April 10th

2:36PM // 1 note // Bizarre War Memorials: Spaceships for the Dead

I found the article below on the Spiegel website (I’ve translated the article title into the subject line of this post). The article is in German, and shows a series of 22 photos of various war memorials commissioned by the dictator Tito and built across the countries of the former Yugoslavia from the 60s well into the 80s. Most are memorials of battles with the Germans in World War II.

The first photo that shows up when you open the link below refers to a monument named the “Flying Eye,” (above). Other memorable names concocted by the article for other memorials are the “Stony Flower” and the “Steely Crystal.” I admit my translations of these names is a bit too literal and likely wouldn’t agree with how they would be rendered in Proper English (whatever that is), but I feel it more accurately captures the spirit of the name in the original German.

Nearly all of these monuments are made from cast-in-place concrete in what has since been termed the “Brutalist” style, where the concrete is simply exposed as the primary finish material. Back then, this was the only practical (and cheap) way to build buildings or monuments with irregular forms.

I think simply terming these Memorials “Brutalist” and moving on does them a great disservice. Every one of these monuments, even the ruined ones, is aesthetically, conceptually, and technically exceptional. I’ve never come across such exceptional architecture anywhere else behind the Iron Curtain, even in East Germany (the Gewandhaus in Leipzig comes close, but it’s a concert hall not a memorial). The monuments still standing show surprisingly few signs of wear or failure, something rarely seen from anything made of concrete older than 20 years – a further testament to their designers and builders.

If you have time, give ‘em a look. I’d be happy to do an amateur-ish translation of the article.

http://einestages.spiegel.de/external/ShowTopicAlbumBackground/a22829/l0/l0/F.html 

February 2nd

8:07AM // 653 notes

dezeen:

Haus E17 in Metzingen by (se)arch

Photography by Zooey Braun

8:05AM // 492 notes

ifnis:

Bloomberg Pavilion Project by Akihisa Hirata

The exuberant Bloomberg Pavilion designed by Akihisa Hirata is located on the museum entry parterre to become its exciting new symbol. Curators plan to use the pavilion not only as an exhibition space but also for events and performances by young artists working in the Japanese capital. Hirata said that he tried to create a pavilion that resembled a tree, using the same logic. For the Japanese architect, trees are highly symbolic forms because they create shade and can offer ideal shelter and resting places for all of mankind, a function that repeats itself in every corner of the planet.

(via vwu)

7:56AM // 191 notes

7:50AM // 808 notes

unknownskywalker:

Solid wood bookshelves by Lundia

I may need this bookshelf in the future.

7:47AM // 43,989 notes

Minimalism to the max

(Source: a-rchiterior)

7:47AM // 2,202 notes

Dining deluxe

(via apaperaeroplane)

7:46AM // 1,666 notes

August 27th

1:51PM // 20 notes

Experiments with Agent pathtracing in Processing. The starting points of each Agent/Boid are randomized each time, and they move out of the window with no specific destination in mind. Because their starting points and destinations are not specifically defined, a different result is produced each time the script is run. 

Next, I am trying to add a function that uses the Agents as the centroids of a Voronoi diagram generated continuously by their location. We’ll see where that leads.

For this version, I borrowed Daniel Shiffman’s flocking algorithm, and the “Simulate Particles” sketch from “Form + Code” (ISBN #9781568989372) by Casey Reas et al. for the path tracing algorithm.

July 7th

10:14PM // 2 notes

Another video from my cousin Andrew’s band, Shake the Baron. Did I mention they are a band? And he’s kinda crazy? You got to be crazy in Brooklyn, man.