Tuesday, July 14, 2009

kurokawa's capsule tower demolition

'for many of us who believe that the way we treat our cultural patrimony is a fair measure of how enlightened we are as a society, the building’s demolition would be a bitter loss. the capsule tower is not only gorgeous architecture; like all great buildings, it is the crystallization of a far-reaching cultural ideal. Its existence also stands as a powerful reminder of paths not taken, of the possibility of worlds shaped by different sets of values.'

Riley would be cute in one of these!

Inspired by Tom Arma(famous baby photographer)'s "Please Save The Animals" series that aimed at bringing International attention to ecological issues, babies costumes of monkeys, lions and even flamingos have been developed for retail with size ranges expanded to include up to the 4-5 year old.

Nikon Dope Advertisement FTW

Nikon took its cue from our celebrity-obsessed paparazzi culture to launch the brand's D700 model in Korea.

At a busy Seoul subway station, Nikon mounted a huge interactive, light-box billboard displaying life-like images of paparazzi. Huddled together as if at a premiere, the "paps" appear to be jostling and competing for the best celebrity snap. The celebrities in this case were the passersby, who automatically triggered a deluge of flashing camera lights as they walked past the billboard. The accidental superstars then followed the red carpet all the way out of the station and into a mall - directly into the store where they could purchase the new D700. Mission accomplished.

Duncan Malashock

Otake House by Suppose Design Office

This passive solar design house in Otake, Japan, was designed by Suppose Design Office. It’s amazing how they can open up the living room, it becomes one space with the terrace. I’m not really sure about the exhibitionistic bathroom though.

Mercedes-Benz 300SL

Inspired by this post on Jalopnik, about an upcoming gullwing Mercedes coupe, I thought I would look up its predecessor. The original Mercedes-Benz 300SL was manufactured, in its various forms, from '52-'63. But the gullwing version only for two of those years. The structural members of the car's frame necessitated the peculiar door operation and you can see where the doors don't reach quite to the underside of the body. It is a thoroughly gorgeous machine. I love how light and trim it looks. Nothing is overbuilt, unlike the cars of today. We aren't super car people, but I think we know something good when we see it.