From Cactus to Skyscraper

April 3, 2010 Leave a comment

“Nature-inspired Design” – From Cactus to Skyscraper

Today’s post features the new office of the Ministery of Municipal Affairs & Agriculture’ (MMAA) in Qatar designed by the designers and architects at Bangkok-based Aesthetics Architects.

In recent years, Biomimicry (an emerging design discipline that studies nature’s best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems) has been catching on big time in the architecture domain.

As a dweller of Arizona where cactuses are found in abundance, this stunning building structure instantly drew my great attention. Borrowing an idea from nature and its adaptive strategies, the unique design of this innovative project was penciled down keeping in mind the exceptionally hot and arid conditions of the region.

To take shape in the dry and arid Qatar (much like Arizona in the U.S.), the building is shaped like a prickly cactus that does all it can to keep the sun out and store the water. The structure uses the sun shades on its windows, which can open and close to keep out the heat as per the requirements throughout the day and night.

cactus skyscraper 5 Giant Cactus Takes Shape in Qatar
Source: Freshome – ‘Giant Cactus Takes Shape in Qatar’
Categories: Architecture, Green Ideas

The Dance of Fire

April 1, 2010 Leave a comment

“The Dance of Fire” – Stunning Contemporary Fireplaces

A fireplace brings harmony and beauty to our home.                                                                 By having a fireplace at a living room or kitchen, it is ideal for creating the romantic and cosy atmosphere for the whole family. Even when you are alone this evening, the wonderful flames will set the relaxing and inspiring mood.                                                                                   This is the place where you can linger with great pleasure and dream. Contemporary innovative fireplaces can be the perfect way to decorate your apartments and add the stylish point to the whole design concept.

Among the models of the modern fireplaces you can find whatever you want: minimalistic items, the luxurious examples of the classical style, impressive fireplaces made of glass and a number of others. This post features the gorgeous examples of the mentioned above fireplaces.

I hope you all can find this inspiring. Now let’s browse them!

Source: “Modecodesign” – Stunning contemporary Fireplace Designs

Reinventing the Urban Park

March 30, 2010 Leave a comment

“Reinventing the Urban Park” – Seattle Olympic Sculpture Park

In our busy daily lives, especially for most of the U.S. city dwellers trapped in concrete jungles, it has been becoming essential to have a doze of nature.

There may be many ways to use previously contaminated land. But by restoring the land with public resources that seamlessly blends the built environment of downtown with a healthy and meticulously maintained natural environment, the Olympic Sculpture Park shows that urban life and natural environment can be mutually respectful and even complementary. The park also brings necessary environmental education to the public, while providing free mental nourishment in the form of art and natural views.

I hope to see more thoughtful urban development like this park in the future, and hopefully I can be the one who accomplishes it by my own hands someday.

Seattle Olympic Sculpture Park


The site before the park was built





Image Source: ‘Seattle to World’

Categories: Architecture, Green Ideas

Hello Everyone-!!

March 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Hi, everyone!

Welcome to my new blog.

I created this weblog to inspire other designers and myself by sharing information about the future of design, tracking the design innovations, practices and materials that are pushing contemporary design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.

In particular, my focus is centered in architecture and an emerging category called ‘Green Design’. I am frustrated seeing the ‘green design’ as if sustainability is somehow separated from good design in general. In my opinion, however, all design should be inherently ‘Green’. Good design is no longer about color, style, or trends, but instead about considering the user, the experience, and the impact of a design on the surrounding environment.

I’d like to make this space where everyone freely shares thoughts and ideas about whatever contemporary issues in design and arts. And of course, your comment is always appreciated.

Again thank you for visiting!

Categories: Architecture