what a brilliant damn idea.
Monthly Archives: August 2008
if corbusier [edit: now having taken an actual class on modernist era architects like corb, I’m not so sure about this comparison] had ever designed an aquatic center, it might have looked something like this. where the water cube is a splashy (hurr), in-your-face brandishing of technological might and capital, Pritzker-awarded architecht Jean Nouvel’s Les Bains des Docks is a waterfront redevelopment project that is highly luxurious, but refined and almost delicate. I especially like the directional signage incorporated into the tile walls.
got a huge kick out of this sentance:
“As the police gathered the mounds of bikes, they also found cocaine, crack cocaine, about 15 pounds of marijuana and a stolen bronze sculpture of a centaur and a snake in battle.”
the rest of the article is pretty good too, kind of a 101 dalmations kinda thing except with bicycles.
david byrne seems to be having a pretty excellent year—“playing the building” was well-recieved, and is still open until the 24th of this month, and now, through a serindipitous series of events, he designed a number of metal sculptures that double as, “accidentally very useful” art: bike racks.
(image from flickr)
self-deception for the digital age, I guess the impulses have always been there but this is taking it to a level that I find kind of disquieting.
it was probably 2 or 3 in the morning when I first stumbled across the wikipedia article on the french wirewalker phillipe petit, whose fame was crystallized in 1974 when he strung a wire between the two towers of the world trade center and spent upwards of 45 minutes walking, laying, bouncing, and dancing between them. his story worked perfectly as the introduction to a havc paper I was writing, and is now the subject of a fantastic documentary by james marsh, man on wire. petit is a mesmerizing individual, who speaks in a gallic-tinted kind of freeprose, and is able to describe his life as “a fairy-tale” with no hint of affect or saccarine hyperbole. I can’t say enough good things about the film, I reccomend it with no reservations what-so-ever.
another eccentric figure who excels in captivating speech is werner herzog (“It was not a significant bullet. I am not afraid.”) and also happens to be old friends with petit. they’re both interviewed in the newest issue of esquire, which is linked below.
Fascinating article on a couple in Rhode Island who responded to a megamall (or “Lifestyle Center”) built in their (former) neighborhood by creating a guerilla apartment within it and living there regularly and for long periods of time over a span of four years. I love the fact that they took the motivating factors behind such developments—striving to achieve “a condition of perfect climate control, where it’s clean and orderly and you are not forced in any way to confront reality”—and subverted them by attempting to achieve such desires completely.