Tag Archives: urban spaces

Embracing imperfections

13 May

506a2a76fb04d60a47000e15__w_530_h_530_s_fit_kleinWhat we did to pottery and ceramic ware yesterday, we can do to walls, rooms and houses today: enhance cracks, cuts, bruises and breaks by purposefully incorporating them . Olivo Barbieri’s image entitled Napoli shows this beautifully. Ironically enough Olivo’s print is worth a fair bit … as you can see on p. 216 in the issuu-based auction catalogue Italia.  Image found on FFFFOUND!; followed to ApartmentTherapy and beyond to David John’s site YouHaveBeenHereSomeTime.



5 Mar

“Der Garten ist der letzte Luxus unserer Tage, denn er fordert das, was in unserer Gesellschaft am seltensten und kostbarsten geworden ist: Zeit, Zuwendung und Raum.

Er ist Stellvertreter der Natur, in dem wir Geist, Wissen und Handwerk wieder gebrauchen in sorgsamen Umgang mit der Welt in ihrem Mikrokosmos, dem Garten.”

Dieter Kienast – Die Poetik des Gartens: Über Chaos und Ordnung in der Landschaftsarchitektur (Buch)

Danke für den Hinweis an Martina Hasewinkel, Convivienleiterin Slow Food Bielefeld/OWL

On the value of gardens

5 Mar

“The garden is the last luxury of our days, because it demands what has become most rare and most precious in our society: time, care and space.

It is a representative of nature, in which we use mind, knowledge and craft again, in headful dealing with the world in its microcosm, the garden.”

Freely translated from Dieter Kienast’s book: Die Poetik des Gartens: Über Chaos und Ordnung in der Landschaftsarchitektur

Thanks to an owl for sharing the find (^v^) Martina Hasewinkel, convivium host Slow Food Bielefeld/OWL

Louis Vuitton only put a camp bed in a trunk. Hotello is a whole hotel room in a trunk.

15 Apr

We’ve been talking about portable meal packaging (= food carriers), including travel bars and mobile kitchen-cafés over the past weeks. Hotello takes it to a whole new level. Genovese artist Roberto da Luca teamed up with architect & designer Antonio Scarponi of Zurich, Switzerland, to create a package that will give you a 4 sq m space, containing everything you need (note: need) for work (office room) and rest (hotel room). A metal structure is used to support curtains which are sound absorbent and translucent (not transparent). There is a further curtain layer to give you darkness. Once these are rigged up you have a room. For that room you have in your trunk a desk, a stool, a shelf, a locker and a lamp.


Tour de Shanghai

13 Jan

Paris born and based photographer Alain Delorme has a riveting image series called Totems. Delorme chopped and shopped images of migrant workers delivering goods in Shanghai that he collected in the period 2009-2011. The augmented reality arrests you with its very cleaned up presentation of masses of goods stacked on tricycles against a backdrop of changing skylines and city textures. There are surprisingly few people in the photos, which serve to focus attention on the heroic Bicycle Man or Woman.

totems01_kleintotems06_kleinAlain-Delorme-totems_klein(First seen on Feed for the city)

Alain’s work may be somewhat hyperrealistic, but his Totems are not so far off the truth, whether it be in China or anywhere else that you can ride your bicycle, as the following shots show.


Cardillo sensa gabbia

6 Sep

First you paint yourself a Goldfinch (4 stories high!), then you and your artist friends climb on its back and fly away over the city of Naples in Italy. And live to tell the tale here. and here.

Simon Jung, Paul & Hanno Schweizer

Fun as a path to sustainability?

30 Apr

Tina Roth Eisenberg over at her swissmiss blog introduced the project walk [your city] a few days ago. Matt Tomasulo and the design company cityfabric started this up, in line with their focus to engage people with their urban spaces through simple (yay, simple!) tactics. Described as a public arts project the aim is to get people walking. Um, walking? That rings a bell for anyone in the food-(related-)business used to hearing all about health, weight gain and obesity development in society.

Any sign for your city – which you can make using their online free application – will indicate the distance in minutes, use a colour code to differentiate the types of destinations and sport a qr-code for smartphoners linking to a ready route on a google map.

Thats sounds like a fun way to get people walking and reminds me of a related project to get people to use the stairs. To entice commuters off the escalators, the stairs at the Odenplan Metro station in Stockholm, Sweden, were wired for sound and decorated to look like a keyboard. Then a camera was set up to observe any behavioural changes. Most people prefferred to be musical… Do yourself a favour and watch the short clip here. In fact, the funtheory-website has more than 30 pages of suggestions for encouraging desirable behaviours, e.g.  making zebra crossings into bubble wrap paths, recycling batteries by using them as pinball-machine-money, bins exchanging doggy dos for doggy biscuits.