Victor Lundy was a 21-year-old architecture student when he enrolled in the military in WWII. But instead of giving up on his creative side, the soldier decided to document events on the battlefield that he was present in, in a series of sketchbooks. In these sketchbooks, he recorded everything from fallen soldiers, air raids, and beach landing crafts, to more relaxed scenarios such as soldiers resting or playing games.
Artist, graphic designer and illustrator Sunga Park has been travelling the world. Where most of us put our feet up and relax she has been creating soothing watercolour paintings of architecture that she admires during her stay in each location.
Tom Gates, Oxford
View the rest of her journey here
Meet Fabio Sasso, a Brazilian product designer based in Oakland, California currently working for Google as a Staff Designer. He is also the founder of Abduzeedo, an award-winning digital publication about design and a personal project that has become the source of inspiration for millions of designers and enthusiasts. Fabio recently challenged himself to take a photo a day for a year.
On the project, titled A Study in Architecture Photography, Fabio states: “Still I am more like a beginner/enthusiast than a photographer, but one of the things that I learned is that I love to take photos of buildings and architecture in general. There’s something about the contrast of man-made structures with nature and sky that creates an eerie feeling.”
See a selection of the striking photos below
AirPano is a not-for-profit project created by a team of Russian photo enthusiasts focused on taking high-resolution aerial panoramic photographs. Being the largest resource for 360° aerial panoramas in the world – by geographical coverage, number of aerial photographs, and artistic and technical quality of the images, AirPano has already photographed over two hundred most interesting locations on our planet, including North Pole, Antarctica, Mariana Trench, and even the Earth’s view from the stratosphere. The team consists of 12 members, nine photographers and three tech specialists, who use planes, helicopters and drones to shoot from high above. The company started back in 2006.
Books have evolved consistently over time. First, it was your standard paperback, then we had pop-up books, and more recently, the shift to e-books and tablet reading.
That shift is understandable given the digitisation of society. It’s an innovation that we all saw coming, but interactive books the size of humans – that’s a whole other story.
But, that story has now come to life courtesy of London-based Mobile Studio Architects.
The architect studio recently collaborated with students at a US summer camp to create some truly magical oversized flip-books that depict fictional forest tales.
The oversized books are electromechanical display devices, which are electronic devices that visualise alphanumerical text and fixed graphics. These particular books use split-flip display technology that is utilised in airports and train stations to show departure times.
Each installation contains a total of 50 drawings which were designed by the students themselves. “With more than 500 still images traced and colours painstakingly applied by hand, the campers brought to life five animations of avian behaviour inspired by the incredible forest setting,” Mobile Studio Architects said.
With several of the interactive machines hidden throughout the forest, users are encouraged to explore their surroundings through prompted stimuli. It’s kind of like Dora the Explorer on steroids, without swiper swiping everything.
The pages of the books are protected within rectangular metal frames and are fitted with rotating mechanisms powered by handles on the side.
While all of this is cool, it quite literally pales in comparison to perhaps the most awesome aspect of this design. All frames are constructed with built-in LED lights, which means the giant flipbooks can be used at night.
Canadian artist Guy Laramée transforms thick stacks of vintage books into beautiful models of snow-capped mountains and valleys, depicting the “erosion of culture”. A recurring theme in all his works is how our modern society is replacing print in favor of digital systems.
Each sculpture in his latest series, titled Desert of Unknowing, is created from sandblasted mounds of paper that form the foundations of the earth. The works are masterfully carved and hand-painted to realistically resemble imaginary mountainous regions covered in snow.
Laramée’s previous works include his transformation of old encyclopedias and dictionaries into breathtaking models of stunning green landscapes and ancient ruins.
Take a look at some of his works in this series below and view his portfolio here.
Move over, High Line. New York City authorities have approved the plans to transform an abandoned trolley tunnel into the world’s first underground park: The Lowline.
The subterranean park will be built on a former trolley turnaround point, which has been disused since 1948. It will feature sunken areas flooded with natural light and decorated with a botanical garden composed of mosses, ferns, and bromeliads.
A public space found deep beneath the ground might seem ambitious, but a prototype has already proven the concept works. Just two blocks away in a warehouse, Lowline co-founder and executive director Dan Barasch and his team were able to grow out-of-season plants (such as strawberries in March) under a solar canopy.
The project, though, still has many ways to go. It will need to raise $10 million, host site tours, and present schematics for further approval. The organisers will also have to reach out to the community, which has its share of critics who believe the Lowline will be a detriment to privacy and local businesses.
Alicia Glen, the deputy mayor for housing and economic development, is optimistic they’ll meet all these challenges. With over 70,000 visitors flocking to the prototype site since October 2015 – and with the plants still alive – she’s confident the Lowline will serve as inspiration for other urban projects in the future.
“We’re open for business for other crazy ideas,” she said.
Via City Lab
Relevant but striking for the space it inhabits, Thomas Chapman is the architect behind the African School of excellence. What we found inspiring was how the building inspires a collective spirit of participation among community members. Chapman has master degree’s in both architecture and urban design. In 2012 he found and is the principal architect for Local studio, which focuses on innovating public spaces and finding alternative methods for construction. Although it’s still a start-up, his company has won the Saint Gobain Architecture for Social Gain award as well as a Gauteng Institute for Architecture Merit Award. We think he’s work is inspirational, see more Here
With hundreds of yards of wire mesh artist Edoardo Tresoldi has built an interpretation of an early Christian church that once stood in its place at the current Archaeological Park of Siponto, Italy. Built with the assistance of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and the Archaeology Superintendence of Puglia, the installation connects ancient archaeology with contemporary art. The sculpture stands on the former church’s site with a ghostly presence, looking almost like a hologram illuminated in the park. Despite its sheer appearance the installation contains detailed architetural elements including tiered columns, domes, and statues that stand within the structure.
You can see more of Tresoldi’s work on his Facebook and Behance. (via Designboom)
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