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Solar Sinter by Markus Kayser

According to professor Brian Cox in Wonders of the Solar System, the sun produces more energy in a second than 1 million times the power used by the US in an entire year. Cleverly, Markus Kayser has found a way of making things out of it. His ‘Solar Sinter‘ project uses similar principles of the rapid prototyping technique in which powdered plastics and metals are melted together very precisely by a laser to form an accurate physical counterpart of...

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Joe Haire

Architectonic Installations

At a glance a miniature metallic metropolis of towers and blocks fluctuating in density and grain, upon closer inspection a floor covered in staples. Ephemicropolis, an installation by artist Peter Root, covers 18 sqm of the Northern Trust Atrium in Guernsey. He describes his work as the result of a conflict between laborious repetition and playfulness – in this case 40 hours of breaking and arranging hundreds of rows of staples into a miniature city. The piece, like many...

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Joe Haire

Too Dutch?

An interesting building from a couple of years ago – the Inntel Hotel Amsterdam-Zaandam, Zaanstad by WAM architecten. A neotraditional heap of the green painted canal houses completed in 2010. The architects described it as the new centres ‘eyecatcher’ which it certainly is. The building brakes all ties with the conventional appearance of town centre hotels; its 12 storeys clad in a varying collection of projecting stacked façades based on traditional Zaanstad houses. Wilfried van Windens, chief architect of...

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Joe Haire