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Wednesday 06.12.2013 , Posted by

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People who live in glass houses… probably never had a glass house made of sugar like this one. By caramelizing sugar at different temperatures, William Lamson was able to produce an array of colors, which he used like stained glass window panes for this beautiful Solarium. The one-room “house” was assembled at Storm King Art Center- one of the world’s leading sculpture parks in upstate New York. Surrounded by beautiful hills and trees in the distance on each side, the space was meant to be a meditative, plant conservatory/ zen garden that encourages reflection. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #452 > Just Add Water: Amazing Houses

Monday 06.10.2013 , Posted by


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Rooms Illustrated Using Their Descriptive Words

Monday 05.27.2013 , Posted by

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Modern Mantra is a highly unusual series of 18 drawings from Swedish artist Thomas Broomé. Using Indian ink on white paper he creates home interiors completely from written words describing the objects he draws. In this way the words simultaneously describe what they visually depict. In the case of his piece called Bedroom, the flowing sheet covering the bed is built up of repeating versions of the work “BED,” while the pillows are similarly created using only the word “PILLOW.” Each repeated word is distorted and placed in perspective to accurately represent the object it symbolizes, and besides those found in the words, no lines are used. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #439 > Creating Serenity: Architecture

Wednesday 05.15.2013 , Posted by

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Mysterious Forces Pull Buildings Apart

Tuesday 05.14.2013 , Posted by

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One word that comes to mind when first observing a Ben Grasso painting: dynamic. Just about every piece of his large scale work is in motion – either being blown outward by an explosion, being blown away by a hurricane-force wind, or in many examples, moved by a mysterious energy beyond explanation. Much of his work features classic wooden buildings from the American plains – their timber frame details, long strips of siding and even surrounding foliage moving quickly in divergent directions. It’s a chaotic sight, but one filled with a surprising amount of beauty. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #428> Birds Eye View: Amazing Homes

Sunday 04.28.2013 , Posted by

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Mid-Century Modern Architecture on Acid

Monday 04.22.2013 , Posted by

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In Australian artist Paul Davies’ paintings, mid-century homes dominate the landscape with their linear styling, large windows and near ubiquitous swimming pools. His dreamy paintings feature washes of color that bring them into a later era, one filled with drug experimentation taking place after the seemingly idyllic 50s and 60s. Here the swimming pools are often empty and unused, the symbols of a bygone optimism and strict perfectionism now forgotten. [Read more...]

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Pecha Kucha Night: The Presentation Series in Posters

Wednesday 04.17.2013 , Posted by

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Since its inception in 2003, Pecha Kucha has gone viral around the globe. The clever format of short talks gives the creative and interesting people of our world a platform to express themselves… while staying extremely concise. Presenters at each event are given just 20 seconds each to describe 20 slides. This short 8 minutes gives a Pecha Kucha Night the informal and spontaneous feel of something special and very personal. With all the creativity that flows from these events, we thought we’d share some of our favorite recent posters from the now 10 year old series. [Read more...]

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Paolo Soleri, founder of Arcology, dies at 93

Saturday 04.13.2013 , Posted by

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Arcology is the term coined by visionary architect Paolo Soleri to mean a fusion of both architecture and ecology. Soleri spent his lifetime investigating how architecture, and specifically the architecture of the city, could support the endless possibilities of human aspiration. He founded Arcosanti in Arizona, an urban laboratory focused on innovative design, community, and environmental accountability. His ideas were vast and envisioned on a grand scale, and throughout his long life he used them to question our familiar ideas about what architecture could be. He passed away April 9 at the age of 93. [Read more...]

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The Hippest McDonalds in Town

Thursday 04.11.2013 , Posted by

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If you are ever driving through the town of Batumi, Georgia, be sure to re-fuel at the latest petrol station in town and grab a Big Mac while you’re at it. The combined McDonalds and Gas station in Batumi is unlike the common food and gas station stops around the world. It is quite the opposite. It is more like filling gas at the Musuem of Modern Art. Inside is a full scale McDonald’s with a reflection pool and recreational space for its customers. [Read more...]

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