Studio Ideas and Inspiration

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by allisonnielsen on 19 March 2010

I’ve been playing with stop motion a bit lately, and it’s amazing what some people can do.  It’s amazing to think how so many pieces (pictures) can make up a fluid whole.  Just something to think about, and very fun to watch :)

Anyway, here’s a video i found very creative and well done:

(all done on a whiteboard!)


Reused Wood

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by allisonnielsen on 11 March 2010

While searching for inspiration I stumbled across this artist’s work.

Henrique Oliveira uses old piece of wood from other buildings and structures and reassembles them into unique undulation installations.  I think this it a great creative way to use and reuse wood, and it brings to mind my own city choice, Clarice.  Remember, there are many different ways to use materials, and one man’s trash may just be another man’s treasure.

Final Wooden House

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by allisonnielsen on 1 March 2010

Sou Fujimoto Architects are responsible for this concept house, built in 2008.  A building that changes depending on how you view it, the architect envisioned “creation of new spatiality that preserves primitive conditions of a harmonious entity before various functions and roles differentiated”.   Basically constructed of randomly stacked rectangular blocks of lumber, the building succeeds in creating a beautiful and organic structure, that at once interacts and is seperate from it’s environment.  I found this building extremely inspirational and unique… go to to learn more :) (PSE on the site)


Posted in studio 1a_2010 by allisonnielsen on 23 February 2010

I stumbled across these shoes a while ago, and i thought they might be interesting to share with the group.  Architecture isn’t everything, but everything can be architecture.  I think these shoes designed by Zaha Hadid really show that concept in action.  Due to come out in July, the shoe design for Lacoste is based off their crocodile logo, and wraps around the leg and foot ergonomically so they can adapt to movement.

Hadid has also designed architectural heels for the Brazillian shoe company Melissa. These shoes are environmentally concious.  They are made in several colours and retail for around $200.

Both shoe designs show off her signature style of organic lines and diagonals, and use moder materials like plastics.  These shoes blur the lines between fashion and architecture.

Sand Dune Architecture

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by allisonnielsen on 21 January 2010

This is a proposal for using sustainable bacteria to create solid structures out of sand dunes.  It really is a quite incredible idea which would solve problems of shelter and the deterioration of arable land in Africa.  I was really inspired by the innovative concept, it is worth checking out!