November 30, 2009
Mapping Main Street
Mapping Main Street calls itself a "Collaborative Documentary Project." They invite anyone to load images, stories, and videos of Main Streets across the United States. There are over 10,000 Main Streets in the United States and though "Main Street USA" is are often spoken about in broad brush strokes, the variety of Main Streets reflects the towns and cities they cross.
Above is an image of South Main Street, Ann Arbor from 1980. Main Street in Ann Arbor isn't well represented on Mapping Main Street. Let's get some good images of Main Street, Ann Arbor up there! Here are directions for participating.
November 23, 2009
"We want to create works of joy and beauty."
"The temporality of a work of art creates a feeling of fragility, vulnerability and an urgency to be seen, as well as a presence of the missing, because we know it will be gone tomorrow.
"The quality of love and tenderness that human beings have towards what will not last - for instance the love and tenderness we have for childhood and our lives - is a quality we want to give to our work as an additional aesthetic quality."
Jeanne-Claude, the collaborator with Christo on their environmental art projects for the past 51 years, died last week.
Visit their website for further information about their work.
November 19, 2009
Creating hair-raising performances to convey his continual sense of lost gravity, Chinese artist Li Wei has taken his work all over the world from Italy, Spain, Korea and the USA.
Wei's photos depict him free falling from tall buildings-pictures that resemble the famous photograph of the French artist Yves Klein Leap into the Void.
Li Wei sees his art as both a mission to set the scene for the perfect photograph and a perfect performance. "I am fascinated by the unstable and dangerous sides of art and I hope my works reflect these aspects."
Johan Lorbeer is a German street performer. He became famous in the past few years because of his “Still-Life” Performances, which took place in the public area.
November 16, 2009
"Dr. David Fisher's Dynamic Tower is the first building in motion that will change its shape and add a fourth dimension to architecture: Time. The shape will be determined by each floor's direction of rotation, speed, acceleration and the timing; with timing meaning how each floor rotates compared to the other. The rotation speed will be between 60 minutes and 24 hours for one revolution."
"Zaha Hadid's Burnham Pavilion was opened to the public on August5, 2009.Designed as one of two pavilions to celebrate the centenary of Daniel Burnham's Chicago Plan which outlined the structure of the city, visitors are now able to experience the ambiance within. The structure plays host to a sound and video installation by artist Thomas Gray that portrays Chicago’s transformation from past to future, projected onto the sides of the Pavilion's white interior."
Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Structure, Santa Monica, United States
"The parking structure by Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners
designates a new gateway for a downtown Civic Center. It provides 900 parking spaces on six levels above and two below grade while visually uniting diverse civic buildings."
Mixed-Use Tower, Mumbai, India
"FXFOWLE Architects' winning design for a competition for a new 60-story (301 meter) mixed-use tower located in India’s South Mumbai centres on creating a premier international hotel, retail, and residential tower within India’s emerging new economy."
Seville University Library, Seville, Spain
"Zaha Hadid's dramatic 9,000 sq m building is set to provide residents and visitors to Seville with a state-of-the-art public library and reading rooms, exhibition hall, and conference facility."
The Wings, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
"KEO’s Wings project set to become one of Abu Dhabi’s most prestigious developments. Situated at the gateway to Al Reem Island on Najmat marina, the 23,757 sq m ‘Wings’ project will have a defining impact on Abu Dhabi’s skyline. The site is approximately 200 meters in width by 110 meters in depth and is in the shape of a curved rectangle. One tower is designated as a residential tower while the other will be office space."
2014 Winter Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia
"Populous has announced that it has been selected by the State Corporation ‘Olympstroy’ to design the main stadium for the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The 40,000 seat pebble-shaped design boasts clear natural references with a semi-transparent, segmented skin resembling the wings of a dragonfly."
November 12, 2009
Create your own font
At Font Capture you can create a font from your very own handwriting. There's no software to download and install, all you need is a printer and a scanner. Simply fill in the font template, scan and upload it to the website, and download your completed font. The fonts you create using Font Capture can be used on both Windows and Mac computers.
FontStruct is free font-building tool that enables users to quickly and easily create fonts constructed from geometric shapes arranged on a grid—like tiles or bricks. FontStruct is also a community site; in addition to the ability to share and download their constructions, users can also collaborate on, critique and discuss them through comments and private messaging.
Learn about other font creating tools:
November 09, 2009
Google Image Labeler
Google Image Labeler is a game in which you get an online partner who labels/tags the image along with you and both of you get points, depending on the specific labels you provide. The idea is that if two people come up with the same label, it is probably a good one and will make Google’s image search better.
"Each user who wants to participate will be paired randomly with a partner who's currently online and also using Google Image Labeler. Over a 90-second period, both participants will be shown the same set of images and asked to label each image based on what they see. They'll also be shown words that can't be used as labels. Both participants can add as many labels as they want until one of them matches a partner's label. After there's a match, they'll see a new image and continue the cycle, until time runs out. Contributors will also see points they've earned throughout the session."
November 05, 2009
Zotero is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension "that helps you gather, organize, and analyze sources (citations, full texts, web pages, images, and other objects), and lets you share the results of your research in a variety of ways".
You can enter your bibliographic records by hand, but you can also have Zotero extract them directly from online. It works with most library OPACs, with Google Scholar, and with some of the major article databases like ProQuest and JSTOR.
Zotero is useful to anyone who uses the Internet for research and needs a simple way to organize references. By emphasizing accurate citations and automating the process, Zotero helps students learn and adopt proper practices.
November 02, 2009
A question of perspective
Can you guess what this is?
The answer is North Twin Lake, Oregon (by frogchuter)
Here are more amazing pictures from Noupe:
Perito Moreno Glacier, Santa Cruz, Argentina by Yann Athus-Bertrand
Iguazu waterfalls, Misiones province, Argentina and Brazil by Yann Athus-Bertrand
Other websites with aerial pictures: