Chemistry conspires against us. We get older and our skin changes, sagging away from places it used to diligently cling to. Our hair changes, turning grey, completely disappearing, or just migrating from the top of heads down our backs. And our bones change, becoming less dense and more fragile. It turns out that chemistry also conspires against bridges; specifically, the Sixth Street Viaduct in Downtown Los Angeles. More than just chipping paint and rusting steel, the concrete used to build the bridge way back in 1932 had an unusually high alkali content. So for the past 80 years, an alkali-silica reaction has been deteriorating the bridge from the inside out. This makes the bridge especially susceptible to failure durring earthquakes so the city has decided to host a competition to replace the bridge. The three renderings above are from the finalists.
According to this World Architecture post, public reception of the three finalists was tepid: “the designs failed to capture the community’s imagination with its leaders describing all three schemes as turning their backs on the neighborhood.” Without being overly critical of the schematic designs, I feel like these bridges are spanning the murky territory from flamboyant to banal. Each design seems to start with an idea about the overall form rather than starting with an idea about how to best implement a structural system at this site. And as a result, each bridge looks like it has extraneous elements. Any bridge is better than a pile of rubble in the river, when the neighborhood residents aren’t excited about any of the designs, the pile of rubble seems inevitable.
Meggan Gould is a New Mexico based photographer where she works as an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of New Mexico. Her work is mostly centered around still life photography, capturing the intimate moments of details of life. She has a beautiful series of images simply titled Workspaces which caught my eye has a browsed through them.
I think the success of this series is that she was able to capture such a wide variety of spaces, retaining the essence of what they are in each photo. The green house is all filled up with plants, the spinning wheel is surrounded by clumps of wool and the painter is surrounded by, well, all sorts of inspiring things to paint. Meggan’s ability to focus in the complexity or simplicity highlights not only the work being done, but the personality of the person making the work. Without even seeing the artisans behind these projects we get a sense of who these people might be.
It doesn’t take much to make music nowadays. A couple of rainy days, a midi sequencer, and your choice of uppers and downers can be all it takes. To some extent, that seems to be the recipe for UK duo Bondax. George Townsend and Adam Kaye, two 17 (or maybe now 18) year olds from Lancaster, England, they have been dropping house singles for the past year or so. This track, All Inside, seems to be equal parts trip-hop, R&B, and chilled out neo-soul. More ambiance than dance, this music is for the romantic jilted generation.
The LA Shorts Fest took place earlier this month and it saw a number of wonderfully talented folk pick up awards in a variety of categories. One such winner was director Bob Harlow who picked up first place in the Music Video category with his promo for Rudimental‘s ‘Feel the Love’.
Filmed on the streets of downtown Philadelphia, the video takes a look at the lives of members of the Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club – a youth group that has been running in the community for over 100 years. It sounds like a wonderful (and much needed) initiative and Harlow’s video gives a great insight into the lives of its members and the things they get up to. It’s pretty incredible to see horses riding through the streets of downtown Philadelphia. Congratulations to Bob Harlow on his award, the video is fantastic!
Earlier this morning NPR started streaming the brand new album from Flying Lotus, Until The Quiet Comes. I’m only 10 minutes in by DAMN, this is a solid record. I’m sure a lot of you will love this record that I am. Filled with great beats, atmospheric melodies and a creativity dirge of sounds that are pretty inexplicable. That sentence really meant nothing, but that’s how music writers write, right? Give it a listen below and let me know what you think on Twitter of Facebook.