Posts Tagged: architecture




Alphonse Mucha’s art nouveau proposal for the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

More from the Musée d’Orsay: “Many of the proposals submitted to the 1894 competition for the 1900 Universal Exhibition planned to modify the Eiffel Tower, retaining only the first platform. Mucha, however, envisaged covering the base of the tower with monumental statues and a globe, as a tribute to man’s progress. Had it been executed, this would have been one of the most emblematic structures of Art Nouveau.”



Valter Scelsi, Come parli frate, 2014

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Source: architectural-review


"A five storey modular home clings to the side of a cliff in this conceptual design by Modscape. The Cliff House is a design response for Emma and David, a couple who approached Modscape to explore design options for a holiday home on an extreme parcel of land they own on the south-west coast of Victoria. Inspired by the way barnacles cling to the hull of a ship, a concept was developed for a modular home to hang off the side of a cliff as opposed to sitting on top of it."

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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By the Company Hired to Fix It


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The Dhamek Stupa of Sarnath, India.

The Archaeological Survey of India, and many alike, claim this to be the location where Buddha first encountered the five Parivajrakas and delivered the First Sermon.

Built in approximately 500 CE, the Dhamek Stupa is a huge cylindrically shaped stupa (Buddhist commemorative monuments which traditionally usually house sacred relics associated with Buddha), and is about 44m tall, with a diameter of 29m. Around it are 8 niches which are thought to have once contained images. Below these niches is a section of beautifully carved ornamentation, which remains partly preserved today, and highlights the high skill level of stone artisans of the Gupta period.  

A Chinese traveler who visited Sarnath in 638 CE by the name of Hiuen-Tsang records seeing the Dhamek Stupa, and observing over 1,500 priest there.

The first photo is by Dennis Jarvis, and remaining two, Ramón.

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Moeder Gods’ Kerk (1961-71) in Roosendaal, the Netherlands, by Thunnissen, Van Kranendonk & Becka

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Lawrence Halprin, fuente Ira Keller, Portland

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Flex Tower | Paolo Venturella | Via

With the population of new york city constantly on the rise, Paolo Venturella believes that its citizens expect an advanced classification of architecture to arise in retaliation. even if carbon emissions have to be reduced, the use of energy still increases. On his journey to find a solution, the italian architect has developed ‘flex tower.’ The typology proposes the utilization of photovoltaic panels in a controlled manner to prevent a mass dispersement of the system throughout the metropolis. Thus, each one must be tilted and rotated specifically in relation to the sun and relative to where it resides along the façade of the building.

… this is what happens when your Rhino technicians talk you into bad ideas.

By definition this is not a ‘type’, the specificity of location, height, and angle will depend on each project, especially the amount of overhang, casting city streets in shadow at an unprecedented scale. Making each design following this logic ‘a prototype’. Also consider the embodied energy needed to cantilever this building, maybe the photovoltaics offset this, maybe they do not.

Either way, fancy renders and diagrams do not make this feasible or good for our cities. There are lots of other ways to be sustainable, they are just not as flashy.

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