More amazing drawings from the Bartlett Architecture School show, this time from MArch student Louis Sullivan. He proposes a ‘Living Dam’ which would provide homes for 10,000 inhabitants and: “Together with the integration of ecology, society and infrastructure…is a physical model of a modern ‘hydraulic civilisation’; a community and society sustained and dependant on its control, management and utilisation of water.”
"Whilst providing a store for the national asset of water, the project simultaneously provides a series of tiers, terraces, weirs and platypuses which house a series of beneficial ecologies such as reedbed systems, watercress fields, ponds, lakes and elevated fruit gardens for the water to flurry and flow through, building upon the technology of the Living Machine which segregates wetland ecologies into useful components for accelerated water filtration. The ecologies maintained within the dam go beyond the bucolic, and provide purification and filtration of the water beyond EU drinking water directive 98/83/EC as well as nourishing foods for the occupants to maintain and harvest."
“‘The Living Dam’ is towards a new typology of dam - away from the image of solitary hydrological infrastructures, and towards a model which is not only integral but also integrated with society, which may help alter the public perception of the essential infrastructures and reduce many of the negative consequences associated with dam management.
A ‘useful pyramid’ for the 21st century.”
(Source : lorettabosence)
Émilie Régnier: Mali Passport
via foam: ‘I am really driven by the idea of showing a West African society that is growing,’ says Régnier. That means ignoring the easy and the rote: pictures of elites quaffing champagne, or images cataloguing the atrocities of war. Witnessing with a camera takes many forms. For Régnier, photographic truth is located in the bodily presence of young West Africans proudly negotiating their future, a diverse future of many possibilities.’
Artist David Bowen is known for his kinetic sculptures that are driven by real-world data from natural phenomenon. For his work “Tele-Present Water,” first exhibited at the National Museum in Wroclaw, Poland, Bowen pulled real-time wave intensity and frequency data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) buoy station 46246 (49°59’7″ N 145°5’20″ W) located in the remote Shumagin Islands of Alaska. This information was scaled and transferred to a mechanical grid structure, resulting in an uncanny live simulation of the movement of water from halfway around the world. The piece, along with Bowen’s other works, speaks to the way technology and telecommunications can both alienate us from and unite us with the natural world. While technology has enabled us to control and model phenomena with unprecedented precision, it may also provide a means to understand the world in a more intimate, visceral way.
(Source : designboom.com)
Les étoiles de Jean Renaudie, Givors, Francia.
Friedrich Bayer Bridge LoebCapote Arquitetura
Images Leonardo Finotti
Ackerkratzdistel-Schal - Cirsium arvense, Familie Asteraceae
Die kratzige Ackerkratzdistel ist ein gefürchtetes Unkraut - sie hat kaum Vorzüge, wenn man im internet recherchiert. Aber sie hat die zartesten Samenstände, die ich je kennengelernt habe. Sie fliegen, schweben nicht wie Löwenzahn - sie stehen in der Luft, als sei die Luft dickflüssige Materie. Ich fasse ins Nichts, wenn ich sie zwischen Seide einnähe. Ich spüre nur einen unfassbaren warmen Hauch zwischen meinen Fingern.
Tausende von Samen in einem Schal eingenäht geben das Gefühl, als würde man seine „Aura“ spüren.
Creeping Thistle Shawl - Cirsium arvense, family Asteraceae
The scratchy thistle is a dreaded weed - it has hardly merits, if you search the internet.
But it has the most delicate seeds I have ever met. They do not fly, float like dandelion, for example - they are standing in the air, as if the air were thick matter.
I touch „nothingness“ when I sew them between silk.
I feel only a unfathomable warm breath between my fingers.
Thousands of seeds sewn into a scarf make you sensing “aura”.