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Footballing Women

August 23, 2009

Images from the first annual National Soccer Championship for Women of Rural Organizations.

[via Lost at E Minor]

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Cardboard duvet

June 10, 2009

Printed sheets that look like cardboard. A portion of the proceeds from this project will go to a homeless foundation in the Netherlands.

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George

May 31, 2009

We stumbled on this George Nelson-designed Omni System at an antique mall in Seattle. The Omni System a precursor to the better known, Herman Miller produced, CSS System. The system was produced by Aluminum Extrusions.

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Gas Works Park

Something astounding about an old gas company being used as a park:

This 20 acre point on Lake Union was cleared in 1906 to construct a plant to manufacture gas from coal – later converted to crude oil. Import of natural gas in the 1950′s made the plant obsolete. The city acquired the site for a park in 1962. The park was opened to the public in 1975. The boiler house has been converted to a picnic shelter with tables, fire grills and an open area. The former exhauster-compressor building, now a children’s play barn, features a maze of brightly painted machinery.

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Stressful Cities

May 26, 2009

Biomapping is a community project that lets people “map” the stress levels of different parts of big cities. From the site:

…participants are wired up with an innovative device which records the wearer’s Galvanic Skin Response (GSR), which is a simple indicator of the emotional arousal in conjunction with their geographical location. People re-eplore their local area by walking the neighbourhood with the device and on their return a map is created which visualises points of high and low arousal. By interpreting and annotating this data, communal emotion maps are constructed that are packed full of personal observations which show the areas that people feel strongly about and truly visualise the social space of a community.

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Architect’s Fish & Chips

May 4, 2009

What! Posh Nosh. BBC circa 2003. Eight 9-minute episodes. Hilarious.

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Derelique

April 29, 2009

What’s so seductive about the aesthetic of the slum? Buildings in decay? Imbricated scrap multiplied into a shantiopolis? Ad hoc structures? Forms of life dictated by basic subsistence needs?

These conditions have proven to be great fodder for recent visual culture — Camilo José Vergara’s American Ruins, Michael Wolf’s Bastard Chairs, Rem Koolhaas‘ infatuation with the “culture of congestion” of Lagos, Cyril Duval’s design for Bernhard Willhelm’s Tokyo boutique based on the dwellings of the city’s homeless, or Mike Meire’s Global Street Food project are just a few examples. Some of these projects simply document phenomena, presenting them without apparent judgement, while others actively promote an aesthetic of poverty — which has sparked some debate.

A romanticization of the ruined and the impoverished can be traced back through the arts to at least the, well, the Romanic period (the paintings of Hubert Robert or the celebration of the bohemian, for example). Perhaps the global economic situation has made it a choice time to examine social, physical and aesthetic typologies of urban decay, slums and the poor.


Hubert Robert, Vue Imaginaire de la Grande Galerie en Ruines (1796)


Michael Wolf, Bastard Chair #5


Mike Meiré, Global Street Food (2009)

There’s a thoughtful post on this topic at Momus’ blog — which points to an ongoing exhibition of photos of ad hoc shelters by Peter Bialobrzeski and Oliver Boberg.


Peter Bialobrzeski, Slum 29


Peter Bialobrzeski, Slum 32

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@On_Kawara

April 24, 2009

Not sure if this is the man himself, but I like how Twitter has been employed to fit a conceptual model that On Kawara has drawn upon before (e.g., his postcard series – a few samples pictured below). Every morning at 9:56 (or sometimes 9:57) his feed is updated with the same comment: I AM STILL ALIVE.

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Daichi

April 22, 2009

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Eero & Aline

March 2, 2009

The Smithsonian has collected some great correspondences from the pre-email era, including this illustrated note from Eero Saarinen to his wife, NY Times art critic Aline Bernstein. The juxtaposition of heart + architectural sketch is pretty endearing:

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