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Brutalist-Themed Coloring Book Lets You Color In Famous Concrete Landmarks

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During the mid-20th century, modernist concrete architecture was all the rage. The style was known as Brutalism—and while some people appreciated its sturdy functionality, other critics thought it was ugly. Marc Thomasset, an art designer/graphic designer in Brussels, Belgium, falls into the former category: As Curbed reports, he’s designed an adult coloring book that pays homage to famous Brutalist buildings, like William Pereira’s Geisel Library (the main library building at the University of California, San Diego) and the Marnix building, a large, modernist office building in Brussels.

The Brutalist Colouring Book features 32 pages of black-and-white architectural line drawings, allowing aspiring designers to add their own personal touch to concrete landmarks around the world. Five hundred numbered, first-edition copies are currently for sale online.

Thomasset fell in love with Brutalism as a young boy. Fueling his interest was a structure in his home city known as the CBR building, which the designer calls “quite unlike any other building in Brussels.” Thomasset tells website CityMetric that he hopes the coloring book “will help raise appreciation for this particular architecture style: the best known original Brutalist buildings are still threatened with demolition.”

Check out a few pages from the Brutalist Colouring Book below, and take some time to learn about Thomasset by visiting his website.

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[h/t Curbed]

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High-Tech Skyscrapers Could be Built with Low-Tech Wood
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When we think of wood construction, we often think of log cabins, tree houses, or the framework of residential properties. But if a new start-up has its way, we might soon be gazing up at 12-story buildings made almost entirely out of Douglas firs.

In a report for CityLab, journalist Amanda Kolson Hurley profiled Portland, Oregon's Lever Architecture, a firm attempting to revitalize wood-based towers that reduce the carbon footprints of conventional buildings. Their offices are located in a four-story property made from wood; their next major project, titled Framework, is expected to be 12 stories and slated to debut in Portland in 2019.

Part of Lever’s goal is to reduce concerns over wooden structures—namely, that they’re prone to fire hazards or might not be structurally sound in an earthquake. Developers use a building material called mass timber, a special type of strengthened wood in which timber panels are glued together to make beams and cross-set layers for walls and floors. Fire tests have shown the mass timber doesn’t ignite easily: It chars, which can insulate the rest of the panel from the heat. Strength testing has shown the layers aren’t easily jostled by outside forces.

Lever’s architects hope that wooden buildings will lessen the environmental impact of commercial towers that use concrete and steel, which are responsible for 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions during their manufacturing.

Other firms have designs on taller buildings, including one 35-story tower in Paris and a 24-story building in Vienna.

[h/t CityLab]

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Need a Dose of Green? Sit Inside This Mossy Auditorium
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Lecture halls aren’t known for being picturesque, but a new venue for lectures and events in Taipei might change that reputation. Inside, it looks like a scene from The Jungle Book.

As Arch Daily alerts us, a new lecture space at the JUT Foundation features textile art that makes it look like its interiors are entirely covered in moss.

The JUT Foundation is the arts-focused wing of a Taipei construction company called the JUT Group, and its gallery hosts talks and other events related to art and architecture. Designed by the Netherlands-based architects MVRDV, the 2500 square feet of greenery-inspired lecture hall is lined with custom carpeting designed to look like moss and biologically inspired textiles by the Argentinean artist Alexandra Kehayoglou.

A close-up of green, yellow, and red textiles fashioned to look like moss

A view of the back of an auditorium that looks like it's covered in green moss

Made of recycled threads from a carpet factory, the handmade 3D wall coverings pop out in a passable imitation of a forest ecosystem. The mossy design—which took a year to complete—pulls double duty as a sound buffer, too, minimizing the echo of the space. If you have to pack into a lecture hall with 175 other people, at least you’ll be able to pretend you’re in the middle of a quiet, peaceful forest.

[h/t Arch Daily]

All images courtesy the JUT Group.

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