Find of the Day: 09 July 2016

When Zaha Hadid died in March, she left behind the fastest growing architectural practice in Britain. “It is impossible to say how much we have all been affected by Zaha’s death,” says Patrik Schumacher, senior partner of Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) as well as her long-time friend and collaborator. “Zaha was… Zaha. Irrepressible, a force of nature. But her work – our work – carries on.”

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Comics seem like they would be easy to adapt for visually impaired readers. Just raise up the comic lines, like braille, and you can “feel” the story, right? Think about it for a few moments, though, and it all falls apart: if you’d never seen a cloud, or a sunset, or a bird, or a dog before, would you be able to tell a drawing of one by tracing it with your fingertips.

Multidisciplinary comics artist Ilan Manouach’s project Shapereader aims to give the visually impaired their own comics—not by adapting Batman into braille, but by creating a tactile graphical medium of shapes and glyphs which can be combined to tell a story.

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A German architect Walter Gropius created the Bauhaus in Weimar in 1919, from the merger of the Grand Ducal Saxonian School of Arts and Crafts and the Grand Ducal Saxonian School of Arts. He made himself a director of the newly created school for art and design, as well as the leader of the newborn movement. Immediately, he proceeded to write some sort of rules and regulations for the uprising organization. He printed it on four pages, and there it was – the Bauhaus Manifesto. Those four pages included a founding manifesto and a detailed teaching program of the new school. Gropius had made his idea pretty much clear to everyone and he had set a plan for the first teaching semester. Simply put, the aim was to bring architecture, sculpture, and painting back to the craftsmanship. In fact, Gropius claimed that fine arts should be unified under the primacy of architecture. He also thought that craft quality actually is the ultimate source of creative design.

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According to Time Out

New Yorkers don’t have to look very far to see the power of architecture: It boasts an iconic skyline, after all, made up of buildings ranging from Art Deco skyscrapers to Mid-century buildings to decadent super tall residencies for the mega-rich (not to mention bridges, transit hubs, public NYC parks and more). Yet as mighty as NYC are, they represents only a small part of architecture’s rich legacy—a history reflected in our selection of some of the greatest architects to rock the drafting table.

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