Contemporary sculpture transcends the idea of a static monument – it engages us into play, be it an intellectual game or a physical interaction.
The word “parasite” might have a negative meaning – but not when it comes to architecture and design. Parasitic architecture is a major trend these days. It is an adaptable, transient and exploitive form of architecture; it forges relationships with host buildings and the surrounding environment. Be it a temporary structure or a solid but flexible “alien” construction, blending into the existing landscape – it transforms the bigger world around itself according to its own purpose.
Here are a few examples of what ‘parasite architecture’ might mean in terms of design and social projects.
We keep exploring interdisciplinary areas where art, design and science meet and merge, and sound is one of them. These days sound is emerging as one of the most important instruments of discovering the world – either through mass experiments or through individual insight. Here are just a few examples of marvelous and innovative sound installations:
Light installations and video-mapping might be considered the signature art-trends of our time. Be it indoors or outdoors, huge or tiny, used for a festival, marketing or for the art’s sake – they won’t go unnoticed. So, here are just a few examples we like most.
Netflix’s new documentary series “Abstract: The Art of Design” invites us to “step inside the minds of the most innovative designers in a variety of disciplines and learn how design impacts every aspect of life”. And it certainly does what it promisses! Design professionals as well as all creative souls will definitely enjoy it as a source of inspiration and a change in perspective.
“As a designer, I’m telling stories and I use materials, colors and shapes as the elements of language. If I was a writer I would use words. I don’t have a favorite word as I don’t have favorite material. And I think, it’s up to anybody to use his proper language…” – says designer and architect Christophe Pillet.
In the 1960s inflatable architecture was born out of the protest against the rigid lines of modernism. Inspired by balloons, zeppelins and moon bounces, it easily found its way into music festivals.
Inflatable structures are now back on trend – being created and used for various functions.
Dr. Anupama Kundoo was the architectural curator of BE OPEN’s Made In… India Samskara exhibition in New Delhi in 2014. She designed the bespoke space for the exhibition that was meant to find alternatives for “standardised industrial products” with the help of traditional crafts and techniques.
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