket or controversial efforts to remake the city. The 86-year-old Gehry has been working for about a...

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THE NEW LANDSCAPE DECLARATION: PERSPECTIVE AND CRITIQUE (PART 2)...

Jun 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The Dirt Contributo New Landscape Declaration / LAF The second day of the Landscape Architecture Foundation‘s New Landscape Declaration:  Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future offered critical responses to the 23 declarations delivered on the first day of the event and looked ahead to the next 50 years. Afternoon sessions were divided into five panels, each representing a different aspect of landscape architecture: academic practice, private practice, public practice, capacity building organizations, and emerging voices. Each panelist gave a short talk before engaging in a group discussion, addressing audience-sourced questions, and offering perspectives on what needs to be achieved over the next 50 years: Academic practice: Maintain the value of the “long view” “Academics combine teaching, scholarship, and service” while “taking the long view: looking back, then to now, and forward,” argued...

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THE NEW LANDSCAPE DECLARATION: PERSPECTIVE AND CRITIQUE (PART 1)...

Jun 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT BY Jared Green New Landscape Declaration / LAF After hearing 23 declarations on the first day of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF)‘s New Landscape Declaration: Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future, panels of landscape architects on day two critiqued the declarations, delved into some of the important facets of landscape architecture — aesthetics, ecology, society, and innovation — and offered visions for what needs to be achieved over the next 50 years. Aesthetics: Connect Through Creativity The panel, which was led by Adam Greenspan, ASLA, a member of the LAF board of directors, essentially worried that the importance of “physical design, which engages culture and nature,” may be lost in the total quest for sustainability and restoring ecosystems. Their response was designed landscapes must be beautiful if we expect communities...

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THE RESURGENCE OF DOWNTOWN DETROIT...

Jun 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   THE DIRT  BY Jared Green John Varvatos boutique, downtown Detroit / John Varvatos “The opportunities Detroit has today are a logical evolution from its past mistakes and disinvestment. To an extent, change wouldn’t be possible without that,” explained Kent Anderson, ASLA, founder of KH Anderson, in a tour of downtown Detroit during the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU). He added that Detroit native Dan Gilbert, the founder and owner of Quicken Loans, who has bought up nearly 80 buildings downtown over the past decade, is largely responsible for the resurgence today. “Gilbert recognized the time was right for setting a new direction.” Anderson raced us through a tour of downtown, explaining the history of the area and how the city got to where it is today. We raced in part because almost...

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THE PUBLIC SPACES OF THE FUTURE: UP FOR NEGOTIATION...

Jun 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The Dirt Contributor Demo:Polis / Carolina Leite The jury is in. Over the next fifty years, the world’s cities will face unprecedented stresses from a changing climate, growing populations, and issues of security, resource scarcity, and civil unrest. In the design professions, we like to think our work can help resolve these issues. In the U.S., over the past century, we have debated the role of public space to ease the challenges faced within our urban environment. This conversation will not end anytime soon, nor should it. However, if we continue to place our trust and faith in urban public spaces we must re-examine two fundamental questions: how will we define success within these spaces, and who will we allow to shape them? Demo:Polis, an exhibition at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin,...

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shigeru ban, kengo kuma + sou fujimoto among dwelling designers for tokyo’s house vision...

Jun 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] shigeru ban, kengo kuma + sou fujimoto among dwelling designers for tokyo’s house vision (above) pavilion 1: house with refrigerator access from outside by yamato holdings x fumie shibata       big names in japanese architecture — including sou fujimoto, kengo kuma, and shigeru ban — have joined forces with brands such as airbnb, muji, and panasonic as part of a large event taking place in july and august 2016. ‘house vision’ is an exhibition held in tokyo that focuses on domesticity at the intersection between industries. launched in march 2011, the event provides a platform for creating a future vision of the industry with the house as its nexus. pavilion 2: yoshino-sugi cedar house by airbnb x go hasegawa see more of the project on designboom here       three...

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THE NEW LANDSCAPE DECLARATION: LOOKING BACK OVER THE LAST 50 YEARS...

Jun 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The Dirt Contributor Manhattan smog in 1966 / Andy Blair At the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF)’s New Landscape Declaration: A Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future, which met in Philadelphia last week, more than 700 landscape architects offered personal declarations and contributed their ideas, all in an effort to shape the 50-year follow-up to LAF’s original declaration of concern, published in 1966 amid massive political and social change and an era of environmental degradation in the United States. Although the focus of the summit was on forging a new declaration and vision for the profession that can guide the efforts of landscape architects over the next five decades, there was also a call to “critically reflect on what landscape architecture has achieved over the last 50 years.” Amid all the declarations and...

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5 Eco-Friendly Social Housing Projects...

Jun 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Several modern public housing projects are not only beautiful living spaces, but smart, money-saving, eco-friendly designs using innovative technologies. By Nathaniel Berman / AlterNet We are living through what the United Nations has described as “the largest wave of urban growth in history.” Today, around 54 percent of the world’s population—nearly 4 billion people—live in cities and towns. By 2030, the U.N. projects, that number will grow to 5 billion. With such a crowded future in store, governments worldwide are struggling to provide for people who need help with housing. But it’s one thing to provide low-cost spaces for individuals and families. It’s another thing to make those spaces well-designed and attractive. In previous generations, many countries simply built square apartment buildings that were designed with one goal in mind: To accommodate the most people for...

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STACKABLE NEIGHBORHOODS COULD BE THE WAY OF THE FUTURE FOR CITIES...

Jun 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] RAW-NYC By Samantha Lee GRIST In 2015, Czech libertarian politician Vit Jedlicka called the Free Republic of Liberland into existence. And now a New York architecture firm has proposed a clean, lean look for the embryonic city-state, a three-square-mile pocket of land straddling Croatia and Serbia.The design is the winning submission in a competition organized by Liberland, according to Fast Co.Exist. It proposes a self-sustaining, emission-free urban landscape, and also does away with ye olde idea of skyscrapers for something much cooler: neighborhoods stacked on top of each other. To accommodate the potential citizens of Liberland, the firm’s director Raya Ani told Fast Co.Exist they designed staggered, horizontal layers of buildings that allow sunlight to reach the bottom.                                              RAW-NYC The...

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WHY LIGHT MATTERS: DESIGNING WITH CIRCADIAN HEALTH IN MIND...

Jun 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Ed Clark and Marty Brennan  METROPOLIS MAGAZINE Courtesy Benjamin Benschneider GSA Federal Center South, Seattle, Washington. ZGF Architects. “Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of volumes brought together in light.” —Le Corbusier You may wonder why daylight is relevant to our modern building culture. Consider that human beings lived in close relationship to sunlight well into the 20th century. We woke to a reddish sunrise, spent the day in blueish light, with the peak intensity at midday, and fell asleep to the reddish sunset or the warm red glow of firelight. Given centuries of this primordial pattern, it’s no coincidence that the shifts in color during the day regulate our physiology, at all scales, even at cellular levels. Views and daylight have been scientifically illustrated to both reduce the length of time to...

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THE MAGIC BULLET OF WORKPLACE DESIG?...

Jun 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] METROPOLIS MAGAZINE Jeanne Mack The WeWork Galactic Headquarters in New York City, with its open staircases, and collaborative workstations, is a prime example of the changes happening in workplace design.  Photography Courtesy WeWork, © Lauren Kallen Every year in June, Metropolis devotes an issue to the exploration of workplace design. We focus on the subject continually throughout the year as well, examining where the state of the office is now, where it was ten, fifteen years ago, and where it’s going in the next ten years. With the tech world—particularly startups and emerging businesses—dramatically reinventing ways that work is done across industries, it’s no surprise that office design continues to be a pervasive issue. On April 19, senior editor Avinash Rajagopal moderated a panel on the intersection of the office and the home, what employees are...

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LARGEST NET-ZERO PLUS COMMERCIAL RETROFIT IN THE U.S. OPENS IN LOS ANGELES...

Jun 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] According to reports, commercial buildings in Los Angeles are expected to produce an increasing amount of carbon emissions at the fastest rate compared to all other typologies. They already account for around 65 percent of the city’s energy use. To combat the potential environmental impact, new construction standards in California will require all commercial structures to be built as net-zero buildings by 2030. Related: The Passive House Standard Will Now Recognize Net Zero and Energy Plus Buildings The NetZero Plus Electric Training Institute (NZP-ETI) retrofit will generate more energy than it will consume each year, thanks to its onsite, roof-mounted solar array. Excess energy will be stored in the building’s battery storage system and fed back into the electric grid system. The multi-million dollar retrofit cuts total energy consumption by 51 percent, and...

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NORTH AMERICA’S FIRST FULLY PREFABRICATED PASSIVE HOUSES COULD REVOLUTIONIZE THE HOUSING MARKET...

Jun 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] /north-americas-first-fully-prefabricated-passive-houses-could-revolutionize-the-housing-market/#popup-847129″ data-idx=”1″ data-postid=”847129″>View Slideshow A brilliant new partnership announced today could revolutionize the way Americans build their homes. Ecocor has teamed up with sustainability-minded design firm Richard Pedranti Architect (RPA) to design and build North America’s most energy-efficient prefab Passive Houses starting with eleven model home designs. The factory-built homes not only give Americans the opportunity to buy a super insulated, energy-efficient home at what we presume will be an affordable price, but will also allow them to modify and customize their eco-friendly home to their tastes with ease. The Ecocor-RPA partnership launched today with the unveiling of eleven prefabricated passive house model home designs that range from a 323-square-foot one-bedroom cabin to a 2,685-square-foot three to four-bedroom house. Passive House, a term which refers to a set of rigorous standards for ultra...

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DESIGN FOR THE ONE PERCENT

Jun 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Contemporary architecture is more interested in mega projects for elites than improving ordinary people’s lives. by Alex Cocotas  JACOBIN MAGAZINE A mock-up of Zaha Hadid’s proposal for Japan’s new national stadium. ForgeMind ArcheMedia / Flickr Our new issue, “Between the Risings,” is out now. To celebrate its release, international subscriptions are $25 off, and limited prints of our Easter 1916 cover are available. Zaha Hadid, a pioneering architect and the first female recipient of the Pritzker Prize, died in March at the age of sixty-five. Her vision and ambition have been rightfully celebrated around the world in the weeks since. But her passing also offers a moment to reflect critically on the state of contemporary architecture. Not so long ago, the world’s leading architects debated how architecture could be used to transform society by providing...

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CHANGING SKYLINE: WHAT WESTERN ARCHITECTS CAN LEARN FROM AFRICA...

Jun 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Kéré created a demonstration project for the Perelman Building atrium. Brightly colored parachute cords are suspended from mosquito net By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic Francis Kéré had to travel long and far from his tiny farming village in Burkina Faso, an African nation that skirts the edge of the Sahara, before he ended up with a show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. As a boy of 7, he was sent away to a larger town to attend school. Later, he made his way to Germany to study architecture. In 2001, he took his design skills back to his village and fashioned a modern school out of handmade mud bricks. That one-story structure may look like a simple little schoolhouse – albeit one with a rakishly tilted metal roof – but its...

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DSDHA adds crystalline pavilions on fitzrovia apartment rooftops...

Jun 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   all images © hélène binet / christoffer rudquist / DSDHA       providing private green space and a rooftop with views over central london, DSDHA architects collaborated with property developers derwent london to conceive the ‘corner house’ apartments. set in a black bricked building, the monolithic scheme is comprised of six-storeys. nine private apartments and two affordable units – all capitalise on high ceilings, views and natural daylighting, along with with a commercial space on the ground floor. the aim was to highlight the original structures; consolidating their identities into a single block that reflects the urban hierarchy       the london-based practice describes the development as ‘a new type of contemporary beauty, one which is less ostentatious yet captivating, capable to build on the qualities of its location to provide...

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CAN FASHION HELP REFUGEES? THIS PARSONS STUDENT’S INGENIOUS LINE SHOWS HOW...

Jun 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Dana Snyder  METROPOLIS MAGAZINE Angela Luna’s fashion line, “Design for Difference,” completed for her senior thesis at Parsons the New School. Courtesy Jessica Richmond When it came time to prepare her senior thesis for the Parsons School of Fashion, Angela Luna decided to take a step back from her planned career in eveningwear design and take on a greater challenge:  channeling her skills towards something bigger than just beading and couture. With the massive exodus of refugees from Syria, Luna saw a tremendous opportunity to outfit those in need. Her resulting senior thesis collection, “Design for Difference,” merges style with utility in multi-functional garments that do more than clothe, but protect, shelter, and carry items–and at no cost to refugees. We spoke with the recent grad to learn more about her innovative line and...

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