WSO2 and IntegrationWorks Partner to Provide Expert Integration Solutions to the New Zealand Market – Press Release Rocket

  • IntegrationWorks helps clients use and share their information more effectively, save time, reduce costs, and improve application security in their business integration efforts.
  • Under terms of the agreement, IntegrationWorks will use WSO2 open source middleware to provide customers with systems integration services based on service-oriented architecture (SOA) best practices.
  • Leading enterprise customers worldwide rely on WSO2’s award-winning 100% open source platform and its robust performance and governance for their mission-critical applications.
  • WSO2 delivers the industry’s most comprehensive open source platform for building, integrating, managing, securing and analyzing companies’ APIs, applications, and Web services—on-premises, in the cloud, on mobile devices, and across the Internet of Things.
  • Visit to learn more, or check out the WSO2 community on the WSO2 Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.


Bureau A builds a model Soviet city inside L’asticot boutique

  • “No one is indifferent to their strong expressive forms,” Bureau A’s Joana Croft Dantas told Dezeen.
  • Swiss childrenswear brand L’asticot has collaborated with architecture firm Bureau A to install a miniature cardboard city at its Geneva store (+ slideshow).
  • Created to scale, cardboard buildings of Bureau A’s city are housed on a circular structure made of welded steel, which has a clothes rail underneath.
  • Bureau A was asked by child and baby clothes store L’asticot to create an environment that would reflect the creativity and playfulness of the brand.
  • The studio responded by crafting an imaginary urban environment that takes cues from the architecture of the Soviet Union – examples of which were documented by photographer Rebecca Litchfield in her Soviet Ghosts series.


Chipperfield references lemon houses with Lake Garda villas

  • David Chipperfield Architects has completed a pair of holiday villas inspired by lemon houses on a hillside overlooking Italy’s largest lake (+ slideshow).
  • According to David Chipperfield Architects, they “echo the rhythm of the surrounding olive groves”.
  • The British architect’s Berlin office paired rugged stone walls with timber and concrete pergolas to recreate the aesthetic of Lake Garda’s famous limonaias – buildings where lemon trees are cultivated behind high walls.
  • The largest of the two structures, known as Villa David Chipperfield, is a two-storey structure with an open-plan living, dining and kitchen space on the ground floor.
  • Once complete, the Villa Eden will comprise seven villas, a hotel and an apartment building.


Beauty for the many not just the few

  • Geographically, satisfaction with the beauty of the local area was almost 30 percentage points higher in the South West than in the Midlands.

    “Why has planning and development policy failed us so markedly?”

    The situation appears to be accepted due to a pessimistic notion that beauty is unaffordable.

  • Beauty for the many not just the few

    Any councillor that starts talking about beauty at a planning meeting can expect to encounter much disapproval and sucking of teeth from planning officers who consider themselves to be on an ideological mission to defeat the concept.

  • But architecture represents a divide:

    “Our poll for instance finds both social and geographic splits in access to beauty.

  • Among respondents with household income between £15,000 and £20,000, satisfaction with the beauty of the local area was over 13 percentage points lower than among respondents of household income over £100,000.
  • But a research paper from Respublica reflects on the class divide regarding beauty.


Victor Enrich manipulates photography to relocate NY gallery

  • While the pavilion looks largely unchanged, the Storefront gallery has been reorganised so that its ground-level facade is now at the top.
  • Spanish photographer Victor Enrich has used digital manipulation to splice together two buildings – the Storefront for Art & Architecture gallery in New York and the Spanish Republic Pavilion from the 1937 Paris Expo.
  • To demonstrate this, Enrich used digital modelling to combine the two buildings – creating an impossible hybrid structure connected by a single column.
  • The exhibition is entitled Measure, so Enrich has developed a fictional scenario where the New York gallery becomes the basis of a new unit of measuring.
  • Storefront made the news earlier this year when a facade installation created by architecture studio SO-IL was vandalised.


Contentious British Library Achieves Grade 1 Listed Status As Public Opinion Mellows

  • Director of Listing at Historic England, Roger Bowdler, said: “The British Library is one of England’s finest modern public buildings.
  • Colin St John Wilson’s stately yet accessible design incorporates fine materials and a generous display of public art.
  • The Library’s dramatic and carefully considered interiors achieve its ultimate goal: of creating a space to inspire thought and learning.

    “Historic England has had a really constructive consultation with the British Library throughout.

  • This will enable it to go on flourishing as a dynamic public building, in which appropriate change is welcomed.

    “It joins a select group of other listed post-war public libraries on the National Heritage List for England.

  • Intended to move and inspire its visitors, the British Library’s London site is much-loved and well-used by scholars and members of the public alike for its soaring and stimulating spaces.


Enterprise Data Management Strategy

  • In this article we take stock of enterprise data management challenges; and a solution roadmap which improves the ability to create a successful enterprise data management framework that supports the organisations goals of accurate business insight and competitive edge.
  • Data publication and distribution to different systems

    When architecting an enterprise data management solution, both of these aspects must be kept in mind.

  • In summary, post a decision on buy/build/outsource or partner, five basic tenets can be applied for enterprise data management success:

  • With the benefits of outsourcing kicking in, more units can be brought under the fold of the enterprise data management program.
  • The huge amount of customization required to fit the individualistic needs of a organization can require far more effort than expected, negatively impacting the success of an enterprise data management program, complicated by misconceptions around Big Data.


House by Hermansson Hiller Lundberg references Classicism

  • Hermansson Hiller Lundberg – a Stockholm studio made up of architects Andreas Hermansson, Andreas Hiller and Samuel Lundberg – designed the building as a permanent residence for a family.
  • Broad white piers and a colonnade suggest a Classical aesthetic on the facade of this small residence near Stockholm by architecture firm Hermansson Hiller Lundberg (+ slideshow).
  • “The repetition of pillars and the juxtaposition of building elements create a minimalistic complexity,” said Hermansson Hiller Lundberg.
  • These were rendered off-white, with the most prominent surfaces given a smooth surface, while others were left with a rough texture.
  • Walls and ceiling surfaces inside the house have also been rendered off-white, while the floor is polished concrete.


Steve Leone, Principal at Spiezle Architectural Group, Appointed to New Jersey Foundation for Aging Board of Trustees – Press Release Rocket

  • Steve Leone, a principal at Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc., has been named to the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Foundation for Aging (NJFA).
  • Spiezle Architectural Group is an award-winning, full-service architectural and planning firm.
  • Leone heads the firm’s senior living practice.
  • Spiezle serves senior living, academic, corporate/commercial, government, hospitality, recreational and religious clients.
  • In addition, Leone is a co-founder of Life Enrichment Aging in Place Professionals (LEAPp), a coalition of experienced professionals consulting with public and private organizations to create communities that support aging in place.