August 27, 2009
Open KSA at Ohio State
Ohio State might be a dirty word on the football field here at Michigan, but if you're an architecture student you might want to put aside your rivalries and check out the Open KSA. Open KSA is the media resources web site for the Knowlton School of Architecture at OSU. Here you can find tons of great links on subjects ranging from copyright law to statistics to Geotagging. Also available are streaming videos from Architecture 200: Outlines of Architecture course which uses specific buildings to teach about themes and the history of the field.
New at the Detroit Institute of Arts
Whether you're new to southeast Michigan or have been here for a while, you'll want to make time in your schedule to visit the Detroit Institute of Arts. The museum has an astonishing collection and just reopened a year and a half ago after a multi-year renovation and expansion designed by Michael Graves & Associates. One of the highlights of your visit will be Diego Rivera's stunning mural entitled Detroit Industry.
Check out the DIA's website for their current exhibit schedule, as well as more information about the museum's hours and directions to the museum.
August 25, 2009
Video review: Berlin Babylon
Berlin Babylon is a 2001 film focusing on the changing urbanscape of Berlin after the fall of the infamous Wall in 1989. The film opens with the following text:
“The future of Babylon was in the hands of craftsmen who were not afraid to tackle a burden of any dimension. They were determined to finish what they had started even though their tongues became confused during construction (…).”
This opening text outlines both the context and the spirit of this beautiful photo documentary made by Hubertus Siegert with industrial music by Einstürzende Neubauten. The film is a collage of sites, conversations, nostalgic memories, people, aspirations, concerns and general hullabaloo concerning tonnes of new projects on the once touted longest and continuous construction site in Europe.
The overall sequence is non-linear, moving between sites and time with time-lapse photography and stock footage of post-war demolitions. The actors include local builders, developers, construction workers and site managers standing as equals among and around notable architects like I.M.Pei, Rem Koolhaas, Renzo Piano and Helmut Jahn. What's appealing about this film is that it does not seek to profile individual architects through their winning projects. Instead, it weaves together the popular with the everyday, the persona with the real and the grand conceptions with the on-ground challenges: creating a rich and rather melancholic tapestry of urbanism, both conceived and lived.
The film is loud and yet for most part, seemingly quiet and surreal. Einstürzende Neubauten's music adds to this paradox - moving from construction clamour to more elegant compositions and back. The camera and the sounds help enliven the moment when the Wall fell, and the prospect to build a bigger and a brighter tomorrow, arose. It captures the spirit of architecture and its inherent responsibility of building hope and aspiration. Siegart has produced a masterpiece of a documentary. A collectable and a must watch!
August 18, 2009
A Daily Dose of Architecture
Does it feel like there's something missing in your life when you don't get your architecture fix? Daily Dose of Architecture has you covered, and if that's not enough you can also peruse the sister site, A Weekly Dose of Architecture. The Dose of Architecture blogs are nice way to keep up with contemporary architecture projects. You can also see images submitted to the 'Archidose' flickr pool here. The images of the new Burnham Hadid Pavilion are particularly lovely.
image copyright: John Crouch, Burnham Hadid Pavilion Interior. Please click on image for original posting
August 12, 2009
Battle in Queens
If you happen to be in Flushing Meadows Corona Park tomorrow (and could slip into a toga), you could witness Duke Riley's Those About to Die Salute You. Riley is staging the epic battle using representatives from different New York boroughs' art museums, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Queen's Museum of Art, the Bronx Museum of Art, and the El Museo del Barrio.
For more on the piece, check out this Wall Street Journal piece, and to see details of the battle, keep your eyes open for twitter updates and flickr uploads from the various museums.
Click on image to see original posting at the Queens Museum of Art
August 11, 2009
It's not an uncommon site in studios, from graphic design to painting and architecture, to see idea boards with dozens of magazine clippings, photocopies and drawings. What if you could have a digital image idea board as well? Vi.sualize.us is just that. Similar to the popular bookmarking site Del.icio.us, you'll need to create an account, download a browser add on, and then you'll be ready to go. See an image you like, click it, tag it, and save it to Vi.sualize.us account. The site always saves the original context of the image too, so you'll never have to go searching for the website where you first found an image. Plus, you can browse others' collections of images that might become your own favorites, too, and if you want to share your finds with Facebook friends, Vi.sualize.us has an application for that.
August 05, 2009
Animation Collections in the VRC
image: Concept Art (Character development) by Tony Piedra for the animation Goobees. Please click the image to see the original site