Capturing Construction: Historic Images of Seattle’s Space Needle

Workers stand inside the Space Needle’s restaurant level, circa January 1962. (George Gulacsik / Courtesy of The Seattle Public Library)

Workers stand inside the Space Needle’s restaurant level, c. January 1962. (George Gulacsik / Courtesy of Seattle Public Library)

The Seattle Public Library is now the repository for 2,400 never-before-displayed photographs of the construction of Seattle, Washington’s iconic Space Needle. The unique collection chronicles the construction process from pouring the foundation to the placing of glazing in the restaurant. The collection offers an intimate view into the implementation of an engineering and design wonder.

Source: The Seattle Times

From Above: Impacts of Industrial Farming

Aerial Feedlots | Mishka Henner

Aerial Feedlots | Mishka Henner

While combing satellite images of American farmland, British photographer Mishka Henner  noticed anomalies in the landscapes. Bodies of water were unnatural colors and the aerials appeared manufactured or altered. In fact, they were; the landscapes were the sites of massive waste lagoons—the byproduct of industrialized farming. The open-source satellite images also allow Henner to publish and present Feedlots without fear of criminal suit over the controversial “Ag Gag” laws.

Source: inhabitat

Earth-Sheltered Architecture

Edgeland House, Austin, TX | Bercy Chen Architects

Edgeland House, Austin, TX | Bercy Chen Architects

Present day subterranean dwellings often merge modern design aesthetics with architectural traditions that are as old as humanity itself. Tailored to the landscapes of their specific geographic settings, they are both visually striking and energy efficient—utilizing traditional passive heating and cooling techniques, and advanced design and building techniques. The Edgeland House in Austin, Texas by Bercy Chen Studio sits on a rehabilitated brownfield site and is described as “a modern reinterpretation of the Native American pit house, one of the oldest architectural forms known in North America.”

Source: Web Urbanist

Trending: Map Coloring Books

Moscow’s Luzhniki Olympic Complex | Gretchen Peterson

Moscow’s Luzhniki Olympic Complex | Gretchen Peterson

A trend that is gaining momentum, adult coloring books are being created by artists, designers, and architects. Now, Gretchen Peterson—a GIS mapmaker paving the way for female cartographers—is helping to bring the art of map design to a larger audience with her graphically intricate project City Maps: A coloring book for adults. The book’s 40+ illustrations depict aerial line drawings of cities the world over satisfying adults’ impulse to color.

Source: City Lab

Ruins of the USSR: “Soviet Ghosts”

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Soviet Ghosts | Rebecca Bathory

Photographer Rebecca Bathory blends the urban explorer experience with her journalistic-style documentation of the crumbling ruins of a once vast empire. Her book, Soviet Ghosts, documents the “strange interval caught between modernity and antiquity” of the former Soviet Union’s Brutalistic and Stalinist architecture. Bathory sees her work as a form of visual preservation, as the images may soon be all that remains of this once monumental architecture now decaying and abandoned.

Source: Visual News

Natural Camera

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Photographers Adam Donnelly and David Janesko build site-specific cameras out of the landscape that is being photographed. They arrange materials — such as logs, sticks, sand, leaves, dirt and shells found on-site — to construct the camera body. The camera’s aperture is made from a found object that already has a tiny, round hole. Sometimes the “cameras” are large enough for the photographers to stand in and they operate as mechanical camera parts, like the shutter or film advance. The resulting images strive to capture what nature sees versus what the photographer sees.

Source: Adam Donnelly

Book Mountain

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Guy Laramee has spent the last thirty years exploring a variety of mediums including dance, music composition, sculpture, painting and anthropology. He chooses the best discipline to represent his respective idea and will often combine mediums. Most recently, Laramee has released a series of carved dictionaries and encyclopedias with ink, pigment and wax detailing. The excavated landscapes are intended to comment on the cultural knowledge that is diminishing with the disappearance of books.

Source: This is Colossal

Modern Treehouse

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Designer Aibek Almasov has challenged the typical identity of indoor/outdoor architecture by encompassing the outdoors inside of the building. He has designed a four-story cylindrical house in the hills near Almaty, Kazakhstan to surround a 40-foot tall fir tree. The top floor of the building is a dedicated viewing platform from the vantage point of a tree top. The sleek design recognizes the opportunity for a creative architectural solution while designing within the parameters of the natural landscape.

Source: Phaidon

The Rest of the Collection

Birds collections from the Department of Vertebrate Zoology are displayed at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. In the foreground is Roxie Laybourne, a feather identification expert.

The National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC contains 90% of the Smithsonian Institute’s collections, totaling over 126 million cataloged items. The collection is essential to understanding the natural world and our relationship to it. Like most museums, libraries and archives, the majority of the collection is housed in storage; however, it is available to researchers. The ability to effectively research archived collections is essential to furthering study in nearly ever discipline, from botany to architecture.

Source: National Museum of Natural History

Faceless

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Julien Malland, a mural artist from France, has spent the last year traveling the globe to paint large-scale child-like figures in crouching positions onto the facades of buildings. He uses the edges of the buildings to seemingly cut off the faces of the characters and force the viewer to consider what emotion the character feels based on the physical environment. Malland intends to reveal how children are inextricably connected to their chaotic environment and how they straddle a complicated line between the past and the present. The interplay of a dreamlike two-dimensional mural and a concrete three-dimensional surface grounds the idea behind the piece and amplifies the power of the image.

Source: This is Colossal

Flea Market Montage

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Spanning time and place, artist J. Frede creates new landscapes utilizing discarded photographs found at thrift stores and flea markets by juxtaposing lines from one image into the next. The completed montages are framed to show their wayward edges but still unify the images into a singular composition. Of the body of work, entitled Fiction Landscapes, Frede says “Arranging these into new landscapes that never existed speaks to the stitching together of human behavior and how we relate to time and the past: How many people have stopped at that rest stop and taken nearly the same photo of the plain hillside? All locking their own associations into the view, first road trip with a new love; last road trip to see grandma; one of many road trips alone.

Source: Visual News

#ThroughFreshEyes

#throughfresheyes | Kristen McCalla

#throughfresheyes | Kristen McCalla

In a brilliant form of cross-promotion, The New York Times Lens blog tasked its readers to revisit and photograph places they may have previously overlooked and upload them to Instagram with the tag #ThroughFreshEyes. Viewing these places “through a different lens” allowed readers and photographers to find visual treasures in places they once perceived as mundane.

Source: The New York Times