• Erin Gigl

    Erin Gigl is a freelance design and travel writer, editor and artist.

    Leixões Cruise Terminal, recently completed by Luís Pedro Silva, Arquitecto, presents a seductive, spiral ribbon that intrigues approaching mariners with luminous reflections from its curving facade. Located in Matosinhos, Portugal at the south jetty, the port complex is modest in size, yet manages to shelter sizable...

    How do we use what is already here, what came before and what we can’t find elsewhere? Corinne Vezzoni and Associates along with The Architecture Gallery of Paris confronted these questions as they apply to architecture in the exhibition Archiméditerranéenne at La Villa Méditerranée in Marseille, France from the end of...

    As consumers turn towards local economies, crowdsharing and collective economies, hand-crafted objects are exploding on the design scene. Thanks to platforms like Etsy, today’s creators are able to find success via homespun items. Still, if these designers want to branch out and produce a series of objects at a low...

    In January 2017, the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC)’s program Bye Bye Mattress, an organization that funnels small fees from each mattress purchased to statewide recycling programs, marked their one milllionth mattress recycled. Just days after, Ryan Trainer, the president of The MRC and The International Sleep...

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    ZGF Architects is a hot name these days after being recognized at the top of the 2016 “Architect 50,” Architect Magazine‘s top 50 list of architecture firms. The award is evaluated based on three categories: business, design and sustainability. Along with its position for overall competency, the firm topped the list...

    Chicago-based architecture firm Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill is spearheading one of the globe’s most significant projects to date: The Jeddah Tower (formerly known as the Kingdom Tower). Set for 2017, the construction is planned to be the tallest building worldwide, reaching 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) with a surface...

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    Drawing is the first step to brainstorming as much as it’s the final form of an idea. On the one hand, drawing can be regarded as an act of personal meditation, and on the other, it’s a format of visual communication. Like the expression “back to the drawing board” suggests, drawing is a process of research, aiding...

    In the wake of the 2008 U.S. housing crisis and Great Recession, people had to rely on resources other than money, and the movement of autonomous and collaborative initiatives was born. In a 2013 Ted Talk, Wikihouses founder Alastair Parvin asks, “Who are the people that make cities?” Around the same time, resourceful...

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    Along the Chao Phraya River, the Sala Rattanakosin hotel offers a mesmerizing view of Bangkok. The reception area leads to a window gaze of the Temple of Dawn, reminding visitors of the cultural beauty that no modernity wishes to exclude. Thai architecture and interior design firm Onion accomplished the transformation...

    In competition with 76 other design agencies, São Paulo-based studio Chelles & Hayashi won the task of designing the relay torch to be used during the Olympic Games. They responded to the responsibility of representing national identity through design by creating a torch that exemplifies Brazil’s diversity. The torch...

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