Interior photographs by Lynne Cohen (1944 – 2014)
Danish Architect Bjarke Ingels is redesigning the zoo experience to create an integrated space where there are no cages, and wildlife and humans are able to co-exist peacefully. Building upon an existing zoological park originally founded in the 1960s in southern Denmark, ZOOTOPIA will feature three continents—Asia, Africa, and America—connected by loops that begin in one central location. The key to this experience and design is in the camouflage of the structures, which will not be buildings so much as bunkers. Utilizing pods and paths, visitors will be able to fly, sail, bike, or hike through the park, all the while not disrupting the inhabitants. But the real question is, what if the inhabitants start disrupting the visitors? Cages or not, Zoo animals are only as free as their confines allow.
In a grand example of quick and shoddy Chinese construction, sports officials in Tonghe County in Northeastern China had 90-degree corners painted on the running track of their newly refurbished stadium. When asked about the mistake, one commented “In order to get it ready for the leaders, we painted it like that… we think it is ugly too but if the leaders don’t ask us to change it, what are we supposed to do?”
Iconic Houses by Matteo Muci
Recently over the course of 3 1/2 days, Steve Powers and ICY Signs painted an entire block of 37 abandoned rowhomes in Baltimore. Forever joined together, the buildings in the crime-ridden neighborhood are slated for demolition at the end of June. The words on the last house come from Mr Chris, a past resident of the neighborhood who in response to questions from concerned people about why he wouldn’t move from the dangerous block said “I am here because its home.” A Love Letter to Baltimore, indeed.
Early on the foggy Saturday morning of July 28th, 1945, a U.S. Army B-25 bomber on its way to Newark Airport crashed directly into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building. The building reopened two days later.
The New Must-Have for Luxury Buildings: Graffiti by Elizabeth Greenspan
Graffiti is used to sell lots of things, of course. In the nineties, Nike and Coca-Cola began hiring well-known graffiti artists to paint large-scale murals and to help design advertising campaigns targeted at young people. Other industries—fashion, vodka, fast food—followed. But the real-estate industry’s use of graffiti is different; after all, taggers don’t vandalize sneakers. Historically, property owners and developers have tended to consider graffiti a sign of decay that lowers property values. But that was before people started finding grittiness really cool.
The Fifth Pillar: A Case for Hip-Hop Architecture by Sekou Cooke