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ARCHITECTURE
+ Yohji Yamamoto, tel aviv

+ Yohji Yamamoto, tel aviv

This is a new one for Israel: notorious avant-garde fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto exhibiting over 80 silhouettes at the Holon Design Museum (architect: Ron Arad) from July 5th – October 20th, 2012. His work, as always, is removed from the latest and the hyped and the temporal trends of yesterday, today, and tomorrow morning. Taking...
+ VOIX: The Fundamental Group

+ VOIX: The Fundamental Group

Stephen pounds down the stairs from the design studio into the kitchen, scrambling to catch his flight with half hour to go. We assume it’s a mad dash to meet a client. In contrast, Gunnar languidly disappears for milk to make us some coffee. THE morning necessity taken care of, GabrielDesigns is then introduced to...
+ London Moments

+ London Moments

The bloke at Border Control doesn’t like me much. The American passport is an instant failure. The immigration/visa stamps from Italy, France, Germany, Israel, South Korea…oh the frown deepens. “Please step this way Sir…” (…40 mins later…) There’s a “Welcome to London” sign just outside the Border Control exit at Gatwick Airport. The welcome team...
+ death of a cement factory

+ death of a cement factory

When a cement factory gets decommissioned, you can’t simply call a bulldozer and plow it down. (There’s always money involved. Or lack of.) Rather, the site conveniently gets abandoned. “Forgotten.” And over time, natural forces dictate the deconstruction. Rain and wind crumbles the concrete, exposing the steel within. Moss and lichen, wild grass and weeds...
+ Israeli Brutalism - part 2

+ Israeli Brutalism – part 2

For more details on some of the architecture and design: Introduction to Tel Aviv at mb! by Mercedes-Benz.
+ Israeli Brutalism - part 1

+ Israeli Brutalism – part 1

The world is holding its breath as tension surmounts in Israel and the Middle East. April’s Monocle reports Prime Minister Benhamin Netanyahu to have increased the 2012 defense budget by six percent in response to political instabilities in the Middle Eastern nations. According to New York Times, an Israeli offense meant to counter Iran’s insistence...
+ uncorrupted moments, brussels

+ uncorrupted moments, brussels

Out of the few hundred shots taken with the ancient D70, only a few handful remained uncorrupted much to my horror upon return. It’s time to put this camera to rest but the next one is beyond my pocket’s reach…Would anyone please like to sponsor a D700/D300s Nikon body? Otherwise….this website is a FAIL. That...
+ polish architecture

+ polish architecture

There’s a drunk shadow madly running across the streets of Warsaw, limbs flailing around, and outbursts of incoherent words echo through the night, mere minutes after the last train from Berlin arrives. His two companions follow at a more civilized pace, one searching for a bank to raid, the other keeping an eye out for...
+ hotel kyjev, bratislava

+ hotel kyjev, bratislava

Hotel Kyjev, completely…abandoned. 1970s Slovak modernist architecture. Currently closed for renovation. Sadly I couldn’t find a way inside.
+ gropiusstadt

+ gropiusstadt

Behold the epic failures of German mid 20th century architecture. The dreams of a prosperous community now relegated to the near-dead, the trashed out, the severely poor, and in general extremely-bitter residents of southern Neuk├Âlln. The city proposes that in five years time, Gropiusstadt will be resurrected as a happy-go middle class community…bonne chance. The...