• Erin Gigl

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

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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...

    This year’s Olympic Games, held in Rio de Janeiro, were staged in a venue that mimicked the gorgeous valleys along Brazil’s coastlines. Designed by AECOM, the park was situated on a triangular, lagoon-side peninsula in the city’s Barra da Tijuca district. Of the 15 stadiums arranged among winding pathways, three were...

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    Andrei Speridião designs connections. He moves beyond and between fabrication, technology, interactive objects and conceptual exchanges, developing innovative networks of people and things using digital thinking. The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. The Brazilian designer was raised by a designer mother who...

    As sea levels are on the rise, the need for “Aquatecture” surges. Architects and designers have been implementing ideas that reconsider water for several years. The New Orleans’ FLOAT House designed by Morphosis architects in 2009, for example, is a prefabricated home with a secure chassis made to float in case of...

    “A forever educator, I call myself.” Christian Benimana is an architect whose design and work focuses on teaching society how to become self-sustainable and independent. Born and now living in Rwanda, Benimana did his studies in China. However, bringing community-mindedness to architecture was not always his plan. Bends...

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    “What does it look like when a designer creates their own material?” Brent Dzekciorius asked himself while launching his design production company, Dzek. After many late conversations with designer Max Lamb, the marble-composite material, Marmoreal, was born. Design advisor and curator, Dzekciorius launched Dzek in 2009...

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    Where everyone who’s anyone on the international furniture design and manufacturing scene come together: Salon del Mobile. ArchiExpo spins around the fair’s extensive bathroom exhibition to get a glimpse of the latest products to compile a list of the top style trends. 1. Integrity Looking behind the rituals of...

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