I read last night that Yves Saint Laurent was changing their name to Saint Laurent Paris under Hedi Slimane’s new creative vision. Seems like a bit of a weird choice, but I also like Hedi Slimane’s vibe, so I’m not sure what to make of the decision. There’s still a while until the change takes place, supposedly happening in Spring 2013 when Hedi’s first line hits stores. My biggest fear – What will happen to the beautiful YSL mark?
Last week, the Royal Institute of British Architects (that’s RIBA, the kind folks who own the architecture.com domain) announced the 2012 awards for excellence in architecture. To be eligible for the award, a nominated project must bear the fingerprints of a RIBA-member architect, and although these projects are all outside of Britain they are by RIBA members and are recognized as International award winners. The competition isn’t over for these buildings: the 12 projects have reached a kind of Star Search semifinals. Unlike the 59 Regional RIBA award winners that will go on to compete for the Stirling Prize, the 12 International award winners will now compete for the Lubetkin Prize. My picks are above and you can see all of them here.
Is it time to start a fantasy architecture league?
How cool would it be if your job was just to do time-lapse videos for a living? Well, the folks at T-RECS happen to do that very thing, specifically “HighRes Motion Control Timelaps Shots.” It sounds like it might be a fake job, but then you watch the video above and your mouth kinda’ drops open and you immediately hate them for having the coolest job on earth.
In the video you see several locations – Dante’s View, Death Valley, Yosemite and one shot in Plymouth, Indiana, to be specific. It’s incredible that they’re able to get such amazing shots. You can see in the top image how the stars just smear and streak, and it’s even better to see it in motion with the music playing along. The T-RECS crew are even rad enough to give a tutorial on how to make your own star trails in After Effects. Pretty legit.
Tim Navis is a Los Angeles based photographer who’s got a wonderful eye for the world. I can’t remember how I came across his work, but I was looking through my Flickr and realized I followed him. He’s able to capture such vibrancy in the world, all the incredible energy that’s out there. When you browse through his Flickr stream I swear he travels the world non-stop. He also takes some really stunning portraits, which you can view over on his site.
These are paintings by Vancouver/Berlin based artist Andrea Wan has many recurring themes in her work, but what stands out to me are the blocky fragments of architecture. Andrea studied illustration in Denmark, which seems to come across in her illustrations. The way she characterizes the houses and the color palettes she chooses are really wonderful to take in. You can read interviews with Andrea here here and here, where she talks about the differences between illustration and photography.