From The New Yorker: Photographs are mobile and reproducible. Buildings—the slowest and stillest of all media—are not. This makes photographs of buildings especially consequential. When you think of a famous building, you’re often thinking of a famous photograph. If you’re thinking of a modern American building built between 1940 and 1989, eight times out of ten your mind’s eye is the eye of Ezra Stoller.
The Barbican is one of the most remarkable housing estates in the world. Designed in the mid 20th century by British firm, Chamberlin, Powell and Bon and commissioned by the local authority, it is a unique chapter in the story of state-led architecture with much to teach us today.
Written and presented by Phineas Harper. A co-production between The Architectural Review and the Architecture Foundation.
Dustwound by Pouria Khojastehpay are mysterious images described by the artist as “Futures of the recent past. We shall take part in it as handfuls of dust and splinters of bone”. Dystopian ruins of Brutalist structures scattered on desolate landscapes seem to be all that is left of our time in Earth. Khojastehpay is a Dutch/Iranian artist and photographer, currently living in The Netherlands. He was born in 1993 in Shiraz, Iran before spending a large part of his childhood in a Dutch refugee camp.
"Byzantine" Balade en drone à l'intérieur d'une église Neo Byzantine.
One Drone, one Neo Byzantine church. A solemn place which the sun highlights every day. Go to its discovery.
Festival : - Meilleur Film catégorie Architecture - Drone Film & Photo festival (Belgique) - 2016 - 2ème Prix du Jury - Drone Festival (Pologne) - 2016 - Sélection Officielle - Los Angeles CineFest (USA) - 2016 - Sélection Officielle - Viva Film Festival (Bosnie-Herzégovine) - 2016 - Sélection Officielle - London Drone Film Festival (Angleterre) - 2016 - Sélection Officielle - Festival du Film Professionnel de Drone (Nantes) - 2016
With his latest project, ‘Notes on Places’, Kimmo Metsäranta brings a new perspective to the everyday landscape of Helsinki. Kimmo focuses on the buildings usually overlooked by tourists who pass them by on their way to the must-see places. Struck by their colour, shape, or texture, Metsäranta creates pastel andminimalist photographs that reveal the charm and grandeur of the otherwise mundane structures.
The photographer states: “With the series I wanted to add a few more spots to the list from the everyday scenery. These new spots are in plain sight but unseen to most. The city is full of attractions if one chooses to look around. The minimalist images are modified abstractions detached from their original surroundings in order to make the places and objects monumental-like attractions.”
...numa destas casas, inventadas, claro, ao estilo de artistas plásticos variados. Nem são bem casas, são prédios que os artistas também são grandes. O design é de Federico Babina que também já tinha dado a sua 'opinião visual' sobre cenários de filmes famosos. O detalhe pode ser visto aqui.
Independentemente da questão da poluição (com ou sem) que é evidentemente relevante, o que mais me impressiona nestas duas fotografias do edifício sede da televisão chinesa em Pequim é como nos remetem para a Los Angeles de Blade Runner ou mesmo o planeta Coruscant de Star Wars. É uma paisagem urbanizada, eletrificada, povoada em toda a sua extensão, um mundo construído até onde alcança o horizonte, entre uma escuridão difusa e uma luz inteiramente artificial.
As fotografias são de Ed Jones, da AFP/Getty Images.
Não conhecia o trabalho de Richard Ross e estou fascinado com as suas fotografia sobre a autoridade e a maneira como ela se constrói nos espaços onde vivemos, de forma mais evidente ou mais discreta. As fotografias, muitas, falam por si. Aqui abaixo estão três exemplos feitos em Guantanamo. Que sítio melhor para tal projeto?
Também existe em livro mas a isso estou a tentar resistir. O próprio Richard Ross apresenta o projeto:
There are some places that you never want to see the insides of. These are the places sought out in Architecture of Authority. The photographs capture spaces both notorious and innocuous, from FBI Headquarters to high school corridors and office spaces. Architecture of Authority is a body of unsettling pictures of architectural spaces that exert power over the individuals within them. From a Montessori preschool to churches, mosques and diverse civic spaces including a Swedish courtroom, the Iraqi National Assembly hall and the United Nations. The images build to ever harsher manifestations of power: an interrogation room at Guantanamo, segregation cells at Abu Ghraib, and finally, a capital punishment death chamber. The connections among the various architectures are striking. The Santa Barbara Mission confessional and the LAPD robbery homicide interrogation rooms are the same intimate proportions. Both are made to solicit a confession in exchange for some form of redemption.