Sep 22, 2014
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Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia, under construction in 1897 (photographer unknown).

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia, under construction in 1897 (photographer unknown).

(Source: loc.gov)

Sep 22, 2014
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Brutally pink.

Brutally pink.

Sep 22, 2014
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The garden metaphor.

The garden metaphor.

Sep 22, 2014
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Palm modernism.

Palm modernism.

Sep 21, 2014
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Roadside greens.

Roadside greens.

Sep 21, 2014
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Planter ambivalence.

Planter ambivalence.

Sep 21, 2014
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The leveled view.

The leveled view.

Sep 21, 2014
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Stairs, laundry, strange blandness. Sure Hong Kong signs.

Stairs, laundry, strange blandness. Sure Hong Kong signs.

Sep 21, 2014
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Postcard of Thomas Mann’s house, ca. 1940s (undated).

The mystified archive print seems worlds apart from its current existence as “The House That Death in Venice Built in Pacific Palisades.”

Postcard of Thomas Mann’s house, ca. 1940s (undated).

The mystified archive print seems worlds apart from its current existence as “The House That Death in Venice Built in Pacific Palisades.

(Source: brbl-dl.library.yale.edu)

Sep 19, 2014
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VIADUCITY (1987) by architects I. Galimova and M. Fadeeva. A competition entry for the Bridge of the Future competition in Japan Architect (JA) magazine. From Архитектура СССР 1988 No. 7-8.

There’s something familiar in this Soviet competition era entry, which at the time was a rare participation in a foreign architecture competition. I think similar utopian monumentalism and a re-analysis of the Piranesian classical and the radical postmodern is currently ongoing in many current architectural practices. But what is it telling us?

In 2012 this Soviet “Paper Architecture” was discussed in this great article on Domus by Massimiliano Gioni and Yuri Avvakumov. It’s a fascinating account on how these Soviet fantasy entries became a movement and how they succeeded in “dodging Soviet censorship by submitting projects to a competition announced by the magazine Japan Architecture.

If the Soviet era architects were confined by state ideology and escaping its effects on creative expression into the utopia, then what is the current escapism about?

(Source: journal-club.ru)

Sep 18, 2014
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Sep 17, 2014
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"In prehistoric times, before man had discovered the great secret of agriculture, the area now covered by Greater London could support only about 100 individuals." From Peoples of All Nations, ca. 1920 (not dated).

"In prehistoric times, before man had discovered the great secret of agriculture, the area now covered by Greater London could support only about 100 individuals." From Peoples of All Nations, ca. 1920 (not dated).

(Source: archive.org)

Sep 17, 2014
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Comprehensive Map of Vietnam’s Provinces (越南全景) ca. 1890. An undated brush and ink manuscript map showing rivers and mountains of Vietnam during the 19th century.

Comprehensive Map of Vietnam’s Provinces (越南全景) ca. 1890. An undated brush and ink manuscript map showing rivers and mountains of Vietnam during the 19th century.

(Source: wdl.org)

Sep 17, 2014
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The aesthetics of ski routes. Squaw Valley, California, in Ski magazine, Oct 1969.

(Source: books.google.com.hk)

Sep 17, 2014
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The Cañon from Grand View Photograph by F. J. Haynes. From Burton Holmes Travelogues, Vol. 6 (1908).

The Cañon from Grand View Photograph by F. J. Haynes. From Burton Holmes Travelogues, Vol. 6 (1908).

(Source: archive.org)

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