The second issue of OPENHOUSE magazine is out. If you haven’t seen it yet go to the web to find your nearest stockist or buy on-line. In this issue we talk to chef Jerome Waag in San Francisco, and we visit tara Steven’s cooking school in Fez, Labofem a plant shop in a home in Istanbul and Philip Johnson’s Glass House. www.openhouse-magazine.com
I fell in love with the beautiful haunting images by french photographer Julien Mauve.
“This project acknowledges an impoverished landscape and loss of space due to the inhumanity of the structures we choose to build. In this mixture of grief and hope, the characters appear on the point of disappearing within the fog that engulfs those urban utopias, considered at the time of construction to be symbols of progress. Disembodied witnesses, they become actors in a play of which the ending is uncertain”
Two years ago, the small Hungarian town of Ajka was pummeled with 35 million cubic meters of toxic sludge when a nearby alumina plant reservoir burst. The red-orange mud flowed through the town streets, with waves reaching over six feet high. It took nearly a week to contain the spill that eventually killed 10 people and destroyed countless houses, schools, businesses, and farms. Spanish Artist Palindromo Meszaros recently travelled to the ravaged town and captured some unbelievable images in his latest photo collection titled “The Line.“
“The Line” exposes the irreparable damage the toxic sludge left on the small town. A thick line of red swallows up trees, dyes the town’s dirt and grass, and brands the bottom half of homes and buildings for as far as the eye can see. Mesarzaro creates these images by only lining up the tip of the red stains with the horizon line in each photograph making the result is so precise and vibrant, it looks as if someone had purposely painted the town red. Though the images are striking, they are a constant reminder of the mark toxic waste has left on the town of Ajka and the continued need and effort to rebuild from the red rubble.Known for his documentary style of photography, Meszaros has created carefully orchestrated images of other Eastern European ecosystems and atmospheres, focusing on social and anthropological issues. His background in architecture is also key to his unique style, building mesmerizing images that tell a captivating, oftentimes overlooked story. He was so moved by the town of Ajka, he produced a second series of photographs, “The Line II,” exploring the lifestyle and landscape of the remaining industrial community.
‘After You Left, They Took It Apart (Demolished Paul Rudolph Homes)’ is a new book published by Columbia College Chicago Press, based on a series of images by architectural photographer Chris Mottalini. text via the modern house
In 2007, Mottalini photographed three abandoned homes designed by the late Modernist architect Paul Rudolph, each awaiting demolition. The buildings were located in Westport, Connecticut (1972-2007), Watch Hill, Rhode Island (1956-2007) and Siesta Key, Florida (1941-2007). The photos are designed to capture the historic and cultural importance of the mid-century buildings, before they were torn down, and the photographer’s frustration over their loss. Paul Rudolph was know for his Brutalist style of architecture, and several more of his buildings are earmarked for demolition. Chris Mottalini recently opened an exhibition at the Reform Modern Gallery in Los Angeles, California. He will feature in an exhibition, Art after Architecture, at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery at Cork University, Ireland, beginning on 22nd November.
text and photos via somewhere i would like to live
In the city of Tokyo, a building stands as an anachronism in relation to the surrounding landscape. The building in question is the Nakagin Capsule Tower designed by Kisho Kurokawa (1934 – 2007), one of the leading members of an experimental architectural movement in the 1960s called Metabolism. This prototype for life in the 21st Century ultimately proved to be an exception rather than the rule, as the first capsule tower became the last completed in the world. Today, the building faces the threat of demolition to make way for a conventional apartment complex. This photographic series captures the building as it faces an uncertain fate.Noritaka Minami’s work ’1972′ is a ongoing project and a response to the building’s potential disappearance as a tangible piece of cultural memory in Tokyo. The camera engages this singular presence within a city and explores the implications this vision of the future from the past holds for contemporary society.
russian photographers and daredevils vadim mahora and vitaly raskalovym travel europe with a clear purpose — to illegally climb to the highest point of the city’s main attraction, hang off its edge, and capture their extraordinary viewpoint. their latest adventure had them scaling skyscrapers, construction cranes, and cathedral steeples, exposing some of the most magnificent and outrageous perspectives of architecture and urban sites. their non-conventional form of tourism brought them to 12 cities, soaring to the top of renowned monuments like antoni gaudi’s masterpiece, the sagrada família in barcelona, the iconic eiffel tower in paris, and the gothic spires of the cologne cathedral in germany.
Once thought to be the most densely populated place on Earth, with 50,000 people crammed into only a few blocks, these fascinating pictures give a rare insight into the lives of those who lived Kowloon Walled City. Taken by Canadian photographer Greg Girard in collaboration with Ian Lamboth the pair spent five years familiarising themselves with the notorious Chinese city before it was demolished in 1992.The city was a phenomenon with 33,000 families and businesses living in more than 300 interconnected high-rise buildings, all constructed without contributions from a single architect.
A concrete air-raid bunker, built in 1942 on the corner of a city block in the Berlin Mitte district is the home of art collector Christian Boros and his wife Karen. Five repetitive storeys contain 80 rooms whose neutrality forms a suitable showcase for the client’s contemporary art collection
Private Bunker Series, the collection of photographs show a variety of residential houses shut-off from the outside world; their windows and doors nowhere to be seen. There’s a surrealism and a beauty to these images. In many ways they feel claustrophobic – even horrific – but there’s also an elegance to be found in their minimalist forms and their obscure abstractions. Carsten Güth studied architecture but now lives and works in Stuttgart as a designer. Recently he released this series as a zine and you can check out photographs of it on his blog. . Read More