Archive for the ‘architecture’ tag

#  The Benefits of Slums →

March 9th, 2009 at 19:03 // In Worth Considering 

While they obviously have their nontrivial problems, unplanned urban development has some characteristic that unlikely people are praising:

Prince Charles of [Wales], who founded an organization called the Foundation for the Built Environment, praised Dharavi (which he visited in 2003) for its “underlying, intuitive ‘grammar of design’ ” and “the timeless quality and resilience of vernacular settlements.” He predicted that “in a few years’ time such communities will be perceived as best equipped to face the challenges that confront us because they have built-in resilience and genuinely durable ways of living.”

#  How To Build an Igloo →

December 3rd, 2008 at 20:13 // In Worth Seeing 

Like Mr. Kottke, I had no idea that it involved a spiral. Also, school films from the 1940s and ’50s are a style that I may never tire of. And: the book that caused someone to dig out the video.

#  Tiny Houses →

September 3rd, 2008 at 11:57 // In Worth Seeing 

There are no doubt hundreds of posts like this one floating around the internet, chronicalling all the small houses one can find within a few Google searchs. None the less, I really liked browsing through this one.

(via MeFi)

#  Awesome Bridges →

August 27th, 2008 at 21:29 // In Worth Seeing 

This bridges are literally awesome. If you don’t take a look, you’re really missing out.

(via Neatorama)

#  Man’s Highest and Lowest

August 21st, 2008 at 22:06 // In Worth Seeing 

Sometimes the serendipity of my feedreader is just shocking. On the same day I saw picture of both the highest and lowest man-made objects. They are:

UPDATE (8/25/08): Or perhaps this is actually the lowest man-made object. (via Neatorama) I have mixed feelings about a hole that can’t be seen from above ground being meaninfully considered a hole.

#  Architecture and Place

August 11th, 2008 at 18:16 // In Worth Seeing 

Two stunning examples of great design that perfectly fits its beautiful setting.

#  NYC Rooftops →

August 6th, 2008 at 20:06 // In Worth Distraction 

Like most commenters on the series, I feel like these pictures of well-maintained rooftop decks straddle the like between creepy and healthy voyeurism.

(via kottke)

#  Mini Shanghai →

August 5th, 2008 at 21:56 // In Worth Seeing 

Some stunning architectural models. Neatorama explains:

On the third floor of the Shanghai Urban Planning Museum, there is what probably is the world’s largest scale model of a city. The room-sized model of central Shanghai in 2020, as envisioned by the urban planners, fills an area larger than 100 square meters (1,000 square feet).

#  Beijing’s Architecture →

July 15th, 2008 at 11:34 // In Worth Seeing 

Attached to a story on the topic, the New York Times has an illustrated and annotated map of the boldest new buildings in Beijing. I’d seen or heard nothing of the interesting new egg-like National Theater.

(via CP)

#  Town Underground →

June 30th, 2008 at 20:47 // In Worth Seeing 

Coober Pedy, South Australia is a cool place. (SWIDT?)

(via Coudal)