The Centennial Chromagraph data visualization project at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture expresses the history of the school via a series of curved wooden ribs an colored pencils.
Budgets and bandwidth aside, architecture often aims for the big gesture to make a compelling artistic statement. But as the winners of the AIA Small Projects Award demonstrate, the impact of a project isn't necessarily correlated with its size or cost. The seven winners announced yesterday, a mixture of small homes, public spaces and installations from across the country, all met certain size and budget criteria. But many of them, from a riverwalk in the center of Des Moines to a "smart" pavilion in Los Angeles that utilizes heat-sensitize material that curls up and cools of based on the temperature, served as centerpieces of civic and social space, helping to redefine a landscape without needing to overwhelm it.
∙ Tour an LED-Spangled Cafe in Marcel Breuer's Yale Building [Curbed]
∙ Small Space archives [Curbed]