Within and Without Architecture
The imaginative possibilities of miniature things lie not in their being shrunken versions of a larger thing. The world of the miniature opens to reveal a secret life.
— Places Journal
Sometimes you encounter a thing that is not “properly” architectural, but which yet has something profound to say about the discipline. In her latest article for Places, columnist Naomi Stead is drawn by a cartoon from The New Yorker to consider the relationships between the miniature, the... View full entry
A look at the dioramas of apocalypse
Their ongoing series -- titled "The City" -- imagines a parallel universe where humankind is extinct and nature has already started to reclaim the concrete jungle. Think of it as a journey through apocalyptic architecture.
Commercial diorama makers Kathleen Gerber and Lori Nix's dystopian art project, "The City," is a miniature labor of love. Each diorama takes about 7 to 15 months to build, primarily because of the intricate level of detail contained within each scene. Check out this post-apocalyptic casino... View full entry
Miniature manhole rooms highlight reality of Bucharest's underground dwellers
Borderlife is a street art intervention by Biancoshock in which three abandoned manholes in Milan’s Lodi district have been transformed into miniature dwellings. [...]
With Borderlife the street artist wants to make us aware about the distressing living conditions of many fellow humans who are forced to live in confined spaces, especially manholes. He got his inspiration from the reportedly hundreds of people that are occupying manholes and sewer systems in the Romanian capital Bucharest.
Images of the BORDERLIFE street art intervention via Biancoshock's website.Related stories in the Archinect news:Giant "calligraffiti" mural unites community in Cairo slumSubterranean theme park: photographer Richard John Seymour captures the new life inside an ancient Transylvanian salt mineWith... View full entry
Win a set of these mini The Architect Says notebooks!
While sketching ideas on digital tablets is increasingly the norm these days, having a pocket-sized notebook (or three) on hand has long been a trusty essential for any designer. If you're in need for more notebooks to fill, the Architect Says notebook set might be what you're looking for.As a... View full entry
Artist Charles Young crafts mini paper metropolis on the daily
No, these aren't props from an upcoming Wes Anderson film. These mini paper structures are all part of Paperholm, a daily project by Scottish artist Charles Young. Constructed by hand with only watercolor paper, PVA glue, the occasional dressmaking pin, along with an eye for detail... View full entry
Microeconomics: A City in Miniature
"It became a way of documenting the processes of gentrification and urban renewal...I’ll go to Flatbush Avenue and walk from Prospect Park out to the end, because that’s what Manhattan used to be" - Randy Hage
John Leland highlights the work of Randy Hage, who takes photographs of New York storefronts and then makes mixed-media, sculptural scale models of the storefronts he photographed. His work can be seen in the exhibition 'Fleeting Moments' currently on view at the Flower Pepper Gallery in... View full entry
Here Now, Impossibly Small Architecture in Glass Cloches
New York-based artist Thomas Doyle has made a career of crafting minuscule models of houses [...] and uprooting (sometimes literally) a handful of them via apocalyptic chaos. Sometimes, wrap around porches of butter yellow farmhouses fall into sinkholes and blue country homes get caught by tornados.
Many of his works—which, one could probably say are depictions of the fragility of the American dream—are on display next month at the Ronchini Gallery in London, as part of the space's Dream No Small Dreams series [...]. View full entry