Suspended by Chloe Early
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miguel chevalier spreads magic carpets over sacre coeur in morocco:
all images courtesy of miguel chevalier
read more about the psychedelic kaleidoscope of moving pixels, whirling about to people’s movements and music here: http://www.designboom.com/art/miguel-chevalier-magic-carpets-2014-sacre-coeur-morocco-04-11-2014/
Vantage by Aakash Nihalani
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WAÏF: Marin Civic Center
Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1957)
The Marin Civic Center. San Rafael. 1969
The Marin County Civic Center was Frank Lloyd Wright’s last commission and largest public project, including several civic functions that would serve Marin County and San Francisco, which after the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge became closer than ever. Wright was selected for the project in 1957, winning a vote out of hope he would be able to best represent a democratic government open to the people through the Civic Center.
In April 1958 Wright’s project was approved, and the architect submitted his set of concept drawings exactly a year later. Upon his death, his protege Aaron Greene would lead the construction, bringing Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs to reality.
The architect stressed his beliefs in an organic architecture close to nature, particularly in the Hall of Justice and Administration Building, claiming Marin County’s landscapes to be among the most beautiful he’d ever seen. The horizontality of the project and its placement fall in line with Wright’s philosophy and truly accommodate the landscape and harness its beauty.
Today the project is listed on the National Register of Historic Place and is considered a National Historic Landmark and a California Historical Landmark, while currently being considered for designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Marin County Civic Center is considered to be Wright’s ‘last great commission’ and one of the strongest projects of his career in that it countered the traditional to bring architecture closer to nature and to its users.
The Story of Kowloon Walled City | Via
The early phases of the Walled City were characterized by predictable building typologies and the buildings were constructed on the principle of squatters’ rights, with random construction on spots of available land by whoever got there first. Alleyways and passages evolved—unplanned—into the established ‘map’ of the city, which would remain until it came down. A basic electric supply existed, increasingly burdened by illegal connections that frequently overloaded the system, and the few standpipes supplied the only water. As the need to accommodate the ever growing residential and commercial populations forced it to in the 1960s, the building typology of the Walled City made the leap from two- to three-story residential structures to taller, six- to seven-story ones. This represented an important threshold, because at these greater heights the buildings unavoidably became more complex and required greater labor to realize, reinforced concrete, more investment, and so on.
Patterns by William Morris, part III.
by Andrea Stone
"While visiting Portland, Oregon in the summer of 2011 I became consciously aware of the incredibly beautiful abstract patterns reflected in the windows of the Downtown. I started to associate to the way metal and glass, like structure and openness, represent the tension between elements in modern architecture. While the metal framework demands conformity, the glass reflections seem to explode, almost in defiance of this structure and, in the end, seem to transcend their captors."
Young Ones stitches together work from personal travels and projects as well as assignments that focus on children and childhood. Here are children diagnosed with social and behavioral disorders in Idaho, victims of Hurricane Katrina displaced to east Texas, children surviving inside Managua city’s trash dump in Nicaragua while others, by some lucky stroke of fate, have a seemingly care-free suburban middle-class life in Utah, still others attend an inter-racial religious summer camp in the woods outside Atlanta while kids from less fortunate circumstances live in a homeless shelter with their mothers in small-town California, others on vacation explore New York City streets and frolic around Coney Island’s amusement park, and others are kids with kids. At times contemplative, humorous, and somber, moments from various children’s lives who have no obvious connection come together to form a broad, cohesive, and unique interpretation of a subject we think we know.