Thursday, December 17, 2009
david byrne's amazing installation turning an entire building into a 'musical' instrument.
the user can sit and play an organ in the middle of the space.
instead of being connected to the standard pipes, the organ keys control various devices byrne has installed throughout the building, from hammers hitting steel, to engines to whistles, pipes, etc.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
this came to me in an email with the line "even the most brilliant architects don't think about everything."
then again... maybe they DO.
the trefoil in christian symbolism is meant to represent God as a trinity.
perhaps God would like to be represented as something else.
"may the good lord shine a light on you
warm as the evening sun"
Monday, October 26, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
the united states spent millions of dollars in the 50s and 60s building missile bases in remote areas. in the mid 60s, they were decommissioned, sold back to farmers and / or privatized. VBS.tv went to investigate a few and found miles of underground tunnels, silos and domes. they wind up visiting a guy in kansas who lives in one.
i have always loved transit maps. primarily because they are mix of reality and the abstract. the natural dents and bumps are overlaid with clear lines.
apparently BART is releasing new maps where they have straightened their lines out even more...
the old map:
the new map:
for the most part i like it. i assume with these you set rules to adhere to... how "short" a straight segment can be, how far apart the stops should be to accurately reflect elapsed time, etc... but when the end of the line (millbrae, for instance) is graphically 13 miles further south than it actually is, perhaps the rules need to be tweaked. SFO which sits north of millbrae out in the water is shown in the middle of san mateo. when san francisco is geographically 7 miles x 7 miles, that discrepancy (along with the lack of curvature through SF) might confuse some...
...but i guess they're tourists.
so i started thinking about this and remembered i had downloaded an iphone app for bart and that it had a pretty cool looking map. the map on the app was designed by peter mclelland, and i find it much better... so why isn't bart using it?
the app is called iBART, and here is their system map:
granted, this is zoomed in, but the overall system map cleans it up and remains accurate.
the zoomability of handhelds are going to make any and all maps superior... powers of ten...
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
such a beautiful house.
i went by a few years ago with my friend chris. you could see mr kappe walking around his living room from the street. windows open, miles davis flowing... as well, the springs that the house is built on were flowing through the yard out to the street.
the influence of rudolph in the floating elements is apparent from the street, but it is even more amazing in the video.
i would give anything to tour this house. guess this video will have to do for now.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
coffee bar, designed by jones | haydu, made it into the best of '09 in san francisco magazine as the best place to write that novel
for more info/images on the design of coffee bar, click here
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
i have been doing a little research on spiritual space for a project we are working on and came across this nice site (it is called infrastructure for souls, subtitled 'tracing the parallel histories of the american megachurch and the corporate organizational complex')
urban living for animals in leeds
the home project has uploaded to youtube
mackintosh's glasgow school of art still the reigning favorite
one half the world's population lives or works in buildings constructed of earth
planned obsolescence or psilocybin seating: here's a stool designed to biodegrade (with living mushrooms)
a nice collection of steel houses, california modern style
gapminder: unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world.
fast company's ten most creative people in architecture. not my ten, mind you. discuss amongst yourselves and get back to me.
vito acconci is rethinking his studio business model due to the economy. aren't we all? this hints he is closing his architecture side.
the berlin wall gets a makeover
come on steelcase. really? do we need this?
frank buchwald's amazing machine lights
why is there talk of shutting down california's parks due to budget?
F** this, new york - a site that allows the public to upload to a map things that need fixing (thanks, roach)
the top ten architecture of star wars
a render artist for some of the top starchitects debuts his own site
concrete that lasts 16,000 years?
nice article on urban farming
i believe louis kahn said "an artist can make a wheel square. an architect must make it round" kahn was not of the bauhaus
and a dutch cruiser
this has nothing to do with what i normally blog about, but come on.... it is inhaled chocolate
did you know mir-hossein mousavi is a painter and an architect? the last building he designed is shown here
for the brutalist on a budget: wallpaper that looks like concrete
how does netflix do it? pretty much by hand
map of the world's resources by country
yet another top ten of architecture, the rock concert
and another... top ten cities in comics
a nice article which disputes the myth that frank lloyd wright had his buildings full blown designed in his head
seriously? bodibeat purports to create playlists that help your workout by synching the music to your movement.
a phenomenal video recorded by fans across the globe through webcams (thanks, cat)
our good friends at odopod have upgraded their sketch application and are featuring a gallery of works people have saved over the years
where to stay in southern france? try cabins that open to the stars with carre d'etoiles
looks like a nice documentary is being made about samuel mockbee and rural studio
Friday, July 10, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
3-2-1 contact. hip hop architecture... smart video with a lot of insider references for architects... for instance the duck
architects have been advocating forever that your surroundings affect feelings and behavior. neuroscientists are backing it up more and more. here's a brief article on the subject in fast company.
urban nouveau was invited to travel to india by an NGO to develop an affordable housing scheme. they chose to do so collaboratively with potential inhabitants.
need a big wall to project images on, but don't want it to block views? use fog.
doesn't look so bad until you push the play button. then it's a really bleak version with graphics like missile command. (thanks, doug)
the 100 most creative people in business, according to fast company.
and since #1 is ives, i just decided to point out the inspiration...
got a spare $7.75M? you can buy frank lloyd wright's la miniatura.
ecological surfboards, made entirely out of wood.
architects called out by human rights group for working on exploitative projects. (from lebbeus woods blog)
lou romano includes several of his image boards for the movie "UP"
nice photo collection of old UFO looking buildings in taiwan
a classic.... finn juhl
what happened to obama's office of urban policy?
dr. no's review of the new cooper union building by morphosis.
some nice buildings up there, eh?
this recession is hitting hard. architects are being creative with saving on living spaces. two examples:
convert a closet into an apartment
a sneak peek into la dogana
approval has been secured for the US' largest solar power plant
a nice interview with alejandro pinol, complete with gorgeous photos
the high line in new york opens this month. the sundance channel is running a nice series of video stories.
want to feel inspired? check out the finalist videos for the earth awards.