Hypernatural now has a web presence. The book Hypernatural: Architecture's New Relationship with Nature (Princeton Architetural Press, March 2015) drops soon. But the project does not end there. Today marks the launch of Hypernatural.net, an ongoing enterprise that will present more outstanding projects that explore the relationship between nature and design.
Coming Soon! Hypernatural: Architecture’s New Relationship with Nature (Princeton Architectural Press, March 2015) is close to being released. We are really excited to see the volume reviewed on Architect Magazine's website. The volume, a collaboration between Transmaterial author and materials expert Blaine Brownell and Marc, explores the process of working with nature—rather than against it or in a way that only emulates it—to enhance the performance of a technology or design. Blair contributed research and core diagrams to the book and the forward was written by Michael Weinstock of the AA. Click on the images to see the review.
From permanent installations to temporary structures, perhaps no area of design reflects our current cultural disposition more than the design of space itself. This year's submissions for the Interiors & Exhibitions category of the 2014 Core77 Design Awards did a fantastic job of reminding us of the many ways it can be interpreted. It goes unsaid that an architecture school has to be housed within a memorable structure. The University of Minnesota School of Architecture looked to HouMinn Practice to give them a front office worthy of a few photo ops.
We are excited to announce that our variable vacuum forming project (VarVac) was awarded a 2014 R&D Award from Architect Magazine. The VarVac Wall is an ornamental, acoustically absorptive wall installed at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture. Juror Bill Kreysler was enthralled (with our entry). "It’s huge,” he said. “Forty percent of the cost of making a panel is just creating the shape. Taking that whole issue of cost out of the equation is a big breakthrough.”