Kazushi Takahashi: From Ship Builder to Architect

Kazushi Takahashi, a seventh-generation Japanese shipbuilder decided to apply his engineering skills to the design and creation of modernist architecture. pingmag features an interview with the shipbuilder turned architect and a series of his completed works. they previously featured a tour of takahashi’s studio.

Architect Kazushi says:

Architecture is about straight lines and structural dynamics, while ships are about curved lines and fluid dynamics. plus, another difference is that carpenters and architects can’t make boats, but shipbuilders can make both ships and houses. however, the basic science behind it, the arithmetic and physics are the same. that is the common thread between them.
The surface of the Gundam inspired Jimbocho Theater building in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo is welded together without using a single bolt. He has completed a number of unusual projects applying shipbuilding technology and construction methods.
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One can’t help but think of Architect Tadao Ando — He has led an eventful life, working as a truck driver and boxer prior to settling on the profession of Architecture, despite never having taken formal training in the field. He visited buildings designed by renowned architects like Le CorbusierLudwig Mies Van der RoheFrank Lloyd Wright and Louis Kahnbefore returning to Osaka in 1968 and established his own design studio, Tadao Ando Architect and Associates.
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Art or Architecture? “Cloud City” by Visual Artist Tomás Saraceno

Argentinean-born, Frankfurt-based visual artist Tomás Saraceno describes his newest installation, Cloud City, with whimsy and enthusiasm: It is a sundial, a giant solar barbecue, and a spacecraft, he insists.

Photo courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art / © Hyla Skopitz
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DSLR Bank

At the rate I’m going with my photography hobby I am going to need to get one of these!

DSLR Bank

Contrary to popular belief, piggy banks aren’t just for people under the age of ten. Ok, maybe banks shaped like pigs are, but having immediately accessible storage for your change is something people of all ages can appreciate. All the better when it’s shaped like your latest digital single lens reflux investment and will most likely be used as a fund for that new polarizing filter, lens or just another night out on the town. When it’s not working hard to keep track of all your dollars and cents, it also conveniently doubles as a prop for photo shoots and school plays because it has a detachable lens and all the buttons and switches of a real camera. This is one camera that will actually pay for itself over time. $24

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Archaeology Museum of Álava

Written by David Cohn

Francisco “Patxi” Mangado, the 54-year-old Spanish architect, compares his bronze-clad Archaeological Museum of Álava in Vitoria, Spain, to a “coffer guarding a treasure.” He has developed this apparently simple conceit at a number of different levels in the work, so that it acquires a sensual resonance that reaches beyond words to convey his poetic intent.

Image courtesy Mangado and Associates

Photo © Roland Halbe

The architect uses the contrast between the building’s bronze and glass skin and its setting within Vitoria’s medieval core to further develop his evocation of archaeological layering. A quiet city of 230,000, Vitoria is the capital of the Basque region, with a rich history dating back to the sixth century AD. The museum, a mixed concrete-and-steel-frame structure, is part of an ongoing effort by local authorities to rehabilitate the medieval center, which has been in decline through most of the 20th century. Located on one of its livelier streets lined with bars, old shops, and a few monumental buildings, the museum adjoins the 16th-century Bendaña Palace. In 1994 the palace was renovated to house the Fournier Museum of Playing Cards as the town’s homage to a well-known local industry. The two museums now share a common entry court.

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How Cool is This?

Ever since the iPhone camera was invented, it’s aspired to be what it simply never quite could be: a DSLR. Sure, apps have helped your camera phone inch forward with simulated focusing F-X and faux filters.Faux no more. The iPhone SLR Mount gives you the real thing. It’ll set your phone photos apart from everyone else’s on Instagram in an unprecedented way (#nofilters!).This case-adapter combo lets you mount your Canon EOS or Nikon SLR lenses to your iPhone 4 giving your phone powerful depth of field and manual focus.Telephoto, wide angle, macro, or your fixed fifty lenses all attach to this mount giving you a full range of lenses at your iPhone lovin’ fingertips. Heck, you could even throw on a Diana adapter!  Plus, you’ll be putting the SLR lenses you already have to use with the camera you use the most — your phone.Two loopholes on each end of the case let you tie on a camera strap, so you can hang it around your neck just like your real DSLR.Now that your favorite camera has it all, what’re you going to do with your DSLR?  Purchase one here.

Aviator Brown & Gold

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If you enjoy listening to music on your MP3 player or iPod you have to check out these headphones by Skullcandy available for purchase at a Apple Store near you.  They are really great – stylishly designed.  Of course my favorite ones, the brown and gold Aviators are currently sold out.  Luckily my birthday isn’t until next month.

Frank