Indulging in my obsession with discuss things until I'm blue in the face, here are more thoughts on what happens when the preservation of historical monuments conflicts with changing contexts. In hopes of having a more grounded, realistic understanding of the embattled Syrian monuments, a brief mimetic history of Monument reveals how their preservation is contingent upon living history. Read more here.
An exhibit of five recent projects that are brilliant not only aesthetically but also in formulation and ideas. Two of these are pushing digital technologies forward into exciting, reimagined analogue worlds. The rest are wondrous instances of rich and beautiful architecture, and you don't want to miss them. Read more here.
Prompted by the war in Syria and how it is affecting Syria's many historical architectural and archeological sites, here is a discussion of the various ways—both physical and ideological, active and passive—that historical architecture can interact with ongoing conflicts. Although many 'precedents' have been thrown up for Syria's "compromised cultural heritage", Syria's historical architecture is partaking in this war in an idiosyncratic way that helps explain, and certainly illustrate, the nature of this war.
This overwhelming infographic from 1897 depicts the history of the US Civil War and some contributing factors. Although it might take you some time to orient yourself to the language of the graphic, it is rich with information and detail and is a fascinating, landmark image in the history of infographics. Click for more.
Here are six absolutely kick ass projects that are articulate, fully thought out, brilliant and inspiring.
Swiss photographer Gus Petro forces polar conditions in the American landscape into a confrontation in single frames. What at first seems to be a cheeky, scale-oriented photoshop series actually turns out to be a little more interesting.
New maps based on the US 2010 census combine population density with race in staggeringly mesmerizing and eerie ways. Check out this interactive and fascinating map of the US.
Check out this collection of whimsical and hysterical photos whose subtle sarcasm will put a smile on your face and get you ready for the weekend.
Earlier this month the important artistic icon Ruth Asawa passed away at 87 years old, and the arts & design blogosphere have been featuring retrospectives all month, as they should. Typically they are all sharing the exact same quotes and biographic information about Ruth, so here is some info about her life and some photos of her iconic work.
Welcome to this week's exhibit of the best damn projects you'll find in one week's worth of design blogs. Featured below are works from all different areas of Design—which is why I couldn't think of a focused enough title for this post and instead went with the very articulate "all the things"—,alternatively humorous, nice, pretty and cool.