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Opensourcing
architecture / art / design

Opensourcing

If the 19th century Industrial Revolution is about inventing new technologies, the 21st century is the digital and informative age, then the future of our society is shifting towards collectively sharing our resources. We have come to realize that we build, make, and consume way too many things for our needs. Does each family have … Continue reading

Bookmark #15
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Bookmark #15

Farewell to one of the most influential voices in contemporary architecture, Zaha Hadid. Relive her legacy through this documentary. Monocle’s conversations with architects about competition in the profession. An interesting article on Curbed about the advance of pop-up architecture, going back to Ancient Rome. Gillis Lundgren – the man who popularized IKEA’s flat-pack design – … Continue reading

A Handshake
architecture / design / history

A Handshake

“To know the door handle is to know mankind” – Noam Chomsky “The door handle is the handshake to the building” – Juhani Pallasmaa Door handle is a device attached to a door – separating two spaces – to provide security as well as accessibility. Prior to its invention, people used to live, eat, sleep, bathe and dispose in one big room. Later on, woven hangings … Continue reading

Anamorphosis
art / design / history

Anamorphosis

You might have driven past the arrow sign on the road thousand of times without knowing that the principle behind its graphic was once used by Renaissance men like Leonardo Da Vinci, Donatello etc. The term is anamorphosis – a distorted projection or perspective requiring the viewer to use special devices or occupy a specific vantage point to reconstitute the image. … Continue reading

Bookmark #13
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Bookmark #13

1. Form follows Carpark Figure 1-2 : Nightingale ethical apartment development (top); Vision Building by Brady Group (below) It sounds rather unglamorous but it is the truth, more so for two recently stories regarding the Nightingale project and the Vision tower in Melbourne. The former is an ethical apartment development continuing the success of The Common Apartment by Breathe … Continue reading

Bookmark #12
architecture / bookmark

Bookmark #12

1. Inside North Korea with Oliver Wainwright: Figure 1&2 (left to right): Mansudae Great Monument 1972; Pyongyang Ice Rink 1981 Figure 3&4 (left to right): Ryogyong Hotel 1987-present ; May Day Stadium 1989 In no other country where tourism thrives on the inclusivity, obscurity and heavily-regulated procedure like in North Korea. Koryo Tours has been operating tours, for … Continue reading