Posts tagged with architecture

Nel Libano

Nel Libano

Nel Libano. Domus 429, August 1965

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Whilst Peeling an Orange

Whilst Peeling an Orange

BibliOdyssey throws a lovely curveball.

Many people say my design was inspired by the sailing yachts in the harbour or by seashells. This is not the case. It is like an orange, you peel an orange and you get these segments, these similar shapes. It was like this in my models. It was not that I thought it should be like sails in the harbour. It just so happened that the white sails were similar.

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As If Awhirl

As If Awhirl

Gruppo Sacripanti Nonis Decina Perucchini. April, 1969.

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Continuous City for 1,000,000,000 Human Beings

Continuous City for 1,000,000,000 Human Beings

Alan Boutwell & Michael Mitchell. Domus 470, Jan, 1969.

From the excellent RNDRD, a treasure trove of drawings, models, and architectural ephemera of unbuilt buildings of the 20th century.

Self Correcting Labyrinths and Virtual Journeys

Self Correcting Labyrinths and Virtual Journeys

Been awhile since BLDGBLOG showed up here, and this has been on my mind for the last month or so.

McElhinney went on to build his own full-scale “switching labyrinth” near London’s Euston Station. Participants in this experiment “animated” McElhinney’s switching labyrinth by way of “a stepper motor and slide mechanism” that, together, were “able to periodically shift, ‘switching’ openings to offer alternative entrance and exit paths.”

After watching all this unfold, McElhinney suggested that further research along these lines could help to reveal architectural moments at which there is an “emergence of labyrinthine, or familiar, spatialities within an unknown or changing maze framework.”

The labyrinthine caverns of Zork and the non-visual structure of Infocom games are mentioned, and I would love to see a visualization comparing human traversals of real-world maze-like spaces and navigations of those same spaces using virtual interfaces– both text-based and those rendered with state of the art first-person-shooter engines.

( via bldgblog)

What, no cover of Who’s Next?

Design for Issac Newton’s Cenotaph

Design for Issac Newton’s Cenotaph

Étienne-Louis Boulée, 1784.

Konrad Wachsmann

Konrad Wachsmann

Konrad Wachsmann, Untitled (detail), 1963
Lithograph

In 1945 Wachsmann developed a mobile aircraft hangar for the Atlas Air Corporation (the design of this lithograph is most likely based on this structure), and he then worked with Walter Gropius in Boston, developing the prefabricated “Packaged House System”.

We believe this lithograph to be the only print he produced.

It seems like there’s a great story here.

This is like something from Ari’s blog. “2D Lithograph Manifold of a Space Truss.”

(the diff being Ari’s version would generate all possible lithos, not one.)

House for Euclid

House for Euclid

Such drawings (and many he has made are in this category) cannot be directly translated into buildings, nor, I imagine, are they intended to. They are not prescriptive and illustrative of some next step, but formulations of principles, grammar, methods of thinking and working. They have much to teach in an explicit way, as I think they have taught architects like Ando, but are impossible to imitate. They have the best kind of influence in that they challenge other architects to find their own integrity, while at the same time showing that this can be achieved in architectural terms.

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Decaying Futures: Biosphere 2

Decaying Futures: Biosphere 2

Noah Sheldon’s photographs of Biosphere 2.

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The Circular Temple

The Circular Temple

The circular temple according to Vitruvius, from Ten Books on Architecture.

Untitled Image

Designed by Rene Paul Chambellan, these gates led to the private offices of Irwin S. Chanin.

Wikipedia says “Chambellan studied at the École des Beaux-Arts and the Academie Julian in Paris and with Solon Borglum in New York City. Chambellan specialized in architectural sculpture. He was also one of the foremost practitioners of what was then called the French Modern Style and has subsequently been labeled Zig-Zag Moderne, or Art Deco.”

He also designed the Caldecott and Newbery medals. My question is are all these brass gears and lightning bolts Art Deco motifs, or was this guy just way ahead of the curve on the Clockwork Gothic/Steampunk Moderne tip?

Second Ruins of the Gilded Age

Second Ruins of the Gilded Age

Edgar Martins captured images of the real estate bust for the New York Times Magazine.

whoops, it looks like edgar martins has been wielding the photochops.

[this is rad]

Comfort Here Is Based on Convertibility

Comfort Here Is Based on Convertibility

Pullman Car, “Two Bedroom” Master Configuration, from Giedion, Mechanization Takes Command (1948).

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Genetic Stair

Genetic Stair

Genetic Stair was designed, fabricated, and installed by Caliper Studio.

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Towards a Hermeneutics of Quantum Architecture

Towards a Hermeneutics of Quantum Architecture

Under construction architecture studio. Its like architects are setting themselves up for their own Sokal Affair. Also, beautiful concrete work. Not.

Thrilling Wonder Stories

Thrilling Wonder Stories

If you’re in London this Friday, be sure to check out Thrilling Wonder Stories: Speculative Futures For An Alternate Present. A free symposium exploring the intersections of science fiction and architectural design.

In this symposium we will hear stories from such foreign fields as gaming, film, comics, animation, literature and art. These speculative practitioners present alternative models as test sites for the deployment of the wondrous possibilities or dark cautionary tales of our own architectural imaginings. And so we wander off the map to embark on a future safari into the brave new worlds that may evolve from our own. The symposium will be a collection of presentations, interviews and group discussions chair by Geoff Manaugh.

The event page mentions that it will be streamed online, but I’m not sure if that is going to be live or uploaded after the fact. I’ll update this post when I find out.