Omotesandō in a trendy, upscale shopping street in Tokyo filled with over the top architecture designed by, almost exlusively, big names. It stretches from Harajuku to Takeshita and Aoyama-dori, which probably means nothing to you, so here’s a really cool Google map. The people over at PinkMag made a guide of Omotesandō architecture covering all the major buildings and that’s bootyshakingly awesome. I’ll try to upload slideshows of all the buildings throughout the day so edits will follow.
Published March 18, 2008
Tags: sustainability, urbanism
Sir Richard Rogers wrote an article at The Guardian on modern urbanism. This caught my attention: ”…all too often public space has been an afterthought – literally the space left over after planning.” Instead of patching small weird empety places with bushes and small trees, why not just incorporate the idea of adding real greenery to the plan in the firts place? You know you’re leaving the annoying task of fixing the badly designed space to your children. A lot of architects just do the building. And it should never be just about the building, your responsibilities are always greater.
/read his article at The Guardian
Published March 4, 2008
Valley Slum, Nairobi, Kenya
What does the future hold for urbanism? We are somewhat educated in the field of urbanism but studying urban methodology, street patterns, Lynch and urban design is merely a drop in the bucket. Cities are living organisms and here ‘in the western world’ they can be regulated rather easily but it will take more than urbanism to regulate a growing number of sheds and tents of shanty towns and slums. Of course we can not predict the future, but squatter settlings will inevitably be a big part of it. Cities like Buenos Aires, Kinshasa, Dhaka and São Paulo all contain huge areas inhabited by an increasingly poor population that simply have no choice but to live there. Urban life was created by humans for humans but has long ago muted into a new, harsh ecosystem that is a melting pot of diseases, natural disasters and fuckups caused by big international funding organizations that created them in the first place.
Continue reading ‘Slums’
Published February 23, 2008
Tags: house, urbanism
Ordos 100 is a huge architectural project that is to take place in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China. The client is Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd and the challange for the 100 architects from around the globe, selected by Jacques Herzog, will be for each to build a villa on a 1000m2 parcel. The whole masterplan will be led by a Chinese architectural designer Ai Weiwei of Fake Design. The architects that were chosen come from the States (22), Switzerland (14), Mexico (9), France (7) and many others. I always wondered how a city (or a district) would look like if it was designed by high profile architects and now we’ll see. Fingers crossed it won’t be completely twilight zone weird. By the way Jacques – you told me if I ate that formaldehyded ‘animal’ you’d let me be a part of this project but you totally bailed me out. That’s cool… no no, it’s ok really. No don’t call me it’s… Stop it Jacques! Stop begging, this is pathetic and I won’t do it. (Drop me a line sir, I’m totaly in.)
Published February 9, 2008
architecture , random
The largest mall in the world.
Here are some shots and footages of the insanity that is called Dubai City, the main city of one of the 7 United Arab Emirates. I’m sure you know heaps about it already but this is how it looks like from the sky. If you’ve been wondering where they get the money from, it goes a little something like this. Constantly the cities’ wealth and the gain of it is mistaken to be coming from one source – oil. In fact, the percentage of that revenue is merely 6%. Other finances come from fast growing tourism, business and trade. JAFZA, the Jebel Ali Free Zone, is located in the biggest man-made port, the Jebel Ali Port, and is a free economic zone that represents the biggest financial boost for the area. It is a ”140 km2 free trade zone that offers office units, warehouses and land sites for lease, whilst storage space in the cold and cool stores, open storage areas and ultra modern cargo handling equipment can be hired.” In 2006, 6000 companies have been registered. Now you know.
You like? Not to diss them or anything but I’m not feeling it. Let’s do the rain dance so the emirate gets some greens.
photos: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
vids: Dubai 2009 Burj Dubai Skyscraper
(via: The Sudanese Thinker, photos: nubricks)
Published February 4, 2008
Tags: house, random, urbanism
I don’t know what to think about this particular farmer but this made me chuckle. There will always be illegal buildings I suppose. Urbanists and environmentalists are thought to be bright people and try to keep the green belts and agricultutal lands intact. But ha ha, think not that there isn’t a brighter cookie in the jar to outsmart them!
How to build a house on a piece of protected agricultural land?
1) Build a huge frame and cover it with hay bales and bushes.
2) Build huge house inside the frame so it’s out of sight of the neighbours.
3) Wait 4 years so that you trick the law that says: If nobody complains about a situation on a piece of land, it is permitted to stay.
4) Take the hay away and live in house.
5) Use laser mind control wand to make them think it’s always been there.
Oh please, keep reading.
Continue reading ‘When You Think You’ve Seen It All…’
Published February 2, 2008
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I read a great post today on Archidose (via Blog Like You Give a Damn) about Kowloon Walled city in Hong Kong that was brought down in 1993. Kowloon Walled city was a densely built extremely overpopulated area in Hong Kong initialy built as a watchpost for the guards that would defend the area against pirates. By the year of 1947 the city had a population of 2000. In ’71 10.000 people were living in 2.185 dwellings. Ultimately, after several attempts to evacuate the squatters, the evacuation was completed in 1992 and the demolition was carried out in 1993. Check out the timeline done my Archidose here. The city has a linkage to the nonverbal Ron Fricke film Baraka that features Kowloon. A definite must see for all of you who haven’t seen it yet.
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video – footage: a footage of Kowloon from 1990
video – Baraka: trailer remix with Adyashanti (zen master) audio
(via: Archidose, more images at Spirit of Baraka < scroll down)