The other day I snapped this picture of one of my favorite buildings in downtown Detroit, The David Broderick Tower. To me it represents a recurring theme of public mural, painting, graffiti, and sculpture all throughout the city. It seems as though abandoned houses (Heidelberg project)  and decaying factories (Packard Plant) can be a pretty nice canvas for public statement in a city that’s been through so much struggle. Although the Broderick Tower may not be making any huge political statements I still like the idea of coloring up and giving some character to these massive buildings. Until a few years ago the mural was covered up by a Verizon Wireless add to raise money for the building’s restoration but now you can see the Whales in all of their public glory.

This is a picture I took of the Montrèal Biosphere while I was on vacation over the summer.  After doing some more research into the Architect Buckminster Fuller, who we’ve been learning a lot about in class, I found out that he was actually the designer of this amazing sphere. The Biosphere-enviromental museum was built in 1967 for the 67 world’s fair and originally had a real building enclosed around it. Within the dome are three building structures that scale upwards.

Here is a link I found to a page about a new portable housing movement started by Architect/Designer Felipe Campolina. The movement was inspired by an even older 1950’s Japanese prefabrication movement. The styling carries a very futuristic utopian sense which is capitalized upon through the projects environmentally sound and green features including a green roof and gutters system made to recycle water. Also included on the page are pictures of the various ways you can rebuild and  shuttle your futuristic mobile home.

When I think of Functionalism in architecture the first thing that comes to mind is where I live, Bursley Hall on North campus! Within its brick walls holds almost all of the living necessities for nearly 1000 undergraduate students here at U of M. In between 2 giant wings full of dorms is a huge commons and an even bigger cafeteria, all accessible within minutes from anywhere in the hall. The bathrooms may not be the most aesthetically pleasing but they have 2 showers and there’s one on every single floor of every wing. Ultimately, Bursley hall may not be the funnest or prettiest place to live but as a Freshmen who’s never lived on their own before, it can make things pretty convenient .

Projects like “Portrait de Cezanne” made by the artist Francis Picabia, are signature pieces of art formed by the DADA movement. DADA’s number one goal was to create pieces of art that not only ridiculed previously critically acclaimed art but also tried to redefine what real art statement were all about. Under a DADA pretense, a Monkey nailed to a wooden board, labeled as the portrait of a very successful painter, signified a mockery of both the seriousness of art elites and the fine detail in which most art was evaluated. Such a movement sought to determine a whole new meaning of interpreting art and expressionism.

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Skyscrapers came along with the idea that within a condensed urban setting the most efficient way to build would be up. Tall metallic framed office buildings and living spaces have been rising up in major cities ever since. With the CCTV building in Beijing, the architect Rem Koolhaas (also the architect of the Seattle Public Library) decided to build two skyscraper buildings and then bend them in half so they could connect into each other, thus creating a loop. Within the loop, all of the different departments of the television network would have their own section and would be able to access one another easily.

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