Posts Tagged ‘building’

World’s ugliest buildings?

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

The Pilgrimage Church in Neviges, Germany

These were listed among the world’s ugliest buildings, aggregated from various rankings in Forbes, Virtual Tourist and Oddee.com. Quite apart from blithely ignoring the complexity of the question “what is beautiful,” which philosophy has attempted to deal with for centuries and has only made more unanswerable, this list is pretty odd.

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Architecture by tornado

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

When I saw the photo above in the news this morning, I thought it was a great building until I realized it was actually storm damage in Midland, Ontario. A tornado produces strangely similar effect to architect James Wines’ SITE buildings for the Best Products Company (below).

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Soviet architecture from the 60s and 70s, photographed by Frederic Chaubin

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Utopian soviet architecture, futuristic and sci-fi, photographed by Frederic Chaubin, editor of French magazine Citizen K. Interview and photos from Ping Mag. The architect who designed the building below was influenced by a sketch of an imaginary city drawn by a Russian artist. “Roads Ministry” (Tbilisi, Georgia, 1975).

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Vancouver’s Selwyn Pullan

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Selwyn Pullan is Vancouver’s most prolific architectural photographer of midcentury modern houses and buildings. He’s 86 now, and recently a collection of his photographs has been shown at the West Vancouver Museum (which make sense, since so much of Vancouver’s modern housing is located in that municipality across the harbour), and at the Charles H.

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Vancouver, if Tokyo doesn’t want the Nakagin Capsule Tower, let’s ship it over here.

Friday, July 10th, 2009

It shouldn’t be that difficult; it comes apart. The owner residents of Tokyo’s famous Nakagin Capsule Tower have voted to demolish it and rebuild a “modern” tower on the same location, which is now a valuable property adjacent to the Ginza district. See the recent article by architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff in the NYT and an interesting post on pingmag.

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Whatever happened to the “Beatles ashram” in Rishikesh?

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

UPDATE: This Guardian article on the 1972 visit of Led Zeppelin to India contains a reference to the supposed restoration of this ashram. Anyone heard anything else? Please leave links/information in the comments. Thanks!

Paul Prudence, author of the blog dataisnature, took these photographs of the abandoned Rishikesh ashram of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi—celebrity yogi to the Beatles and a central figure in late 60s counterculture.

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