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Flying Houses by Laurent Chéhère

In the words of the artist Laurent Chéhère:

The “Flying Houses” are inspired by a poetic vision of old Paris, by Jules Vernes, Albert Robida, Moebius, Hayao Miyazaki, Albert Lamorisse, Wim Wenders, Federico Fellini, Marcel Carné, Jean Cocteau and a lot of others references. These buildings are also inspired by poor and cosmopolitan neighborhood of Paris where lives Laurent Chéhère. Through a tragic and melancholic report, they testify poetically and subtly of an alarming contemporary reality by revealing meanders and concerns of a class impoverished by the society, in particular the Gypsies and the immigrants. The author isolates these buildings of their urban context and releases them from the anonymity of the street to tell the life, the dreams and the hopes of these inhabitants. 

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anonymous asked:

Google "Dutch braids" before spewing racism. Seriously, Google it. I wish I could be a fly on the wall when you see what comes up. White women can't wear it, eh? Well, tell that to the Dutch of 900 AD...

You’re a bug already honey. That post EXPLICITLY points out white people wearing braids popularized by BLACK people, specifically in a ‘hip hop’/’urban’ context. Don’t get all twisted up bc you put your hair in braids a while back and thought you looked fly like all of those instagram girls, boo. You, Katy Perry, and all other ugly-hearted little white girls can get fucked and just admit that you’re commodifying Blackness like everyone else.

Oh and by the way? Here’s the really fun part: when it comes to that double-braid, ain’t NO ONE IN AMERICA dressing like a Dutch person. Every single person wearing that hairstyle on trend today is hearkening back to either girls in the hood or native americans. Why? Bc white people hate being white and don’t carry their own cultures. Which is why you have ppl wearing double braids and hoop earrings with long acrylics, double braids and typing in AAVE, double braids and ‘free spirit’ fashion and a ‘boho’ headband. No one cares about your Dutch shit at all honey and you know it. Thing is, that’s y’all’s fault.

So take a sip of that. You were a damn fool to come to my inbox with this foolishness first thing in the morning.

And bitch? Telling white people they’re appropriative isn’t racism. White people being appropriative is. Get the fuck away from me you disgusting little snowflake oppressor.

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R▲ – Russian visual {linguist}, whose graphics and m o t i o n perceived in sync with sounds, reveal __hidden/ introvert codes of virtual and material realities. Inspired by electronic music and video***games, he created the artistic language 0f urban poetry rhymed with electric scent of ozone, city wires, asphalt, reinforced concrete/ and glass, giving an u n d a t e d impression of statics and movement and a painful idea of something you`ll never know and very unlikely see 0_j.
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His artwork in P r a g u e is a visual magnet, a motion graffiti reinterpreting traditional Russian __script (‘Vyaz’) in a modern glitch,,,aesthetics. The saying [means] 'You are here’ drawing a parallel between city mapping and every m0ment self-awareness. The lettering shows __the e f f e c t of seamless repeating changes in motion due to particular animation tricks, though the viewer`s eye ±±± cannot catch the moment when it actually happens. Urban context is changing ~Z~ every second you just need to open your mind and feel it………………………“”“;

anon i just got, i’m not going to publish your ask because i don’t want to call anyone out but i will say that the movie hard candy came out in 2005 and was what first launched ellen page. juno was her first break into mainstream hollywood but hard candy was a big deal when it came out. it wasn’t just some irrelevant movie.

and it was called hard candy for a reason:

Hard Candy is a 2005 American psychological crime thriller film focusing on the torture of a male sexual predator by a 14-year-old female vigilante. 

the term isn’t something that was coined on urban dictionary. the context of that term isn’t new by any means and i guarantee you at least one person in the writers room would have known what that meant and people at the label/pr level ABSOLUTELY would have known as well. and still they chose to stick with it rather than making a minor tweak because they knew it would another great homage to the bowie and jagger imagery they’ve been using to prop up harry’s campaign.

just because some random fan apparently wasn’t familiar with the term means nothing. ignorance is not an excuse.

also i think it’s deplorable to act like the people who have been triggered by the line in the song are somehow overreacting. if you can’t respect the feelings of victims of abuse and instead choose to defend the system that enabled their abusers in the first place then you should be ashamed of yourself.

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Thoughts on the Transbay Terminal in SF?

Transbay Transit Center by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects is described as “a state-​of-​the-​art multimodal transit station in downtown San Francisco, linking 11 transit systems and connecting the city to the region, the state, and the nation. The innovative, highly sustainable design includes a 2.2-hectare (5.4-acre) rooftop park that will anchor the growth of a new mixed-​use neighborhood.

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Last Sunday I gave my first (beta) Street Photography Workshop here in Mexico City. It was personal one. I shot this picture as an example of urban context / composition.

// More of my Street Photography: http://cybergus.tumblr.com

“Deep colors, rough textures, and broken patterns constitute a reinterpretation and abstraction of the existing urban context of Detroit as a form of low-relief rustication. This extensive facade completely conceals the contrasting aesthetic of an inner courtyard which has abstract qualities in a plasticity of pink colors and soft dimpled textures” Thesis model by Undergraduate Thesis Prize winner Hyunji Kim (Advisor: Michael Young and Melissa Shin) @hyunjikim_ 📷: @sciarc

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PORNOPOLIS est un manifeste pour une métropole érotique.

Ce Projet de Fin d’Études s’inscrit dans la continuité du travail de Mémoire effectué en amont et traitant des apports du magazine Playboy en termes d’architecture et de design sexuel et genré dans les années 1950 à 1970 aux États-Unis. 

En abordant les thèmes de la sur médiatisation des images sexuelles dans nos médias contemporains ainsi que de l’omniprésence des prothèses numériques dans notre intimité, le projet propose une certaine quantité d’utopies sexuelles, des pornotopies, dans des espaces cachés de l’architecture publique chinoise. En tant que métropole mondiale, Shanghai est un terrain de jeu idéal pour une telle expérimentation sociale et spatiale profitant d’une quantité impressionnante d’influences diverses, du capitalisme effréné occidental au rapport introverti et caché dans l’intimité chinoise. Le centre commercial Bailian New Era situé dans le district de Wujiaochang a été choisi comme principal laboratoire d’expérimentation de ces théories en raison de son importante double peau existante. Invisible de la rue tout comme de l’intérieur du mall et abritant quelques programmes résiduels, elle est au centre d’un puissant imaginaire lié à l’invisible, au caché, à l’interdit. Cette double peau et l’imaginaire qui lui est associée sont utilisés pour y développer une série de pornotopies touchant une mutlitude d’aspects du sexe et du plaisir humain de manière plus générale : sex shop, strip club, spa et bains, restaurant gastronomique, cabaret burlesque, peep shows, clubs gay et LGBT, club échangiste, boutique de lingerie fine, librairie et cinéma érotique… 

En accord avec la culture chinoise, PORNOPOLIS suggère plus qu’il ne montre, dévoile, effeuille un équipement banal du consumérisme de masse. Seuls les initiés sont avertis des profondeurs schizophréniques et sulfureuses de la double peau dans laquelle ils sont happés par des procédés de miroirs coulissants, de parois molles et organiques, de fausses portes, de cabines à double fond, de rideaux, de murs labyrinthiques…
Ce dispositif pornotopique s’enroule autour du volume parallélépipédique du mall en un labyrinthe géant. Au-delà de son aspect provocateur et décadent, PORNOPOLIS s’applique à aborder des thématiques et des champs de l’architecture peu théorisés, à vocation philosophique et sociologique.

Alors pourquoi mettre en relation sexe, genres, urbanisme et architecture ?
Cette question n’est pourtant pas le propre de nos sociétés contemporaines puisqu’elle a déjà été abordée notamment dans Le Pornographe ou La Prostitution réformée (1769) de Restif de La Bretonne, dans lequel il imaginait réformer la prostitution à Paris en créant des maisons closes autogérées en dehors des enceintes de la ville afin de protéger la population de la propagation de la syphilis. La place de l’érotisme en métropole est une vraie question lorsque l’on observe aujourd’hui un renvoi des pratiques du sexe en dehors de ses murs ou dans les quartiers les plus marginalisés en raison de l’embourgeoisement des centres-ville, alors même que les panneaux publicitaires affichent des images au contenu explicitement sexuel. Comment, dans ce contexte, explorer la piste d’un érotisme urbain qui tendrait à rendre la ville moins hypocrite dans son rapport au corps et au genre ? A ce sujet, on constate une forme évidente de domination masculine sur la rue - liée aux modèles patriarcaux des sociétés occidentales hérités des années 1950 (date qui correspond entre autres à l’essor du modèle capitaliste au niveau mondial) -, qui fait ainsi de l’espace urbain un domaine genré et source de conflits liés aux pulsions.


PORNOPOLIS tend à réconcilier villes et sexualités en proposant des pornotopies libidinales génératrices de plaisir urbain. Il ne s’agit toutefois pas d’un projet de solutions mais bien d’interrogations ouvertes, dont les principales pourraient être « Que faire du sexe en ville ? » et « Est-il juste d’en architecturer les plaisirs ? ».


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PORNOPOLIS is a manifesto aiming to bring an erotic dimension to our cities and our connection with them.

Its  main purpose is to urbanize the industry - and in a larger scale, the practice - of sex in order to decomplex hidden spaces in chinese architecture and turn them into an alternative and erotic metropolis. This Graduation Master Project is closely linked to my Graduation Master Thesis done earlier on my last year in architecture school. This thesis deals with the contributions of the Playboy magazine in terms of sexual and gendered design and architecture during the 50’s and the 70’s in the USA. By treating themes like media coverage on sexual imagery in our contemporary media and the ubiquity of digital prosthesis in our intimacy, this project presents several sexual utopias (pornotopias) taking place in hidden spaces of chinese architecture.


Shanghai is an ideal playground for this urban and social experimentation as it is one of the biggest metropolis in the world undergoing several influences, from occidental capitalist standards to traditional uses in their intimacy. The Bailian New Era mall in Wujiaochang district has been especially chosen as the principal laboratory of an alternative and erotic Shanghai due to its hidden second skin. Invisible from the street as well as from the inside of the mall, we develop several types of pornotopias touching every aspect of sex, from soft to hard : sex shops, spas and saunas, a love hotel, a burlesque cabaret, gay and LGBT night clubs, swingers clubs, a gastronomic restaurant, an erotic library, a brothel… According to chinese culture, PORNOPOLIS suggests more than it shows and only insiders are advised of the schizophrenic depths of the mall. Entering the pornotopic spaces through different processes (moving mirrors, soft and organic walls, rabbit holes leading to wonderland…), pornotopias’ architecture is thought as a giant maze twisted around the principal parallelepipedic volume of Wujiaochang’s Bailian New Era.

The imaginary of this invisible second skin and all the fantasies related to that particular space are used to question our relation to sex in an urban context. Which place are we giving to sex related activities in our cities when we today assist at the criminalization of the prostitution or the removal of places dedicated to sex (sex shops, brothels…) from our city centers to the suburbs, far from our eyes ?
Beyond its provocative an decadent aspect, PORNOPOLIS deals with contemporary thematics within the fields of architecture, philosophy and sociology which are generally less theorized.
So why relating sex, genders, urbanism and architecture ?
This question is not only related to our contemporary societies but has, on the contrary, been already theorized. The place that eroticism takes in our metropolises is a real question when sex shops and sex workers are removed from the gentrified city centers whereas ads with sexual content are spreading in the streets.
In this context, how can we explore the possibility of an erotic urbanism which will transform our cities to less hypocrite organisms when it comes to body and gender ?

PORNOPOLIS is not a project for solutions. It is on the contrary a project of questions, which could be « What to do with urban sex ? » and « Is it relevant to architect pleasure ? »


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Clémentine Dufaut

Projet de Fin d’Etudes_septembre 2016_domaine Architecture, Ville & Territoire_directrice d’études : Anne Jaureguiberry_Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Strasbourg

020p  asked:

Hola! Tengo un trabajo de la facultad en la que tengo que analizar la casa curutchet de le corbusier, tengo que investigar todavía pero por esas casualidades de la vida vos tenes algún archivo importante o fotos fuera de lo normal o datos que normalmente no se encuentran para caritativamente donarme? Jajaj bueno muchas gracias de cualquiera manera, me encanta el laburo que haces con el blog! Súper informativo siempre

íGracias! No tengo mucha información del proyecto, ojalá tuviera algo que pudiera compartir contigo.

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Trek Discord Gothic:

  • He’s from Massachusetts. She’s from Massachusetts. They’re from Massachusetts. You have never even been to Massachusetts, but you begin to suspect that you, too, may be from Massachusetts.
  • Spork is god, yes, but some remember a time before that was true. Nobody speaks the name of the elder gods. The very name “Ska” might burn lesser mortals’ lips.
  • You wake up one day and everyone’s names have changed. The names of those who haven’t been on in months are changed. Your name is changed. You suspect that some cataclysmic event may have happened while you were asleep, but have no idea what it might’ve been.
  • Spork has made a typo. No, Spork has not made a typo. There never was any typo. Shhhhhh.
  • It is 1AM. Spork is going to read fanfic, main chat says. Come onto voice chat! Everyone is on voice chat! Everyone is on voice chat, but everyone is silent. Spork is giggling madly. There is nothing but this stifled cackling for hours.
  • Here, it’s the morning. Here, it’s almost midnight. Here, spring is coming. Here, fall is beginning. Time isn’t real. The two people from Australia might not exist on the same plane of reality. They certainly don’t seem to speak the same language as everyone else.
  • How’d this person join chat? Oh, they’re Trekkie’s friend, from school. Well, how’d this person join chat? Oh, they’re Trekkie’s friend, from school. And how’d this person join chat? Oh, they’re Trekkie’s friend, from scho—
  • You have another dream about doohan. It occurs to you that you don’t know what doohan looks like, at all. It doesn’t matter. Simon Pegg is there. He’s smiling. He gives you squid ink.
  • There are 20 new pinned messages today. All are pictures of Karl Urban with no context. All were posted by Ashely. Ashley is not here anymore. Samantha is.
  • The icon is an egg. The egg has a poorly-drawn face. The egg is grinning at you. The first origins of the joke are lost to time; but the grinning egg itself remains.
  • This is Star Trek chat. Nobody has mentioned Star Trek in a week. Today, you, who have watched only DS9, are having a conversation about Star Trek with someone who has watched only the AOS movies. You’re not really sure what they’re talking about. It doesn’t matter. You’re both having fun.

@first-officer-spork @loneseeker1990 @gay-trek @shadowgoddess1367 @gavr-che @femamerica13 @audjolras

forkithandkin  asked:

if you don't mind me asking, are you mennonite?

I am! I am not, however, an “ethnic Mennonite,” which is to say, my family is not historically Mennonite. I grew up in mostly Baptist and nondenominational churches and came to the Mennonite tradition as an adult.

I should also mention, perhaps, that my church is relatively unusual in that we live in an urban context (the Twin Cities), skew young, and mostly have members who are, like me, converts to Anabaptism. Our theology is essentially the same as more stereotypical Mennonites, but we obviously work out some of the cultural stuff (about what it means to live a life of simplicity, in community) differently than more traditional Anabaptist groups like Old Order Mennonites or the Amish.

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First Look: The Ferrari GTC4Lusso T

The upcoming Paris Motor Show will provide the venue for the unveiling of the GTC4Lusso T, the first four-seater in Prancing Horse history to sport a turbo-charged V8 engine, hailing a whole new Ferrari GT concept aimed at owners seeking a car that is sporty and versatile, as well as a perfect daily driver.

The new GT effortlessly marries elegance, superb occupant comfort and sportiness with the thrilling driving dynamics delivered by a combination of rear-wheel-only drive, four-wheel steering, lighter overall weight and increased weight bias towards the rear (46:54).

The car’s 3.9-litre V8 turbo is the latest evolution to emerge from the engine family that was nominated the 2016 International Engine of the Year. Its maximum power output is 610 cv at 7,500 rpm while maximum torque of 760 Nm is available at between 3,000 and 5,250 rpm.

The V8 turbo’s characteristics suit day-to-day driving in urban contexts: a rich powerful soundtrack in acceleration that becomes more muted at lower speeds, rapid pick-up from low revs courtesy of versatile, modular torque delivery and, last but not least, excellent range.  

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scribblingface  asked:

Yes hello oh my gosh can we keep talking about the Bartimaeus trilogy for a moment because it's one of too few fantasy series that actually presents an anti-colonial narrative where the ruling government is terrible without being exaggeratedly ~evillll~, and where a grassroots resistance movement in a modern urban context are actually good guys not evil terrorists, and it does it all with great characters and laugh-out-loud funny moments. I love those books ;_;

YESSS THANK YOU 

JONATHAN STROUD IS AN ANTI-IMPERIALIST, ANTI-COLONIALIST, CULTURE LOVING GENIUS WHO WRITES THE GREATEST BOOKS YOU COULD EVER READ

AND HE WRITES THEM FOR CHILDREN WHOSE INTELLIGENCE HE RESPECTS MORE THAN MOST ADULTS

WHICH MAKES FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR OUR NEXT GENERATION OF READERS. 

Real talk though the amount of subtlety he puts into the narrative is amazing, like it’s not the focus of the story, but the setting is so mired in classist/marxist themes and dystopia without overly exaggerated and tired cliches. 

And he understands oppression on such a well-thought out scale, on how even kindness doesn’t automatically mean equality, shows it in Bart and Kitty, all while never sacrificing the beautiful fantasy story.

He is, and will forever be, my favorite writer of all time. And Bartimaeus my favorite book series, forever. 

anonymous asked:

What are your thoughts on redesigning buildings instead of maaking new ones? Do you have any favorite projects? I feel like we have so many great buildings today, costly to remove, that just need altering.

Architects do try to save good buildings from demolition. If there is a building standing on a site that we are set to redevelop we always analyze if there is any way to save the existing structure, for a number of reasons: to save money, to maintain the urban fabric/context or just to save an important piece of architecture. 

But the truth is that many older buildings would require too big of an economic investment to save, don’t comply with building codes or do not merit maintaining. I know it sounds cold hearted but unless you are developing a project with your own money most of the time you will have to find the most economically viable route to get the project built. Cities as we know them are always evolving, and if they are fully built out like NYC or London, you will have to find ways of thread new structures into the urban fabric. Sometimes we lose great buildings like the American Folk Art Museum in NYC, but other times we make room for new structures that improve our cities.

My favorite projects tent to be those that are respectful without trying to mimic. A new building that tries to look 100 years old is usually a failure in my book. A recent project that is a success in my book is the School of Architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter built in a tight site with a very tangible cultural and historical context manages to be respectful of the context by being a totally original piece of architecture.

School of Architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

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