Archive for the ‘landscaping’ Category

Pied Beauty

Friday, October 30th, 2015

In spite of being completely irreligious and not fond of any of the patriarchal monotheisms with fathery deities, I still love this poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins from 1877. We studied it in high school and for some reason I never forgot it. I almost never see anything stippled or freckled or spotted or striped without thinking of it.

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Sophisticated sundial clock in Medellín, Colombia

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

A little hard to tell from these photos how beautiful this clock is. Depending on which side of noon you are, you view either one side or another. I believe noon hits (more or less) the circle in center. ON the top of the two black polls is a tiny mirror that depending on angle hits grooved lines from 1-12 that run horizontal on the curved walls.

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Ultra Ruin in Taiwan by Finnish architect Marco Casagrande

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

“Ultra-Ruin is a wooden architectural organism that is growing from the ruins of an abandoned red brick farmhouse in the meeting place of terraced farms and jungle. The weak architecture follows the principles of Open Form and is improvised on the site based on instincts reacting to the presence of jungle, ruin and local knowledge.”

For more photos of Ultra Ruin see Marco’s post here.

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You know nothing of the crunch

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

“I’ve seen your CV; there’s nothing on it…  You’ve read all the books, but when it comes to the crunch, where are you?”

“The crunch, how dare you speak to me of the crunch? You know nothing of the crunch, you’ve never even been to the crunch.”

Watch whole episode: Nanageddon.

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Apelle – boat-like house by Finnish architect Marco Casagrande

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Another pleasing structure by Finnish architect Marco Casagrande. (See other projects here.) Called Apelle, it’s made to resemble a boat, and was in fact assembled by local boat carpenters.

“Apelle is a wooden one family house located in Karjaa, Finland. The building rests in a natural harbor like a boat in a sheltering pocket surrounded by bed rocks and trees. 

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Tower of Babel

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Tower of Babel, 1563 by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Bruegel painted a series of three pictures of the Tower of Babel; one, on ivory, is lost.

‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.’ (Genesis 11:4).

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