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Interesting Stuff on the Internet

Interesting stuff on the internet is an article sharing my favourite recent online inspiration and distractions.

Productivity: How to spend the last hour of the workday. 60-minute “soft projects” to wrap up every day of the week. Check it out here.

Architecture and User Experience: Having left architecture to become a UX designer myself these two articles are just great: Why I’m Transitioning from Architecture to UX and Why a Career in UX Design is Perfect for Dissatisfied Architects

Education: Frank Gehry has been selected by online education platform MasterClass to lead an interactive architecture and design course on his creative process. The course will include 15 video lessons, and critique from the architect himself on select student work. Check out the details here.

The Apocalypse: Everyone needs a hobby, and mine is as good as any: I’m insatiably curious about the residual architecture of the Cold War. Architecture of the apocalypse: is it time to bring back nuclear bunkers?

25 of the Greatest: Architecture is one of the most visible and long-lasting forms of expression, to celebrate here is a list of 25 icons in modern architecture.

Architecture and Ego: Disparity in the values assigned to architecture and landscape architecture continues….A proposal to surround New York Central Park with a giant “sidescraper” epitomises the Architects’ disregard for designed landscapes, says president of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Charles A Birnbaum. Read more here.

Designing for the Elderly: Over fifty percent of all people in a nursing home are there because of broad social deficits, not their personal physical deficit. An interesting article about Architect Matthias Hollwich of HWKN. Hollwich seeks to rethink our aging processes, starting with the design of our homes and cities. Read more here.

Virtual Reality goes Mainstream: It is rare that a consumer technology is a giant leap forward rather than the next iterative step. For the first time in a long time Virtual reality (VR) represents just that kind of leap. With the spring launch of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, as well as the imminent release of Sony’s PlayStation VR, high-end virtual reality has arrived.  2016 is predicted the year that VR goes mainstream. From military to fashion virtual reality is reshaping our working industries. Learn more here.

Standout Buildings: In celebration of her ten-year anniversary at the helm of the Green Building Council of Australia, Romilly Madew has released a list of Green Star certified projects that she feels have left an impact on the industry. Having worked on this from competition to completion, I am so happy to see the listing of 1 Bligh Street. “Built during the global financial crisis when there was barely a crane in Sydney, the design of 1 Bligh Street put paid to the naysayers who questioned whether a sustainable building could be beautiful. The result still takes my breath away.” Checkout the full list here.

Reimagining through Reuse: Drew Heath Architects designs Nikki Maloney’s House from scratch with old materials. In a bid to maintain the character of the old 1890’s cottage that stood on this Marrickville site, Drew Heath Architects constructed Nikki Maloney’s House by breaking up the original dwelling and recycling it to continue a dialogue with the history of the site and the memories of the client. Checkout more images and info here.

Office Trustworthiness: We spend more time protecting ourselves from untrustworthy people than we do thinking about the signals we ourselves send about our own trustworthiness. Read more here.

Designing for Happiness: Happiness is mostly anticipation and memory, “ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so,” said the philosopher John Stuart Mill. A great article on designing for happiness. Experts from Lippincott, Disney, and SoulCycle weigh in on how they craft happy experiences. Read more here.

Downsizing the Australian Home: “Australians have an introspective attitude to space but how much space do we really need?” Think small responds to this question with smaller homes, properties and apartments. Read more. 

Gotham Cities: Author Elvia Wilk on a city of shadows as architectural fiction. Gotham is a clear expression of Manhattanism gone rogue, but it is not New York, it is both nowhere and everywhere: it is the shadow of a city. It is the metropolis that, despite all efforts, cannot be planned or accounted for. Read more here.

I hope you found inspiration from my distractions. I’d love you to share your own interesting distractions in the comment section below.

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