Floating masterpieces. Using an iron, fabric, and a great deal of skill and imagination, artist Benjamin Shine creates art from tulle. Inspired by his family history of garment manufacturing and his work in the fashion industry, Shine creates beautifully detailed and finely crafted portraits “painted” with fabric. A video from The Huffington Post showcases his process and creations. In speaking about his work, Shine notes: “Effortless. And that’s really the key word to these pieces. It has to be as effortless as a piece of tulle floating through the air that has just happened to fall on this image with something happening within it.”
Now printing: office. The world’s first 3D-printed office building complex was recently completed. Located in Dubai, the 2,600-square-foot, single-story, multi-building campus was designed by Gensler for the United Arab Emirates National Committee as the headquarters for the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF). Architect magazine shares images and information on this building model: “The use of 3D-printing fabrication technology, plus the subsequent assembly process, the firm says, cut labor costs by 50 to 80 percent and overall construction waste by 30 to 60 percent.”
Celebrating Greatness. Referred to as “the greatest American architect of all time” by the American Institute of Architects, Frank Lloyd Wright is a name revered worldwide. This past week would have been Wright’s 149th birthday. Arch Daily shares a wonderful tribute to a man – and innovator – who is truly timeless.
Raising the barn.As more people migrate from rural farms to urban centers, architects worldwide are finding new uses for traditional barn structures. Architizer highlights a collection of barns that have been renovated, expanded and converted for residential use.
Image Source: Images © Benjamin Shine