This month's issue of Document Journal features wHY's rendition of the ideal lunar civilization. The goal of the lunar civilization should not be to replicate but to seek new conditions one is unable to find on earth. The new citizens of the lunar habitation are adapting away from terrestrial constraints such as history, prejudices, and gravity. This new lightness of living is a bold exploration from earthly human conditions. Freedom from gravity should liberate us from common gathering. This new place-making for the lunar citizens enables fresh gathering of the body and the mind; a new human place that could only be made by Lunar lightness. Check out the full issue here.
On October 25th, Andrija Stojic, wHY's New York Director, gave an in-depth interview with the trade magazine Construction Today about wHY's history and design philosophy. The piece explores wHY's unique history designing fun and meaningful spaces for diverse communities around the world. The full article can be found here.
This month, wHY's second Thailand project, the Phuket House, is being featured in the international publication - Ocean Home Magazine. Written by J. Michael Welton, the piece delves into how Kulapat brought his experience in design and construction techniques from around the world back to his native homeland. The result is a house formed by its context as much as the architect. Cast-in-place concrete that's inspired by the Japanese modernist tradition float above one another and frame impressive views of the Andaman Sea while also ensuring privacy for the owners' family. Read the full story here.
On September 10th, Kulapat gave an in-depth presentation on the magic behind architecture, followed by a Q+A session. The full presentation and Q+A can be seen here.
On November 14th Kulapat Yantrasast, founder of wHY, will provide a wide-ranging lecture at the International Architects Forum in Bangkok, Thailand. The topic will focus on how design can foster social awareness in the 21st century. Registration details for the forum can be found via the link here.
Recently, wHY's design for the renovation and expansion of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky was awarded LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council. With this official certification, the new Speed joins the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan as the second wHY museum project to qualify for LEED status. With only 15 LEED certified museums in the United States, wHY is providing a major contribution to the environmental standards of new museum projects. The firm hopes its work will provide a road map for other design firms as they consider methods of introducing sustainability standard's to new and historic cultural institutions. For further information, please read The Science Times article here.