I Love Modern Architecture – One Big Jade Rabbit: Shanghai

This building is boderline too outrageous, but it certainly doesn’t lack in creativity. The 2010 Macau Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo will take the shape of a jade rabbit lantern and it will change colors to present a mythological world. The design, by Chinese firm Carlos Marreiros Architects, was inspired by rabbit lanterns popular during the Mid-autumn Festival in south China in ancient times, officials said. In Chinese mythology, the jade rabbit is a guide at the front of Nantianmen, the door leading to a fairy land. The pavilion will be wrapped with a double-layer glass membrane and feature fluorescent screens on its outer walls. It will be eco-friendly with recyclable construction materials as well as solar power panels and rain collection systems. Balloons will serve as the head and tail of the “rabbit” and these can be moved up and down to attract visitors.

courtesy of designboom

December 10, 2016

World Map Reveals What Each Country Does Better Than Any Other

Designer David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has created a fascinating world map called International Number Ones. “Because every country is the best at something,” McCandless also offers the caveat that this accolade is “according to data,” which makes perfect sense once you study the map. Being the number one at something isn’t necessarily a compliment. Many countries are the “best” when it comes to issues that are morally reprehensible.

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December 9, 2016

Intricately Detailed Floating Cube Casts Stunning Shadows

We have always been big fans of Pakistan-born artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s mesmerizing art. In 2014, we raved about Intersections, a captivating wooden cube that cast dreamy shadows with a single light bulb. Fortunately for us, Agha is still creating intricate installations in this style, with her most recent, radiant piece being All The Flowers Are For Me. Like Intersections, All The Flowers Are For Me plays with light and space.

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