December 22, 2009
Wishing you happy and prosperous New Year!
"Every new year people make resolutions to change aspects of themselves they believe are negative. A majority of people revert back to how they were before and feel like failures. This year I challenge you to a new resolution. I challenge you to just be yourself."
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Here is Merry Christmas from France
December 17, 2009
How food shapes our cities
Architect and author Carolyn Steel uses food as a medium to "read" cities and understand how they work. In her book 'Hungry City" she traces and puts into historical context food's journey from land to urban table and thence to sewer. Cities, like people, are what they eat.
A few months ago at the TEDGlobal Conference at Oxford she discussed the daily miracle of feeding a city and showed how ancient food routes shaped the modern world.
Check out "Hungry City" from Shapiro Undergraduate Library
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See her web page Carolyn Steel's Hungry City
via TED Talks
December 14, 2009
"The architectural fantasies of Iakov Chernikhov, even if not implemented, have provided subsequent generations with the opportunity to comprehend the great art of architecture in all its immeasurable richness and beauty."
Iakov Chernikhov (1889-1951) was an architect, a graphic artist and a pedagogue.
Chernikhov published in Leningrad a series of books of architectural fantasies that made him famous worldwide and earned him the title of “Soviet Piranesi”:
*Fundamentals of Modern Architecture (1929-1930)
*Construction of Architectural and Machine Forms (1931)
*Architectural Fantasies. 101 Compositions (1933)
"Architectural fantasy in all cases propels the culture of architectural problems, and with the freshness of new thoughts, with the transition to new phases of architectural creativity, it serves as the best aid in real design work."
Architectural Fantasies, Fantasy #89
Architectural Fantasies, Fantasy #5
You can check out these books at Art, Architecture and Engineering Library:
Art, Architecture and Engineering Special Collections Library has Architectural Fantasies. 101 Compositions
NA 2760 .C451 1933
December 07, 2009
Click: Photography Changes Everything
The Smithsonian recently announced an online exhibition exploring how photography changes the way we see and experience the world. Invited contributors have offered essays and stories discussing how photography shapes our culture and our lives. The exhibition Click: Photography Changes Everything explores the following themes: Where We Go; What We Want; What We Do; What We See; What We Remember, and Who We Are. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 31, 2009, so click through today!
December 03, 2009
Historical Maps on the Web
The University of Texas, Austin, Map Library has a particularly rich site.