Architecture Monday

Oh wow.  Clearly there’s some great photography going on here – waiting for a mist-filled valley morning is perfect! – but there is a lot of beauty to find here in this exhibition building comprised of two pavilions angling towards each other, one transparent and light, the other opaque and heavy.

Together they are an expressive pair, borrowing from the cultural language without becoming a copy of form or straying too far to become a mocking bit of press-on-pastiche (albeit the entry door portico really straddles that line).  Surrounded by both a large reflecting pool and gardens, it manages to remain tranquil and grounded despite its big and bold forms.

Very cool.  A great and appropriate use of expressive abstraction coupled with some refined details (like the sunshade fins on the glass building) and some very nice play of space and feel between the two building wings all make for a winner.  Good stuff.

The Gaoligong Town Exhibition Center by Mingzheng Li

Wonder Wednesday

This is something nifty… a “hyperlapse” film touring around New York City and some of its biggest landmarks, created entirely from, and only from, publicly available tourist photos.  Every frame is from a still image, pulled from the internet, effectively crowdsourcing the imagery for the tour.  Mesmerizing and a stark illustration of our gravitation towards things called a “landmark”, and even more so of both our photo revolution (given the high-def cameras we’re always now carrying around in our pockets), and the accompanying revolution (and the accompanying attempt at gaining social capital) in and of sharing these images and moments for all to see.