the museum project

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     Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, offers the unique sight of a complete Mercury spacecraft. Many of these spacecraft are available for viewing all over the United States, but this one is special because it did not fly.

     During the course of a Mercury flight, several parts of the spacecraft are jettisoned and not recovered, including the retro package. This piece of equipment is visible here in my photos as the striped metal object strapped to the bottom of the heat shield. This small cluster of solid rocket motors was responsible for the safe return of the astronaut from space, making just enough thrust to change the shape of the orbit so that it would meet the atmosphere and use aerobraking for a ballistic reentry.

     If this package had not fired properly, the astronaut would be faced with the dire situation of being stuck in orbit. Fortunately, this never happened in real life, but it was captured in the fanciful novel “Marooned” by Martin Cardin, in which a NASA astronaut was stranded on orbit after his retro rockets failed. When the book was released in 1964, it was so influential that it actually changed procedures for Mercury’s follow on program Project Gemini, adding more redundancy to the spacecraft’s reentry flight profile.

     Alan Shepard, the first American in space and later Apollo 14 moonwalker, didn’t fail to notice that there was a leftover spacecraft at the end of the Mercury program. He lobbied for a second Mercury flight in this ship, speaking personally to both NASA Administrator James Webb and President John Kennedy about this flight. He told them his idea of an “open ended” mission in which they would keep him in orbit indefinitely until there was a malfunction or consumables began to run out. Webb stated (and Kennedy agreed) that it was more important to shelve the Mercury spacecraft in order to jump start the more capable Gemini Program. Thus, we now have this whole Mercury on display for future generations to appreciate.

anonymous asked:

Is architecture basically just finding inspiration in something and constructing a building based on that inspiration?

Nothing is further from the truth. 

Architecture is…

1. “Architecture is definitely a political act.” - Peter Eisenman in Haaretz

2. “Architecture is unnecessarily difficult. It’s very tough.” - Zaha Hadid in The Guardian

3. “Architecture is by definition a very collaborative process.” - Joshua Prince-Ramus in Fast Company

4. “Architecture is a way of seeing, thinking and questioning our world and our place in it.” - Thom Maynein his Prtizker Prize Acceptance Speech

5. “Architecture is the art and science of making sure that our cities and buildings actually fit with the way we want to live our lives: the process of manifesting our society into our physical world. - Bjarke Ingels in AD Interviews

6. “Architecture is merciless: it is what it is, it works or doesn’t, and you can clearly see the difference.” - Jacques Herzog in a lecture at Columbia University

7. “Architecture is always related to power and related to large interests, whether financial or political.“ - Bernard Tschumi in The New York Times

8. “Architecture is a good example of the complex dynamic of giving.” - Jeffrey Inaba in World of Giving

9. “Architecture is too complex for just one person to do it, and I love collaboration.” - Richard Rogers in The Guardian

10. “Architecture is the most powerful deed that a man can imagine.” - Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bosin Volume

11. “Architecture is an act of optimism.” - Nicolai Ouroussoff in The LA Times

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Peder Severin Krøyer, Summer Evening on Skagen’s Southern Beach, Denmark, 1893. 

Anna Ancher and Marie Krøyer walking together after a dinner party at the Krøyers’ home in the summer of 1892 when the guests had gone down to the shore to enjoy the pleasant evening.

Oil on canvas, 100 cm × 150 cm.

Skagens Museum, Skagen, Denmark.

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anonymous asked:

Dear Archy, I've seen a few of your favourite museum projects here already but right now I'm specifically interested in museums of space (i mean like the outer space, planets, the history of exploration and stuff). I couldn't find many of those. Do you have any favourites in mind? Thanks in advance!

Here are some of my favorite museums dedicated to the cosmos:

Hayden Planetarium

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О городе в краеведческом музее

Я действительно вырос, вытянулся, и достаю свободно до верхних полок. Я смотрю на город перед собой, его одноэтажный ландшафт, даже деревья кажутся высокими только местами, пустые улицы и мои большие шаги по ним; на счёт два я меняю кварталы, настолько всё маленькое, а я среди всего - большой. Старые фасады, заборы, новые вывески, наклеенные поверх других, за поворотом поворот и можно не глядя угадывать то, что там будет, даже если последний раз поворачивал здесь несколько лет назад - ничего не меняется, ничего не движется, только живет, точнее существует, находится здесь, является частью карты, фотографий из космоса - и то вряд ли оттуда что-то видно.

Я чувствую уколы стрел-зубочисток, как Гулливер смотрящий на всё сверху вниз, я грузно и разрушительно шагаю, хотя на самом деле просто иду не торопясь; я смотрю вдаль и вижу горы, которые так далеко, я смотрю вверх и вижу только небо, и до звёзд, кажется можно достать рукой. С сумерками улицы совсем затихают и весь город становится экспонатом в местном краеведческом музее - игрушечные дома, улицы, человечки, и я как когда-то в детстве тянусь на носочках и смотрю через стекло, прижавшись и сложив ладони вдоль лица, чтобы не мешал свет ламп. А сейчас стекло ушло и мне не нужно больше стоять на носочках, я в том самом маленькой городе, только почему-то сейчас я такой большой, что тротуары мне слишком узкие, а дома низкие и приходится сгибать голову, входя куда-то, и ударятся головой в потолок.

Где-то я не заметил бирку “съешь меня”, не заметил, как вырос, как стал другим, большим, чужим этому городу. Как стал кем-то кто приезжает в гости, а не живет здесь. Я продолжаю идти, переступая через квадраты перекрещенных улиц, я знаю, где что, как куда и зачем, но смотря вдаль я вижу то место, где хочу быть, и хочу уйти туда, оставив маленький город тем самым экспонатом в краеведческом музее, который когда-то так любил рассматривать, привставая на носочках.

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My old designs of “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” by Hans Christian Andersen and several characters whose designs I also made a while ago for my “Night at museum” parody project :“)

Quick morning sketches~ 

anonymous asked:

First of all, THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK ALWAYS... second, what do you think of Qatar's new national museum project designed by Jean Nouvel.

Anytime.

At this moment I don’t have any thoughts, positive or negative, about this project by Jean Nouvel. First impression? The form seems overly complicated and unfocused. Maybe future publications will offer a better understanding of the design intent in order for me to establish an opinion.

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 commissioned by digital-skyline

Where Mr. Jefferson took the class to a marine museum for a Photography project:

-Max is holding her polaroid camera in her hands, a little lowered down from her face, as if she just finished taking a picture but her attention was suddenly caught by something that made her smile

- That ‘something’ being Victoria, who from the other side of the aquarium was a little too immersed in the scenery, having one of her palms lightly pressed onto the aquarium glass, watching the fish swim by. but as she, inevitably, notices Max too, looking at her with this cute smile on her face (because honestly imagine the 'queen beeatch’ of blackwell 'showing weakness’ and staring at fish swimming like a child on a christmas morning. that is bound to make you smile!) so Victoria is looking a little caught off guard by Max gazing at her with that smile on her face but it also makes her blush a little because the goddamn hipster trash just happened to look infuriatingly cute in that moment and how dare she??

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AUGUSTE RODIN: GATES OF HELL 1880 - 1917

inspired by ghiberti’s gates of paradise and dante’s inferno, an undulating doorway commissioned to be the entrance of a renewed decorative museum in 1888. when the museum project was abandoned, rodin continued to work on the sculpture until his death, leaving it unfinished in his studio. 

familiar figures from dante’s inferno shape in and out of this piece. the three shades at the very top point into hell and rodin’s the thinker acts as dante, overlooking the underworld. ugolino and his sons, and the doomed lovers, paolo and francesca, may also be witnessed. 

several replicas of these nonfunctioning gates have been made through casting and are displayed at various international sites while the original plaster model stands at musée d’orsay, the museum for which it was originally commissioned. the sculpture now functions as an expression of suffering, transgression and power of the human body.