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BLDG BLOG 2014-12-02 02:20:00
[Image: "Historical Monument of the American Republic" by Erastus Salisbury Field]. I just spent far too much time clicking around on Archi/Maps, where?amongst dozens of other images?this painting by Erastus Salisbury Field, showing a proposal for an "Historical Monument of the American Republic," seemed worth a quick post. Check out related images under the "utopia" or "monument" tags.


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BLDG BLOG 2014-12-02 02:09:00
[Image: Bond Street platform tunnels, courtesy Crossrail]. Crossrail?the massive, 73-mile rail project currently underway in London, including twin-bore 13-mile tunnels?has released a handful of new photos showing the underground works. [Images: Bond Street platform tunnels, courtesy Crossrail]. I'm a sucker for images of the human form stranded amidst the shadows of massive, dimensionally abstract spatial environments, so I thought I'd post …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-11-28 21:49:00
[Image: An extraordinary diagram by Auguste Choisy]. France is considering a ban on stereoscopic viewing equipment?i.e. 3D films and game environments?for children, due to "the possible [negative] effect of 3D viewing on the developing visual system." As a new paper states, the use of these representational technologies is "not recommended for chidren under the age of six, use in moderation for …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-11-28 17:40:00
[Image: The International Space Station at night, photographed by astronaut Alexander Gerst, courtesy of the ESA]. The European Space Agency recently released a group of photos taken by astronaut Alexander Gerst showing the International Space Station at night. The only real contextual information provided is that "the six astronauts on the weightless research centre live by GMT, and generally sleep at …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-11-20 20:33:00
[Image: A screen grab from the homepage of Orbital Insight]. Proving that some market somewhere will find a value for anything, a company called Orbital Insight is now tracking "the shadows cast by half-finished Chinese buildings" as a possible indicator for where the country's economy might be headed. As the Wall Street Journal explains, Orbital Insight is part of a new …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-11-20 19:01:00
[Image: "Untitled #13," from "Scripted Movement Drawing Series 1" (2014) by Andrew Kudless]. San Francisco-based designer and architect Andrew Kudless is always up to something interesting, and one of his most recent projects is no exception. For a new group of small works called "Scripted Movement Drawing Series 1" (2014), Kudless is exploring how robots might make visual art?in this specific …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-11-20 16:53:00
[Image: Laser-etched wood panel, design by Kris Davidson, etching by Clear Cut Creation]. This laser-etched wood panel designed by tattoo artist Kris Davidson is pretty awesome. While the grain of the bamboo itself interferes in a few spots with the actual patterns?perhaps suggesting that something like stained hardwood would be a better choice to really make this thing pop?it's nonetheless a …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-11-18 14:34:00
Screenshot from a sample 3D car crash animation created by Kineticorp; visit their website for the video. (Note: An earlier version of this interview previously appeared on Venue). Ellis Barstow, the protagonist in Nick Arvin's most recent novel, is a reconstructionist: an engineer who uses forensic analysis and simulation to piece together, in minute detail, what happened at a car …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-11-18 12:07:00
[Image: Red Bull New York offices by INABA; photo by Greg Irikura]. I got a handful of preview shots from the new Red Bull New York offices the other night, with interiors designed by INABA, and I thought I'd post them here. [Image: Red Bull New York offices by INABA; photo by Greg Irikura]. INABA, of course, already designed the connected …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-11-14 13:49:00
[Image: Comet 67P, via ESA]. In the story of how European Space Agency researchers are scrambling to locate?and possibly move?the Philae probe, which they successfully landed on Comet 67P two days ago, there's an interesting comment about computer vision and the perception of exotic landscapes. [Image: Comet 67P, via New Scientist]. "We're working our eyes off," one of the scientists says …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-11-14 13:30:00
[Image: David Gissen, "Cross-Bronx Expressway," with Victor Hadjikyriacou; from Landscape Futures]. In case you're reading this near Ithaca, New York, I thought I'd mention that I'll be speaking at a conference this weekend at Cornell, called Spolia: Histories, Spaces, and Processes of Adaptive Reuse. Things kick off this evening with a lecture by Kate Orff. What are spolia? From the …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-11-14 13:11:00
[Image: From Science Daily/University of Oslo]. Robots emitting robots emitting robots: this is one way that machines will learn to navigate extreme spatial environments. "In the future," we read in a press release courtesy of Science Daily, "robots must be able to solve tasks in deep mines on distant planets, in radioactive disaster areas, in hazardous landslip areas and on the …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-11-12 18:13:00
[Image: Outside the Tesla factory; Instagram by BLDGBLOG]. The coolest thing about a tour of the Tesla factory out in Fremont, California, is the huge metal-stamping machine?a behemoth piece of equipment that applies more than five thousand tons of pressure in order to mold metal parts in an instant. In fact, it was not even the company's largest, which was offline …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-11-12 03:32:00
[Image: "Fantasy House 10" by Charley Harper]. These aren't the best-quality scans in the world, but I just rediscovered these on my computer and thought I'd post them. These are so-called "fantasy houses" by artist Charley Harper, originally published in, as far as I can tell, the November 1959 issue of Ford Times, exactly 55 years ago. To use an ungainly …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-11-03 19:57:00
[Image: Photo by Dmitry Kostyukov, courtesy of The New York Times]. The New York Times has the strange story of an abandoned and overgrown military base near Paris where "scientists blew up more than half a ton of uranium in 2,000 explosions... often outdoors, just 14 miles from the Eiffel Tower." The site is now being considered for demolition, the ground …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-10-21 15:01:00
[Image: Screen grab via military.com]. This new, partly digital sand table interface developed for military planning exercises would seem to have some pretty awesome uses in an architecture or landscape design studio. Using 3D terrain data?in the military's case, gathered in real-time from its planetary network of satellites?and a repurposed Kinect sensor, the system can adapt to hand-sculpted transformations in …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-10-19 01:21:00
[Image: From Gravesend?The Death of Community by Chris Clarke]. Gravesend is a suburb east of London, hosting on its own eastern edge something of a secondary suburb: a mysterious town on the edge of town that turns out not to be a town at all. It is a simulated English village built in 2003 by the Metropolitan Police working with Equion …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-10-07 19:32:00
[Image: Tokyo subway map, via re:form]. "Just as postal systems remade geographic places into zones determined by politics and history," Amy Johnson writes for re:form, "social media technologies are remaking them today." "Historically," Johnson writes, "the categories of both who helps in natural disasters and who is helped have largely been organized around place, in this case mapped according to its …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-10-07 19:26:00
[Image: Real estate development or avant-garde earthwork? The future streets of Ascaya; courtesy of Ascaya]. The website for the stalled Las Vegas development known as Ascaya?which we saw in the previous post through the aerial photographs of Michael Light?is itself quite remarkable and worth a quick visit. At first glance, the site could actually be mistaken for some kind of strange …


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BLDG BLOG 2014-10-07 03:24:00
[Image: "Looking east over unbuilt Ascaya lots, Black Mountain beyond, Henderson, Nevada," 2010; from Black Mountain by Michael Light]. Photographer Michael Light has a new book coming out this fall, with work documenting the construction and large-scale terrestrial formatting of a housing development called Lake Las Vegas. [Image: "Unbuilt Ascaya lots and cul-de-sac looking west, Henderson, Nevada," 2011; from Black Mountain …


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