A somehow water-colored Hong Kong, created by the lo-fi digital zoom of my phone.
Like it when architectural photos become ordinary and when architectural objects become part of their actual neighborhood.
Villa Tugendhat (1929-1930) by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Brno, Czech Republic. Photo by Gert von Bassewitz, 1989.
Bird’s-eye view perspective of recreational area. Slum clearance housing proposal, District 5, Yorkville, Manhattan. Architect William Muschenheim, 1950s.
Funny how pre-rendering era architects used various analog tricks and effects to make images seem new and interesting. And how now some of them seem as though they’re taken 2 seconds after a nuclear detonation.
Landscapes and mappings from the Airways of America (1933), visualizing how unfamiliar conventional maps (and objects) appear from above.
The Garage Book (1927) by the Permanent Building Society. An illustrated look into a modern typology.
“High above the Queensboro Bridge, Terrestris’ 10,000-square-foot greenhouse and garden creates another world.”
Terrestris, an organic rooftop farm and plant shop by one Mrs. Raymond Higgins, as reported by the New York Magazine, February 1971. Unfortunately, the once blooming garden is no more, as movie scout Nick Carr’s blog has noted.
Sculptor William Talbot’s owls on Fitchburg Library, Massachusetts. Architects Carl Koch & Associates (1950).