Monday Song: Rolling in the Deep

January 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

Adele is an English singer and songwriter. This 22 year old girl has quite the soul voice of an older woman and that is great! This song is quite cool to hear with its dark bluesy gospel disco tune. Her new album will be out soon enough.

Enjoy your Monday!


Monday Song: The Long Fall

January 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Marlango are a Spanish band deeply influenced by Tom Waits. This is what they have to say bout this particular song: Sobremesa de un sábado con el sol entrando por la ventana. Dejar pasar el tiempo sin tener ninguna prisa porque todo lo que tenemos es esa larga caída

Enjoy your Monday!


January 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

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London’s Bike Superhighways Increase Bike Traffic by 70%

January 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

When I have used to live in Central London I cycled everyday, everywhere. No place within London was too distant for me as long as I had my bike to go along. I really enjoyed the feeling of freedom to just go everywhere cycling. I remember that it was in fact kind of a dangerous way to travel around the city, mostly because of the double decker buses that are really scary when they’re a feet away from you and specially because of pedestrians that are always trying to cross the streets wherever they want. I really had my share of adventures with street crossing pedestrians while cycling.

The city of London just announced that bike traffic is up 70% on two major thoroughfares in London proper and they are crediting it all to the opening of two bike superhighways last July. The superhighways were meant to entice people to jump on their bikes instead of in their cars by making safe, direct and simple to follow cycling routes from outer neighborhoods into the heart of the city. The two open superhighways are just the beginning — 10 more will be installed in the coming years — of the city’s big plan to help cut their annoying traffic and unhealthy emissions problems by installing a vast an easy to navigate cycling infrastructure.

This new bike superhighways programme for London is really worth the investment. There are thousands of people cycling everyday to and from work and it can get really messy at peak times. The solution is to give priority to cyclists in order to encourage more and more people to use their bikes on an everyday basis.

Mimesis Museum

January 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

© FG+SG Fotografia de Arquitectura

Portuguese Photographer Fernando Guerra is featuring on his website a really interesting report with a great deal of documentation of one of the latest works from the Portuguese Master Architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. The Mimesis Museum is a very minimalistic yet complex-shaped Museum in Paju Book City, South Korea. The building is incredibly detailed in all its aspects, from floors to ceilings, from its interior to the exterior, in a way that only Siza is able to do.

© FG+SG Fotografia de Arquitectura

Mimesis Museum has a flowing concrete form that wraps around a central courtyard, and was inspired by a sketch of a cat that Siza drew upon arriving at the site. The interior has whitewashed walls and ceilings, and marble and timber floors on the ground and first floor respectively. The exterior is pale grey concrete punctuated by steel-framed windows.

For full information on this building be sure to check Fernando Guerra’s website.

Iwan Baan: 2010 Around the World – The Diary of a Year of Architecture

January 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

© Iwan Baan

Dutch Photographer Iwan Baan, one of our favourites, has been invited by the Villa Noailles in Hyeres, France to be the subject of a Photography exhibition entitled, ‘2010 around the world – the diary of a year of architecture’. Having redefined the medium of Architectural Photography since his unexpected entry in 2005, the winner of the inaugural Julius Shulman prize has captured some of today’s most important built spaces.

If you can pass by, don’t miss this chance to check out his gorgeous works.

The Desk

January 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

L Studio, a multi-disciplined creative lab from automaker Lexus, has a great mini-movie up about ‘The Desk’, the place where creatives of all kinds station themselves and make things happen. Interesting thoughts on the future of the desk, and workstations in general, including great behind-the-curtain interviews with Vitra head Alfred Stadler, and famed designer Massimo Vignelli.

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