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A NEW CHAPTER

As you might know, the editor of this blog graduated from architecture school more than a year ago and is no longer surrounded by beautiful books.
Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 am to 6 pm (and longer) she sits in front of a Windows desktop computer with two monitors. She works with a common CAD program, speaks to clients and contractors on the phone, she spends a lot of time breathing the stuffy air of conference rooms, she visits construction sites, and she is working herself through endless Excel sheets. Plus, she finally has business cards which are not self-made.

Therefore, the editor of this blog was not able to post things the way she used to.

Therefore, she will start posting things again from now - but things will be different.

You will see: The Real World of Architecture.

PS: If she happens to have enough time after work to scan books, you will of course still find inspirational images on this blog.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Hey everyone ! Since recently I had a surge of new followers, I decided it was time to recommend some of my favorite architecture tumblrs out there, with a word or two on their content and why I like them. They are fairly tumblr-famous, but if you don’t know any of these, please do check them out. Most blogs here present original content (as in, either produced by the blogger or posted by the blogger. Not infinite reblogs). In no particular order :

BETONBABE. A mostly black and white architecture image blog, curated by viviane hülsmeier, a student from berlin currently at princeton. Also, she responds when strangers (me) write her email.

THE PAPER CITY. Henry Stephens is an architecture student from New Zealand, with incredible hand drawing and collage skills.

MIKA SAVELA. somehow, like me, Mika didn’t create a clever tumblr identity (unless ‘savela’ means something in finnish and is not his last name). Either way, very nice architecture thoughts on modernism and its golden age (the sixties!), straight from the north. Vintage magazines !

ARCHIVE OF AFFINITIES. Beautiful architectural images, exquisitely edited/curated. Plans, sections, drawings in general, some models as well. Very elegant.

IIDESU/ENTROPY. “Nothing but eye-candy”, says the slogan. Minimalist approach on photography and architecture. Its the tumblr I would have loved to do, if I could just stop talking. writing. you know. But I am quite happy to follow it.

ROLLERDISCO. For all your blimp porn needs.

BOUWKUNST. Bouwkunst is the art of building, in dutch. Timeless modern architecture. Lots of well executed concrete images. He loves, as I do, Juliaan Lampens.

SUBTILITAS. Everyone already follows Subtilitas, 'brooklyn-based architectural designer’. Strong and coherent format:  one image of an oeuvre, perfectly credited, with links to larger images and more information on the work. Very professional. Also, I kind of based my tumblr theme on his.

ETHEL BARAONA. Even though I’m not particularly fond of her tumblr’s design (the little squares won’t let me look at the pretty pictures !), she posts some seriously interesting stuff. Also, she is responsible for the excellent DPR BARCELONA blog, which is more than just pictures/films/books.

PYTR75. A belgian architect, who also has a blog, and posts almost non-stop art/architecture/photography.

RESPECTA. Why hasn’t this been updated in so long ? It used to be just perfect.

WHITE LIGHTNING BLACK RAIN and KORUT. Less architectural, more eye-candy. Korut does reblog a lot, but since I guess he follows completely different people from me, most of the times his reblogs are the first time I see those images.

and finally CHAZ HUTTON, the person who got me into tumblr in the first place, and the closest thing I have to a “tumblr-friend” (or should I say “tumblr-mate” ? He is australian, after all).

There you are. I’ll do a blog roll someday soon.

BACK SOON!

BETONBABE + university library = many posts

BETONBABE + office + work + work + work = almost no posts.

apologies.

BUT: I’m planning to reorient this blog a little and adjust it to my new life in the (real) architecture world.

THE BOOK OF TOWERS 

AN ARCHITECTURE ZINE COLLABORATION

Death, divinity, power, sexuality, transcendence. Milestones. This project is about towers, not as much as a fixed typological or geometrical relation between height and base as the evocations this archetype can produce. This will be an exploration on the narrative and the image of the tower.

READ IT HERE (and make sure you don’t miss my part on the opposite of a tower)

ON MARC-ANTOINE LAUGIER

ARCHITECTURAL AUTISM BY VIVIANE HUELSMEIER

Awkward, bizarre, absurd, faulty, irregular, ridiculous, strange, peculiar, foolish, eccentric, against nature, out of tune, abusive and shocking are the words Marc-Antoine Laugier uses in his ‘Essay on Architecture’ (1753) to characterize everything that deviates from his super-rational model of the rustic hut. He rigorously rejects any aberration, any mutation, any evolution, any development, any liberties - but of course the architects still 'have the freedom to act as they always have been used to do’, as he sulkily concludes.
This statement chokes off any possibility of a discourse. This is his opinion, take it or leave it - he doesn’t care. This is why i will not even bother to bring up a counter-argument. What i find though, is that his attitude is a disease from which many contemporary critics suffer. How is it possible to have a fruitful discourse if both, critics and architects, are autistic, aggressive, impulsive, stubborn, sulky and intolerant?

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

BETONBABE IS NOW INVITING EVERYONE WHO FINDS AWESOME THINGS IN BOOKS, MAGAZINES AND READINGS TO SCAN THEM AND TO SUBMIT THEM HERE!

JUST MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES AND I CAN INCLUDE A LINK TO YOUR WEBSITE / BLOG / TWITTER.

LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR SUBMISSIONS!

YOURS TRULY,
BETONBABE

SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES

THE STAIRCASE (MYSTERY)

staircase lying face up
stare cat sat on a mat
looking down
looking down

slide down the banister
take the escalator
slide down the banister

or try the elevator

i was standing on the landing
now i’m standing in the hall
looking up

won’t someone assist me
solve this mystery
somebody assist me
arrange the symmetry

muffled footsteps on the carpet
spiral steps start spinning
around me

which floor which ceiling
you’re off balance
which floor which ceiling
it’s all upside down

staircase lying face up
stare cat sat on a mat
looking down…


[image by betonbabe]