Thursday, April 26, 2012


Eniko Mihalik, Rosie Huntington Whiteley, Catherine McNeil, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Daisy Lowe, Gracie Carvalho, Marloes Horst, Lily Cole, Ana Beatriz Barros, Miranda Kerr and Georgina Stojiljkovic

Santu Mofokeng


Sharon Lockhart, Podwórka

Sharon Lockhart, Podwórka, 2009 - 16 mm transferred to HD, color/sound duration 31 min. 39 sec. - © Sharon Lockhart Photo: Jens Ziehe

Sharon Lockhart’s film, Podwórka (2009), takes as its subject matter the courtyards of Lodz, Poland, and the children that inhabit them. A ubiquitous architectural element of the city, Lodz’ courtyards are the playgrounds of the children that live in the surrounding apartment buildings. Separated from the streets, they provide a sanctuary from the traffic and commotion of the city. Yet far from the over determined playgrounds, as we know them in the West, the courtyards are still very much urban environments. In six different courtyards throughout the city of Lodz, we see parking lots, storage units, and metal armatures become jungle gyms, sandboxes, and soccer fields in the children’s world. A series of fleeting interludes within city life, Podwórka is both a study of a specific place and an evocation of the resourcefulness of childhood. Sharon Lockhart’s installationPodwórka fits as subtle social portrait closely to Mofokeng’s work.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

David Stephenson Vaults

Compiled over a period of six years, Vaults is a series of photographs taken by David Stephenson in cathedrals, churches and minsters around Europe. By pointing the camera straight up and aligning himself in the middle of the ceiling, Stephenson turned the elaborate three-dimensional vaults into complex, often symmetrical, 2D patterns. The series was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2009 and has been exhibited worldwide

Link to his

Monday, April 9, 2012

Ikea East London

  • Swedish home furniture giant IKEA will soon begin work on an 11 hectare neighbourhood in east London called The Strand East. The neighbourhood will feature 1,200 IKEA rental homes, which will be priced to appeal to a range of incomes.
    As well as the homes, there will be 480,000 sq ft of commercial space, which will be used for creatively-minded businesses, a restaurant, and a hotel. It will also be entirely traffic free (except for buses and emergency services) with drivers being directed straight to an underground garage.
    Anthony Cobden, the project managers, also says they have a good understanding of cleanliness and landscape management, so all waste will be removed from the homes by a series of underground suction tunnels. A hydroelectric plant will be used to provide sustainable energy to the neighbourhood and they will add a "sense of place" by allowing farmers' markets and flower sellers.
    "We would have a fairly firm line on undesirable activity, whatever that may be," says Cobden. "But we also feel we can say, okay, because we’ve kept control of the management of the commercial facilities, we have a fairly strong hand in what is said in terms of the activities that are held on site."