The summer is a time to take a break from work and while you, we hope, are enjoying your well-deserved holiday we for our part are already preparing for the upcoming trade fair season. To make sure you don't miss any important event we have compiled for you a diary of the major occasions taking place in the second half of this year. Then, in our article 'Ventura – Avant-Garde Swiss Watch Design' we report on the successful cooperation between Hannes Wettstein and the inventor of the automatic digital watch, a cooperation which is continued today by Studio Hannes Wettstein. Our article on 'Prefabricated Architecture' deals with a type of house construction that had its origins in the post-war era and is now experiencing entirely new possibilities thanks to the digital age.
Here's a brief overview of the contents of our July newsletter:
Ventura - Avant-Garde Swiss Watch Design
Inspiring search results on Architonic
The latest projects from our 'Architecture & Design' library
Your Architonic team
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To ensure you don't miss the start to the new trade fair season, we have put together an agenda with the major events of the second half of this year for you. And while we're on the subject, here's a reminder to register in good time for the Global Design Forum on 18 September, which will be taking place within the framework of the London Design Festival 2012.
London Design Festival
Whiter Than White
Exhibition by Materials Council & Architonic, 2012
Ventura, the avant-garde brand of Swiss watches, is back. The first "manufacture électronique" for high quality digital watches has recently presented, in the shape of the SPARC MGS, a timepiece which once more sets a new benchmark in chronometer design. The watch represents a revival of the legendary designs created by Hannes Wettstein, the designer who gave Ventura watches their individual identity. This tradition is now being carried on by a new generation of ''Studio Hannes Wettstein'' designers.
A pile of prefabricated concrete beams form the structure of Antón García- Abril’s Hemeroscopium house Antón García- Abril 2008 Photo: courtesy Ensamble Studio
When architects such as Jean Prouvé and Charles Eames began experimenting with buildings made using off-the-shelf components following the second World War, little did they know that technology would one day allow buildings to be created from kits cut by a computer anywhere in the world. Architonic looks at some of the more radical examples of contemporary prefabricated architecture, and the materials and technologies making these possible.
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