July 07, 2012
Volcano House for sale in Newberry Springs, California... it could be yours!
February 15, 2010
Lord of the Frogs
Well over a year ago, I had a staring contest with this self-satisfied frog (click to enlarge). It resides (or resided?) at the Paris zoo: the Ménagerie du Jardin des Plante. Founded in 1794, the Ménagerie is the first and oldest civil zoological garden in the world. The zoo has an antique quality –– surreal –– like stepping back into time. Whilst spending a day observing the various birds and se Parisian zoological beasts, one may begin to get the impression that the zoo has become frozen in time since its opening. Not true! As the Ménagerie website points out...
Other buildings, enclosures and improvements were added over the years: notably the bear den in 1805, the first big cats enclosure (since demolished) in 1821, the semi-circular pheasantry in 1827, the reptiles gallery in 1870, a wintering building in 1905, an ape house, transformed into a nursery in 1928, etc.
Group of artists at Jardin des Plantes, from the magazine "L'Illustration", 7 August 1902.
January 20, 2010
Real Fake Worlds
About two weeks ago, Josiah, a friend, sent me the the link to this short film. I started watching and couldn't stop until it was over. Not just because it's so beautifully composed and edited, but also because every object in the film was modeled using 3dsmax and rendered using Vray by only one person... Alex Roman.
If you watch even a portion of it, it's worth link to vimeo to see it full screen so you won't miss a detail.
September 09, 2009
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September 01, 2009
This is Not a Room
by Tatzu Nishi
I recommend taking a look at more of Nishi's weirdly displaced rooms... they're all equally fascinating.
May 13, 2009
A City in a Day
More procedurally generated cities. When will it end?
• earlier: City Engine
May 11, 2009
A traditional Japanese teahouse by architect Terunobu Fujimori, which he calls, "the ultimate personal architecture." He says it feels like an extension of one's body, or "like a piece of clothing."
Somehow it reminds me of it Howl's Castle.
link (thanks Guy!)
May 10, 2009
Flickr photo by sandrift.
March 28, 2009
Intrigued? Just stare at this photo a bit and try to imagine what it might possibly be. I'm thinking... the secret lair of Jame Bond's nemesis? Better yet... evidence of a crashed spaceship!... (because it looks a lot like the top part of the U.S.S. Enterprise to me).
Turns out, we're not so lucky. Brookings reveals the bitter truth...