Al Karama. Crossroads Argel 2013 / Boamistura
The Casbah is the old part of Algiers. It is UNESCO World Heritage, but today is very damaged. The Casbah gave to city’s seaport the nickname of “The white one”, due to the color the houses used to have. We founded poetic give back the white to the walls, preserving part of the original white, letting the walls and people shine again today.
La Casbah es el casco histórico de Argel, Patrimonio de la Humanidad, que hoy se encuentra muy deteriorada. Dio a este puerto del mediterráneo el apodo de “La Blanca” por el color con que un día fueron pintados sus edificios. Nos parecíó poético devolverle el blanco, respetando parte del blanco original, haciendo que sus paredes y su gente vuelvan a brillar hoy.
Rejecting the Monotony of the Glass-and-Steel Look | Via
With the price of land and construction ever rising, a vast majority of the numerous residential construction projects in Williamsburg over the past decade have been decidedly risk-averse in terms of design. Most developers have chosen the same loft-like, boxy, glass-and-steel look, creating could-be-anywhere streetscapes on formerly distinctive and gritty blocks.
Yet amid the monotony, there are some owners and designers doing different work. Some of it is driven by the neighborhood’s transformation from unconventional to fashionable, attracting wealthy, artistic types who want private homes that are both luxurious and high-design. Other projects exist as a cascading effect of Williamsburg’s increasing population and wealth, including new styles of public buildings and experiments in sustainability like Mr. Boyle’s, created as antidotes to profit-driven development.
Mr. Boyle, a self-described handyman who built what he said was the first shipping container house in the city, completed his 1,600-square-foot home after three years of construction and struggles with the Buildings Department over matters like the size of the lot (a relatively small 20 feet by 40 feet) and the structure’s fire rating. The house’s materials and its furnishings are nearly all found or recycled. The six steel shipping containers that form the shell of the building cost $1,500 each.
Mr. Boyle: you’re doing it right.
Chat Travieso. Pop up park in between cyclone fence in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. http://www.chattravieso.com/
Le Corbusier, Book Dummy for “Une Petite Maison”, (1954)
In 1954, Le Corbusier published the book, “Une Petite Maison”. In it, he describes the house that he built for his aging parents on the shores of Lake Geneva. It is above all about the act of dwelling, an essay on the poetics of space. As Gaston Bachelard explains in his book of the same name, “The act of dwelling arises infallibly as soon as one has the impression of being sheltered.” Le Corbusier’s book is a series of lessons on the poetics of shelter. They begin with the title and dust jacket. “Une Petite Maison” means not simply a quantitatively small house but especially a quantitatively small house. We sleep more soundly”, observes Bachelard in a “little house” than in a large one. The “little house” calls for reveries of coziness associated with miniatures. This cozy seclusion is even suggested in the cover where Le Corbusier has drawn a broad black band around it’s surface, thereby placing it in it’s own sheltered nest.
Also see Le Corbusier and the Maisons Jaoul — the houses are often thought of as the antithesis of everything commonly referred to as “Corbusian”.
Learning from Las Vegas, Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour, 1972
WAÏF. When learning is FUN