May 31, 2011
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
More than your average football [soccer] stadium, the Aviva Stadium was named one of the top buildings of 2011 by The Royal Institute of British Architects with praise for its “organic form” created by the stadium’s undulating curvilinear shape. The architectural firms Populous (led by Ben Vickery) and Scott Tallon Walker (led by Bryan Roe) designed the stadium to replace the oldest sports stadium in Europe, the Lansdowne Road Stadium, which opened in 1872 with the initiative of athlete Henry Wallace Doveton Dunlop.
The new Aviva Stadium was completed in 2010 with many more innovative features in addition to its organic style. These include its seating capacity of 50,000 and designs for sustainability - not only with its rainwater harvesting, heat recovery, waterless urinals and acoustic paneling but also with its support of public transportation and its sales of local produce.
May 26, 2011
"Up the Yangtze"
© National Film Board Of Canada and EyeSteelFilm
Up the Yangtze
This documentary covers the flooding of the Yangtze River with the construction of the Three Gorges Dam, and the changes bought about not only in the landscape but also in the history and traditions of China. Filmmaker Yung Chang narrates the story of this transformative period, with ongoing comparison to the stories and legends surrounding the Yangtze that were passed down to him by his grandfather.
Woven into his narrative on the river is the experience of a family living and farming by the river in Fengdu, also known as the Ghost City, one of the many cities that would be flooded. The oldest child in the family, Yu Shui, is sent to work on the ship tours known as “farewell cruises” that travel down the Yangtze River before the completion of the dam. Her journey is paralleled with the movement of her family and of thousands of others who have to form new lives. Through interviews with Yu Shui, her family and other employees of the cruise ships, the varying views of loss and opportunity in the changing world around them are portrayed.
May 24, 2011
Architect Barbie's Dream House
Looking for imaginative summer projects? Then enter the American Institute of Architects and Mattel’s Architect Barbie Dream House Design Competition in honor of the release of the latest Architect Barbie Doll. You need only to be an AIA member to participate. The goal is to apply sustainability and an environmentally friendly design to Barbie’s Dream House. But be sure to read Barbie’s own guidelines that stipulate the need for the color pink, room for a pet giraffe, and most importantly a house that’s fun! The deadline for submissions is June 27, 2011 and the winner will be announced August 2, 2011.
May 20, 2011
Oshaweetuk, Owl, Fox and Hare Legend, 1959
University of Michigan Museum of Art
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene B. Power
Source: UMMA online collections
The zoo isn’t the only place to go this summer to see some exotic animals! Be sure to check out the Detroit Institute of Arts current exhibition It's a Zoo in Here! Prints and Drawings of Animals. The show features works by a wide range of artists, such as Dürer and Cassatt, and of all types of creatures including lizards, dolphins and lions. Fun for the whole family, this exhibit displays the wild side of art and runs through to September 25, 2011.
May 13, 2011
In exploration of the latest advancements of online video the Guggenheim museums of New York, Bilbao, Berlin and Venice presented the results of YouTube Play. A Biennial of Creative Video in October of 2010. Jurors selected the greatest 25 YouTube videos amongst 23,000 submissions from around the world. The competition was created to recognize the growing importance of digital mediums and to stress the ability for almost anyone to participate and share their works. The videos range from creative, musical, comic, bizarre, animated and innovative, and all demonstrate the development and changing nature of digital art. For more information on digital content and online video visit the Guggenheim blog, the Take.
May 10, 2011
Cumulonimbus Cloud Over Africa
"High above the African continent, tall, dense cumulonimbus clouds, meaning 'column rain' in Latin, are the result of atmospheric instability. The clouds can form alone, in clusters, or along a cold front in a squall line. The high energy of these storms is associated with heavy precipitation, lightning, high wind speeds and tornadoes."
Image credit: NASA
Warmer temperatures incline more of us to gaze at the clouds in the sky. How do we find what those clouds mean, and what they are called? As ever, NASA is a great resource for clouds. Search their image gallery for more photos.
You could also check out one of the Corel CDs in Imageworks' collection: Clouds. Each Corel CD has 100 high-resolution, royalty-free (but not copyright-free) images, covering a myriad of subjects. A few images from Clouds:
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Chinook clouds (stratus)
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May 05, 2011
"Future by Design" (video review)
© Doug Drexler/concept and design by Jacque Fresco
Future by Design
Produced and directed by William Gazecki
Jacque Fresco, the artist, social engineer and industrial designer, is compared to Leonardo da Vinci in the versatility of his work and his exploration of technology in this documentary on his life and creations. From inventing surgical tools to designing underwater cities, Fresco elaborates on his passion for the use of future design and technology to improve the world.
Fresco also shares his early inspiration and fascination with the future drawn from films such as Metropolis and his encounters with Buckminster Fuller and Albert Einstein. Giving a tour of his home in Florida, he introduces what is known as The Venus Project, a full-scale model of homes surrounded with natural environment that he designed for future living. In his studio Fresco describes his dreams, designs and innovations for homes and cities, exhibiting the workplace and models he has created for his captivating vision of the future.
May 03, 2011
Fizz is a social network visualization that provides a playful view on your own social graph and what’s currently happening. It’s one of the first two projects of the new visualization group called Bloom.
It turns Twitter And Facebook into bubbling infographics. As Fizz says, "Big circles are people, small circles are their status updates". Fizz's live search function is also neat: start typing in the little box, and the entire bubbling screen bursts alight, then only a few tweets are left highlighted. Here's what a search for "art" for Imageworks Twitter looks like: