Construction of King Ludwig II Neuschwanstein castle in Bavaria, Germany. Construction was from 1869 - 1880.
This is the first photograph of a human being ever taken. It was taken by Daguerre in 1843. The exposure time was ten minutes but the man stood still because he was getting his boots blacked.
Elevated Thinking: The High Line in New York City
Even though it might as well have been taken straight out of the Gospel According to Bloomberg, this short documentary brought to you by the good people at Great Museums (HAH!) is actually phenomenal. Featuring interviews with the never-not-smiling former director of the NYC Department of City Planning Amanda Burden and soul patch wielding architect-extraordinaire Ricardo Scofidio, the film is fantastic way to spend fifty-six minutes and forty-nine seconds for anyone even remotely interested in one of the most important public works projects of the twenty-first century.
The Ruins of Normandy: Color Photos From France, 1944 - Frank Scherschel
The ruins left behind after warfare speak a language of their own. Even more strikingly, no matter where the conflict has taken place — whether it’s in northern Europe or the South Pacific, the Middle East or Central Africa — the vernacular of destruction is often the same. Buildings reduced to rubble and dust. A scarred, tortured landscape seemingly devoid of life, aside from small human forms trying to piece it back together. Twisted, rusting, abandoned vehicles. And always, above it all, the indifferent sky.
Before and After D-Day: Color Photos From England and France, 1944 - Frank Scherschel
"Paris is like a magic sword in a fairy tale — a shining power in those hands to which it rightly belongs, in other hands tinsel and lead. Whenever the City of Light changes hands, Western Civilization shifts its political balance. So it has been for seven centuries; so it was in 1940; so it was last week." — LIFE after the French capital was liberated in August 1944.
The interior of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey in 1900
Anonymous said: what do you do when you're not blogging about obscure architecture things on the internet?
WELL, CURIOUS JORGE, monday through friday during the hours of 8 to 5, I perform a variety of tasks around NYC as a junior architect for a small, manhattan-based design/build firm. These tasks include prettying up web content, photographing interiors and furniture, making magic happen in excel spreadsheets, and charming the pants off of clients and contractors via phone and email.
Hysterical jokes aside - it’s been extremely satisfying and motivating to be getting paid for work I was paying an institution to teach me how to do just a few months ago. KEEP YA HEADS UP! THE WORLD IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE WHERE PEOPLE WILL GIVE YOU MONEY IF YOU CAN PRETEND YOU KNOW HOW TO USE AUTOCAD.
Alvar Aalto, Three Exterior Views of the “Helsinki House of Culture”, (1958)
The House of Culture in Helsinki is Aalto in his ‘red brick period’. He achieves the free-form curves of the concert hall walls using wedge-shaped bricks, arranged variously with their shorter edge facing inside or outside the wall. The impact of the solid brick walls must be seen in the context of what had gone before. In Finland, the National-Romantics had used wood and granite to show closeness to Finnish nature, while the modern movement (as elsewhere) used more abstract white plaster surfaces (which did not wear well particularly in the Finnish climate). Aalto’s red brick was therefore a bigger statement than it now seems: a man-made material that keeps its individuality and local personality.