The Funambulist

In 1992, Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata (see previous posts here and here) was commissioned to create an installation around the abandoned Small Pox Hospital on Roosevelt Island (NYC). Faithful to his...

A very interesting construction takes place on the lake Titicaca (between Peru and Bolivia). In fact, the Uros people regularly build up islands with rushes and mud. The islands are then...

Whoever travels in Laos can visit at some point Akha villages hosting surprising elevated little houses as you can see on the pictures. Those houses called “love huts”, are built by...

As short as great article on Deconcrete entitled Suspended Bivouac Shelters… Also see BLDG BLOG‘s last article about this strange Michigan triangle… More articles very soon

I’ve been visiting the beautiful city of Chicago recently and I’ve been particularly impressed by the beauty of those tall buildings’ emergency staircases. No one seems to have been really thought...

Sociable Weavers are birds living in the Botswana desert (which is the site of Catherine Ingraham current seminar at Pratt) and they have the ability to build up amazing sophisticated nests...

If Hell is a place where fire never stops to burn, Centralia (Pennsylvania) might be this place… In fact this little town is burning since 1962 when a fire began inside...

Here is are some pictures from amazing growing root bridges in India. A beautiful application of Gille Deleuze’s mouvement en train de se faire describing Leibniz’s philosophy. Here is the little...

Fingal’s cave is situated on Staffa’s island in Scotland an its characteristics consist of presence of Basalt Organs. These basalt columns results from solidification and thermic contraction of a basalt stream...

ville souterraine près de Tungkwan (Chine) Exposition au MOMA (NY) en 1964 par Bernard Rudofsky sur l’architecture vernaculaire “autocréée” dont la fonction est la seule motivation pour exister. Si vous cherchez...

Another example of self-construction in Bernard Rudofsky’s Architecture without Architects. Dwellings below, fields upstairs One of the most radical solutions in the field of shelter is represented by the underground towns...

One of self-construction’s motivation comes from the fact that it is difficult for the authority to control and thus, sometimes its illegal existence for a more or less important time. That...

In Architecture without Architects, Bernard Rudofsky presents this example of a Pakistan city, Hyperabad Sind where a bunch of unique air-conditionners: These unusual roofscapes are a prominent feature of the lower...

This month’s thematic would be about self-construction. Self-construction always takes place in an interesting debate for the reason it questions the role of the architect. Moreover, it often succeed to achieve...

That’s Tokyo sewers, it’s just incredible! (it’s a old series of photo already publish on a lot of blogs and websites) IMAGES COPYRIGHT 2005 EDOGAWA RIVER OFFICE, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

After this post about Tadashi Kawamata’s workshop in Versailles’ school of architecture, here is his own installation in La Maréchalerie. Like the students’ work, Kawamata uses crates and little plastic joints....

While we are amazed by fancy shaped architectures, some other people are inventing clever devices with almost no money. Sistema Arde has been designed by Alejandro Villareal and Pedro Martinez to...

Maintenant que la Tour Saint Jacques se soit progressivement déshabillée de son bel habit, c’est au tour du Palais du Sénat d’interroger malgré lui, le lien qu’entretient ce qu’on appelle le...

Lorsque l’architecture s’autocréer, nous sommes tous au chomage technique mais c’est beau !

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