Face of suburbia

May 7, 2008

I often feel a connection between architecture and portraiture when mingling in the built environment.

And further, in the making of a picture one tends unconsciously to portraitize any old object, i.e. to subtly anthropomorph one’s choice of composition.

These new ads for O2 take the two tendencies to a literal extreme.

[pix by imagineering]

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Oddly compelling crapotecture

May 7, 2008

Somewhere along the line the ground floor of this building derailed, and an odd adaptation of bricking over and reinserting windows took hold. The results make this standard English-brick crapotecture almost interesting.

[pix by imagineering]


Welkom in de trein

April 28, 2008

The Netherlands is known for its rich art and design culture, and it should come as no surprise that trains are considered decorative spaces. A sampling of train art from journeys in Holland.

[pix by imagineering]


Murakami vader pounds a brew

April 23, 2008

Remix of poster ads for Star Wars, Murakami and beer. Love it when user generated crosses over into physical, public space. From the NYC subway.

Pictures and title from Andiamnotlying.


Neighbors coordinate exhibition of snoopy/smurfs

April 17, 2008

And next door..

From Almere, Netherlands

[pix by imagineering]


America?

April 17, 2008

An invisible building? Given the armature around the steel frame, I’d suspect this structure is destined for some large-scale advertising while the plot is developed. From Leiden, Netherlands.

[pix by imagineering]


Electric public space

April 13, 2008

Almere, Netherlands.

[pix by imagineering]


The decorated can

April 11, 2008

Three different representational strategies, from a common Dutch practice. Images from Almere, The Netherlands.

[pix by imagineering]


Appliqué variety

April 11, 2008

They’re building fast and thick in Leidsche Rijn, a new planned city for 80,000 residents outside of Utrecht, The Netherlands. Leidsche Rijn is just one part of the Dutch VINEX development plan: new cities to house the expanding population in locations that border the current major cities of Utrecht, Rotterdam, The Hague and Amsterdam.

The pictures above are from a promotional display for the ‘Ensemble’ neighborhood in the Leidsche Rijn Information Center.

[pix by imagineering]


Welcome to this friendly contemporary building

April 7, 2008

From somewhere in Rotterdam.

[pix by imagineering]


Globule

April 2, 2008

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[pix by imagineering]


Distribution dutch

April 2, 2008

“The beauty of the Netherlands is nearly invisible. Because it is so flat, it is difficult to get a perspective on its contours. Because it is so built up, one has no long vistas, and there is little sense of grandeur. There are as Henry James said, no roads that lead elsewhere. Or so it seems. In reality, The Netherlands is just the end of the Rhine and a great distribution center. It also produces something: value. The ability to make money out of a reality that exists elsewhere is at the core of this country’s trading success, and it fuels the polder model.” From False Flat, [polder model = the Dutch policy of economic decision by consensus]


What kind of attention?

April 2, 2008

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Bike-rack-as-sculpture and The Ugliest Staircase Ever.

[pix by imagineering]


Charm & excitement!

March 24, 2008

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[top: pix by mike and bottom: screengrab from mini-mansions.com ]


A grouping of dwellings

March 24, 2008

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[pix culled from the interwebs]