Friday, February 27, 2009

reFresh 092713

eVolo sponsors an annual skyscraper design competition (conceptual). here are this year's winners.

david byrne's blog has an interesting, if somewhat scathing, entry on hong kong

for fans of crop circles

i knew i was contributing to a higher spiritual purpose all this time

a nice photo essay of people at work

a very extensive article from the new republic regarding the challenges to prefab (thanks, gong)

dr. NO's favorable review of d+s remodel of lincoln centre

the amazing design collaborative, droog, opens a store in new york

current favorite light fixture

current favorite rocking chair

what may be the next wave of architectural challenge... what to do with all those failed big boxes?

30 years building a model of herod's temple, and still not finished

connecting the toe to the football... proposal for the world's longest suspension bridge

for fans of metro stations, here are the world's "ten best"

san franciscans: last night the presidio trust released their latest plans aimed at scaling back the proposed guest lodge and fisher's contemporary art museum. fisher has apparently submitted new renderings to john king at the chronicle exclusively. those are not here. WARNING: clicking on the following link downloads a 10MB pdf from the presidio trust. DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT

a four minute video to help you refresh/reset. "everything is amazing and nobody is happy" (louis ck on conan obrien)

Friday, February 13, 2009

reFresh 090213

photographic artist michael bosanko made these photos of "light graffiti" not by photoshop but by using colored flashlights, time lapse and multiple exposure:

a lecture by architect teddy cruz (also a professor at UCSD) titled "a city made of waste". the text does not do the subject matter comes off a little too much like romanticizing the favela. watch the video, directed by laura hanna. 7 minute slide show with text. incredible. the ingenuity and creativity in transforming waste is the uplifting thing here...

one of my favorite recent bloggers is an artist named christoph niemann.
his blog appears in the ny times. he also often provides illustrations for the new yorker.
often very centered on new york, he now lives in berlin. two entries:
i lego NY and bathroom art

lebbeus woods shares his drawings he did for alien iii, from 1990

the green walls of chile

this is the best collection of aftermath photos of the tvcc fire in beijing (koolhaas designed 'culture center' which was to house a hotel it's a 34 story building) that i have found.

the story of the fire was squelched in china by the media. many bloggers had a field day with the incident, since the building is government owned. i won't pretend to know what the text says in this blog, but the photos are pretty clear. as well, there are some phenomenal shots of the fire in progress.

time + ritual

chinese artist liu jianhua has built shanghai out of poker chips and dice

a nice valentine idea for your significant other

for fans of the new yorker... their favorite 12 of the eustace twilley contest

a table that converts into a chair. simple. check out the sculpted marriage of seat bucket and lumbar support

light fixtures in honor of lincoln and darwin's bicentennial birthday?