Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Kerry Skarbakka: Suspended in time

Kerry Skarbakka photographs himself falling from trees, jumping off bridges and in the midst of fires – all in the name of art. Inspired by the helplessness he felt after the 9/11 attacks, Kerry's work captures him frozen in a moment of peril.
Skarbakka exposes the potential hostility of the built environment: every corner, slippery surface, step, bridge, or window is an opportunity for the body to be launched dramatically into the void.

Sisters Of The Martial Arts

"Amazing video of nuns doing martial arts. Love the slow motion sequences! The death by cross action at the end pretty much sums it up"

found here
The guy who started Zenvironments - Zack Johnsen has also created Tank Theory (t-shirt company) and one pretty cool commercial

Monday, 21 December 2009

Manufactured Landscapes

A great film by Jennifer Baichwal about the photographer Edward Burtynsky.
Beautiful photography of surreal (but very real) landscapes, ship breaking (the recycling of massive cargo ships), where recycled computers 'e-waste' goes and the Three Gorges Dam which caused a wobble in the earths orbit.

The Temperley Zoetrope

Temperley London Circus Zoetrope from LEGS on Vimeo.

Showcasing the Temperley London's Spring 2010 collection.

Not the usual zoetrope we're used to seeing, but still interesting!

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

The Invisible Man

The man literally just paints himself, there wasn't any photoshop or editing.

Architects never give up!

"Hi. Im Doug Patt and this is how to architect. Today Id like to talk about never giving up. Winston Churchill once said never give in, never, never, never, never in nothing, great or small, large or petty never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense....."

Be a good architect!


eye candy - drawings by architects

drawing by lebbeus woods

drawing by steven holl

please have a look at this site. there are a lot of drawings by architects.

LINK by archinect

Drawings by Beka Goedde

Mixed media on panels by Beka Goedde

found at http://butdoesitfloat.com, thank you!

Cracking the Planet by BLDGBLOG

  Please have a look at the BLDGBLOG website for this post about maps and mapping. Thank you BLDGBLOG!


Cracking the Planet

[Image: By Jack van Wijk, Eindhoven University of Technology].

My brother pointed out this series of maps over at New Scientist. Combining a Buckminster Fuller-like interest in the most efficient way to map a sphere in two dimensions with a deployment of new algorithms, the maps show alternative ways of representing the earth's surface.

[Images: By Jack van Wijk, Eindhoven University of Technology].

"Making truly accurate maps of the world is difficult," New Scientist points out, "because it is mathematically impossible to flatten a sphere's surface without distorting or cracking it. The new technique developed by computer scientist Jack van Wijk at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands uses algorithms to 'unfold' and cut into the Earth's surface in a way that minimises distortion, and keeps the distracting effect of cutting into the map to a minimum."

[Image: The world as a near-continuous coastline around one global ocean. By Jack van Wijk, Eindhoven University of Technology].

In van Wijk's own abstract, published by The Cartographic Journal, we read that these "myriahedral projections," as they're called, "are a new class of methods for mapping the earth":
    The globe is projected on a myriahedron, a polyhedron with a very large number of faces. Next, this polyhedron is cut open and unfolded. The resulting maps have a large number of interrupts, but are (almost) conformal and conserve areas. A general approach is presented to decide where to cut the globe, followed by three different types of solution. These follow from the use of meshes based on the standard graticule, the use of recursively subdivided polyhedra and meshes derived from the geography of the earth.
It would be amazing to see what effect this technique might have on a much smaller scale—if, for instance, you could run one of these cuts through a populated area like London, say, and watch as parts of the city fractal off to opposite sides of the planet, the city's roads opened up into algorithmic fissures.

Bugdome in Shenzhen, 2009

The building is realized on a wasteland of a ruined building site in-between the Shenzhen City Hall and an illegal workers camp. The design is inspired by insects. The bamboo construction methods are based on local knowledge from rural Guanxi brought into the city by the migrating construction workers.

The space is used during the SZHK Biennale for underground bands, poetry reading, discussions, karaoke and as a lounge for the illegal workers from the neighboring camp. The building offers a shade, a stage and a fireplace. After the Biennale the Bug Dome will act as an un-official social club for illegal workers from the Chinese countryside.

The building is weak, flexible and improvised to meet the site-specific conditions. It is growing from a ruin. The architectural control has been given up in order to let the nature step in. The weak architecture is a mediator between the human nature and nature. The construction is a result of participatory planning between the designers, construction workers and local knowledge.

The cocoon is a weak retreat for the modern man to escape from the strength of the exploding urbanism in the heart of Shenzhen. It is a shelter to protect the industrial insects from the elements of un-nature.

When the fire is up a society is born again. One has to take the liberty to travel a thousand years back in order to realize that the things are the same.

Let everything that has been planned come true.
Let them believe. And let them have a laugh at their passions. Because what they call passion actually is not some emotional energy but just a friction between their souls and the outside world.
And most important: let them believe in themselves. Let them be helpless like children, because: weakness is a great thing and strength is nothing.
- “Stalker”, Andrei Tarkovsky

Hsieh Ying-chun 謝英俊
Marco Casagrande 馬可·卡薩格蘭
Roan Ching-yueh 阮慶岳

Construction Work:
Chen, Jiang Zhou, Leo Cheng, Marco Casagrande, Nikita Wu, Shao Lei, Wei Jia-kuan, Wei Jing-Ke
Design Assistant:
Frank Chen
Local Knowledge:
Wei Jia-kuan
Wei Jing-Ke

Location: Shenzhen, China
Site: 3000 m2 waste land, ruined building site
Building footprint: 120 m2
Materials: bamboo, wood, gravel, recycled concrete
Completed: 2009

Monday, 14 December 2009

Serrated images

Serratedimage.com - Information

All the images on this website have been taken by Angus Leadley Brown. I use a Seitz Roundshot Panoramic camera adapted to operate as a synchroballistic camera. The camera uses medium format film producing stunning detail even in fast moving subjects. Synchroballistic photography (also known as a strip or streak photography) is a technique used to photograph fast moving subjects by moving the film during the exposure past a narrow slit. The image projected on the film does not reveal the subject completely at any instant like a normal camera, but instead progressively as an analogue sequence over time. The resulting images are temporal, showing a period of time at a point in space. Images on this site are available to purchase in limited editions as archival ink-jet prints. Please get in touch below for more information: angus@serratedimage.com
address: Studio 11, Deborah House, Retreat Place, London, E9 6RJ

LINK to serratedimages

Sorry I’m Late from Tomas Mankovsky

Sorry I'm Late from Tomas Mankovsky on Vimeo.

Sorry I’m Late from Tomas Mankovsky

Remote controlled walking ladder....

Remote Controlled Walking Ladder from Niklas Roy on Vimeo.

This is a Remote Controlled Walking Ladder made by Niklas Roy.
from today and tomorrow...

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Bread shoes

Made from real bread!

Hometta’s Gingerbread House

"This year, Hometta’s celebrating by offering all their friends and members free downloadable plans for the hippest gingerbread house on the block. This DIY house is a small-scale version of the Draft House by Hometta’s own, award-winning HouMinn Practice.

Free plans and detailed instructions on how to build your very own modern gingerbread house are available here.

To learn more about Hometta, click here."

Thursday, 10 December 2009

GUARDIAN: Disappearing acts: Making a riddle

Disappearing acts: Making a riddle

In his Peak District workshops in Derbyshire, Mike Turnock is the last man in Britain still producing handmade wooden sieves and riddles, as his father did before him. Pictures by Christopher Thomond

Link to Guardian site
Link to film