My friend and Afterzine creator Hamish pointed out these great images by artist Jenny Odell. Jenny’s medium in these images were actually Google Maps, oddly enough. What look like random shapes or abstract dots are actually manmade structures. The image at top is “Approximately 1,376 Grain Silos, Water Towers, and Other Cylindrical-Industrial Buildings”, the image below that are swimming pools, both a large and small, and the last is “195 Yachts, Cargo Ships, Tankers, Barges, Riverboats, Hospital Ships, Cruise Lines, Ferries, Military Ships, and Motorboats”. it’s amazing how great these random images look when thoughtfully placed together.
Pop-up shops are one of those rare spaces that can be whatever it wants wherever it wants. It’s a temporary place whose goal is to excite and dazzle people for a short amount of time and can then bi whisked away at a moments notice. For example the space above created by Snarkitechture for Richard Chai. The shop, which is nestled underneath the High Line, was made “to create an experience rather than create a store”, a feat I’m quite certain they accomplished. The entire space was carved from a truckload of styrofoam offsite and then brought into the space and fitted and customized as needed. The space personally reminds me of the ice cave from Fight Club, minus the penguin asking you to “Slide!”
The extremely talented Elroy released the amazing video above about a month ago featuring artists Supakitch and Koralie creating one the most beautiful mural I’ve ever seen. I’m not sure how long this took but it’s amazing how much time, effort, sweat and blood these two put into this mural. As I watched I kept wondering when they were going to finish, but they kept adding on more and more, making the mural larger and more complex as they went. Anyone know where this mural is located? It looks like it’s inside somewhere, it would be a shame if it was every painted over, though I’m glad it’s been fully documented at the very least. Yet again a big thanks to Rikke Luna for the suggestion!
Australian artist and tee designer Luke Chiswell, who works under the pseudonym Luuk, is a rather enigmatic character. With very little information available concerning his background and artistic approach, he allows his work to speak for itself. Clean lines, simple black and white and minimalist forms dominate his imagery. With Halloween just around the corner I thought it most appropriate to share his ghost tee (my personal fave) and his mummy tee. Halloween isn’t really celebrated in Australia so I may just have to get myself a tee as a treat. I’ll leave the costume dress-ups to the real kids.
Just over a month ago, the architecture blogosphere saw an awful lot of Sukkahs thanks to an article in the New York Times. This week, we’ll look at other examples of wooden, ephemeral structures starting with the work of an architecture studio sponsored by Columbia’s GSAPP and UDTA in Tokyo. This past August, the studio designed and built three unusual and distinct tea houses using Grasshopper, an algorithm editor for Rhinoceros. But why? The GSAAP explains the studio as follows:
“The notion of learning via the body parallels the regimented practice of the Japanese Tea Ceremony called Sado. The ceremony or “the path of the tea,” is reflected in the tectonics of the spaces where it is performed, yet the practice of architecture has become digitized, often leaving behind this personal connection one might have to materiality. We seek to use act of constructing to allow the body to be the medium of learning, applying learned physical actions to intelligent digital techniques.”
Not to be nit-picky because I think the pavilions are great, but about the premise: how does using an algorithm editor (scripting) “allow the body to be the medium of learning[?]” Yes, the projects relate to the body, but completely abstracting the physical ritual associated with Sado to a series of mathematical, computer-driven operations doesn’t somehow impart kinesthetic knowledge. But I think it’s just a fancy way of saying ‘we building these for real, y’all!’ And I’m glad they did.
PS: the photos are from one of the studio’s participants, Michael Walch, who documented the progress of the studio on his blog. (personal highlight: model photos)