Architectural Elements

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Aerial Views of New York Capture Its Geometry

Photographer Jeffrey Milstein’s known for capturing the aerial views of different landscapes, revealing the architectural elements. With a high definition camera, flying overhead the Big Apple, Milstein captures the geometric beauty from atop by revealing the full extent of its architectural wonder.  

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WEIN HOUSE

Costa Esmeralda • Buenos Aires Province • Argentina

By Besonias Almeida Arquitectos

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Archaeological Museum of Chaironeia:

Marble sphere with a bust of Helios and Selene (Sun and Moon). (Late 1st century B.C-early 1st century A.D)

Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth:

Ceiling coffer from the Captives Facade of the northern Basilica. Depictions of Helios and Selene are rendered in relief. (2nd half of 2nd century- early 3rd century BC)

The sphere was actually retrieved from a house, where it had been built into the stone wall as a decorative feature; a practice that was quite common in the pre-archaeology era. People would dismantle all sorts of ancient monuments for building materials. In some cases the buildings with such features also possess the status of “monument”, so their ancient elements remain there.

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Quinta Monroy in Iquique, Chile - Alejandro AravenaELEMENTAL via TED + The Guardian

“Inequalities are not just an economic issue,” Aravena explains. “They’re a cultural issue. The role that cities can play in creating or not creating those opportunities, it’s irreversible.” If designed properly, he says, “cities can be a great tool for the efficient amelioration of quality of life problems”. “They are a great shortcut for creating equality.”

The key, Aravena argues, is that cities, and architects, must not shy away from the stresses created by competing forces like poverty and wealth or public and private construction. Rather than argue about whether to design cities for the needs of their poorest citizens or the egos of their wealthiest, Aravena posits, the answer might be to do both. At Elemental, he says, “we do not fear that, in this initial entry to the problem, we have forces that may seem contradictory. If you trust the synthesis of design, you don’t fear contradictory forces.”

This year’s Pritzker Prize winning architect Alejandro Aravena was featured in the 2010-11 MoMA exhibition Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement. In 2003, the Chilean government commissioned Aravena’s firm to create housing for a community of nearly one hundred low-income households on a 1.25-acre site in central Iquique, a desert city in northern Chile with a population of 200,000. The budget consisted of $7,500 per unit for land, infrastructure, and building.  

[Elemental. Quinta Monroy Housing. 2003–05. Iquique, Chile. Photograph: Tadeuz Jalocha]

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Surreal Landscape Illustrations By Tomek Setowski

Polish artist Tomek Setowski  lets his imagination rule his canvas- interesting fairytale characters, cities of underwater and built on skies and scenes depicted from his dreams are critical of his adaptive Magical Realism style. Inspired by a chaotic jumble of architectural and character elements, of fantasy meeting reality, the artist effortlessly creates magic from mayhem.

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