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Discover 20 Years of Tokyo’s Development Through the Lens of Peter M. Cook
British architectural photographer Peter M. Cook has documented the city of Tokyo and its evolution for more than twenty years. Following the development of the city and its buildings with a large-format camera, Cook’s first book of photographs have been published by Hatje Cantz Verlag with 100 shots. The monochromatic, large-format photographs reveal a story of one of the world’s most iconic cities.
Exploring the Architecture of Star Wars: In a Galaxy Far Away, Using the Tangible for Futuristic Visualizations
Perhaps the most varied Sci-fi movies in terms of architectural visualization is the Star Wars saga. On George Lucas’s fictional desert planet of Tatooine, a location lacking natural resources, the architecture presents itself as unrefined, modest and unornamented. Ghorfa’s were predominantly featured in the film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, from multiple locations in Southern Tunisia including the Ksar Hadada. Used as rooms to store grain, these simplistic earth forms have been transformed into high-density dwellings. Primitive forms in contrast with the high-tech.
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New life for nine of the over 3000 small, abandoned stone quarries in China
From economic exploitation to ecological reuse
In 2021, the Beijing architect Xu Tiantian and her firm DnA_Design and Architecture were awarded a commission to develop new utilization concepts for the old and today abandoned stone quarries in the northern part of Jinyun County in Zhejiang Province. Located in direct proximity to Songyang, where Xu Tiantian has already very successfully realized revitalization projects for the rural area, which have received close international attention, are over 3000 disused small stone quarries that, until recently, were still mined manually.
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Convair Astronautics by Julius Shulman
The crisis is real, and it’s supported by data. Monograph, a company that makes project management software for architects, surveyed 225 architects in 2021: 96.9% reported that they were experiencing some form of burnout.
Artist Carefully Chronicles Each of Her Stays at a Variety of Japanese Hotels
Hotel-lover and artist Kei Endo documents the different styles of accommodations she stays at in Japan through her ongoing series of watercolor layout illustrations.
From hand-drawing the blueprints of her hotel room (including measurements) to painting the view from the room window, no detail is spared in these meticulous entries. Endo spends an equal amount of time capturing the big picture of these places—like the architecture, size, and placement of objects—as she does highlighting the small, thoughtful details that are associated with hotel stays, like toiletry kits and coffee mugs. As a result, her illustrations are immersive portals to these many different places.
The project and my time in Montreal seems like a lifetime ago, its amazing to see the impact it had in the city.
The only thing I could mention is the database, that you probably already know: Soviet Modernism 1955-1991. Posting the answer in case others can contribute some recommendations!
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Congrats on all your achievements (and all those yet to come)!
Architecture in Animation: Exploring Hayao Miyazaki’s Fictional Worlds
Hayao Miyazaki, one of Japan’s greatest animated filmmakers, authors, manga artists, and co-founder of Studio Ghibli has since been inspiring an entire generation, narrating the evolution of Japanese society within animation, focusing on two primary themes: urbanism and nature.
The complexity of Miyazaki’s mind is reflected in his films, a medium he used to expose how insignificant and small we as humans are, compared to the encompassing magnitude of nature surrounding us.
“Miyazaki places his narratives in natural and architectural contexts characterized by impressive graphic richness, the complexity of textures, and scrupulous attention to the smallest detail. The studio bases its ideas on real things and environments, but with fantastic skin. Beams and pillars unite fantasy and reality, making the structural details very precise and of great artistic and sentimental value.” – Dani Cavallaro
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In this respect, we must reframe “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion” from quotas and obligatory contracts to creative advantage. With a greater volume of aspiring designers with varied lived experiences and vantage points, the profession at large stands to benefit exponentially. As prismatic cultures emerge as a new normal in the workplaces of tomorrow, Black design professionals will at once be more visible and have greater agency to shape the ecosystems in which they operate. To pursue a prismatic workplace is to address diversity from the demand side—we want you—versus the supply side—you are counted, but not valued.
This essay was adapted from The Black Experience in Design
The Black Experience in Design: Identity, Expression & Reflection by Anne H. Berry (Editor), Kareem Collie (Editor), Penina Acayo Laker (Editor), Lesley-Ann Noel (Editor),
Jennifer Rittner (Editor), Kelly Walters (Editor)
A special shoutout to all the Afro-Latinos out there celebrating Black History Month. Studies have shown that the racial ancestry mixture of the average Puerto Rican (regardless of racial self-identity) is about 64% European, 21% African, and 15% Native Taino, with European ancestry strongest on the west side of the island and West African ancestry strongest on the east side, and the levels of Taino ancestry (which, according to some research, ranges from about 5%-35%) generally highest in the southwest of the island.
Oscar Niemeyer’s “Favorite Project in Europe” Captured in Spectacular Photo Set by Karina Castro
As a trailblazer of Brazilian Modernism, Oscar Niemeyer is celebrated for his bold, sinuous forms, and his use of the “the liberated, sensual curve.” Paul Goldberger described it best when he wrote that “Niemeyer didn’t compromise modernism’s utopian ideals, but when filtered through his sensibility, the stern, unforgiving rigor of so much European modernism became as smooth as Brazilian jazz.”
When Georgio Mondadori, chairman of the Italian publishing house Mondadori, commissioned Niemeyer to design the company’s new headquarters in 1968, he wanted the building to look like the Itamaraty Palace (also known as Palace of the Arches) in Brasília. Niemeyer agreed, but given his playful spirit, he deliberately deviated from the earlier design and proceeded to build what he would later identify as his favorite of the projects he completed in Europe.
Read on to see a striking set of sixteen photographs of the Mondadori building by Milan-based photographer and visual artist Karina Castro, who was commissioned by Mondadori to capture their headquarters over 40 years after the building’s completion.
Surreal Places Surreal Places is a series of digitally altered photos made from images of some of my three dimensional sculptures and architectural models, set into real and/or altered landscapes.
Artist Builds Exquisite Miniature Buildings From a Single Sheet of Paper
Paper artists continue to find new ways to transform the two-dimensional medium into captivating creations. Danish artist and architect Peter Callesen uses ordinary sheets of white A4 paper to build miniature buildings and structures that look like replicas of the real thing.
“By taking away all the information and starting from scratch using the blank white A4 paper sheet for my creations, I feel I have found a material that we are all able to relate to, and at the same time, the A4 paper sheet is neutral and open to fill with a different meaning,” Callesen explains to My Modern Met. “The thin white paper and the small scale of the paper gives the paper sculptures a frailty that underlines the tragic and romantic theme of my works.”
18-Year-Old‘s Stunning Time Slice Photo Captures the Changing Sky in One Brilliant Image