baker pool

aesthetic challenge | day twenty two

↳ favourite BBC tv show: Sherlock

I know you’re an Army doctor, and you’ve been invalided home from Afghanistan. You’ve got a brother worried about you, but you won’t go to him for help, because you don’t approve of him, possibly because he’s an alcoholic, more likely because he recently walked out on his wife, and I know your therapist thinks your limp’s psychosomatic, quite correctly, I’m afraid. That’s enough to be going on with, don’t you think? The name is Sherlock Holmes, and the address is 221B Baker Street. Afternoon.

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22 meter high Baker’s falls in Sri Lanka. Original caption gives more details:

This 22m fall is noted for the tremendous noise created by water pounding the large rock formation at its foot. Forming part of the Belihul River, it is surrounded by copious giant ferns.

Baker’s Falls derives its name from Sir Samuel Baker, a British man who discovered it in 1845. However, Baker is also credited with the short-sighted achievement of having shot 50 elephant, five deer and two buffalos nearby.

Despite the presence of warning signs (that are often removed by confident bathers), the fall, and more specifically the 12m death trap of a plunge pool, has claimed numerous lives.

anonymous asked:

Hello! I have to sit for a History test at Architecture college and Alvar Aalto and the new empirism is what I chose to be my subject of study. Can you give me some advice on what building/s should I study? Would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

I could only find one good article on the subject: The New Empiricism-Bay Region-Axis: Kay Fisker and Postwar Debates on Fuctionalism, Regionalism, and Monumentality by Stanford Anderson. In brief: Danish architect Kay Fisker is presented as a representative figure in the post-World War II architectural debates on functionalism, regionalism, and monumentality. Fisker participated in a trans-atlantic exchange on these matters that linked Scandinavia, the English conception of “new empiricism,” and the teaching and architectural practice associated with two noted American schools at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California at Berkeley.

I would start by reading the article and probably researching the following projects: At MIT alone, Anderson’s Swimming Pool, Aalto’s Baker House (above), and Eero Saarinen’s Chapel (below) posed alternatives without risking denigration as “cottage style.”