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Unleash Your Inner Frank Lloyd Wright With Lego

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Fancy yourself the next Neutra, Meier or Lautner? Then you need the new Lego Architecture Studio. It's the perfect toolkit for any aspiring architect and designer. It's a completely free-building Lego experience. And it totally rocks.


The toolkit is designed to encourage you to build unique architectural creations, using over 1,200 monochromatic white bricks, plates, slopes and tiles (most are white, but some are transparent, which make for nice doors and windows). There's also a 272-page design guide included, that teaches "concepts such as scale, mass and density, symmetry, modules and repetition, space and section, [and] surface." This isn't a standard construction book, it's more an inspiration, style and idea guide. It even comes with exercise sections, where you can further explore the concepts discussed, in a hands-on way.

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This past weekend Barnes & Noble held their first-ever Lego Architecture Studio celebration in honor of the launch. It was a glorious affair. Over 450 B&N stores took part. I left with two design toolkits, and at $150 bucks a pop they weren't cheap, but definitely worth it. I can see this being used in schools, to teach basic design principles. And who knows, maybe the next Corbusier, Wright or van der Rohe will learn the skills of his craft with one of these toolkits...

You will be able to get it everywhere on August 1.

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Turbo Bacon

These are great as a learning tool as they will pretty much necessitate orthogonal building and too many people jump to arcs, curves and parametric surfaces before understanding how to create an orthogonal building and create it correctly all the while creating it as an attractive experiment in design. It is much too easy to use curves and undulating surfaces as a substitute for proportion, scale and space.

Before you can soar on arced wings you must learn to fly first.

Sadly as an architect I probably can't afford these but it'll be great for the Architects at heart that decided to go another, more fiscally responsible direction, in life.