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Korean Convergence

‘It’s an amalgamation of ‘sign’ (Korean written language) and ‘space’: signs become spaces, and spaces become signs’

The South Korean pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010. Designed by Mass Studies. More info here.

Found via Poketo

Daily life in North Korea

‘British photographer Charlie Crane traveled to Pyongyang, the capital city and obtained permission to photograph daily life in North Korea.’

More here.

Found via H&FJ

Memorial Day 2011

Remembering my father today.

Design in use: ‘How Buildings Learn’

Designing for use is something often overlooked by designers. What happens once the design is in the hands of actual people?

Stewart Brand takes a long look at design AFTER it’s implemented – in this case, the design of buildings. Does ‘form follow function?’

6-part, 3-hour BBC Documentary. Based on Brand’s book. Music by Brian Eno. From 1997.

Posted in its entirety on Google. Part one above. For part two thru six, go here.


‘Unofficial’ video for Hurts’ Illuminated. Edited by Alexander Schwarz.

Found via Evlory Dearing

Floating Chicago

‘A collection of mirrored skyline timelapses’

The work of Craig Shimala.

Found via I Like It. What Is It?

Building Brasilia

‘Gautherot’s photographs of Brasilia offer a thorough, cohesive portrait of the new city.’

Photographs by Marcel Gautherot document the early construction of modernist urban planning landmark Brasilia, 1957-1960.

Book here. More info here.

Found via DesignFeast

Jorge Fontan: Kinetic Kafka

‘The building is a work of kinetic architecture a cube that opens expands and morphs according to the building use. The building is potentially different every time someone visits.’

Jorge Fontan’s conceptual design for the Franz Kafka Cultura Centrum in Prague.

Tim Kim: ‘waiting for the elevator’

From his Life Series.

Series includes ‘Talking type with Erik Spiekermann.’

(Has nothing to do with ‘Planking’ – which seems to have evolved separately)

BEST Peeling

‘This approach is a way of asking questions and changing public response to the significance of commercial buildings in the suburban environment.’

Back in the 1970s, architectural firm SITE created some great facades for the BEST retail chain as part of what was titled The Peeling Project. Sacramento was home to the ‘earthquake’ variant (pictured). The pushed out slab could be moved as necessary to reveal the front entrance.

The BEST chain is now gone – tho evolved into Best Buy, which currently occupies the same building, but the cool entrance is long gone.

More info here. SITE site here.


Spotted in Soho.

Found via According to G

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